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Etihad Airways adds Amsterdam, expands KLM codeshare

ATW Daily News by Victoria Moores 21 Jan.13

Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to serve Amsterdam and expand its codeshare cooperation with KLM.

Etihad CEO James Hogan said the airline will launch a daily Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi service this summer. Flights will be operated by a two-class A330-200.

Etihad already serves 17 European cities including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has already detailed plans to add Sao Paulo, Washington DC and Ho Chi Minh City in 2013.

“We are delighted that Amsterdam will become a part Etihad Airways’ global network from 15 May,” Hogan said.

Etihad’s codeshare partner KLM is also planning to step up its flights to daily from the summer, taking the partners to two daily frequencies.

KLM and Etihad also detailed plans to expand the codeshare, which was first announced in October 2012. The airlines already cooperate on KLM’s flights to Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo and Stavanger, as well as Etihad’s Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne and Sydney flights.

Under the new agreement, Etihad will also place its code on KLM’s flights to Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds Bradford, Madrid, Nice Stockholm and Toronto.

In return, KLM will place its code on Etihad’s flights to Baghdad, Basra, Calicut, Cochin, Dhaka, Erbil, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Peshawar, Seychelles and Trivandrum.

By 2020 Etihad is aiming to serve more than 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.