After unceremoniously abandoning their own makeshift alliance, Etihad Airways could be looking for partners once more. According to multiple sources, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier may enter a partnership with Air Canada, but the latter carrier offers no comment on the rumors.
Etihad Airways may once again be looking for partners – but this time, it may come without an upfront investment. According to the blog View From The Wing, Air Canada and Etihad could be considering a very limited agreement.
Flyers could earn Aeroplan miles when traveling on qualified flights aboard Etihad, indicated by a screenshot published by the blog. But they would not be able to use their earned miles towards future travel on the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, and those flights would not count towards elite status. In addition, Star Alliance status benefits would not be extended to Etihad Airways flights.
As of press time, the alleged screenshot no longer appears on the Aeroplan website. No archived copies of the supposed page are available, but a PDF document on the website references earning Aeroplan miles with Air Canada by flying aboard “Air Canada codeshare flights operated by…Etihad Airways.” A spokesperson for Aeroplan tells FlyerTalk that while talks are happening, no formal agreement is in place.
“While we are in discussions with Etihad Airways, we don’t have anything to announce at this time,” the spokesperson told FlyerTalk. “We look forward to sharing more details with you as they become available.”
If the partnership does come into existence, it would be the first major partnership for the carrier since the quiet end of Etihad Airways Partners and their second with a North American airline. Etihad has a long-standing relationship with American Airlines, although it is not a part of the oneworld alliance like fellow Middle East carrier Qatar Airways. And as the supposed relationship stands, it would not alleviate rumors of a potential devaluation in 2020.
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