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British Airways parent IAG and Avis renew strategic alliance

Avis BudgetThe International Airlines Group (IAG) and Avis have renewed a long-standing strategic alliance. Avis Budget Group senior-president Mark Servodidio has confirmed the 20-year partnership is being renewed and expanded.

The preferred partnership means Avis and Budget are the exclusive car rental providers for IAG affiliate airlines British Airways, Iberia and its budget subsidiary Iberia Express. Avis Budget customers also get preferred status on Iberia Plus, British Airways Executive Club and Avios Travel IAG airline frequent flyer programmes.

Mr Servodidio told media reporters the partnership extension was the Avis Budget Group’s commitment to providing premium products and services to the customers of both entities. He noted Avis Budget would continue to work on enhancing the streamlined air-to-road experience

IAG commercial planning director Silvia Cairo explained that Avis Budget had without fail always delivered car hire services par excellence for airline passengers. She added that the historic alliance had prospered since the initial tie-up between Iberia Plus and Avis Rent A Car.

The additional feature of the latest preferred partners’ agreement is the addition of the Budget option for Aer Lingus’s AerClub members. Ms Cairo said all at IAG were happy with the additional option for customers.

The Avis Budget Group is headquartered in New Jersey and maintains a presence in locations throughout the world with a collection of 11,000 car hire stations. IAG is one of the world’s biggest airline conglomerates and flies to more than 200 different destinations with a combined fleet of almost 500 aircraft.

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