Malawian Airlines launches first flight to Johannesburg

Ethiopian CEOTewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said that the launch was a part of Vision 2025, an effort to position the airlines as a major business hub in Africa. (Image source: Ethiopian Airlines)Malawian Airlines has announced the launch of its first flight to Johannesburg in South Africa

The airlines is a strategic partner of Ethiopian Airlines for southern African region.

According to the airlines, flights will operate daily from Lilongwe to Johannesburg, with a stop-over at Blantyre. The aircraft is a new B737-800 Sky Interior with 154 seats.

The cabins will be divided into business class and economy class, the company added.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Ethiopian Airlines is a pan-African carrier that strongly believes intra-African partnership is critical for the emergence of a globally competitive, indigenous African airline industry.

“With Malawi, we aim to serve the public and air travel needs in the southern African region, for regional and inter-continental travel through an integrated network that offers seamless and convenient connectivity options to our 79 global destinations.”

Ethiopian Airlines has 49 per cent equity stake, technical and management contract for the new route. Lilongwe is now the third hub of Ethiopian Airlines in the southern African region, after Lomé, the company said.

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