South Africa's national airline, South African Airways, and the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing the two airlines to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services as well as explore synergy and efficiency opportunities.
South African Airways will initially codeshare on Etihad Airways flights between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi, as well as on flights to 12 cities on Etihad Airways’ worldwide network that includes destinations in the Middle East and South America.
Etihad Airways will in return place its code (EY) on South African Airways flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth (South Africa), as well as to Livingstone, Lusaka, Ndola (Zambia), Harare, and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Outside the African continent Etihad Airways will place its code on South African Airways flights to Sao Paulo.
Secondary phases of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will explore code sharing to more cities, closer synergies and efficiencies in the key commercial areas of procurement, ground handling as well as training.