Etihad Airways and South African Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership, marking a new level of cooperation between the two national flag carriers. As part of the extended cooperation, South African Airways launched a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from end- March, which it said will complement Etihad Airways’ existing flights between the two cities to off er a combined double-daily frequency on the route.
The airlines have also significantly developed their codeshare agreement to include a total of 49 routes, more than double the previous number. Etihad Airways and South African Airways continue to explore areas for further cooperation, including joint sales and marketing programs and the coordination of procurement, facilities and airport operations. Together, these initiatives will optimise synergies between the airlines.