Dubai: Etihad Airways said it is in negotiations with Fiji Airways following the signing of a interline agreement that was announced on Wednesday.
The agreement permits reciprocal sales from and to 12 cities in Europe, 17 cities in the Middle East, five cities in Africa, five cities in North America, 29 cities in Asia and three cities in Australia to and from Fiji. The two airlines will also interline on cargo operations, according to a previous statement.
“The agreement comes into place with immediate effect and is the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines,” the airlines stated.
No further details were provided. However, Etihad has entered into a number of equity stake partnerships in recent years in Europe, India, the Seychelles and Australia.
Etihad holds a minority stake in Virgin Australia, which flies to Fiji from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Etihad is currently holding due diligence talks with troubled Italian carrier Alitalia and is reportedly set to lift its stake and delist German carrier Air Berlin, which has twice postponed releasing its 2013 results due to recapitalisation talks.
Qantas, which has a code and revenue sharing partnership with Emirates, is a key shareholder in Fiji Airways.