Aviation news: Ethiopian increases cooperation with Lufthansa


(eTN) – Information received from Addis Ababa indicates that Ethiopian Airlines (ET) and Lufthansa (LH) last week signed an initial 5-year deal for the introduction and use of LH’s Lido/Take Off Performance Solution into the ET flight operations. Substantial savings are expected to be generated, but this latest deal between the two airlines underscores the already existing close cooperation and, in fact, further intensifies it.

Both airlines fly in codesshare from Frankfurt ten times a week to Addis Ababa, and the Lufthansa flight number then extends to a large and growing number of regional destinations in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. Towards that end, ET has introduced double daily frequencies to key airports to permit seamless connections, both ways, for travelers using the joint flights from and to Frankfurt.

It is understood from a Lufthansa source that this close cooperation is in fact showing growing success in terms of passenger numbers and cargo uplifted on the long-haul flights and beyond. Ethiopian Airlines will be joining the global industry leader Star Alliance later in 2011 and expects added benefits from becoming a full member of the world’s most far reaching aviation cooperation.