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SAS and Etihad announce codeshare plans.

SAS, Scandinavia's flag-carrying airline, and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, are set to begin codeshare operations aimed at providing customers with enhanced travel options between Scandinavia and the UAE.

The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, is designed to strengthen both carriers by enabling them to offer greater connectivity to and from a number of key European cities. SAS is Etihad Airways' 47th airline partnership globally and its 22nd in Europe. For SAS, Etihad is the 23rd codeshare partner and the third with a strong presence in the Middle East.

Both airlines will also develop and sign a frequent flyer agreement, which will benefit the members of Etihad Airways' Etihad Guest and SAS' EuroBonus loyalty programmes.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy Officer, said: "This codeshare agreement with SAS will improve flight connections to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as a number of important secondary cities across Scandinavia, greatly enhancing travel options and connections for air travellers and deepening our ties with Europe and European carriers.

"Partnerships like this one with SAS are central to Etihad Airways' strategy and we look forward to placing the SK code on our flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and welcoming their passengers aboard our aircraft."

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Title Annotation:HEADLINES NEWS
Publication:Airports International
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Date:Dec 1, 2014
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