Avianca Brazil and Ethiopian Airlines, both member of Star Alliance, have signed a code-share agreement to introduce code-share services between Brazil, Ethiopia, and future points beyond Ethiopia.
Through this partnership Avianca Brazil will add its code (O6) to Addis Abeba, Ehiopia connecting Brazil (GRU) to Africa (ADD), with the possibility for expansion to China and other viable Asian destinations. On a reciprocal basis, the largest African carrier, Ethiopian, will be able to reach more destinations in Brazil through Avianca Brazil network under ET code.
Upon the official announcement made during the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting held in Chicago, USA on 09 December 2015, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, I wish to thank Avianca, a fellow Star Alliance member, for this mutually beneficial codeshare partnership. Our codeshare partnership will give our customers traveling between Africa and Brazil, the best possible connectivity options with one ticket and one single check-in at first boarding airport. It will also play critical role in enabling greater people-to-people, investment, trade and tourism ties between a rising Africa, the second fastest growing region in the world, and Brazil, one of the fastest growing Nations. ”
“This agreement is part of our strategy to increasingly integrate Avianca Brazil to the world, aiming to expand the benefits to our customers. Now, they can travel to international destinations with reliable air partners and earn points on our Amigo loyalty program”, said José Efromovich, president of Avianca Brazil. “In addition, it strengthens our position as the Brazilian Star Alliance member. By distributing more foreign business and leisure travelers, we contribute to the strengthening of national tourism”.
Upon completion of formalities, more details of the partnership, such as the routes involved and the date of implementation will be announced. Currently, members of Avianca’s Amigo loyalty program can already earn points and issue tickets on Ethiopian flights.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the 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 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.
Source: Ethiopian Airlines