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Etihad signs code-sharing deal with American Airlines

The deal will also allow Etihad to plug a gap in its network and indirectly serve Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Washington D.C.

Etihad Airways said on Thursday it expanded its reach into the US with a code-sharing deal with American Airlines, in an alliance that will allow the carriers to link up their networks and each extend into new markets. The deal will also allow Etihad to plug a gap in its network and indirectly serve Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Washington D.C. ? cities currently served by direct flights from the Gulf by Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways.

Under the terms of the marketing alliance, both airlines will jointly sell tickets and place their airline codes on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to New York and Chicago, and American Airline flights from those two cities to other metropolitan areas of the US. "Code-sharing is a shrewd way of extending one's network whether the economy is in a downturn or up," said Robert Ziegler, a consultant with A.T. Kearney in Dubai. "It allows carriers to avoid duplicating services that would have to be built up with their own assets."

James Hogan, the chief executive of Etihad, said: "We see this code-share agreement very much as the start of a deepening strategic relationship which both airlines are committed to developing further in the future." igale@thenational.ae