19 NOVEMBER 2018
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Amid rumours of a possible merger, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi and Gulf Air of Bahrain have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing subject to further talks to work together on a range of projects.
If agreed, the document, signed at the Bahrain Air Show by Etihad Group CEO Tony Douglas and Gulf Air CEO Krešimir Kučko, will encompass code-sharing between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain capital Manama, routes beyond the two bases and the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes.
Kučko said: “The relationship between Bahrain and UAE is strong in many fields including aviation and with the signing of this MOU we enrich the relationship by cooperating with Etihad Airways.
“This is an example of how two airlines can work hand in hand for greater mutual benefits. We are happy to work with our friends and colleagues in Etihad and support each other to achieve bigger goals.”
Douglas added: “The ties between Abu Dhabi and Manama are well-known and date back nearly 70 years. The natural way to build upon those ties is to examine ways in which the two flag carriers can work more closely together to improve business operations and enhance the experience for our guests.”
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