The Public Private Partnership Commission that was handling the process of identifying a strategic partner designated Ethiopian Airlines as the preffered bidder on the 13th of February 2013.
Negotiations have now been finalised and one of the main effects of this new partnership is the rebranding of Air Malawi to Malawian Airlines.
The rebranding has been done due to the seriously damaged reputation Air Malawi acrued internationally but it was stated Malawian national pride and identity has not been compromised by the name change.
The airline will ply its routes of Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, Dar-es-Salaam and Luanda internationally.
Domestic routes are Lilongwe/Blantyre, Mzuzu and Karonga.
Malawian Airlines plans to expand its flight routes in the future to Nairobi, Mozambique and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The Government of Malawi has reduced its shareholding in the new airlines to 20% and Ethiopian Airlines has 49% shares while Malawian Nationals hold 31% of shares in the airline.
Ethipian Airlines intends to introduce into Malawian Airlines fleet boeing 737-800 which has 130 seats and a Bombardier Q400 with 78 seats.
Malawian Airlines will employ Malawians at all levels and its Head Office will be situated in Lilongwe within airport premises.