Etihad Airways enters into partnership with Air France-KLM

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Etihad Airways & Air France-KLM enter into frequent flyer partnership
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Air France-KLM Group and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have announced a new partnership between their respective loyalty programs.

This partnership follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two airline Groups in September 2023.

As part of this new partnership, members of Flying Blue, Air France, and KLM’s loyalty program, and members of Etihad Guest, the loyalty program of Etihad Airways, will now be able to earn and redeem Miles in either loyalty program when flying on Air France, KLM or Etihad. Reciprocal benefits for elite members will be announced soon.

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“Following our expanded partnership with Air France-KLM signed in September, we’re pleased to bring to market this collaboration to benefit both of our airline’s loyal guests. Our 9 million Etihad Guest Members will now have access to earn and redeem Etihad Guest Miles when flying with Air France-KLM giving even greater opportunities to enjoy the benefits of the program. We look forward to welcoming Flying Blue members on to the expanding Etihad network to earn Flying Blue Miles as they choose to fly with Etihad.”

Following the MoU signed earlier this year, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways customers can now connect to more than 60 new routes covering destinations worldwide. Air France currently operates daily flights between Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi International Airport, while Etihad currently operates daily flights to both Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Mr. Angus Clarke, Executive Vice President, and Chief Commercial Officer of Air France-KLM, said that, “I’m very happy to further develop our partnership with Etihad Airways. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further, as we aim to explore opportunities in loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world.”

“The attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a destination and a hub, powered by Etihad’s large footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, brings significant richness to this partnership. This moment marks our shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences to our shared global customer base and our 20 million loyal Flying Blue members,” Mr. Clarke added.

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