Ethiopian Airlines is currently in talks with Air India to revive its codeshare agreement. The two airlines first signed the deal in 2011, but the agreement was suspended shortly before the pandemic due to operational difficulties. Now, with markets opening again after COVID, the African carrier feels the time is right to resume the relationship with Air India.
A codeshare agreement, also known as codeshare, is a business arrangement, in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flight under their airline designator and flight number as part of their published timetable or schedule.
Typically, a flight is operated by one airline, technically called an “administrating carrier” or “operating carrier” while seats are sold for the flight by all cooperating airlines using their designator and flight number.
Most of the major airlines today have code-sharing partnerships with other airlines, and code sharing is a key feature of the major airline alliances. Typically, code-sharing agreements are also part of the commercial agreements between airlines in the same airline alliances.
Air India isn’t the only Indian carrier Ethiopian has its eyes on. The airline wants to lure as many Indian passengers as possible for flight connections from its primary hub at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).
The carrier is looking to create commercial partnerships with Indian low-cost carriers such as IndiGo and SpiceJet. Additionally, Ethiopian Airlines is also assessing the prospects of setting up its aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in the country.
Around 90% of Ethiopian passengers travelling from India are transit passengers going further to the airlines’ African points, mainly to Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Zambia, among others. Its biggest destinations in India – Mumbai and Delhi – supply a steady flow of business and leisure passengers to the airline, and it wants to double down on that by having multiple codeshare options.
Ethiopian Airlines on July 3commenced its direct passenger flights between Chennai and Addis Ababa. The maiden flight from Addis Ababa arrived in Chennai on Sunday, July 3 morning, and the service will be three times a week to the city.
This is the first direct passenger flight connection Chennai will have with an African city. It has been operating dedicated freighters to Chennai. Chennai is the fourth destination after Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru for the airline to start direct flight service.
Since 2011, there has been an agreement between Air India and Ethiopian Airlines. Customers can benefit from increased connectivity possibilities thanks to such an arrangement, which also greatly strengthens business and investment ties.
“Reviving the deal won’t be an issue, and we are now in contact with Air India executives. We have been partners for a very long time, and all that has to be done is to change the technical aspects of the Code Share.
We feed them with passengers in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Chennai, and they supply us with connections outside of Addis Ababa on our flights.”Lemma Yadecha Gudeta, Chief Commercial Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
India has consistently been a lucrative stop for airlines. With a lot of tailwinds expected to emerge, the aviation industry in India would be one of the top markets in the world.
Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia, based in Addis Ababa. One of the leading airlines on the African continent, Ethiopian Airlines serves more than 60 international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, as well as operating an extensive domestic and international cargo network. Ethiopian Airlines became a member of Star Alliance in December 2011.