Etihad Airways PJSC, the third-largest Gulf carrier, struck a partnership with Kenya Airways that opens up destinations across Africa while bringing it closer to the Air France-KLM Group-led Skyteam alliance.
Etihad will place its flight code on Kenya Airways services to 27 cities beyond Nairobi, while the African carrier will gain access to 32 locations via its new ally’s base in Abu Dhabi. It will also add three weekly flights between the two hubs.
Etihad has built a network of 42 code-share agreements and what Chief Executive Officer James Hogan calls an “equity alliance” that’s seen it take stakes in Air Berlin Plc, Aer Lingus Group Plc, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. and Air Seychelles Ltd. Kenya Air, sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest carrier, is a member of Skyteam and almost 27 percent owned by Air France-KLM, with which Etihad secured an alliance on Oct. 8.
“As part of the agreement we are looking for greater collaboration and coordination on cargo operations, training and procurement opportunities which will make us more cost efficient and customer responsive,” Kenya Air Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said in a statement today.