Showing posts with label Airlink. Show all posts
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Thursday, 16 June 2022

Emirates and Airlink have officially activated their codeshare partnership

Emirates and Airlink have officially activated their codeshare partnership. The Emirates and Airlink partnership makes it easier for customers to create their ideal itinerary and benefit from seamless connections and a single booking reference across eight domestic South African cities via the airline’s gateways Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Travel itineraries can now be booked on, with travel agents as well as online travel agents (OTAs). Tickets booked from June 2022 are available for travel immediately.

Emirates customers can now book a wide range of additional flights, including eight destinations from Johannesburg, five destinations from Cape Town and one point from Durban. Examples of some new route options include Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley, George, and East London, amongst others.

Emirates currently offers double daily flights to Dubai from Johannesburg, daily flights to Dubai from Cape Town and five weekly flights to and from Durban. The airline is also driving more connectivity options that provide value through a better experience for its customers. With the revival of its South African Airways partnership, as well as its codeshare agreement with Airlink, and interlines with Cemair and FlySafair, the airline has expanded its reach to 79 regional points in southern Africa.

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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

United and Airlink agree codeshare deal

This week, United Airlines and Airlink, a South African airline, announced a new codeshare agreement that will offer customers more connections between the U.S. and Southern Africa than any other airline alliance. The new agreement, which is subject to government approval, will offer one stop connections from the U.S. to more than 40 destinations in Southern Africa. Additionally, United will be the first airline to connect its loyalty program with Airlink, allowing MileagePlus members to earn and redeem miles when they travel on Airlink flights. This new cooperation will be in addition to United's existing partnership with Star Alliance member South African Airways.

"United continues to demonstrate our commitment to Africa, starting three brand new flights to the continent this year alone including new service to Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa," said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances at United. "And now through our codeshare agreement with Airlink - which is the most expansive partnership in Southern Africa - customers will be able to easily explore more bucket list destinations across the continent including easy connections to Zambia, Zimbabwe and more."

United has continued to expand its footprint into Africa, with direct service to four African destinations. Earlier this month, United announced flights between Washington, D.C. and Lagos Nigeria will begin November 29, subject to government approval. Earlier this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana, which is expected to operate daily this December and January. United's popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa will also resume on December 1.

"North America is an important source market for our destinations. This codeshare will make it easy for our North American customers to reach the Okavango Delta, Chobe, the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game lodges, Cape Town, the Garden Route, Swakopmund and the Copperbelt, among others," said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster. "Similarly, the codeshare means that our customers in the 12 African countries we currently serve, will have fast and seamless access to all of United's network."

This new codeshare will be implemented upon final government approvals

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Airlink halts Johannesburg and Polokwane service for the whole of February

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South African airline Airlink has confirmed the suspension of its air services between Johannesburg and Polokwane for the month of February.

“Unfortunately a combination of factors, most notably the latest surge in COVID-19 infections and the Level 3 lockdown restrictions which are intended to curb the virus’s spread, have decimated demand on what is traditionally an important and busy business travel route.  We are temporarily suspending the service until 03 March 2021, by which time we trust the situation will have improved,"  said Airlink Managing Director and CEO, Rodger Foster.

The company says it should resume services in March with an enhanced schedule of daily early morning and late afternoon return flights, enabling same-day return services between the two cities.

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Lufthansa and SWISS are partnering with Airlink to reach 45 destinations in Southern Africa

Lufthansa and SWISS are partnering with Airlink, to offer customers access to over 25 domestic destinations in South Africa, including Bloemfontein, George, Upington, Skukuza, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit and Port Elizabeth - as well as over 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa, such as Gaborone, Kasane, Vilanculos, Maun, Victoria Falls, Maputo, Windhoek, Harare, Lusaka, Ndola, Bulawayo and many more.

The interline agreement which came into effect in January 2021, allows customers the convenience of purchasing a single ticket to or from a multitude of destinations in Southern Africa, via Airlink’s gateways in Johannesburg and Cape Town, therefore offering a truly seamless travel experience across both