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(MENAFN Press) UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways and Spanish airline Air Europa have signed a codeshare agreement which will see both carriers significantly enhance access to and from Spain, the UAE and to destinations across globe

Under the terms of the agreement and subject to regulatory approvals, Air Europa plans to commence a three times a week direct service between Madrid and Abu Dhabi in late 2014

Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new Airbus A330 operated flights, offering direct access to Madrid for the very first time through its global Abu Dhabi hub

The two airlines will work together in the run up to the route launch, with Etihad Airways initially placing its code on Air Europa-operated flights to Madrid from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa and beyond Madrid to Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca

In return, Air Europa will place its UX flight code on Etihad Airways flights from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa to Abu Dhabi

Furthermore, during summer 2014, both airlines plan to expand the number of codeshare destinations to include new cities in Spain and South America via Madrid, and more cities beyond Abu Dhabi across the Gulf region, Africa, Asia, and Australia

Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: "The fact that Air Europa has chosen Abu Dhabi for the next wave of its internationl expansion, speaks volumes of what the emirate and our global hub have to offer

"We have been keen to offer our customers direct access to the Spanish capital for a number of years, and doing this now in partnership with Air Europa makes perfect business sense. It is the right thing to do

"The new route will support the growing trade volumes between the UAE and Spain, up 75 per cent over the last three years, introduce more Spanish business and leisure travellers to the world class city that is Abu Dhabi, not to mention, make access to Abu Dhabi, Madrid and numerous destinations across our combined networks easier than ever.

Juan Jos Hidalgo, Air Europa's President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We have chosen Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways as the gateway to India, China, Australia and other destinations served in the Far East.

"As one of the most important operators to the American continent, especially Central and South America via our hub in Madrid, for Air Europa the agreement between the two airlines is a step forward in a global market

"Both airlines will provide an excellent link between America and Asia via Madrid and Abu Dhabi.

All of the codeshare operations announced today will be implemented once regulatory approvals are received and the launch date of the new Madrid-Abu Dhabi service will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried nearly 12 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 102 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 89 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The airline has more than 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s, and 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Jet Airways. Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia and 33.3 per cent of Darwin Airline in Q1 2014. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com About Air EuropaAir Europa is the airline of Globalia, the largest Spanish tourism conglomerate with annual revenues of EUR 4 billion. Founded in 1989, it has persistently grown to become the reference airline for flights between Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. Air Europa has a fleet of 44 aircraft comprising 13 Airbus A330-200, 20 Boeing 737-800, and 11 Embraer 195. Air Europa carries annually about one million passengers and has been honoured by the German environmental organization Atmosfair as "the most efficient airline in the world" in short and medium distances flights. The airline's American destinations include: Havana, Santo Domingo, New York, Miami, Cancun, Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Soon the carrier will also operate flights to San Juan de Puerto Rico and Santiago de Chile. Air Europa is a member of the Skyteam alliance since 2011. For more information, please visit: www.aireuropa.com



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