ETHIOPIAN Airlines’ code share flight with ASKY to South Africa commenced yesterday with a 70% load factor, a successful inaugural flight, making the partnership the only non South African airline on the route between Nigeria and South Africa.
The flight was welcomed with Water Canon Salute and received by Staff of ASKY and Ethiopian Airlines. The Airport Community also joined in the reception.
The Flight was operated with an ASKY B737-700 commanded by Captain Dawit Muluneh and left Lagos for Johannesburg by 1645pm.
The GM of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen at the inaugural ceremony told the media at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport that ASKY is the Operating Airline while ET is the Marketing Airline.
” Nigeria is one of our biggest market where we bring the best of our aircraft and we always strive to give our best to Nigerians. As part of this motive we found out a lot of Nigerians travel to South Africa so we decided to help improve the connectivity for the passengers. We have also availed many promotional fares so we invite Nigerians to use the best deals to Johannesburg.”
The inaugural flight had a 70% load factor. The flights are daily from Lagos to Johannesburg. Some days the flights go through Libreville on other days it will go through Douala.