Ethiopian Airlines Strategic Partner Malawian Airlines Launches First International Flight to Johannesburg

Ethiopian Airlines Strategic Partner Malawian Airlines Launches First International Flight to Johannesburg

Malawian Airlines launched its first international flight to Johannesburg on February 17, 2014. Malawian Airlines is Ethiopian Airlines’ strategic partner for the southern Africa region. Malawian will operate the B737-800 Sky Interior aircraft daily from Lilongwe to Johannesburg, with a stopover in Blantyre.

“Ethiopian is first and foremost a Pan-African carrier which strongly believes that intra-African partnership is critical for the emergence of a globally competitive indigenous African airline industry. It is with this spirit that we have entered into a long-term partnership in Malawi. Together, we aim to serve the public and the air travel needs in the southern Africa region, both for regional and inter-continental travel, through an integrated network that offers seamless and convenient connectivity options to our 79 global destinations,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

In line with Ethiopian’s strategy of establishing multiple hubs in Africa, the airline has partnered with the Malawian Government and private interests in the country to launch Malawian Airlines in Lilongwe. Ethiopian has a 49 percent equity stake in Malawian, as well as a technical and management contract for the new airline. Lilongwe, Malawi, will be the third hub for Ethiopian Airlines after Lomé, Togo, Ethiopian’s hub for the west African region through a partnership with ASKY Airlines.

Malawian Airlines maintains its headquarters in Lilongwe, the capital and largest city in Malawi. The airline’s major operations base is at Kamuzu International Airport, the largest airport in Malawi. Malawian commenced operation on January 31, 2014, serving the Blantyre-Lilongwe domestic route using a Bombardier Q-400. As per the management agreement between Ethiopian and Malawian Airlines, Ato Kassim Geresu has been appointed as CEO of Malawian Airlines.

About Ethiopian
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 78 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter, and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan, titled “Vision 2025,” that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25 percent in the past seven years.

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