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Etihad Airways expands Air-Rail partnership with AccesRail in Europe

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ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways (Etihad) has announced the expansion of its partnership with AccesRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions. The partnership allows Etihad to use AccesRail’s expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with their air fare using the airline’s online booking platform, or through their travel agency.

Etihad’s guestscanconnect to and from their international flights to rail routes operated by major European railway companies using the airline’s ‘EY’ code, including an expanded network of seven rail routes on Germany’s Deutsche Bahn from Frankfurt Main Airport. The partnership with AccesRail has also been extended to the United Kingdom to include 16 destinations westbound from London Heathrow on Great Western Railway, and subject to final government approval, to 28 cities across Italy on the country’s primary rail operator, Trenitalia.

The expansionwill also see additional inter-city coach services in the United Kingdom operated by National Express to 28 major British towns and cities from London Heathrow, and five from Manchester Airport.

Ali Saleh, Etihad Airways Vice President Alliances and Partnerships, said: “This is a tremendous product, which provides convenient rail or coach connections at some of our key gateways in Europe, enabling customers to commence their Etihad journey from multiple domestic points with the best fares available, all on the same itinerary and ticket.

“As we aim to personalise the guest experience in-flight by providing more choice and greater customisation, we continue to source more strategic partnerships which will mirror this on the ground, giving options and benefitsto the many who choose to travel with us in Europe. We soon hope to expand the partnership with AccesRail tomore continents.”

Etihad Airways has operated a similar agreement with France’s SNCF, providing codeshare services to 20 destinations on the French domestic rail network from the airline’s Paris gateway.

Andrew Popescu, Vice President Business Development, AccesRail, said: “We are excited to be deepening our Etihad-AccesRail cooperation and look forward to continuing with Etihad on

a global scale. Through this enhanced AccesRail partnership, Etihad will be able, now and in the future, to offer its customers more destinations and more possibilities.”

In operation for more than 20 years, Montreal-headquartered AccesRail is present on most global GDS systems, and partnering with major rail companies in Europe, USA, Canada, Korea, and Japan, making it possible for customers to book and purchase air and rail travel on the same itinerary. 

More information is available on www.etihad.com.

Destination guide (effective immediately).

Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

From To
FRA – Frankfurt QDU – Dusseldorf
  ZMB – Hamburg
  ZVR – Hannover
  XIT – Leipzig Halle
  ZMU – Munich
  ZAQ – Nuremberg
  ZWS – Stuttgart

Great Western Railway (United Kingdom)

From To
LHR – London Heathrow QQX – Bath 
UBW – Bridgwater 
BPR – Bristol Parkway 
TPB – Bristol Temple Meads 
CFW – Cardiff 
EXS – Exeter 
GLO – Gloucester 
XNE – Newport 
OXQ – Oxford 
PCW – Par
PZE – Penzance 
PLH – Plymouth 
USX – St Austell
SWS – Swansea 
XWS – Swindon 
TTY – Taunton 

National Express coach services (United Kingdom)

From To
MAN – Manchester BHX – Birmingham 
ZFC – Bradford 
ZLZ – Leeds 
LXC – Liverpool 
ZMP – Manchester 
LHR – London Heathrow QQX – Bath Spa 
BHX – Birmingham 
BOH – Bournemouth 
BSH – Brighton 
BRS – Bristol 
CBG – Cambridge 
CWL – Cardiff 
CHW – Cheltenham Spa 
CLB – Colchester 
CVT – Coventry 
EXT – Exeter 
LGW – Gatwick 
QEW – Leicester 
LTN – Luton Airport 
KYN – Milton Keynes 
XNE – Newport 
NWI – Norwich 
ZGB – Nottingham 
OXF – Oxford 
POQ – Poole 
PLH – Plymouth 
RNW – Ringwood 
SOU – Southampton 
STN – Stansted 
SWS – Swansea 
XWS – Swindon 
TTY – Taunton 
WNC – Winchester 

Note: Trenitalia services will be announced once government approvals received.

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