Etihad Airways and Lufthansa recently announced that they were going to put their differences to one side as they signed up for a mutual codeshare agreement. In the past, Lufthansa has attempted to block the expansion of Gulf carriers into Germany so this deal was seen as a major thawing of relations between the two companies.
So what is a codeshare agreement? How does it work and what does it mean for passengers? This short video explains all in about 1 minute!
The codeshare deal between Lufthansa and Etihad Airways was first announced on 16th December 2016 and will start in January 2017. Under the agreement, Lufthansa will place its ‘LH’ airline code on Etihad Airways services from Frankfurt and Abu Dhabi. A route that Lufthansa doesn’t serve with its own aircraft. Lufthansa will also be able to sell tickets on this Etihad route as if it were its own.
In return, Etihad Airways will be placing its ‘EY’ airline code on two of Lufthansa’s routes – Rio de Janeiro Brazil as well as Bogota, Colombia. Both destinations aren’t served by Etihad.
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