Etihad Airways said yesterday it will sign a new codeshare agreement with Thailand's Bangkok Airways in order to extend its global network by providing customers with greater access to destinations in Asia.
As a part of the agreement, the airline will place its two-letter "EY" code on Bangkok Airways' flights between the Thai capital and the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui, Etihad said yesterday in a statement.
The statement added that the move brings the number of codeshare agreements now operated by Etihad Airways to 12.
"Asia is an important market for Etihad Airways and there is huge demand amongst our customers to travel beyond the Thai capital, which this new codeshare agreement now allows," said James Hogan, the Chief Executive of Etihad Airways.
Etihad has re-structured its regional general manager (RGM) sales team to reflect better the ongoing expansion of route network and its focus moving forward. The airline said the new structure would see more RGMs responsible for the UAE and Oman, Middle East, Europe, Australasia, Asia Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Americas.