Abu Dhabi, April 16 (QNA) – The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national
airline Etihad Airways and Fiji Airways Wednesday announced a new
interline agreement on reciprocal sales featuring 71 cities globally.
The agreement involves reciprocal sales from and to 29 cities in
Asia, 17 in the Middle East, 12 in Europe, five each in Africa and
North America, and three in Australia to and from Fiji, according to
a WAM news agency report today.
The agreement is valid with immediate effect and is the starting
point of further negotiations between the two airlines, WAM said.
The Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism, Aiyaz
Sayed-Khaiyum, hailed the agreement as an exciting new development
for Fiji Airways and the entire Fijian economy.
“This opens up a whole new lucrative market for our tourism
industry, enabling us to attract affluent visitors from Abu Dhabi –
Etihad’s base – the other Gulf States, the rest of the Middle East
and beyond,” he said.
Fijian Government hopes this agreement will strengthen Fiji’s
national airline and national economy for long-term benefit of every
Fijian, the minister said.
Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan said, “We are happy to
offer Fiji as an additional destination in our global network. The
agreement also connects the outer South Pacific Islands to our
network which creates more opportunities for our worldwide sales
Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Stefan Pichler said, “This
partnership will help us to put Fiji on the map in countries where we
had no presence before. Etihad Airways will help us to reach out for
new customers and to diversify tourism streams for our country. It is
definitely a major step for Fiji Airways.”
Etihad Airways joins Fiji Airways’ list of codeshare or interline
partners, which includes American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas
and Air New Zealand, WAM added. (QNA)