Etihad Airways has made Philippine Airlines its latest strategic partner.
The partnership will initially include a codeshare with the PR and EY codes to be placed on flights between Manila and Abu Dhabi, with the EY code also to be placed on several PAL flights to destinations within the Philippines.
The deal also includes reciprocal benefits for frequent flyer members and premium lounges at Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, as well as cargo services.
The pair are also working on a joint air pass scheme that will overseas passengers to buy an international flight to Manila and up to three additional sectors on PAL’s domestic network.
These are expected to go on sale by 1 September.
PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said: “This new agreement is one of the ways by which PAL hopes to further build its global network. By harmonising our products, we get to offer our passengers much wider and better travel options all over the world while boosting economic activity for both our countries through trade and tourism.”
James Hogan, president and CEO at Etihad added: “This new partnership builds on the success of our original codeshare agreement and reflects the mutual respect, trust and goodwill that have built up over time – not only between the airlines but also between our governments.”