Rex, Australia’s most reliable airline, has proudly unveiled a groundbreaking interline partnership with Etihad Airways, a global leader based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This collaboration brings an exciting era of choice and connectivity for business travellers, offering access to Etihad’s expansive global network.


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Spreading its wings

Rex’s General Manager of Network Strategy, Warrick Lodge, says the partnership signifies a significant leap forward in providing passengers with unparalleled travel options. Lodge adds, “Partnering with a world-class airline like Etihad brings a new era of choice and connection for Rex passengers.”

For business travellers flying Rex domestically to Sydney or Melbourne, this partnership unlocks a gateway to Etihad’s extensive network of 72 destinations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the USA. The convenience of booking the entire journey, including connecting flights, under a single reservation is a game-changer, with the added benefit of through-check baggage where permitted.

Arik De, Etihad’s Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer, is enthusiastic about the expanded connectivity options for Etihad guests, providing access to key destinations within the Rex network. This includes Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast — critical hubs for business activities. 

De says, “We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Rex customers, enabling them to seamlessly integrate into our expanding global network.” 

This collaboration positions Rex as a key player in the business travel sector, offering a comprehensive and convenient solution for those seeking efficient and reliable connections.


Rex crew. Image: Rex Airlines.


Key players

As Australia’s most reliable airline, Rex boasts the highest rate of on-time departures and the lowest cancellation rate among domestic carriers, as per the latest government data. Business travellers can now expect the same level of reliability as they expand their horizons with Rex and Etihad.

Rex’s dedication to providing reliable and efficient services extends beyond its passenger operations. The airline’s comprehensive approach includes subsidiaries such as Pel-Air Aviation, specialising in air freight, aeromedical, and charter operations, the Australian Airline Pilot Academy with campuses in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat, and Australian Aerospace Propeller Maintenance. Rex is also a 50% shareholder of National Jet Express (NJE), a premier Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO), charter, and freight operator.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been a stalwart in the aviation industry since its formation in 2003. Operating from its base in Abu Dhabi, Etihad serves passenger and cargo destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Recognised for superior service, products, and environmental initiatives, Etihad is at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis, having been named the Airline Ratings Environmental Airline of the Year in 2022 and 2023.

Business travellers can now effortlessly plan and book Rex flights on Etihad’s website (, through trusted travel agents, and online travel agencies, ensuring easy access to an extended range of travel options. 

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