MIAMI – Etihad Airways (EY) and Saudia (SV) announce a new reciprocal loyalty agreement, expanding on their existing codeshare deal.

The news was published by EY, thru a press release dated May 19, indicating that passengers, members of Etihad Guest or Al Fursan programs, will be able to earn and redeem – earn and burn – miles on both carriers’ networks, including EY and SV codeshare flights. This scheme will also apply to Tier Miles and Tier Segments speeding up access to the next tier level.

"As the aviation industry begins to restart and guests return to the skies, this partnership strengthens the airlines' commitment." Terry Daly, Etihad Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand & Marketing Click To Tweet

The new agreement was commented by Terry Daly, EY Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand & Marketing, “this partnership strengthens the airlines’ commitment to growing inbound business and tourism in their respective markets. It complements Etihad’s existing codeshare agreement with SAUDIA and opens more destinations for Etihad Guest members to earn and spend their miles through travel.”

Daly was joined by Khalid Al-Bassam, SV Chief Commercial Officer, who said, “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Etihad through this latest agreement, which further builds on our shared history of successful collaboration…which will help fuel growth in demand and contribute to our goal of enhancing the Kingdom’s aviation and tourism sectors.”

Saudia Airlines Boeing 777-300ER HZ-AK43 in Formula E Livery. Photo: Roland Rimoczi/Airways

Cooperation Extended beyond Codesharing

The two airlines are enhancing their codeshare cooperation beyond their relative’s hubs, an extensive commercial agreement that has seen more than 110,000 passengers travel on the carriers over the past two years. SV has added its code to 15 destinations served by EY in Saudi Arabia, Asia, the US, and Europe.

On its part, EY has added its code to SV city pairs in the Kingdom and Pakistan. The agreement renders the recovery easier for both carriers while providing greater choice, convenience, and flexibility for travelers and cargo customers and strengthen ties between the two countries.

Cooperation extends also to the engineering area with EY collaborating with SV at its AUH MRO ( Maintenace Revision Overhaul) facilities. Ey flies to Saudi Arabia since 2004 and operating 77 weekly flights between AUH and Riyadh (RUH), Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED), and Medina (MED) in pre-pandemic times.

Etihad Airways is presently operating direct flights to RUH, DMM, JED, and guests transiting through AUH from the Kingdom have access to Etihad’s USA pre-clearance, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East.

Featured image: Etihad A6-BLK Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Misael Ocasio Hernandez/Airways