ASKY/Ethiopian Airlines maiden code share flight yesterday departed Lagos for Johannesburg with a load factor of 70 per cent.
The introduction of the code share operation with ASKY to South Africa makes it the only non South African Airline on the route between Nigeria and South Africa
As it is usual, the flight was welcomed with water canon salute and received by staff of ASKY, Ethiopian Airlines and airport community also joined in the reception.
The flight, which departed Lagos for Johannesburg at 1645pm was operated with an ASKY B737-700 commanded by Capt. Dawit Muluneh.
Speaking to journalists during the inaugural flight ceremony at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos, the General Manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen said that ASKY is the Operating Airline while ET is the Marketing Airline.”
She continued, ”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.”
She stated that the inaugural flight had a 70 per cent load factor, adding that the flights are daily from Lagos to Johannesburg. The General Manager pointed out that some days the flights go through Libreville and that on other days it would go through Douala.