The Abu Dhabi-based airline, Etihad, has announced that it's joining forces with five of its partner airlines, including airberlin, Air Serbia and Air Seychelles, and forming a global umbrella group called Etihad Airways Partners. The new alliance will allow the airlines to better coordinate schedules and frequent flier benefits and improve passenger services.
A deal isn't set yet, but India's Jet Airways has verified that it is in discussions with Etihad Airways to sell a stake in its company. According to a report, Etihad will acquire a 24% stake in Jet Airways, worth about $330 million. Etihad owns stakes in airberlin, Aer Lingus, Virgin Australia and Air Seychelles.
Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways and airberlin have entered into code-share deals to add more destinations to their rosters. Etihad fliers can take KLM's daily Amsterdam-to-Abu Dhabi flight, while Air France customers will be able to travel on Etihad flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Abu Dhabi. In their own deal, Air France and airberlin will let passengers fly on all the routes between France and Germany operated by each other.
Etihad Airways and CSA Czech Airlines have begun a code-sharing agreement that opens up Europe for Etihad and the Middle East for CSA. The first code-share flight flew from Prague to the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi this week.