Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines.

The new codeshare services between Abu Dhabi and China go on sale on Thursday for travel from September 3. The deal follows the signing of an memorandum of understanding with the Shanghai-based Chinese carrier in March.

Etihad CEO James Hogan said the codeshare will be mutually beneficial as it will enable both airlines to expand their networks and offer more benefits to customers,

“It expands our networks in a commercially viable and mutually beneficial way, and offers our customers more choice of destinations, schedules and loyalty benefits,” added Hogan.
Initially, China Eastern will place its MU code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

The airlines have plans to expand the partnership in phases, which will see the MU code on Etihad flights to destinations not on the Chinese carrier’s network while Etihad plans to codeshare on China Eastern’s domestic services.

The two airlines also plan to offer reciprocal benefits such as mileage earn and burn to members of their frequent flyer programs, Etihad Guest and Eastern Miles, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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