13 FEBRUARY 2017
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Further co-operation between the Etihad Aviation Group and the Lufthansa Group has been set in motion with the signing of a range of agreements at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
The package includes a four-year $100m global catering partnership and a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operate in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.
Under the catering contract, Lufthansa’s LSG Sky Chefs will provide specialist services to Etihad Airways in 16 cities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, making LSG the largest provider of catering services to Etihad outside its Abu Dhabi International Airport home base.
Etihad outgoing president and CEO James Hogan said: “Partnerships are at the heart of our strategy and remain fundamental for us to compete effectively and efficiently in a complex and competitive global market."
“This partnership is the platform for a much wider strategic collaboration between our two organisations and demonstrates the commitment of the Etihad Aviation Group board and Abu Dhabi to our European growth strategy.”
A previously-announced codeshare agreement covering Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to each of Bogotá and São Paulo and Etihad services from Abu Dhabi to each of Frankfurt and Munich, began on 1 February.
The airlines said they are exploring further co-operation in areas including freight operations, procurement and passenger services.
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