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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Dec 18, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian increases Star Alliance presence in Africa. Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday became the 28th member of Star Alliance, as the alliance network in Africa grows. ET is StarOs third carrier based in Africa, joining Egyptair and South African Airways. ET serves 62 international and 17 domestic destinations. "Today we have taken a large step forward in completing our Africa strategy," said outgoing Star CEO Jaan Albrecht Tuesday at the signing ceremony at Addis AbabaOs Bole International Airport (ADD). With the addition of ET, the Star Alliance network in Africa is growing to cover major commercial and political cities of the continent particularly in East, Central and West Africa. The 16 Star member carriers serving Africa offer more than 750 daily flights to over 110 destinations in 48 countries on the continent, with Addis Ababa, Cairo and Johannesburg serving as the main hubs. Dec 14, 2011

Ethiopian Airlines EthiopianOs fleet of 48 aircraft comprises five Boeing 777-200LRs, 11 767-300ERs, seven 757-200s, two 757-200Fs, two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five 737-700NGs, six 737-800NGs and eight Bombardier Q400NGs. The carrier has on order 10 787s, 12 A350-900s and nine 737-800s. The 787 touched down Sunday at ADD to kick off the Africa portion of BoeingOs Dream Tour, a six-month worldwide tour, before traveling to Nairobi, Kenya. During the four-day stop, ET executives and employees, government officials and other guests got the chance to view the airplane, including the interior. Gebremariam said the carrierOs 767 fleet retirement should be completed in 2013. It is expected that Star will announce its new CEO Wednesday in Addis. The next Star members are expected to be Avianca/Taca and Copa Airlines, which are slated to join the alliance in the 2012 second quarter. Dec 14, 2011

Kenya Airways, Discover the World Marketing Kenya Airways Becomes a Discover the World Marketing Client. Kenya Airways is a new client for Discover the World Marketing with sales and marketing development in Italy . "Our SkyTeam alliance and code share partner Alitalia, previously assisted us with our sales in this marketplace," said Eugenio Ragusa , Kenya Airways Country Manager in Italy. "We decided we needed a dedicated sales agent and selected Discover for that role. With Alitalia's assistance, we have penetrated the market this year and would like to see demand for our...

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