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Ethiopian Airlines Expansion.

Post by Homo Aeroportus » 22 Aug 2018, 18:11

ET has already 40% in ASKY (Togo) and 49% in Malawian Airlines, but has now embarked in a further expansion on the African continent.
Last Friday 19AUG, it was announced that a new Mozambique Airlines (100% owned by ET) will start operation by end of 2018.

Today, Tewolde Gebremariam (Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO) told AFP that his company has finalised deals giving it a 49 per cent stake in the national airlines of :
* Guinea, which is restarting after being grounded for 15 years,
* Chad, which stopped flying in 2012,

ET also took a 45% in Zambian Airways which went belly up +20 years ago, and has taken over the management of "Equatorial Guinea's airline" although I am not sure as to what this refers to.

A further step in the long way to the SAATM, Single African Air Transport Market.

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Post by CRJ 900 » 22 Aug 2018, 18:54

Flew with ET this summer to CPT and back. Very positively surprised. Good service, decent IFE, excellent connection times at ADD, new aircraft B787 and B777 They even picked us up directly at the aircraft (late arrival from VIE) to bring us to the next aircraft. Even the luggage made it on time. Well organized.
In the flight magazine, the CEO of ET was also talking about their ambitious masterplan and that they are even moving faster forward as expected.
Only minor point: ADD itself. A bit overcrowded and not so easy airport. Hope they can follow the pace of ET.
Remarkable: at ADD only one non-ET plane noticed when we were there: LH. All the others ET.
Maybe SN should look at some way of cooperation with them (both *A): together they cover almost whole Africa.
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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Expansion.

Post by lumumba » 22 Aug 2018, 23:56

In the pas Brussels Airlines was code sharing with them but not anymore apparently!
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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Expansion.

Post by sn26567 » 23 Aug 2018, 22:53

lumumba wrote:
22 Aug 2018, 23:56
In the pas Brussels Airlines was code sharing with them but not anymore apparently!
Brussels Airlines abandoned the ET codeshare because Ethiopian was siphoning SN's customers to its African destinations! The Star Alliance is not always brotherly love!
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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Expansion.

Post by Darjeeling » 24 Aug 2018, 14:05

Dear SN26567,

ET never "siphoned" any SN pax as the codeshare agreement was limited in terms of seats numbers. ET definitely doesn't need SN to have its operations worked out of BRU, believe me. At a given time, when mutual trust was broken between 9W and SN, there was indeed a pax siphonnage issue coming from 9W (via a fare trick).

Nothing personal here, but I tend to think that you are often misled by SN's internal com propaganda (normal, you are more in touch with an home carrier than an Ethiopian one, again it's normal). I understand why they are being nervous towards ET, since yields in Eastern Africa have plummeted recently, cargo belly is there to compensate... --> I'm not sure they feel as "kings of Africa" as they used to be (or pretended to be...).

BTW, ET could send the 789 or A359 to BRU in a mid-term future (with their latest J-class product).

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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Expansion.

Post by rwandan-flyer » 25 Aug 2018, 18:02

I'm not sure they feel as "kings of Africa" as they used to be (or pretended to be...).
Well it's the first ever airline in Africa, to get 100 aircraft, thus they have the biggest fleet in Africa. In terms of passengers carried, they are the 4th largest airline in Africa
Brussels Airlines abandoned the ET codeshare because Ethiopian was siphoning SN's customers to its African destinations! The Star Alliance is not always brotherly love!
Airlines based in Europe have always enjoyed (and still enjoying), a monopoly, in Africa, they should be "happy"^^. Africans carriers represent only 20% of Air Traffic (pax), in Africa

Air France works with Kenya Airways, since 10 years, KLM works with Kenya Airways since mid 1990s, Lufthansa works with Ethiopian, since 2007, they have don't any problem.

Air France will add more flights to Nairobi, in 2019, while Kenya Airways added two more weekly flights this summer to Paris and Amstedam.

I guess SN is happy, when a pax flies from Rwanda to Gambia, and makes a stop at Bru, because to fly in Africa, is sometimes a mess (long connecting, expansive fares, huge delays,...)

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