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18th January 2018

Ethiopian Airlines inks deal with Zambia to revive national carrier

Ethiopian Airlines has acquired a 45 per cent stake in Zambia Airways that is set to be re-launched after more than two decades.

Africa's most profitable airline said Tuesday it has finalised a shareholders agreement with Zambia in line with its vision of setting up multiple hubs in southern and central Africa and the Horn.

The move comes just months after it confirmed plans to acquire Nigeria's leading carrier, Arik Air, underlining the Ethiopian airline's plan to expand its presence in Africa.

Under the pact, the Zambian government will be the majority shareholder with a 55 per cent stake.

“The [re-]launching of Zambia Airways will enable the travelling public in Zambia and the southern African region to enjoy greater connectivity options, thereby facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism, and contributing to the socio-economic growth of the country and the region,” said Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.

In the statement, Mr Tewolde said Zambia Airways will serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights. 

In December, Zambia's Cabinet approved the revival of the national airline at an estimated cost of $30 million.

The airline was liquidated in 1994 after running broke largely due to patronage and abuse by the political establishment.

Ethiopia Airlines runs Togo's Asky Airlines where it holds a 40 per cent stake and Malawian Airlines, formerly Air Malawi, where it has a 49 per cent shareholding.





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Zambian Airways ceased flying 12th January 2009 Zambian Airways was a scheduled airline based in Lusaka operating an extensive domestic route network within Zambia as well as international flights to South Africa, Tanzania and DR Congo Zambian Airways flights Zambian Airways B737Zambian Airways flights connected all major centres within Zambia, as well as to Johannesburg, Lubumbasi and Dar es Salaam. Zambian Airways aimed to be the first choice for business travellers with interests in the region and offered an excellent schedule of flights with selected routes offering both economy and business class. The route network was also ideal for the leisure traveller wishing to explore this exciting and diverse part of Africa : Zambian Airways flew from Victoria Falls via South Luangwa game park, to the exotic Spice Islands near Dar es Salaam and beyond. Due to the diversity of their route network Zambian Airways operated a varied fleet of aircraft ranging from the smaller Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft to Boeing 737-200 and McDonnel Douglas MD82’s. To meet increasing demand new routes were added and existing ones increased Zambian Airways Suspends All Flights Latest news today, 12th January 2009, is that Zambian Airways has suspended all flights. Accordingly we have withdrawn sales with immediate effect. Check Alternative Airlines News and Zambian Airways website for latest information.

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