Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Etihad Airways have announced a strategic partnership agreement that marks a new era of cooperation between the two flag carriers. The agreement covers codeshare flights, loyalty programmes, airport lounges, joint sales and marketing programmes, a Philippines domestic air pass, cargo and the coordination of airport operations to provide a better customer experience at their Abu Dhabi and Manila hubs. The partnership builds on the earlier MoU that was signed in April.
On the cargo front, the airlines have signed a letter of intent for an extensive capacity agreement based on the bellyhold of all passenger services between Abu Dhabi and Manila, as well as connecting airfreight into Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The airlines will work on the joint development of value-added cargo products such as priority and pharmaceuticals across their combined networks.
Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer 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.