Aerolineas Argentinas and Etihad Airways have jointly announced the launch of their new codeshare partnership. Now, customers of both airlines are able to utilize convenient connections through Europe to popular Argentinian and Middle Eastern destinations.
Frequent Etihad Airways flyers can now fly via Rome and Madrid to Buenos Aires (EZE), which can then take travelers onward to nine other popular Argentine destinations: Córdoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), Iguazú (IGR), Salta (SLA), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bariloche (BRC), Trelew (REL) and Ushuaia (USH).
On the other end of the partnership, Aerolineas Argentinas now can serve travelers through Etihad Airways’ network of over 100 destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub, via its Italian and Spanish capital gateways.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways executive vice president commercial, said: “This codeshare demonstrates the importance of Argentina as a vital travel market for Etihad Airways in Latin America given the growing tourism, cultural and business opportunities that exist between the UAE and Argentina.
Diego Garcia, Aerolíneas Argentinas chief commercial officer, said: "This is a very good opportunity to consolidate and increase our offer to one of the most important hubs in the Middle East. It also allows us to improve our load factors, optimise the use of the fleet and strengthen the image of Aerolíneas Argentinas in the Asian market.”
Codeshare agreements between airlines come with various customer benefits, such as baggage check-in to final destinations and extra assistance during connections. Members of both airlines’ loyalty programs—Aerolineas Plus and Etihad Guest—will be able to earn and redeem miles on flights covered by the codeshare partnership.