Ethiopian Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines have entered a codeshare agreement effective Oct, 01, 2017. Through the codeshare partnership Ethiopian Airlines will add its flight code (ET) in Azul’s operations; hence, customers will be able to purchase tickets directly from Ethiopian Airlines sales channels to fly to seven Brazilian destinations operated by Azul. Reciprocally, Azul airlines will market on Ethiopian vast network throughout Africa and beyond.
The codeshare agreement will entitle esteemed customers travelling between Asia/Middle East/Africa and Brazil, the best possible connectivity options to multiple Brazilian destinations. The agreement will also underpin people-to-people, investment, trade and tourism ties between Africa and Brazil. As a successful Pan-African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines is positioned to collaborate with multiple Airlines with a common ambition and joint effort to expand our footprint to different destinations across the world, and this milestone is a good case in point.
Initially, Ethiopian Airlines may place its code in Azul’s operations from São Paulo (Guarulhos) to Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Goiania, Porto Alegre, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu and Florianopolis. The routes offer fast and convenient connections for customers leaving Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to São Paulo. Moreover, the agreement works reciprocally; allowing both Airlines Customers to enjoy connectivity in their respective Hubs.
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations in 5 continents, out of which 55 are in Africa. Azul, in turn, concentrates its two largest distribution centers in São Paulo (Viracopos) and Belo Horizonte with more than 200 departures for more than 80 Brazilian destinations.
Azul (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served, offers 792 daily flights to 104 destinations. With a fleet of 122 aircraft and more than 10,000 crewmembers, the company has a network of 201 non-stop routes as of March 31, 2017. Among other awards, Azul was named third best airline in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice in 2017, best low cost carrier in South America for the sixth consecutive time by Skytrax in 2016, and the world’s most on-time low-cost airline in 2015 by the Official Airline Guide (OAG).