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"We are looking forward to launch flight operations to Chennai from Ethiopia. We are keenly looking at flying passengers from
Chennai," PTI quoted Gebremariam as saying.

Last year, India and Ethiopia had signed a pact to allow the national carriers of both countries to increase weekly flight
entitlements from 21 to 28. In addition, both the countries are part of a 27-member international alliance club and they share
code-sharing pacts as well.

Under a code-sharing pact, an airline allows passengers to book tickets on its partner carriers and provides transport facilities to
other destinations, where the airline has no presence.

"Air India is our Star-Alliance member and we have contributed a lot for India because of our long time association. We are now
looking to expand the alliance (code share with Air India)," Gebremariam said.

Ethiopian Airlines operates flights to 111 destinations across the globe. The carrier has a fleet of 68 Boeing aircraft and is
regarded as the only profitable African carrier.
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African carrier Ethiopian Airlines plans expansion in India
May 16, 2016
Ethiopian Airlines, which is
wholly owned by the Ethiopian
government, plans to tap into
India's expanding aviation
market. The African carrier
plans to expand its India
operations by adding more
flights and upgrading aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines, a
star-alliance member airline,
operates a daily flight each
from its capital city, Addis
Ababa, to Delhi and Mumbai.
The airline is currently in talks
with India's Directorate General
of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and
other civil aviation authorities,
Press Trust of India quoted
Tewolde Gebremariam, the
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, as
saying.
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