Airlines strike code sharing deal

In a statement this week, Air Zimbabwe’s corporate communications department said the agreement would allow travellers holding tickets of either carrier to travel on the flights of the other.

Air Tanzania stopped flying to Zimbabwe in 2004.

“Areas of co-operation will include jointly operated services, marketing and sales, flight and scheduling and use of each other’s facilities and services wherever possible, thereby rationalising operating costs for both airlines on this route,” the national airline said.

“The airline anticipates increased passenger loads and equipment utilisation, whilst this new routing will also improve foreign currency earnings and ease pressure on fuel resources.”

Currently, Air Zimbabwe has alliances with Air Malawi and Air Botswana.

Their alliance with Air Malawi is a code sharing agreement, which applies between Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Air Zimbabwe and Air Malawi entered into the deal after realising that there was duplication of operations between the two airlines, whereby on certain days both airlines had flights between the two countries.

“The partnership has resulted in better distribution of flights and the reduction of excess capacity for either party. More importantly the alliance affords increased frequencies, more connectivity and convenience for customers.”

Air Zimbabwe and Air Malawi entered into another agreement on the Dubai route, in a deal, which will see Air Zimbabwe’s flight to Dubai operating via Lilongwe.

In their agreement with Air Botswana, which has been running for several years, Air Zimbabwe has 10 seats on every Air Botswana flight between Harare and Gaborone.

“Such an arrangement enables Air Zimbabwe to offer this extra destination without putting constraints on its fleet, as the flights are operated using Air Botswana equipment.

“The airline is now engaging Air Botswana in an effort to align the code share to achieve maximum connectivity with its long-haul flights to London, Dubai, Singapore and Beijing.” ‘ The Herald.

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