For over 70 years, Ethiopian Airlines has grown its fleet and network across the globe. From its hub in Addis Ababa, the best African airline with the youngest fleet has signed a codeshare agreement with Air Namibia whose hub is at Windhoek. Air Namibia has a fleet of 10 aircrafts serving 16 mainly regional destinations to southern Africa.
Forming partnerships hasn’t been anything of a challenge for the Ethiopian national carrier. The airline is a fundamental member and key link to Africa for the Star alliance, and serves over 50 African airports. Signing an agreement with Namibia airlines will see the airlines have each other’s codes on flights (ET on Air Namibia and SW on Ethiopian Airlines). The codeshare will affect the following routes Windhoek to Gaborone, Luanda, Victoria Falls and Cape Town as well as Addis Ababa to Windhoek, Beijing, Lagos, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. Codeshare between the 2 African carriers will improve and grow each other’s network and frequencies on routes. The partnership will offer a very good opportunity for the liberation of intra-Africa air travel. Having codeshares amongst African carriers is also a good step towards achieving a liberal and open skies Africa. This will increase competition, growth and service delivery in Africa.
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