RJ passengers to have greater access to Asia and Australia as it codeshares with Etihad Airways
Amman, Feb. 7, 2019 – Royal Jordanian and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, announced a new codeshare partnership which will provide their customers with greater access to key leisure and business destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, North Africa and Canada. The codeshare flights will be open for sale on February 7, 2019, with the first travel date from February 15.
This is the first such partnership between the two airlines, who offer multiple daily services between their hubs in Amman and Abu Dhabi. The partnership will see RJ place its ‘RJ’ code on Etihad Airways services from Amman to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, and then from the UAE capital to Brisbane and Seoul. Subject to government approvals, RJ will also place its code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Cochin, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Manila, Beijing and Shanghai.
In turn, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on Royal Jordanian’s flights from Abu Dhabi via Amman to Larnaca and Berlin, while Algiers, Tunis, Vienna and Montreal will be added to the agreement soon.
Stefan Pichler, Royal Jordanian’s President and CEO, said: “We are delighted to have Etihad Airways beside our codeshare partners who help us grow in different markets. This move is bound to satisfy the needs of many RJ customers wishing to fly to Asia and Australia.”
He added: “This commercial partnership offers travelers convenient transiting in Amman and Abu Dhabi to their final points, while experiencing a streamlined level of services to the destinations covered by the agreement onboard two modern fleets of aircraft.”
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This partnership reinforces the deep cultural, tourism and trade connections between the UAE and Jordan, and opens up a new world of opportunities for our customers.
“Royal Jordanian, as one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the region, and Etihad as one of the youngest and most acclaimed. Both share the common values of genuine Arabian hospitality and service, combined with the next-generation fleets, enviable reputations for efficiency and reliability, and a combined network spanning the globe. This is the first phase of what we hope is a long-lasting and expanding partnership.”
Royal Jordanian, which celebrated its 55th anniversary last December, has served Abu Dhabi since 1970 and today flies nine weekly flights, with a twice daily frequency in the summer. Etihad Airways has been serving the Abu Dhabi to Amman route since December 2003, and currently operates two daily flights between the two capitals using a mix of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320 aircraft.