Ethiopian, United Airlines enter into code share agreement

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Addis Ababa, 13 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has entered into a code share agreement with United Airlines, effective from 30 August 2014.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: "We are very pleased to start code share flights with fellow Star Alliance member, United Airlines. This agreement will enable our two carriers to tap into new market opportunities and be competitive in the fast-growing Africa-US travel market. It will also give a wider choice of connectivity options to our customers travelling between Africa and the US."

Ethiopian, the biggest airline in Africa, currently flies to 82 international destinations across five continents operating a young and modern fleet, such as Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft.

The carrier provides daily services to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) using the B777 or B787 aircraft with convenient and easy connections through its main hub in

Addis Ababa (ADD) to 49 cities across Africa.

The new code share agreement between the two Star Alliance member airlines covers the Addis Ababa–Washington, D.C. trunk route, as well as points in Africa and the U.S.

"United is pleased to join Ethiopian in providing new codeshare options for our mutual customers traveling between the US and Africa," said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer.

"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," he added.

With the agreement, travelers between the US and Africa will be able to enjoy unmatched and seamless connectivity options thanks to United’s strong network in the US and Ethiopian’s unparalleled coverage of East, Central, Southern and Western African destinations, Ethiopian stated.

Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 82 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology aircraft, such as the B777s and B787s.

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, D.C., 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. (Ethiopian Airlines)