|Tap and Ethiopian enter into Code-share Agreement - 15 April, 2015|
TAP, Portugal’s leading airline and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest African airline,
both Members of Star Alliance, have signed a code-share agreement and will be soon
introducing code-share services between Portugal and Ethiopia.
These flights will be made available for bookings through both carriers own websites
– at www.flytap.com and
- as well as via the worldwide reservations systems, as soon as all required regulatory
approvals are completed.
The code-share agreement will include services operated and marketed by both
carriers via connecting flights to African and European destinations. With this
agreement, the two airlines will combine the strength of their respective networks
in Europe and in Africa to offer customers convenient and seamless connectivity
options when travelling between Portugal and Ethiopia as well as access to Ethiopian
and TAP’s operated flights with diverse and improved service options.
As Star Alliance carriers, frequent flyer program members of the two airlines
are already earning and redeeming miles on each other’s flights. Additionally, Ethiopian
and TAP have reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including lounge access.
In order to offer their customers a wide range of service options, both in terms
of gateways and destinations, Ethiopian and TAP pledge to continue looking at future
possibilities to further extend the scope of their code-share.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “We are very happy
to enter into codeshare agreement with TAP, the leading airline in Portugal and
fellow Star Alliance member. Our customers traveling between Africa and Europe can
now look forward to an even wider and more convenient connectivity options. With
a view to give our customers the best possible connectivity options, we are continuously
expanding our own network, which now covers 85 international destinations across
5 continents, and extending our market reach to points where we do not fly thru
agreements with fellow Star carriers.”
"It is with great pleasure that TAP announces the new code-share partnership
with fellow Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines. The addition of seamless services
between Portugal and Ethiopia, via selected intermediary points, will certainly
add convenience and benefits to the travelling public, who will now be able to access
East Africa, via our new partner’s extensive local and regional network and optimized
connections between both carriers. In code-share with Ethiopian Airlines, TAP is
thrilled to be able to offer customers its 15th African destination –
Addis Ababa",said Fernando Pinto,TAP CEO.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 49 African and a
total of 84 international destinations across 5 continents using the latest technology
aircraft such as the B777s and B787s.
About TAP Portugal
TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline
alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. In operation since 1945,
TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14, 2015. Its hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway
at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands
out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network
currently comprises 82 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates
about 2,500 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 61 Airbus aircraft, to
which add some 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, TAP regional carrier, thus
adding up to a 77 aircraft fleet in the whole. In the pursuit of its customer focused
policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products &
services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character
of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main
driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the Europe’s
Leading Airline to Africa as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by
the World Travel Awards in 2014, the company was also awarded as the WTA World’s
Leading Airline to Africa in 2011 and 2012 and the WTA World’s Leading Airline to
South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011,
2012 and 2013 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO
and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE "Planet Earth
Award 2010", in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product". TAP was also
voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010 and Best Portuguese
Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011.
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Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline
in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue
and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has
been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the
first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767
in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only
to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing
777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is
the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025
that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa with seven strategic
business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service;
Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight
Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning,
including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an
average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.
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