Ethiopian Airlines and Air Namibia sign expansion agreement

02 Mar 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – Air Namibia has signed a codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines with effect from February 2017.
A codeshare agreement is an arrangement in which two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased from an airline on a flight that is actually operated by another airline under a different flight number or code.
In a media statement availed on Thursday, Air Namibia said Ethiopian Airlines will service the Windhoek-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) route three times a week and the services of both airlines beyond their respective hubs.
The agreement will allow the airlines to expand their global network through the services of each, and also facilitate the provision of competitive and convenient travel choices to customers.
Ethiopian Airlines Acting Vice-President for Strategic Planning and Alliances, Girma Shiferaw was quoted as saying this agreement is viewed in the expansion of Africa’s aviation network.
“It is my sincere belief that such strategic collaboration among African airlines is one of the necessities to see African aviation thrive and grow faster in line with the economic development of the continent.”
He added that customers of Air Namibia will enjoy a seamless connection on Ethiopian Airlines’ ever expanding global network across five continents with a minimum layover in Addis Ababa. The airline from the Horn of Africa has routes including Los Angeles, Beijing, Lagos and São Paulo.
Customers of Air Ethiopia will be able to access destinations beyond Windhoek on Air Namibia flights, including Cape Town, Gaborone, Luanda and Victoria Falls.
“We are very pleased with the signing of the codeshare agreement with Ethiopia Airlines, an airline which achieved amazing accomplishments in the global arena,” said Air Namibia Acting Managing Director, Advocate Ellaine Priscilla Samson in the statement.
She said this is an opportunity for the liberalisation of intra-Africa air transport in furtherance of the Yamoussoukro Decision. The Yamoussoukro Decision is an agreement signed by 44 African Union members in 2000 to open the African skies and create a single air-transport market within two years.
Ethiopian Airlines operates the youngest fleet on the continent with an average age of less than five years.