Abu Dhabi based carrier Etihad has secured the permission of US regulators to code-share with Irish airline Aer Lingus on its transatlantic flights to and from Dublin (Ireland).
Etihad will now be able to put its flight code (EY) on Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and Boston, Chicago and New York. This will allow Etihad passengers heading for the United States, who stop in Dublin, to clear US customs and immigration before boarding their flight to the US.
The 2 airlines had signed a code-share and interlining deal in July 2012. The Irish airline already puts its flight code (EI) on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Muscat and Sydney. Etihad also puts its code on many Aer Lingus flights in Europe.
Etihad owns a 3 percent stake in Aer Lingus.