ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES EXPANDS CODES SHARE PARTNERSHIP WITH SINGAPORE AIRLINES
(Posted 30th November 2013)
Shortly after commencing their flights from Addis Ababa to Singapore has Ethiopian Airlines now announced a closer cooperation with Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines for the benefit of the passengers of both airlines.
Ethiopian, from 03rd December onwards, will put their ET flight code on SIA flights to Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane while in turn, always subject to regulatory approvals, SIA will add their code to Ethiopian operated flights from Addis Ababa to Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro in East Africa and Point Noire (Congo Brazzaville) and Accra / Ghana in West Africa. It is expected that subject to the commercial success of this close cooperation more code share destinations will be announced in 2014.
This latest development has again underscored the growing importance of airline alliances, where Star is clearly leading in Africa with three members, Ethiopian, South African and Egypt Air, while SkyTeam, through their partnership with Kenya Airways, is a very respectable second. Beaten into a distant third place in Africa is oneworld which has no African partner and therefore now largely depends on British Airways flights into the continent – with two key destinations dumped from the network, namely Dar es Salaam and Lusaka – and the flights by Qatar Airways from Doha, after the Gulf carrier joined the alliance on 31st October.