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Ethiopian Airlines Presents Formal Proposal to Help Establish New National Carrier

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Ethiopian Airlines is in talks with the governments of Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda with a view to assisting them in establishing new national carriers. The Star Alliance carrier's chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam says it has submitted formal proposals to all four countries and that some of these “are at an advanced stage”.

Gebramariam says the discussions are heavily influenced by the strategy being adopted by each government such as “what type of airline they want, what type of routes, and what type of co-operation, joint venture, equity [they want]”.

He adds: “So in our case we are open to all kinds of cooperation because we really want them to develop their national airlines." Ghana, Uganda and Zambia do not currently have state-owned airlines, while Zimbabwe is served by Air Zimbabwe which began operations in 2013.

Ethiopian Airlines already has strategic stakes in Malawian Airlines and Togo's ASKY.