ASKY/Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday commenced its inaugural flight from Lagos to Johannesburg with over 70 percent load factor
Ethiopian Airlines introduced its code share flight with ASKY to South Africa, making it the only non South African Airline on the route between Nigeria and South Africa.
The inaugural flight was welcomed with Water Canon Salute by men of the fire service department of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and received by staff of ASKY and Ethiopian Airlines.
The Airport Community also joined in the reception.
The Flight operated with an ASKY B737-700 commanded by Captain Dawit Muluneh left Lagos for Johannesburg by 1645pm.
Speaking with Journalists at the the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday during the inaugural flight, the general manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen stated that ASKY is the operating airline while ET is the marketing airline.
” 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 said what informed the choice of the airline to go through Douala or Libreville is a commercial decision based on some factors.
The flights are Daily from Lagos to Johannesburg.
Somedays the flights go through Libreville on other days it will go through Douala.