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Qantas Expands Codeshare with Etihad

Sydney, 08 March 2010

Qantas today announced an expansion of its codeshare partnership with Etihad to include land transport from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

The new arrangement means Qantas codeshare customers flying on an Etihad-operated service to Abu Dhabi will be able to transfer to Dubai by either limousine or coach as part of their booking.

Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob Gurney, said the land transfer option was an important addition to Qantas' offering in the Middle East.

"Dubai is an important regional business and tourism hub, and Qantas is pleased to be able to offer its customers a seamless connection to the city through its partnership with Etihad," Mr Gurney said.

"First and Business customers will benefit from a chauffeur limousine service to the destination of their choice in Dubai.

"This will give them swift, comfortable access to the Jebel Ali and New Dubai precincts, home to many of the city's business zones and luxury hotels, or Dubai itself.

"Economy customers will be transferred by coach to central Dubai, arriving within 90 minutes of departure from Abu Dhabi Airport.

"Limousine and coach services are also available to Al Ain, Abu Dhabi's second city and an emerging cultural tourism destination.

"We believe these new services increase the convenience and attractiveness of Qantas' codeshare services with Etihad, as well as strengthening our network of destinations in the Middle East."

Qantas currently codeshares on Etihad services between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Abu Dhabi, and on selected connecting services between Abu Dhabi and Amman, Bahrain and Beirut.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (4033)
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