20 JANUARY 2020
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In its first use of the high-tech NDC (New Distribution Capability) platform, Etihad Airways last week became the most recent airline to partner with easyJet to give passengers the option to buy tickets through the easyJet worldwide website.
The deal connects the two airlines’ networks to open fresh possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE and follows easyJet’s accelerated roll-out programme with flight comparison search engine Dohop.
This powers the easyJet worldwide website connecting its European network with long-haul flights, while the NDC platform provides technical capability for new partnerships which were previously not possible.
Etihad vice-president alliances and partnerships Ali Saleh said: “This new collaboration is a logical leap forward for both our companies as easyJet is a perfect launch partner for us in Europe.
“The partnership allows us to increase the breadth of our continental reach reliably to and from Abu Dhabi as we enhance ways of connecting directly with more airlines and travel partners around the world.
“The ability to provide end-to-end booking capabilities through our NDC platform will provide customers with ‘one stop’ solutions for seamless travel with partners, whether legacy or low-cost, through Etihad’s global gateways.”
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