By Andy Sambidge
New agreement will build on current four flights per week between Muscat and Addis Ababa
Oman Air has announced that it has entered into a codeshare partnership with Ethiopian Airlines.
The codeshare agreement will cover flights between the Omani capital of Muscat and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
The service will be operated using Ethiopian Airlines aircraft and will build on the airline's four flights per week between the two cities, a statement said.
Announcing the codeshare, Wayne Pearce, CEO of Oman Air, said: "We are delighted to be joining hand with Ethiopian Airlines to offer our passengers even greater choice and convenience than ever before.
"The codeshare also expands the choice available to those travelling from Ethiopia, who can now fly via Muscat to any one of Oman Air's 42 global destinations.
"On behalf of Oman Air, I would like to express my appreciation to Ethiopian Airlines and we look forward to a strong and rewarding partnership that offers tangible benefits for the customers of both companies."
Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, added: "Ethiopian continually works to enhance the connectivity options of its passengers. The codeshare agreement with Oman Air gives our passengers more flight options as well as convenient and hassle free connection to points Ethiopian doesn't fly directly.
"It also affords Oman Air customers the benefit of Ethiopian extensive network in Africa currently covering 60 cities on the continent."
Addis Ababa is an important business hub for Ethiopians and hosts the headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Oman’s national carrier Oman Air said last month it is planning to launch a low-cost airline.
The loss-making airline also is considering opening a cargo carrier and expanding to new destinations including Manila, Jakarta and Casablanca as part of its plan to become profitable.