On February 21, 2017, Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, signed a codeshare agreement with Air Namibia. The codeshare agreement covers Ethiopian’s three times per week service to Windhoek, as well as both airlines’ services beyond their hubs. It will allow both carriers to expand their global network, facilitating the provision of competitive and convenient travel choices to their customers.
Mr. Girma Shiferaw, Acting Vice President, Strategic Planning and Alliances at Ethiopian Airlines said, “We are thrilled to partner with Air Namibia. It is my sincere belief that such strategic collaboration among African airlines is crucial to see African aviation thrive and grow faster, in line with the economic development of the continent. Air Namibia customers will now enjoy seamless connections on Ethiopian Airlines’ continuously expanding global network across five continents. Via a short layover in Addis Ababa, our passengers will be able to access destinations past Windhoek on Air Namibia flights.”
Acting Managing Director for Air Namibia – Ms. Ellaine Priscilla Samson commented, “We are extremely pleased to enter the codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines, an airline with outstanding accolades in the global arena. This presents an opportunity for the liberalization of inner-Africa air transportation, perpetuating the Yamoussoukro Decision as two African carriers. In addition, this will promote Air Namibia’s network expansion via the global reach and stature of Ethiopian Airlines. Therefore, the partnership of our two airlines is a perfect endeavor of our continent moving towards a wider liberalization in the aviation sector”.
The codeshare agreement will allow Ethiopian Airlines and Air Namibia to place their codes on each other’s flights. ET will place its code on SW flights from Windhoek to Gaborone, Luanda, Victoria Falls, and Cape town, while SW will place it’s code on ET flights between Addis Ababa and Windhoek, Beijing, Lagos, Los Angeles, and São Paulo.
About Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo networkoperating the youngest fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin, with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these types of aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
About Air Namibia
Air Namibia is the national airline of the Republic of Namibia. Positioned as a niche carrier, the airline operates scheduled passenger and cargo flights,serving domestic destinations, as well as the immediate regional markets. Air Namibia was founded as South West Air Transport in 1947, and has operated under its present brand since 1992. It is a state owned airline, and a member of both the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Based at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Air Namibia operates a fleet of ten aircraft comprising of 6 Airbus and 4 Embraer planes. Air Namibia is the proud recipient of eleven-year “Feather Award” dominating as “Best Regional Airline” by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), and was also voted second in the category “Best Airline in Africa” at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
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