Ethiopian Airlines has announced a code-share agreement with United Airlines, effective August 30th, 2014.
Ethiopian, the largest airline in Africa, currently flies to 83 international destinations across five continents.
The new code-share agreement between the two Star Alliance-member airlines covers the Addis Ababa–Washington, DC trunk route, as well as other points in the US and Africa.
With this new agreement, travelers between the US and Africa will be able to enjoy unmatched and seamless connectivity options, thanks to United’s extensive network in the US and Ethiopian’s unparalleled coverage of east, central, southern and western African destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam, commented: “We are very delighted to start codeshare flights with fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines.
“This agreement will enable our two carriers to tap into new market opportunities and to continue to be competitive in the fast-growing US-Africa travel market.
“It will also give a wider choice of connectivity options to our customers traveling between the US and Africa.”
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier serving 83 international destinations across five continents with more than 200 daily flights and operating the latest-technology aircraft such as the Boeing 787s and 777s.
“United is pleased to join Ethiopian in providing new code-share options for our mutual customers traveling between the US and Africa,” said Jim Compton, United vice chairman.
“In addition to nonstop flights between the US and Ethiopian capitals, the new service will provide Ethiopian’s customers with convenient connections to destinations throughout the Americas from our Washington Dulles hub, and will offer United customers access to more destinations in Ethiopian’s extensive network.”
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 374 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers.
With hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, DC, United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 32 new Embraer 175 aircraft to United Express.
The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 27 member airlines.