• Joe Breitfeller

Ethiopian Airlines Announces New Interline Agreement With South Africa’s CemAir

The new interline will allow customers of both airlines to enjoy seamless travel on a single ticket and lower costs when traveling between points on both networks.


Ethiopian Airlines and CemAir Implement Interline Agreement - Courtesy Ethiopian Airlines/CemAir

On Tuesday (January 26, 2021), Ethiopian Airlines announced the signing of a new interline agreement with South African carrier CemAir. The agreement will allow customers of both airlines to enjoy seamless travel on a single ticket between points on the networks of both airlines. In Tuesday’s announcement, Ethiopian Airlines’ Vice President of Marketing, Mrs. Rahel Asefa, said,


“In our continuous endeavor to expand our service beyond our extensive network in Africa, we are happy to partner and add CemAir to our list of growing partners in Africa.”


Also commenting on the new interline agreement, CemAir’s CEO, Miles van der Molen, added,


“We are proud of our partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s leading and one of the largest global airlines. Ethiopian is a strong partner and with the significant changes in the South African airline industry we look forward to working closely with them as we expand our network both domestically and beyond. The coming years represent an unparalleled opportunity in the industry and we see our future expansion closely tied to the success of our partners.”


Ethiopian Airlines has been in business for over 70 years and is the fastest growing airline in Africa. The carrier commands the largest share of Pan-African passenger and cargo service and operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world. Ethiopian serves 127 destinations across five continents with 128 ultra-modern fuel efficient aircraft including Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-8/9 Dreamliners, Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 777-200LRs, Boeing 777-200 Freighters and De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s. The airline’s fleet has an average age of five years and Ethiopian was the first African carrier to operate each of the previously mentioned aircraft types.


Ethiopian Airlines is implementing a strategic plan called ‘Vision 2025’ which envisions the carrier becoming the leading aviation group in Africa with six business centers including Ethiopian International Services, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, Ethiopian MRO Services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. The award-winning airline has reported an average annual growth of around 25 percent over the past seven years.


CemAir is a domestic and international scheduled and charter air carrier in South Africa. The privately owned company was established in 2005 and is headquartered at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The airline currently operates a fleet of 12 Bombardier CRJ 100/200-LR aircraft, nine Beech 1900Ds, two De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300s and one Dash 8-100.



Source(s): Ethiopian Airlines, CemAir

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