Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that its strategic partner for the
southern Africa region, Malawian Airlines, has launched its first international
flight to Johannesburg on 17 February 2014.
Malawian will operate daily from Lilongwe to Johannesburg, with a stopover in
Blantyre, with a brand new B737-800 with Sky Interior and a 154 seat capacity configured
in two classes, Business and Economy.
As part of its strategy to set up multiple hubs in Africa in line with its 15
year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, Ethiopian has partnered with the Malawian Government
and private interests in the country to establish Malawian Airlines in Lilongwe.
Ethiopian has 49% equity stake as well as the technical and management contract
for the new airline. Lilongwe is now the 3rd hub of Ethiopian for Southern
Africa region, after Lomé, which has been serving for the last 4 years as a hub
for the West African region thru a partnership with ASKY Airlines.
"Ethiopian is first and foremost a Pan-African carrier that strongly believes
that intra-African partnership is critical for the emergence of a globally competitive
indigenous African airline industry. It is with this spirit that we have entered
into a long term partnership in Malawi. Together, we aim to serve the public and
the air travel needs in the Southern Africa region, both for regional and inter-continental
travel, thru an integrated network that offers seamless and convenient connectivity
options to our 79 global destinations." said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier serving 79 international destinations
across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology
aircraft such as the B777s and B787s.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its
operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s
leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 79 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 aviation group in Africa with seven business
centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger
Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight
Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning
airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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