Ethiopian Airlines joins Star Alliance

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Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa's leading carriers
Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa's leading carriers, has joined the Star Alliance

ADDIS ABABA — (AFP) Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s leading carriers, has joined the Star Alliance — a group of 28 international airlines — to boost its reach, an official said Wednesday.

The move will offer greater integration in bookings and pooling of air miles for passengers.

“Ethiopian?s extensive intra-African network will provide more choice for our travellers and bring the Star Alliance benefits to new markets,” Star Alliance’s CEO, Jaan Albrecht, said in a statement.

The agreement comes eight months after the African carrier suffered its worst accident when one of its jets crashed off Lebanon’s coast minutes after take-off, killing all 90 people on board.

Egyptair and South African Airways are already the network’s members from Africa, which Star Alliance forecast to have the second highest growth rate in air traffic in the coming years.