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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #361
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Malawi puts state airline privatisation on hold

LILONGWE, 28 (Reuters) - Malawi has put the privatisation of its state-owned airline on hold after failing to come to an agreement with the leading bidder, South Africa's Comair, Transport Minister Henry Mussa said on Monday.

Malawi, one of Africa's poorest nations, was considering selling off the financially struggling Air Malawi as part of a drive to lessen the government's financial burden in key sectors, including transport and telecommunications.

Comair, a partner of British Airways , emerged as the frontrunner to buy Air Malawi last year.

"We rejected their bid because they were interested in taking over the whole company while we were only looking for a strategic partner to help us run the company," Mussa told Reuters.

"We have decided to put the whole sale on hold until we have further consultation with other stakeholders."

Malawi's trade unions have criticised the government's privatisation campaign, arguing that previous sales of state assets have led to job losses and failed to make companies profitable.

The government, which decided to sell Air Malawi in 2000, said it is reevaluating its privatisation efforts.

Established in 1967, Air Malawi has two Boeing aircraft and one other plane. Its international routes include flights to London, Johannesburg and several other cities.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:21 AM   #362
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Kenyan Airline Suspends Paris Flights
19 February 2008

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's flagship airline suspended flights between Nairobi and Paris on Tuesday due to the dwindling number of passengers flying to this once-stable African nation, the latest economic fallout from a violent political crisis.

Kenya's wildlife and beaches have made it one Africa's most popular travel destinations, but there has been a major drop in visitors -- and the money they bring in -- since results of a Dec. 27 election unleashed weeks of violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday increased pressure on Kenya's rival politicians to share power, but there were no immediate signs of a deal at deadlocked peace talks, which resumed Tuesday.

With the future uncertain, the tourism industry has continued to suffer. Kenya Airways chief executive Titus Naikuni said Tuesday that the airline would suspend its three flights per week between Paris and Nairobi as of Feb. 26 because of a sharp decline in bookings.

"French citizens reacted to their government's decision to issue a blanket travel advisory against travel to Kenya," Naikuni explained in a statement. He added that the airline was hopeful flights would resume in time for Europe's summer travel season.

Britain and the United States, also key sources of visitors to Kenya, have issued travel advisories cautioning their citizens against going to parts of Kenya. British carriers have continued to fly to Kenya, although no U.S. airlines currently make the trip.

Nairobi serves as an air-travel hub for eastern Africa. The suspension will also disrupt connections to a handful of French-speaking countries in the region, including Congo and Rwanda.

Tuesday's statement was more bad news for a tourism industry already reeling from the violence. On the coast, where the 34,000 available hotel rooms are usually filled from December to March, there were 1,900 visitors in early February.

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance has estimated the country's political crisis may cost as many as 400,000 jobs, and that losses to businesses could reach the equivalent of $3.6 billion by June.

That has added to the pressure on Kenya's political rivals trying to work out a viable power-sharing arrangement.

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan is mediating the talks, and he met on Tuesday with President Mwai Kibaki to discuss the negotiations. Kibaki said afterward that he was committed to working with the opposition to find a way out of the crisis.

Annan and Rice, who made a one-day trip to Kenya on Monday, are pushing Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says the election was stolen from him, to share power.

"I frankly believe that the time for a political settlement was yesterday," Rice said before departing.

Odinga expressed similar sentiments, saying his party had hoped a deal would have been reached sooner.

The opposition leader also outlined for the first time publicly his party's proposals for ending the stalemate, which were submitted to Annan. They include having Kibaki share power with a prime minister and two deputy prime ministers.

The election, which foreign and local observers say was rigged, returned Kibaki to power for a second five-year term after Odinga's lead evaporated overnight. The controversy has stirred up grievances over land and poverty that have bedeviled Kenya since independence in 1963.

Much of the fighting has pitted other ethnic groups against Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe, long resented for dominating politics and the economy.

Annan announced last week that the rivals had agreed to an independent review of the election and to draw up a new constitution within a year, which could pave the way for a prime minister's post or another way to share power.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 10:03 AM   #363
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They are planning on resuming the Paris service in April.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 06:37 AM   #364
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INTERVIEW-Ethiopian Airlines sets new fleet, sales targets

PARIS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines is setting a new target of sales of "at least" $1.5 billion by 2015 after coming close to its achieving its 2010 aim of $1 billion sales this year, chief executive Girma Wake told Reuters on Thursday.

The airline is expanding even as its counterparts in more developed regions struggle to cope with the aftermath of a recent spike in oil prices, and the effects of a slowdown on business and leisure travel.

