Gulf Air, the nationwide provider of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Etihad Airways, the nationwide airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a Strategic Business Cooperation Settlement (SCCA) to deepen their partnership between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and past the respective hubs.
The wide-ranging SCCA, topic to acquiring relevant governmental and regulatory approvals, units out particular actions for deepening and broadening industrial cooperation, constructing on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the airways signed in 2018.
The SCCA envisages a phased method to nearer collaboration between the companions. Within the first section, by June 2021, the scope of the companions’ codeshare settlement, first signed in 2019, shall be considerably expanded. Gulf Air and Etihad will be capable of provide as much as an extra 30 mixed locations past the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi hubs, throughout the Center East, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The companions will work collectively to optimise joint operations on the Bahrain-Abu Dhabi route, with enhancements to community connectivity over every of the companions’ hubs. The companions may even improve their respective choices to premium tier clients of Falconflyer and Etihad Visitor, together with reciprocal lounge entry on the hubs and enhanced recognition by way of a visitor’s journey, whatever the working airline.
Moreover, the companions will work collectively to enhance the client journey on Bahrain – Abu Dhabi, making it extra seamless, whatever the working provider, with enhanced and harmonised insurance policies and merchandise in areas comparable to baggage and ancillaries.
The 2018 MOU additionally offered for exploration of MRO, pilot and crew coaching, and cargo alternatives, which the events will now re-visit in gentle of present market alternatives and firm necessities.
The Strategic Business Cooperation Settlement was signed by Captain Waleed AlAlawi, Gulf Air’s performing chief government officer and Tony Douglas, group chief government officer, Etihad Aviation Group.
Captain AlAlawi mentioned, “Our relationship with Etihad Airways has all the time been robust and at this time we’re reaching a better degree of collaboration with many extra alternatives on the horizon between the nationwide carriers of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. This settlement will empower each of us to supply a extra elevated expertise to passengers and widen their journey choices.”
Tony Douglas mentioned, “This settlement reinforces the energy of the continuing partnership between our two airways. We stay up for exploring pragmatic methods during which the 2 carriers can more and more work seamlessly between our two capitals, improve advantages and buyer expertise for our most frequent vacationers and additional prolong the attain of our joint networks past our hubs.”