14 October, 2021

Ethiopian Airlines and Airlink of South Africa form interline agreement

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an interline agreement with the Johannesburg based local carrier Airlink, which will allow passengers the option to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket and lower fare tickets between points within the carriers’ synergized networks. 

With the interline agreements between the two carriers, passengers can book through their itineraries on both airlines easily. The partnership attracts more customers providing ease of connectivity to their destinations served by both Ethiopian and Airlink.  

Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines remarked, “In our continuous  commitment and endeavour to expand our service beyond our extensive network in Africa, we are  happy to enhance our cooperation and add Airlink to our list of growing partners in Africa.” he  added, “As South Africa represents the continent’s largest market and with the significant changes  in the region’s industry players, implementation of this interline agreement will create ease of  access to those travelling to/from South African regional airports and Ethiopian destinations  across five continents.” 

Ethiopian Airlines has been implementing various partnership agreements with African and global carriers to further expand its accessibility to its customers. The partnership with Artlink, in particular, will increase seamless connectivity options for customers in the regions of South Africa with the vast network of Ethiopian Airlines in the continent and beyond. Ethiopian Airlines connectivity options are crucial in fulfilling the increasing demand of our customers. Ethiopian and Airlink customers will handle each other’s travellers check-in and baggage for all their flights with the airlines. Airlink provides services between smaller, under-served towns and larger hub airports. Hence, through the interline agreement signed with Ethiopian, customers from South Africa will benefit from more than 60 African destinations of Ethiopian.

Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy-five years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers,  unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR,  Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. 

The carrier 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 units:  Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO  Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services, Ethiopian  Airports Services and Ethiopian Express Services (Domestic).  

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