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Rex signs new interline pact with Etihad Airways

The new deal unlocks easier access to dozens of destinations via the combined country and global networks of both airlines, writes MATT LENNON.

Country Australia is now better connected to Europe, Africa and the Middle East via a new interline agreement unveiled today by Rex Airlines and Etihad Airways.

The new deal means travellers across the Rex network can fly to Sydney and Melbourne to connect with Etihad services, via Abu Dhabi, to 72 destinations across the EY network.

Where permitted, the deal also sees boarding passes printed at initial check-in for the entire journey along with baggage checked through to the final port.

Rex flights with Etihad connectivity are now available for sale on Etihad’s website and through travel agents.

“Partnering with a world-class airline like Etihad brings a new era of choice and connection for Rex passengers,” said Rex General Manager of Network Strategy, Warrick Lodge.

Etihad Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer, Arik De, welcomed Rex’s customers and the new ability for them to integrate to Etihad’s network from regional and rural ports.

“This exciting new partnership significantly expands connectivity options for Etihad guests, providing them with effortless access from our gateways in Sydney and Melbourne to pivotal destinations within the Rex network including Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” De added.

The new pact with Etihad is the second interline deal available to Rex customers after the carrier linked up with Delta Air Lines in 2022 in a similar arrangement on DL’s flights between Sydney and Los Angeles.

MEANWHILE, Etihad Airways is mulling the possibility of an Initial Public Offering after a strong boost to revenue in 2023 and a 40% jump in passenger numbers.

Discussions between Etihad’s owner, Abu Dhabi investment firm ADQ, and a number of banks is reported to be ongoing with the potential for the carrier to float as early as this year.

“It’s our obligation to be ready to IPO the company whenever the shareholder believes it is the right time… and this is good, even if you don’t do it,” said Etihad Airways Group CEO, Antonoaldo Neves.

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