יאיר לפיד בפגישה עם עבדאללה בן זיאד
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meeting with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan the UAE Foreign Ministry in Abu Dhabi
Photo: EPA / Emirates News Agency
An Etihad Airways plane carrying a delegation from the United Arab Emirates on a first official visit lands at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on October 20, 2020

Israeli, UAE airlines announce cooperation deal

Under the agreement, El Al and Etihad will sell tickets and offer frequent flier points to its members for the twice-weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv starting July 18

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Published: 07.01.21, 19:21
The UAE and Israeli flag carriers announced a codeshare cooperation deal on Thursday, the latest sign of deepening ties between the two nations following September's normalization of diplomatic relations.
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  • The move follows Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's visit to the UAE this week to inaugurate the country's first Gulf embassy in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi.
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    An Etihad Airways plane carrying a delegation from the United Arab Emirates on a first official visit lands at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on October 20, 2020
    An Etihad Airways plane carrying a delegation from the United Arab Emirates on a first official visit lands at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on October 20, 2020
    An Etihad Airways plane carrying a delegation from the United Arab Emirates on a first official visit lands at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on October 20, 2020
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    The airlines said in a statement they had "launched their joint codeshare network and reciprocal loyalty agreement for frequent flyers".
    "This builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the airlines signed in 2020 following the Abraham Accords signed by the UAE and Israel," it added.
    Under the agreement, El Al will sell tickets and offer frequent flier points to its members for the twice-weekly Etihad service between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv from July 18.
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    יאיר לפיד בפגישה עם עבדאללה בן זיאד
    יאיר לפיד בפגישה עם עבדאללה בן זיאד
    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meeting with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan the UAE Foreign Ministry in Abu Dhabi
    (Photo: EPA / Emirates News Agency)
    Pending regulatory approval, Etihad will then begin to sell tickets for 14 routes operated by El Al as well as offering benefits to its frequent fliers.
    "We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of our codeshare and frequent flyer partnership with El Al," said Etihad chief executive Tony Douglas.
    From oil to tourism to cutting-edge technologies, the two countries hope to benefit from an economic dividend following the normalization agreement.
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