Air Seychelles expands Etihad codeshare with more flights to Mumbai

Air Seychelles will put its HM flight code on 21 weekly Etihad Airways flights between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi that connect on to its services between Abu Dhabi and Seychelles.
The codeshare flights will be additional to Air Seychelles’ three-times-per-week direct flights between Mumbai and the Seychelles. Courtesy Air Seychelles
The codeshare flights will be additional to Air Seychelles’ three-times-per-week direct flights between Mumbai and the Seychelles. Courtesy Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, part-owned by Etihad Airways, said that it had expanded its codeshare with the Abu Dhabi carrier to add more flights to Mumbai in India.

A codeshare allows airlines to sell and market each other’s tickets as their own. This helps them offer more flights and flexible timings to destinations.

“Under this agreement, Air Seychelles will put its HM flight code on 21 weekly Etihad Airways flights between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi that connect on to its services between Abu Dhabi and Seychelles,” Etihad said in a statement.

The codeshare flights will be additional to Air Seychelles’ three-times-per-week direct flights between Mumbai and the Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean country’s carrier launched flights to Mumbai last December.

Etihad acquired a 40 per cent stake in Air Seychelles in 2012, in a deal worth $45 million.

Etihad’s growth strategy has been built around acquiring minority stakes in struggling airlines as a means to boost its geographic footprint and connectivity.

By the end of last year, Etihad had acquired minority stakes in eight airlines, including Air Seychelles, airberlin, Virgin Australia, Air Serbia, Ireland’s Aer Lingus, India’s Jet Airways, Etihad Regional (formerly known as Darwin Airline), and Italy’s Alitalia.

Etihad also said yesterday that it had finalised the acquisition of 75 per cent of Alitalia’s MilleMiglia loyalty programme.

The remaining 25 per cent will be kept by Alitalia.

The acquisition of the loyalty programme was part of Etihad’s acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in the Italian carrier. The deal, which was worth more than €1.75 billion (Dh7.29bn), also included five slots at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Alitalia’s loyalty programme will join the Global Loyalty Company, which includes Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest, airberlin’s topbonus and Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege.

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Published: February 3, 2015 04:00 AM

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