PAL, Etihad okay deal

from July 11, 2014 04:00 pm to July 11, 2014 04:00 pm

 By Lailany P. Gomez | Jul. 11, 2014 at 12:01am


Flag carrier Philippine Airlines and Etihad Airways have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will expand the existing cooperation between the two carriers.


PAL president Ramon Ang said Wednesday the agreement covered codeshare flights, loyalty programs, airport lounges, joint sales and marketing programs, a Philippines domestic air pass, cargo and the coordination of airport operations to provide a better guest experience at their Abu Dhabi and Manila hubs.


“This new agreement is one of the ways by which PAL hopes to further build its global network. By harmonizing our products, we get to offer our passengers much wider and better travel options all over the world, while boosting economic activity for both our countries through trade and tourism,” said Ang, who is also the chief of operations of the airline.


Etihad Airways president and chief executive James Hogan said the broad scope of the commercial agreement reflected the strength of the relationship between the airlines and the close ties between the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.


“This new partnership builds on the success of our original codeshare agreement and reflects the mutual respect, trust and goodwill that have built up over time—not only between the airlines but also between our governments.