Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Turkish Airlines, Air Namibia ink codeshare deal

Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have signed a codeshare agreement that covers routes between Turkey and Namibia, and is set to expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of two airlines.

The agreement, which will be effective from March 1, was signed yesterday at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in İstanbul. Namibia deputy minister of works and transport Sankwasa James Sankwasa and Turkish Airlines deputy chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi signed the deal in the presence of senior officials from both sides.

Under the terms of the agreement, Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines will place codes on unilateral flights of SW on Windhoek – Johannesburg v.v. / Windhoek – Frankfurt v.v., and unilateral flights of TK on İstanbul – Johannesburg v.v. / İstanbul – Frankfurt v.v. Also, when SW introduces the Windhoek – İstanbul flights in future, this codeshare agreement will be expanded by placing the code to include beyond İstanbul flights.

Sankwasa expressed his satisfaction with the commercial partnership and also added that the deal will be a crucial experience for Air Namibia.

“Air Namibia is a small airline and in order to improve its competitiveness in this high competitive industry, it is important to have a strategic partner, such as Turkish Airlines who placed on the top to become a partner with. We believe that this will be just one of the many areas of cooperation between Turkish Airlines and Air Namibia.” Sankwasa further stated.

“We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Air Namibia and aim to improve our partnership to maximise the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through our flight networks. Air Namibia continues to expand successfully, and we believe that this partnership between Turkish Airlines and Air Namibia will bring benefit to both carriers, not only from a commercial perspective, but also in cultural interactions between Turkey and Namibia while promoting business travel between two countries.” said Ekşi. - TradeArabia News Service

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