flynas, Etihad Airways to operate codeshare flights to 7 new Indian destinations

Saudi national carrier flynas is adding 7 new destinations in India as part of its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, the airline said.

This comes as part of an expanded codeshare agreement between the two airlines signed in October 2012. flynas currently operates 18 flights per week from Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam to Abu Dhabi, and the codeshare agreement allows flynas to place its ´XY´ code on Etihad Airways´ flights between Abu Dhabi and over 20 destinations on its global network.

flynas will add its ´XY´ code to Etihad operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and Kozhikode. These flights will serve a large number of expatriates in Saudi Arabia, and will offer more choice and flexibility for business and leisure passengers travelling between Saudi Arabia and India.

Launched in 2007, flynas is the first low-cost carrier in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a fleet of 26 A320 aircraft, operating more than 1000 weekly flights on 30 routes within and outside the kingdom.

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.