Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, effective 30 August 2014.
Ethiopian currently flies to 82 international destinations across five continents operating a young and modern fleet, such as Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft. The carrier provides daily services to Washington Dulles Airport using the B777 or B787 aircraft with convenient and easy connections through its main hub in Addis Ababa to 49 cities across Africa.
The new codeshare agreement between the two Star Alliance member airlines covers the Addis Ababa–Washington trunk route, as well as points in Africa and the U.S. With this codeshare agreement, travelers between the U.S. and Africa will be able to enjoy unmatched and seamless connectivity options thanks to United’s strong network in the U.S. and Ethiopian’s unparalleled coverage of East, Central, Southern and Western African destinations.
The Addis Ababa–Washington trunk route will be operated as per the below schedule:
Flight ET 501/UA7174 Daily IAD-ADD 10:15 Am 06:45 Am+1 777 or 787
Flight ET 500/UA7187 Daily ADD-IAD 10:15 Pm 08:30 Am +1 777 or 787
Marking the occasion, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “We are very pleased to start codeshare flights with fellow Star Alliance member, United Airlines. This agreement will enable our two carriers to tap into new market opportunities and be competitive in the fast-growing Africa-US travel market. It will also give a wider choice of connectivity options to our customers travelling between Africa and the US.”
“United is pleased to join Ethiopian in providing new codeshare options for our mutual customers traveling between the U.S. and Africa,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “In addition to nonstop flights between the U.S. and Ethiopian capitals, the new service will provide Ethiopian’s customers with convenient connections to destinations throughout the Americas from our Washington Dulles hub, and will offer United customers access to more destinations in Ethiopian’s extensive network.”