Avianca Brazil and Ethiopian Airlines, both member of Star Alliance, have signed a code-share agreement to introduce code-share services between Brazil, Ethiopia, and future points beyond Ethiopia.
Through this partnership Avianca Brazil will add its code (O6) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia connecting Brazil (GRU) to Africa (ADD), with the possibility for expansion to China and other viable Asian destinations. On a reciprocal basis, Ethiopian will be able to reach more destinations in Brazil through Avianca Brazil network under ET code.
Upon the official announcement made during the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting held in Chicago on 09 December 2015, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked:
“I wish to thank Avianca, a fellow Star Alliance member, for this mutually beneficial codeshare partnership. Our codeshare partnership will give our customers traveling between Africa and Brazil, the best possible connectivity options with one ticket and one single check-in at first boarding airport. It will also play critical role in enabling greater people-to-people, investment, trade and tourism ties between a rising Africa, the second fastest growing region in the world, and Brazil, one of the fastest growing Nations. “
“This agreement is part of our strategy to increasingly integrate Avianca Brazil to the world, aiming to expand the benefits to our customers. Now, they can travel to international destinations with reliable air partners and earn points on our Amigo loyalty program”, said José Efromovich, president of Avianca Brazil. “In addition, it strengthens our position as the Brazilian Star Alliance member. By distributing more foreign business and leisure travelers, we contribute to the strengthening of national tourism”.
Upon completion of formalities, more details of the partnership, such as the routes involved and the date of implementation will be announced.