Etihad-Bangkok Airways code-share

Daily news, 21 Jan 2009

BANGKOK – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a new code-share agreement with Thailand’s Bangkok Airways. The agreement covers Etihad’s expanding global network and the Thai destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui.

Under the deal, Etihad will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code on Bangkok Airways’ flights between the Thai capital and Phuket and Koh Samui.

“We are expecting the new services to be extremely popular, particularly with leisure travellers looking for a luxury beach break on two of Asia’s most beautiful islands,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said.

“With a steady increase in tourist arrivals over the years from the Middle Eastern countries, we hope to tap into this partnership to further increase the passenger numbers from that region, not only to Thailand but to our destinations beyond,” Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways, said.

The code-share services operate from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok and further on to Koh Samui with double-daily flights while service to Phuket operates on daily flight.

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