Ethiopian Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines have entered a codeshare agreement, which became effective from 1 October this year.
Through the partnership Ethiopian Airlines will add its flight code in Azul’s operations. Reciprocally, Azul will market Ethiopian’s vast network throughout Africa and beyond.
Vice president of corporate strategy and alliance, Girma Shiferaw says it will give the possible connectivity options to multiple Brazilian destinations.
He adds: “The agreement will also underpin people-to-people, investment and trade and tourism ties between Africa and Brazil. As a successful Pan-African carrier, we are positioned to collaborate with multiple airlines with a common ambition and joint effort to expand our footprint to different destinations across the world, and this milestone is a good case in point.”
Azul’s alliances director, Marcelo Bento says the codeshare with Ethiopian Airlines will be very important to strengthen its international presence.
Initially, Ethiopian Airlines may share its code in Azul’s operations from São Paulo (Guarulhos) to Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Goiania, Porto Alegre, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu and Florianopolis. These routes offer fast and convenient connections for customers leaving Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to São Paulo. Moreover, the agreement works reciprocally; allowing both airlines’ customers to enjoy connectivity in their respective hubs.
Ethiopian Airlines flies to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations in five continents, out of which 55 are in Africa. Azul, in turn, concentrates its two largest distribution centers in São Paulo (Viracopos) and Belo Horizonte with more than 200 departures for more than 80 Brazilian destinations.