There have been a few more flight debuts to keep track of this week in air travel.
American Airlines officially launched its new winter service to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with the arrival of flights from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Flights from Chicago will serve Cyril E. King International Airport on Saturdays through April 4, 2020. Flights from Dallas-Fort Worth will operate year-round on Saturdays.
In codeshare news, Etihad Airways and Kuwait Airways both signed a new agreement, effective for flights beginning January 5, 2020. Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Kuwait Airways-operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait, Najaf and Dhaka.
In turn, Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad flights from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male in the Maldives, and Mahe in the Seychelles.
In a written statement, Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said the agreement will give it access to important markets that it does not currently serve, especially Iraq and Bangladesh, where he says the airline has significant point-to-point and transfer traffic. The new codeshare also complements Etihad’s existing services to cities such as Istanbul, enabling the airline to offer flights to the city’s secondary gateway.