As part of the agreement, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national carrier will have its ‘EY’ code placed on Aer Arann’s regional aircraft operating between Dublin, Cork, Galway and the Isle of Man.
Irish flight passengers will also benefit from improved links to Abu Dhabi via Dublin, as well as the opportunity to fly to onward Etihad destinations across the world.
Commenting on the codeshare, Etihad Airways’ chief executive James Hogan said: "Etihad Airways has developed a strong affinity with Ireland, with Dublin quickly establishing itself as one of our most popular routes, enjoying average seat factors during 2008 of more than 80 percent."
The UAE carrier currently flies to Dublin seven times a week. It operates a number of successful codeshares, principally with bmi, Jet Airways and Middle East Airlines.
Etihad Airways announced last week that it would be launching a new flight to Athens in June 2009.