UAE’s dnata announces major investment in Zanzibar aviation industry

ZANZIBAR – Dubai National Air Travel Agency commonly known as dnata, which provides aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services has signed a concession agreement with the government of Zanzibar, along with Emirates Leisure Retail and SEGAP, a joint venture between airport infrastructure and operations specialists Egis, and private equity fund manager AIIM. Under the partnership, dnata will oversee the operations of Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’s (ZNZ) newly-built international terminal (T3), with SEGAP supporting the Zanzibar Airports Authority (ZAA) in a management capacity. Emirates Leisure Retail…

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Air Tanzania resumes Dar-es-Salaam – Nairobi flights

TANZANIA – Air Tanzania has resumed two daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi after 20 years since it ceased operations. The national carrier says it will operate an Airbus A220-300 aircraft on the new route as Nairobi becomes a strategic route in African plans. Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Ladislaus Matindi said the restart of the Dar-Nairobi route has been prompted by improved bilateral relations, increased trade between the two countries, inter-governmental relations, tourism, an extension of familial and friendly ties, and the need to connect the region…

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Kenya Airways and South African Airways sign strategic partnership framework

SOUTH AFRICA – Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with South African Airways (SAA), a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan African Airline Group by 2023. The partnership framework follows the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that the two airlines signed two months ago to foster the exchange of knowledge, expertise, innovation, digital technologies, and best practice between the two airlines. The signing of the Strategic Partnership Framework by the two African airlines will see both airlines work together to increase passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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Air Tanzania ups regional competition with order of four new planes

TANZANIA – Boeing and the government of Tanzania have announced an order for a 787-8 Dreamliner, a 767-300 freighter, and two 737 MAX jets at the 2021 Dubai Airshow to boost the national carrier’s capability in Africa and abroad. The airplanes will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national flag carrier of Tanzania, to expand service from the country to new markets across Africa, Asia, and Europe. The order, valued at more than US$726 million at list prices, was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website. Air Tanzania…

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Emirates to recruit 6,000 operational staff to support accelerated recovery

WORLD – Emirates plans to boost its operational workforce by planning to recruit more than 6,000 staff over the next six months. As restrictions ease worldwide with the wider administration of the vaccine, additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s ramp-up of operations across its global network in response to the sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand. Emirates has already restored 90% of its network and is on track to reach 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021. The…

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Kenya Airways signs codeshare agreement with British Airways

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airway has announced a new codeshare agreement with British Airways, allowing its customers to connect to 26 destinations across the UK and Europe on routes operated by BA, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to connect to 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, and Entebbe. The agreement will also provide travelers with more options to reach holiday destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles. British Airways currently…

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Air Tanzania gets a boost as government orders 5 additional aircraft

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has made a down payment of US$258.7 million purchase of five more aircraft for its struggling national carrier Air Tanzania. The order includes cargo planes, which are all expected to be delivered before the end of 2023. Aviation industry sources told The EastAfrican that the funds were approved by the current government despite heavy losses incurred by the carrier under a revival program initiated by former president John Magufuli and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The planes, once they arrive in the country, will…

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Ethiopian Airlines and Airlink sign interline agreement

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has signed an interline agreement with Airlink (4Z), an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa to allow passengers to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket and lower fare tickets between points within the carriers’ synergized networks. With the interline agreements between the two carriers, passengers can book through their itineraries on both airlines easily. The partnership attracts more customers providing ease of connectivity to their destinations served by both Ethiopian and Airlink. Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines remarked that: “In…

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RwandAir and Qatar Airways ink a milestone codeshare agreement

RWANDA – RwandAir and Qatar Airways have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travelers more choice, enhanced service, and greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world. As part of the deal, the Rwandan flag carrier will also launch new non-stop flights between their Kigali hub and Doha in December 2021. The agreement benefits travelers from across the globe who fly with both airlines, which expands each carrier’s route network. Customers can enjoy the simplicity of buying connecting flights on both airlines…

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KQ and South African Airways plan to start a pan-African airline

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA), have signed a co-operation strategic partnership with the ultimate goal of co-starting a Pan-African Airline Group, reports Capital FM. The co-operation is among others, aimed at addressing the significant contraction witnessed in the history of the African air transport market which shrunk 50 percent in the wake of COVID-19. In a press statement, Kenya Airways noted that the memorandum of cooperation will be based on mutual benefits which seek to see an increase in passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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