Etihad Aviation, Lufthansa launch new partnership

Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa German Airlines have unveiled details of a new commercial partnership, including a USD 100 million global catering agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, the Etihad group said.

The four-year catering contract will see Lufthansa´s LSG Sky Chefs provide catering services to Etihad Airways in 16 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) also signed an MoU to explore cooperation in maintenance, repair and overhaul services across Etihad Airways and its airline equity partners, and opportunities for synergies with Etihad Airways Engineering.

The companies are exploring further cooperation in a number of other areas as well, to improve their competitive offering globally and in the European market freight operations, procurement, and passenger services.

The previously announced codeshare between the two airline groups goes on sale today, February 1, for flights between Abu Dhabi and Germany. The codeshare agreement will grow both carriers´ global networks, giving Lufthansa increased access to important feeder markets throughout the Indian Subcontinent via Abu Dhabi, while Etihad will gain access into South America through Germany.

Etihad Aviation Group is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions — Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group, and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. For more information, please visit: etihad.com.

Lufthansa is a global aviation group divided into the three strategic areas of hub airlines, point-to-point business, and service companies. The group´s network carriers, Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, and Vienna hubs. Its Eurowings brand offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the private travel market, and its service companies offer cargo, MRO, and catering.

The Lufthansa Group´s airlines currently serve 255 destinations in 101 countries. Its total fleet comprises some 600 aircraft, and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 214 new aircraft, including A350 and A321neos between now and 2025.