Etihad Airways expands air-rail partnership with AccesRail in Europe

                
  • Seamless air-rail connections in Germany, the UK, and soon Italy
  • Expanded inter-city coach network with National Express in the UK

Etihad Airways (Etihad) has announced the expansion of its partnership with AccesRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions. The partnership allows Etihad to use AccesRail's expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with their air fare using the airline’s online booking platform, or through their travel agency.

Etihad’s guests can connect to and from their international flights to rail routes operated by major European railway companies using the airline’s ‘EY’ code, including an expanded network of seven rail routes on Germany’s Deutsche Bahn from Frankfurt Main Airport. The partnership with AccesRail has also been extended to the United Kingdom to include 16 destinations westbound from London Heathrow on Great Western Railway, and subject to final government approval, to 28 cities across Italy on the country’s primary rail operator, Trenitalia.

The expansion will also see additional inter-city coach services in the United Kingdom operated by National Express to 28 major British towns and cities from London Heathrow, and five from Manchester Airport.

Ali Saleh, Etihad Airways Vice President Alliances and Partnerships, said: “This is a tremendous product, which provides convenient rail or coach connections at some of our key gateways in Europe, enabling customers to commence their Etihad journey from multiple domestic points with the best fares available, all on the same itinerary and ticket.

“As we aim to personalise the guest experience in-flight by providing more choice and greater customisation, we continue to source more strategic partnerships which will mirror this on the ground, giving options and benefits to the many who choose to travel with us in Europe. We soon hope to expand the partnership with AccesRail to more continents.”

Etihad Airways has operated a similar agreement with France’s SNCF, providing codeshare services to 20 destinations on the French domestic rail network from the airline’s Paris gateway.

Andrew Popescu, Vice President Business Development, AccesRail, said: “We are excited to be deepening our Etihad-AccesRail cooperation and look forward to continuing with Etihad on

a global scale. Through this enhanced AccesRail partnership, Etihad will be able, now and in the future, to offer its customers more destinations and more possibilities.”

In operation for more than 20 years, Montreal-headquartered AccesRail is present on most global GDS systems, and partnering with major rail companies in Europe, USA, Canada, Korea, and Japan, making it possible for customers to book and purchase air and rail travel on the same itinerary. 

More information is available on www.etihad.com.

Destination guide (effective immediately).

 

Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

From

To

FRA - Frankfurt

QDU - Dusseldorf

 

ZMB - Hamburg

 

ZVR - Hannover

 

XIT - Leipzig Halle

 

ZMU - Munich

 

ZAQ - Nuremberg

 

ZWS - Stuttgart

 

Great Western Railway (United Kingdom)

From

To

LHR - London Heathrow

QQX - Bath 

 

UBW - Bridgwater 

 

BPR - Bristol Parkway 

 

TPB - Bristol Temple Meads 

 

CFW - Cardiff 

 

EXS - Exeter 

 

GLO - Gloucester 

 

XNE - Newport 

 

OXQ - Oxford 

 

PCW - Par

 

PZE - Penzance 

 

PLH - Plymouth 

 

USX - St Austell

 

SWS - Swansea 

 

XWS - Swindon 

 

TTY - Taunton 

 

National Express coach services (United Kingdom)

From

To

MAN - Manchester

BHX - Birmingham 

 

ZFC - Bradford 

 

ZLZ - Leeds 

 

LXC - Liverpool 

 

ZMP - Manchester 

LHR - London Heathrow

QQX - Bath Spa 

 

BHX - Birmingham 

 

BOH - Bournemouth 

 

BSH - Brighton 

 

BRS - Bristol 

 

CBG - Cambridge 

 

CWL - Cardiff 

 

CHW - Cheltenham Spa 

 

CLB - Colchester 

 

CVT - Coventry 

 

EXT - Exeter 

 

LGW - Gatwick 

 

QEW - Leicester 

 

LTN - Luton Airport 

 

KYN - Milton Keynes 

 

XNE - Newport 

 

NWI - Norwich 

 

ZGB - Nottingham 

 

OXF - Oxford 

 

POQ - Poole 

 

PLH - Plymouth 

 

RNW - Ringwood 

 

SOU - Southampton 

 

STN - Stansted 

 

SWS - Swansea 

 

XWS - Swindon 

 

TTY - Taunton 

 

WNC - Winchester 

Note: Trenitalia services will be announced once government approvals received.

 

 

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