Brussels Airlines announces new codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines

Brussels Airlines significantly increases its offer to Africa thanks to a new code share agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. As from this week, Brussels Airlines will sell tickets for the daily Brussels – Addis Ababa flights operated by Ethiopian.

Ethiopia was so far lacking in Brussels Airlines' large African network. Thanks to this new code share agreement, Brussels Airlines passengers can now travel daily between the European and Ethiopian capitals. 

Ethiopian Airlines will operate this code share service to/from Brussels with a Boeing 767-300 offering a cabin layout of 30 seats in business class (the 'Cloud Nine Class') and 206 seats in economy class.  The aircraft is equipped with advanced in-flight audio and video entertainment channels.  

The flights depart in the evening - from either Addis Ababa or Brussels Airport- and reach their destination the next morning, offering very good connections in both directions to/from more than 30 destinations served by Brussels Airlines within Europe. Good news for passengers from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, UK, Scandinavia, etc!

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopian serves a network of not less than 70 domestic and international destinations out of their modern hub airport at Addis Ababa, including flights to 24 different African countries.  

Passengers who buy their ticket for Addis Ababa with Brussels Airlines can earn precious miles in the Privilege Frequent Flyer Program. 

Ethiopia is rapidly growing economically. Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s most dynamic airlines and one of the top African airlines when it comes to profitability and size. The airline also has an excellent reputation in terms of safety, reliability, comfort, and quality. In 2007, they won the Africa Achievement Award for fastest growing and best performing African airline.  

"We are very happy to have signed this new code share agreement with Ethiopian Airlines, a very experienced and very solid African airline" says Erik Follet, EVP Strategy and Development for Brussels Airlines. "Thanks to this partnership we can now offer Brussels Airlines customers a daily flight to Addis Ababa. This will further strengthen our presence in East Africa, where we already operate to Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. In the coming months, we will be developing other forms of partnership with Ethiopian Airlines."

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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