Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is finally joining Star Alliance on 13th of December, 2011. The airline was accepted to be a member of Star already more than a year ago. The airline is based in Addis Ababa and operates to more than 60 international destinations from there. Ethiopian serves more African destinations than any other airline.
Ethiopian has already had a partnership with Lufthansa for quite some time. It is still unclear at this point, however, how much flight on various Ethiopian fare classes will earn miles on other Star Alliance carriers after the joining date. If the current Lufthansa chart gives any indication, it will be quite reasonable. Most of the fare classes will earn miles.