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Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways: New Frequent Flyer Partnership

Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways have announced a new Frequent Flyer Partnership

Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways are extending their Frequent Flyer programs. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and the flagship carriers of France and the Netherlands have formed a strategic alliance for loyalty rewards. This partnership builds upon the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two airline groups in September 2023.

An Etihad 787-9 Dreamliner flying over Abu Dhabi. Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Frequent Flyer partnership.
An Etihad 787-9 Dreamliner flying over Abu Dhabi. Source: Etihad Airways
  • Flying Blue and Etihad Guest members can now earn and redeem Miles in the loyalty program of their choice when flying on Air France, KLM, or Etihad Airways.
  • This expanded partnership, announced in September 2023, allows Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways customers to enjoy more than 60 new routes beyond Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Amsterdam.

As part of a new partnership, members of Flying Blue, Air France, and KLM’s loyalty program, as well as members of Etihad Guest, the loyalty program of Etihad Airways, can now earn and redeem Miles in either loyalty program when flying with Air France, KLM, or Etihad. The partners will announce reciprocal benefits for elite members soon.

Enhanced Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Frequent Flyer Benefits

Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed earlier this year, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways customers can now connect to over 60 new routes covering destinations worldwide. They can earn and redeem miles along the way.

This partnership follows Air France’s launch of flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Abu Dhabi International Airport last October.

Members can now use their Flying Blue Miles to enjoy various experiences. These include flights, hotel stays, car rentals, and products from the Flying Blue Store. Etihad Guest members can spend Miles on flights, hotel stays, vacations, and Etihad Guest Reward Shop products.

Air France operates daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad operates daily flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol.

11-Year Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Collaboration Expands

Angus Clarke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air France-KLM, said:  “I’m very happy to further develop our partnership with Etihad Airways. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further as we aim to explore opportunities in loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world. The attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a destination and a hub, powered by Etihad’s large footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, brings significant richness to this partnership. This moment marks our shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences to our shared global customer base and our 20 million loyal Flying Blue members.” 
 
Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer at Etihad, said: “Following our expanded partnership with Air France-KLM signed in September, we’re pleased to bring to market this collaboration to benefit both of our airline’s loyal guests. Our 9 million Etihad Guest Members will now have access to earn and redeem Etihad Guest Miles when flying with Air France-KLM, giving even greater opportunities to enjoy the benefits of the program. We look forward to welcoming Flying Blue members onto the expanding Etihad network to earn Flying Blue Miles as they choose to fly with Etihad.” 

About Air France-KLM

The Air France-KLM Group is a renowned global player with a strong European foundation. Its primary business areas encompass passenger and cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance.

Being a prominent airline Group, Air France-KLM boasts impressive international traffic departing from Europe. With Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Transavia, the Group connects to over 300 destinations. Its main bases are at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, and Amsterdam-Schiphol airports.

The Flying Blue frequent flyer program, with members exceeding 20 million, is one of Europe’s leaders in the industry.

Through its partnerships with Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture. It facilitated over 340 daily flights in 2019. A member of SkyTeam, an alliance of 19 airlines with an extensive global network, Air France-KLM delivers a seamless journey.

With a 19-year track record as a sustainability frontrunner, the Air France-KLM Group supports environmentally friendly aviation practices.

About Etihad

Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the UAE, was established in 2003. It has swiftly emerged as one of the world’s top airlines. Operating from its base in Abu Dhabi, Etihad serves passengers and cargo. It flies to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. With a wide network of codeshare partners, Etihad provides access to an extensive range of international destinations. Over the years, Etihad has earned numerous accolades for its exceptional service, product offerings, cargo services, and loyalty program.

Recently, Etihad has prioritized addressing the urgent climate crisis. It received the prestigious Airline Ratings Environmental Airline of the Year for 2022 and 2023. Etihad collaborates with leading global aviation brands and manufacturers and drives industry-wide decarbonization efforts.

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