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Ethiopian Airlines and South Africa’s  Airlink have announced an interline agreement continuing their momentum of increased connectivity by allowing passengers to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket and lower fare tickets between points within the carriers’ networks. With the interline agreements between the two carriers, passengers can book through their itineraries on both airlines easily. The partnership attracts more customers providing ease of connectivity to their destinations served by both Ethiopian and Airlink. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “In our continuous commitment and endeavor to expand our service beyond our extensive network in Africa, we arehappy to enhance our cooperation and add Airlink to our list of growing partners in Africa.” “As South Africa represents the continent’s largest market and with the significant changes in the region’s industry players, implementation of this interline agreement will create ease of access to those travelling to/from South African regional…

Sabre Corporation, the leading software and technology provider for the global travel industry, and Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s flag carrier and the largest airline in Africa, have renewed their long-term strategic partnership for another seven year with minimum commitment of USD 110 million. Under the agreement, Ethiopian airlines will continue to use Sabre’s passenger service system, SabreSonic, enabling it to automate sales and service, helping it to maximize revenue opportunities and create efficient airport experiences for travelers. Furthermore, Sabre’s Intelligence Exchange will help enhance the airline’s passenger experience through providing intelligent real-time insights to help make more informed business decisions. “Despite the effects of the pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines continues to be one of aviation’s greatest success stories,” said Dino Gelmetti, Vice President EMEA, Sabre Travel Solutions. “COVID-19 has accelerated airline competitive pressure and the need for digital transformation, and as Africa’s strongest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines was able to quickly adapt to the changing…

Ethiopian Airlines has signed a Codeshare and Interline Agreement with AccessRail to widen connectivity options for its passengers destined to Western Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavian, Japan and Canada. The agreement avails AccesRails’ wide rail destinations to passengers of Ethiopian Airlines through seamless connectivity with all journey segments contained on a single Ethiopian Airlines ticket. Regarding the partnership, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “I am glad that we have entered into such a monumental agreement with AccessRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions. Each year, we are growing in terms of customer service excellence through collaboration with key partners across the globe. As rail travel is becoming popular, especially when traveling regionally or locally, our collaboration with the worlds renowned flight and rail connection provider helps our customers access extra convenience and better connectivity options. In view of expanding our service to markets where Ethiopian has no direct operations…

Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) will continue to see Ethiopian service to Addis Ababa via Abidjan, Ivory Coast as the East African carrier plans to Re-introduce the route, according to Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam in an interview with Aviation Week. The airline has gone back and forth on this route, previously in the summer of 2019 announcing a 3X-weekly Addis Ababa–Abidjan–Washington Dulles service which it only operated on two occasions in June of that year. But should Ethiopian launch Abidjan-Washington flights, the route would become the airline’s second to the US city alongside its existing Addis Ababa-Dublin-Washington Dulles-Addis Ababa route which it operates daily with the Boeing 777-200LR contingent. GebreMariam also revealed that there are talks ongoing with relevant bodies in Canada to start Montreal flights via Dublin. Ethiopian currently operates three North America routes from Addis Ababa via Dublin, flying to Chicago O’Hare, Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Washington Dulles. Outbound…

Boeing and Airbus may be vying for a larger presence in the wide-body fleet of Ethiopian Airlines as the Star Alliance airline still weighs whether to expand its fleet with the 366-seat Airbus A350-1000 or the latest version of the 777 long-haul jet built by its traditional supplier Boeing, widely known as the 777X, its chief executive told Aviation week. By the end of the year, the airline is expected to back one of the two aerospace giants’ designs. In 2016, the Ethiopian chief told Reuters that they are comparing the A350-1000 and also the 777X and their choice will depend on which aircraft performs well out of Addis Ababa Bole Airport’s altitude and high temperature. Five years later, the airline is reportedly on its final stages of decision-making process regarding its next widebody order. Speaking to Aviation Week, the carrier’s CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, confirmed that one of the designs that…

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an eight-year operating lease agreement with specialist regional aircraft lessor,TrueNoord for a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 (MSN 4621) The new aircraft will be integrated into the fleet for immediate operation. According to the lessor, funding for the aircraft was provided by TrueNoord’s revolving warehouse facility underwritten by Citibank, Société Générale and Royal Bank of Canada. Pillsbury acted as legal counsel for TrueNoord on the acquisition with Milbank advising on the financing and Clifford Chance advising the lenders. Sibert van Leeuwen, TrueNoord’s Sales Manager for Africa, Middle East, India, Russia and CIS commented on the deal: “Ethiopian Airlines has a growing portfolio and a strong reputation for service and innovation. TrueNoord is pleased to be chosen to support their regional connectivity with the versatile and economical Dash 8-400. Based in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the aircraft is enabling them to boost services domestically, and broaden…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of Ethiopia to continue its focus on maintaining efficient air connectivity amid the COVID-19 crisis. This will place Ethiopia in a strong position to weather the crisis and speed up the eventual industry and economic recovery. Air transport is a generator of significant economic and social benefits for Ethiopia.  In 2019 it contributed $4.2 billion to Ethiopia’s GDP and its aviation sector, which employed 19,000 people, supported over 1.3 million jobs across the wider economy. “We congratulate Ethiopia for the positive steps it has taken to promote travel and air service connectivity throughout the pandemic. This includes accepting vaccinated travellers without restrictions, managing the cost of PCR testing to ensure it is affordable and implementing a testing regime which accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests. These measures should put Ethiopia on a faster track to recovery, not just for…

The authorities in United Arab Emirates (UAE) have temporarily stopped Ethiopian Airlines from operating flights to the country originating from Uganda, with multiple reports suggesting that the airline failed to comply with the new travel measures, in regards to passengers from Uganda. Ethiopian Airlines operates Entebbe-Dubai flights via Addis Ababa and passengers from Uganda are required to present negative COVID-19 certificates issued 48 hours and 6 hours to departing time. However, this arrangement is being tested by the latest UAE restrictions because direct flights to Dubai last an average of 5 and half hours and with a layover at Addis Ababa, this means that if u test at Entebbe, you get to UAE after the 6 hours have lapsed. Sources at the airport say Ethiopian Airlines carried nine passengers from Entebbe whose six-hour test result certificates had expired by the time they landed in Dubai on Monday, September 13. As…

Ethiopian Airlines has said it plans to resume services to Enugu in the south-eastern state of Nigeria from October 1, two years after the airline halted the servicing of this route due to renovations of the airport done by the federal government to improve the runway. The airline will fly 3X weekly, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays served with the B787 Dreamliner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. “Oct. 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airline’s good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” disclosed Shimeles Arage the airline’s general manager “Before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu,” he noted. Ethiopian Airlines also announced it will resume its services to Buenos Aires in Argentina. By Victor Salton Odhiambo

Ethiopian Airlines will resume its Buenos Aires service on 12 December after operations were stopped due to pandemic restrictions in June Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s leading airline will operate three weekly flights with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner but the schedule will depend on both demand and corona virus restrictions at the time according to the aviaci online publication Sao Paulo is currently Ethiopian Airlines’ only Latin American destination Meanwhile Ethiopian airlines has adjected its Manchester schedule from 1 weekly flight to Manchester, the carrier will fly a Addis Ababa- Brussels – Manchester route, between 31 October 2021 and 26 March 2022 with a Boeing 787-9