The state-owned carrier, which operates 27 aircraft on routes within Africa and to European, Asian, Middle Eastern and North American destinations, plans to expand its fleet to 45 aircraft by 2015.

Wake said the airline is considering ordering more Boeing Co. 787 aircraft, or A350 XWB aircraft made by EADS unit Airbus to supplement existing outstanding orders.

"We're discussing that with Airbus", he said.

It already has 10 Boeing Co . 787 aircraft on order, the first of which is now due to be delivered in December 2009, after supply chain problems delayed the programme by at least 16 months.

Wake, speaking on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Paris, said the airline wants to serve 75 destinations by 2015. It currently serves 53 destinations and plans to have 60 by 2010.

The global financial crisis may have a temporary negative effect on business, as tourists think twice before booking holidays, Wake said.

However, he added that "trade-led traffic and movement within Africa will continue - Africa is a vast continent."

The airline, which transported 2.5 million passengers in 2007/08 and thereby almost achieved its 2010 target of 3 million, now hopes to carry 5 million passengers in 2015, Wake said.

Ethiopian Airlines posted full-year sales of 9.2 billion birr ($941 million) for 2007/08.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #365
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Downturn heralds hard times for Africa airlines: industry
18 November 2008
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African airlines face hard times as a global economic downturn could spur the industry's US and European giants to seek new markets on the continent, a pan-African body said Tuesday.

"With traffic in America and Europe decreasing, there will be fierce competition created in Africa as a result of more infiltration by foreign carriers," Christian Folly-Kossi, Security General of the African Airlines Association, told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting in Addis Ababa.

"Many African airlines will be at risk of disappearing because of competition. You can not put a heavyweight and a featherweight together in a boxing match," he explained.

Folly-Kossi said African carriers have already been affected, as several past agreements signed with Western counterparts had paved the way for a reduction of their market share in the continent's fledgling aviation industry.

"I am preaching more consolidation, more political support and protection from governments," he said.

In addition, soaring oil prices have compounded the industry's woes, Folly-Kossi said, as most carriers use obsolete and fuel-consuming fleets.

According to the London-based financial firm JP Morgan, the global airline industry will spend nearly 20 billion euros (25 billion dollars) more on fuel expenses in 2008 than in 2002.

While a downturn is expected for most African carriers, continental heavyweight Ethiopian Airlines is expecting a boom in revenue.

Ethiopia's flagship carrier generated 941 million dollars (743.3 million euros) during the 2007/2008 fiscal year, and is expecting the figure to rise to more than 1.2 billion dollars (948.2 billion euros) for the current year.

"For us, there has been a slight dip in imports and exports due to the financial crisis but we haven't been affected that much," Girma Wake, the company's CEO, told AFP.

Girma said he expected a tightening of loan availability and drop in tourism but predicted Ethiopian Airlines would survive better than others.

"It might be difficult for other African airlines but for us, the more flexibility we get the better. Liberalisation is very important for our programmes to succeed."
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Old January 14th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #366
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Virgin Nigeria suspends flights to UK, S.Africa

LAGOS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Nigerian flag carrier Virgin Nigeria said on Saturday it was suspending its loss-making long haul flights to Britain and South Africa in order to focus on its domestic and regional operations within West Africa.

Industry sources said one of the airline's main financial backers, United Bank for Africa (UBA) , had been pushing for it to restructure and reduce losses on the competitive Lagos-London and Lagos-Johannesburg routes.

"The decision to suspend both services is to enable us to review our entire long haul operations," the company said in a statement.

"In the mean time, our focus is on consolidating and continuing to expand our profitable domestic and regional flight operations," it said.

The suspension will take effect from Jan. 27 and passengers booked on flights after that date would be transferred to other carriers.

Virgin Nigeria, in which British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL] has a 49 percent stake, was launched to great fanfare in 2005, bringing a credible national carrier to a country with an appalling air safety record.

Its routes to destinations within Africa's most populous nation and to neighbouring countries in West Africa remain profitable, and it has purchased several new Embraer aircraft to expand those services.

But it has struggled on the highly competitive London-Lagos route, using smaller aircraft than well-established rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, and more recently facing competition from newcomer Arik Air's brand new fleet.

Industry experts expect growth in business travel, which accounts for a significant proportion of passengers on routes to and from Nigeria, to slow down significantly this year as the global economic downturn forces companies to tighten budgets.

Virgin Atlantic, which said last year it was in talks to divest some of its holding in the Nigerian carrier, said it was watching developments closely.

