Lufthansa inks Ethiopian codeshare

Lufthansa is further expanding its partnerships with African airlines and from 4th April
2008 passengers can fly with either Ethiopian Airlines or Lufthansa on
routes between Frankfurt and the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Customers will then have a choice of seven flights
per week on this route. The cooperation agreement was signed by Ato Girma Wake,
Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian
Airlines, and Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber.

The codeshare flights, which can be booked now, offer customers greater flexibility
and a wider choice of connections. A Lufthansa Airbus A300-600 will depart from
Frankfurt for Addis Ababa four
times weekly, with a stopover in Khartoum. Ethiopian Airlines will operate a
thrice-weekly Boeing 767 service on this route.

The codeshare agreement and the cooperation between Lufthansa and Ethiopian Airlines
have established the basis for further collaboration. An extension of the codeshare
agreement to onward flights
from Frankfurt to European and US destinations as well as from Addis Ababa to
destinations in Eastern and Central Africa is already under discussion. “This
codesharing agreement will benefit the
customers of both airlines. It will boost Lufthansa’s flight offering in Africa and
also give passengers from Ethiopia access to our global route network via our
Frankfurt hub,” Wolfgang Mayrhuber

The frequent flyer programmes of both airlines have been linked since October 2007.
Members of the Lufthansa Miles & More programme and Ethiopian Sheba Miles can thus
earn and redeem miles on any of
the partner airline’s flights.

Ethiopian Airlines has partnered with LSG Sky Chefs, which has assisted in managing
and upgrading the airline’s catering division by improving the production standards.
“The codeshare flights between
Addis Ababa and Frankfurt mark the beginning of a stronger cooperation to come as
both airlines are planning to cover other markets in the future,” noted Ato Girma
Wake, Chief Executive Officer of
Ethiopian Airlines.