Ethiopian Enhances Cooperation with Lufthansa - 18 November, 2009

Ethiopian Airlines and Lufthansa have further enhanced their cooperation by extending their code share partnership agreement thereby adding flexibility and more convenience to the services of their respective customers.

Ethiopian Airlines expanded its operations during the 2009/10 winter season by increasing flight frequencies to eleven of its destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For the eastern region of the continent, for example, Ethiopian now offers four additional weekly flights to Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam providing more choices of flights and convenient connections for Lufthansa and Ethiopian customers. Passengers planning to travel to these destinations will undoubtedly have more flexibility and choices with such additional frequencies.

Currently, Ethiopian and Lufthansa jointly offer eight weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Frankfurt; and, as of June 2010 both carriers will provide ten weekly flights for the same sector.

Ethiopian has been offering uninterrupted flight services from its home base, Addis Ababa, to Frankfurt since 1958. The code share partnership agreement between Ethiopian and Lufthansa has further strengthened Ethiopian's position in the European and US markets through the extensive network of Lufthansa, while it creates additional possibilities for Lufthansa to reach the Eastern African markets.

Ethiopian has been operating code share flights with Lufthansa since April 04, 2008. The flights under such code share arrangement are now operating on the Addis Ababa-Frankfurt route and points beyond Frankfurt and Addis Ababa. As a result, Ethiopian’s ShebaMiles members are now able to earn/use their award miles on the international routes of Lufthansa. Likewise, Lufthansa’s Miles & More members accrue miles on Ethiopian’s flights.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946.

In July 2009, Ethiopian won ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ award at African Business Award organized by the London based African Business Magazine and Common Wealth Business Council.

In August 2008, Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

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