"We support Virgin Nigeria's decision to focus on its profitable domestic and regional operations and believe it can be even more successful as a result," Virgin Atlantic's communications director Paul Charles said.

"We remain in talks with interested parties about the divestment of a 42 percent stake," he said.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 07:34 PM   #367
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Two hurt as UN plane crash lands in Darfur
6 July 2009
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The pilot and co-pilot of a UN-contracted plane were injured when their aircraft crash landed in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region on Monday, the UN said.

The Antonov 28 was bringing supplies to UN peacekeepers in the region when its nose wheel reportedly collapsed on landing at Saraf Omra in North Darfur, the UN said in a statement.

"A pilot and a co-pilot were injured. There were no fatalities. The incident is currently being investigated," it said.

The conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region erupted in February 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government and its militia allies, recruited among Arab tribesmen.

The United Nations says up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million fled their homes since the conflict erupted. Sudan puts the death toll at 10,000.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:24 AM   #368
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Royal Air Maroc wants to open flight to Luanda: state media
30 July 2009
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Royal Air Maroc is finalising talks with Angola's government on a direct flight between the two countries, in the first air link between Luanda and north Africa, state media said Thursday.

Moroccan ambassador Mostafa Bouh told the official Angop news agency that a delegation from the airline had recently been in Luanda to put the finishing touches to a deal.

"We are hoping that the two parties will reach conclusions quickly to finalise this plan into order to facilitate a greater exchange between the two countries," he said.

Morocco opened its Angolan embassy in the 1980s and trains Angolans in a variety of specialities including engineering, agriculture, fisheries and medicine.

Reaching north Africa from Angola currently requires long transits through Ethiopia, Dubai or Europe.

Air travel to Luanda has boomed in recent years as Angola's oil industry has assumed greater global importance following the end of decades of civil war in 2002.

On Saturday, flag carrier TAAG is set to renew flights to former colonial power Portugal, after the European Commission partially lifted a ban on the airline over safety concerns.
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Boeing Next-Generation 737s Expand Egyptair's Single-aisle Fleet
August 07, 2009 11:21 AM



Boeing and EgyptAir today announced that the airline has converted a
previous order for two 777s into an order for an additional eight Next-
Generation 737-800s. The order was previously added to Boeing's Orders &
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Boeing and EgyptAir yesterday announced that the airline has converted a previous order for two 777s into an order for an additional eight Next-Generation 737-800s.

The order was added last week to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site attributed to an unidentified customer.

The airline currently has seven 737-800s in operation and it is taking delivery of an additional five 737-800s this year, Boeing said in a statement.

The airline currently has five 777s in its fleet and is scheduled to receive six 777-300ERs beginning next year, it said.

"As a Star Alliance member, operating from a newly opened ultra-modern, international terminal at Cairo International Airport, we are pursuing a fleet plan that allows us to expand our regional markets and offer those passengers extensive international routing options," said EgyptAir Chairman Capt. Tawfik Assy.

"We've found the 737 performs exceptionally well in maintaining our scheduled flights to and from Cairo and that the 777 is unmatched in efficiency on our long-haul flights to our international destinations."

EgyptAir joined the Star Alliance in July 2008.

The carrier has been focused on increasing the utilisation of Cairo International Airport as a key regional hub for both passenger and air freight operations.

"EgyptAir's deployment of the 737 and 777 to meet its fleet growth plans shows how Boeing's product strategy is built upon providing unmatched reliability and efficiency across the product line," said Marty Bentrott, vice- president of Sales for the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

"Our airplanes are engineered to perform numerous types of missions within their size class, and EgyptAir has done a remarkable job utilising these airplanes, while streamlining its operations and bringing passengers notably improved services."

Boeing's 777 is the world's most successful and best-selling twin-engine, long-haul commercial jetliner with 60 customers and orders for 1,116 airplanes through the end of July 2009.

Since the 737 programme's inception, more than 250 customers have taken delivery of more than 6,000 airplanes, making it the most successful commercial airplane programme in history.

The Next-Generation 737, which entered service in 1998, currently has over 5,000 orders from more than 100 customers.

-- BERNAMA
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777 to 737? 737 is a major short-haul workhorse and is favoured by the likes of Ryanair. Wonder if Egypt Air's strategy is moving into a shorter-haul model?
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Finally, after years of closure, you can post general aviation news from around Africa on this thread. I highly recommend, however, posting airport-specific and aviation-related updates in here if you cannot find the specific thread on the Thread Finder.
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