Etihad Airways expands codeshare agreement with Russia S7 Airlines
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is expanding its codeshare partnership with S7 Airlines to include eight additional destinations from the Russian carrier’s Moscow hub.
Effective 16 January 2016, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on S7 Airlines’ domestic services between Moscow and Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi.
Under the revised agreement, S7 Airlines applies its code on routes via Moscow to Abu Dhabi and selected connecting destinations on Etihad Airways’ network including Sydney, Singapore, Bangkok, and Phuket.
Etihad Airways, which operates daily flights to Moscow, already has codeshare arrangements with S7 Airlines covering the Russian cities of Kazan, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa and Yekaterinburg. Both airlines have been offering joint codeshare flights since 2010.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This enhanced codeshare arrangement with S7 Airlines is in line with our strategy to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones."
“Etihad Airways has enjoyed a strong working relationship with S7 Airlines and through this enhanced partnership we are demonstrating our commitment to the Russian inbound and outbound market, and providing guests with greater choice and travel convenience.”
Igor Veretennikov, S7 Group Deputy CEO and Head of Strategy Department, said: “By extending our codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, we open up more travel opportunities for S7 Airlines’ passengers, adding destinations such as Singapore to our route network. We look forward to welcoming Etihad Airways’ customers on eight more S7 Airlines’ routes within Russia.”
Etihad Airways’ daily Moscow flights are operated with a 174-seat Airbus A321 in a two-class configuration of 16 in Business and 158 in Economy.
Etihad Airways deploys state-of-the-art baggage management system across its airport network
Etihad Airways also announced an agreement with Luggage Logistics to transform the end-to-end baggage management process across the airline’s global airport network.
Luggage Logistics’ advanced Baggage Management System (BMS) will enable Etihad Airways to significantly improve the delivery of guests’ luggage to their destination on-time. It will also help the airline to easily track where bags are at any point along the journey throughout its global operation.
BMS will integrate with flight schedules and other key passenger information and departure control systems. This will increase the speed at which Etihad Airways’ guest bags can be identified and transferred from the aircraft to the airport terminal facilities onto connecting flights, keeping departures on schedule and improve the on-time performance of its flights.
The software works from a centralised database that manages all baggage-related data from multiple sources. This real-time information can be shared quickly and efficiently across Etihad Airways’ operations teams ensuring the consistency and visibility of baggage information.
Geert W. Boven, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Airport Services, said: “The partnership with Luggage Logistics will greatly improve the identification, management and transfer control of guest baggage across our global airport network including at our Abu Dhabi base. The new baggage management solution will enhance the guest experience by reducing lost or misplaced luggage, minimise delays commonly associated with baggage management, while optimising our flight operations.”
Adam Dalby, Luggage Logistics’ Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Etihad Airways who share our core values of innovation and service excellence. By delivering our state-of-the-art baggage management solution, real-time information will enable collaborative and proactive decision making, ensuring guests baggage is efficiently handled throughout its entire journey.”
Etihad Airways chose the BMS solution as it complies with all baggage-related standards, such as ICAO Annex 17 and relevant IATA resolutions, and can be seamlessly integrated with other airlines’ systems. The solution is also closely aligned with Etihad Airways’ operational and infrastructure requirements, and those of its hub in Abu Dhabi.