Etihad and Lufthansa deepen budding ties with catering deal

Chief Executive Officer of German Lufthansa airline Carsten Spohr, left, talks as Etihad CEO James Hogan, looks on during a joint press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Chief Executive Officer of German Lufthansa airline Carsten Spohr , left, shakes hands with Etihad CEO James Hogan, looks on during a joint press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Gulf carrier Etihad Airways and German airline Lufthansa are deepening their budding relationship with a $100 million catering partnership.

The one-time rivals announced the catering deal at a joint press conference on Wednesday in Etihad's hub of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. They also signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at cooperation on aircraft maintenance.

The partnerships are noteworthy because Etihad owns a 29 percent stake in another German carrier, Air Berlin. Lufthansa's Eurowings and Austrian Airlines units reached a deal in December to lease 38 planes from struggling Air Berlin, starting this month.

Etihad and Lufthansa reached a code-sharing agreement in December.

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