Kenya Airways signs agreement with Africa World Airlines Limited to expand its connectivity to West Africa

KENYA – Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced that it has inked a one-way interline agreement with regional carrier, Africa World Airlines Limited, to expand its connectivity to Ghana and West Africa. Julius Thairu, Kenya Airways chief commercial and customer officer, said the interline agreement will provide passengers with flight connections from KQ network to various points in…

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Air Botswana resumes direct flights to Zambia and Zimbabwe

BOTSWANA – Air Botswana has announced that it has resumed direct flights from Gaborone to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and Zambia’s Lusaka, two years after it had stopped them following the Covid-19 pandemic. Air Botswana stopped flights to some countries in April 2020 following the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic, as states took measures to prevent spread of the virus. The…

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Ethiopian Airlines partners AFRAA toward Aviation MRO services

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines, UTD Aviation Solutions and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) have signed a tripartite MoU to work together on Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services in pursuance to the The Brown Condor Initiative (BCI). The Brown Condor Initiative (BCI) is a joint initiative which was conceptualized in 2020 and officially launched by UTD Aviation Solutions and AFRAA…

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Ethiopian Airlines resumes passenger flights to India’s Bengaluru

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, has announced the resumption of thrice weekly passenger flights to Bengaluru, India. The airline announced the recommencement of after it halted operations for two years due to the pandemic. Ethiopian operated its first flight services to Bengaluru in October 2019. The nonstop service between Bengaluru and Addis Ababa is being…

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Royal Air Maroc relaunches Casablanca-Miami route after Covid-19 scare

MOROCCO – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has decided to relaunch the Casablanca-Miami air link with the first flight expected on April 10 after the Covid-19 scare. Moroccan carrier RAM will operate a weekly flight between its base in Casablanca-Mohammed V and Miami airport. Flights will be run on a Boeing 787-8 aircraft with a capacity of 18 passengers in Business…

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University of Free State secures US$0.75m grant from HMF to advance its drone imaging

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Free State (UFS) has received an R11 million (US$0.75m) grant from the Hans Merensky Foundation (HMF) to advance geological drone imaging in South Africa. Dr Khotso Mokhele, president of HMF, recently signed the multimillion-rand five-year research grant agreement with the UFS. The research grant funding was made by the Merensky group for Aerial Geological…

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Ethiopian Airlines appoints Mesfin Tasew Bekele as Chief Executive Officer

ETHIOPIA – The Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced the appointment of Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele, as Chief Executive Officer of the airlines group, effective March 23, 2022. Mr Mesfin has been a successor to the former CEO of the Airline group, Tewolde GebreMariam whose early retirement request due to health issues has been approved by the…

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South Africa Government concludes 51% sale of South African Airways to Takatso Consortium

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African government has concluded and signed a sales and purchase agreement for the sale of 51% of South African Airways with its preferred strategic equity partner, the Takatso Consortium. “The next step involves the approval of this transaction by various regulatory bodies,” it said part of a statement by the Ministry. Takatso is a joint…

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Ghana Airports Company appoints Pamela Djamson-Tettey as new Managing Director

GHANA – The Ghana Airports Company Limited has appointed Pamela Djamson-Tettey as its new Managing Director, effective February 18. The appointment follows an emergency meeting by the Ghana Airports Company Limited Board held on 16th February 2022. At the meeting, the Board also accepted the resignation of the immediate past Managing Director, Yaw Kwakwa. Djamson-Tettey assumed the position as the…

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Kenya Airways appoints Global GSA as its passenger general sales agent for the Italian market

KENYA – Kenya Airways has appointed Global GSA Services Group, a fully registered company specializing in passenger & cargo GSA businesses, as its passenger general sales agent for the Italian market. Pursuant to the agreement, from February 1, 2022, Global GSA will manage all the commercial activities in Italy on behalf of Kenya Airways. This includes the support and assistance…

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