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Old February 11th, 2005, 08:27 PM   #21
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Direct Air Services: U.S.-Africa Summit Under Way
Ndubuisi Francis

Lagos, Feb 10, 2005 (This Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- A United States-Africa Air Transportation Summit is under way to stimulate growth on the African continent through direct air services.

The summit which is a partnership to develop direct air services between the United States and African markets is billed for Miami, Florida, United States of America between May 16 and 18.

Already, a team from the United States led by the President of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa/Coordinator, AGOA Civil Society Network Secretariat, Mr. Fred Oladeinde and Deputy Director, Miami Interna-tional Airport, Miguel Southwell are currently meeting with aviation stakeholders in some African countries, including Nigeria to sensitise them on the event.

Organised by the Foundation for Democracy in Africa in collaboration with and hosted by Miami International Airport, the summit is aimed at fostering a partnership between air transport leaders in the United States and Africa to build direct air services between the two markets.

The focus of the summit will be on aviation safety and security in pursuit of Category 1, emerging challenges for U.S/Africa bilateral agreements, the marketing of Africa-to-U.S direct air service and an analysis of aviation infrastructure project profiles to sustain growth in air service.

Collaborating on the summit which would hold at the Sheraton Biscayne bay Hotel in Miami, Florida are the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Transportation Security Administration, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the United States Trade and Development Agency.

According to Oladeinde, the summit is aimed at assisting in formulating for African leaders, models to achieving Category 1 status; provide insight to assist government negotiators and airline stakeholders in Africa, Europe and the United States to succeed in air route agreements; provide airports in Africa the tools to market new air service to airlines and an opportunity to collaborate with U.S airports to build routes between them.

The summit also seeks to provide a forum for suppliers, financiers and developers of aviation infrastructure to network as well as act as a catalyst to Africa's economic development through the development of a substantially greater number of direct flights between Africa and the U.S.

The summit is open to aircraft financing and maintenance firms; aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies; African, U.S and European airline officials; airport officials in the U.S and Africa interested in air service development, aviation consultants as well as government air transport officials and regulators.

Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) is a Washington DC based private voluntary organisation registered with the U.S Agency for International Development and focuses on sustainable development, economic growth and plurality throughout Africa.

It has been granted consultative status (special) as a non governmental organisation with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

The Miami International Airport is a leading international passenger and cargo gateway in the United States.
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Old February 12th, 2005, 04:51 AM   #23
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Could you guys summarize your articles on your post. I usually only look at the headline. Unless it's a really interesting article, it can usually be summarized with a few bullet lines.
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Airline Launches Flights to South Sudan

East African Safari Air Express (EASAX) has launched scheduled flights to the Southern Sudanese town of Rumbek.

A statement from the airline said the EASAX would initially operate two weekly flights.

The Fokker-27 aircraft will operate return flights to Rumbek every Monday and Friday from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

A privately owned and run Kenyan commercial airline, EASAX also runs two daily flights to Kisumu and daily flights to Lokichoggio on the Kenya-Sudan border.

Two years ago, EASAX made history by becoming the first airline to operate scheduled flights to Lokichoggio, a key transit point to Southern Sudan.

The airline's management said it was looking forward to the upgrading of Rumbek airstrip to enable it deploy larger aircraft to the route.

The airstrip falls under the jurisdiction of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) and upgrading work is expected to begin in the next few months.

Managing Director Adam Ogden said EASAX had continued to grow despite the turbulence in the aviation industry and rocketing fuel prices.

"We are delighted to be spreading our wings to Southern Sudan and are proud to be the first scheduled airline to support peace in the region," he said.

Rumbek has been picked to become the provisional capital of Southern Sudan following the recent signing of a peace deal between the SPLM and the Khartoum government.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 07:47 PM   #26
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Unfriendly skies: African airspace leads world in aviation accidents

NAIROBI, Feb 23 (AFP) - Africa accounts for just three percent of world aircraft departures but has earned the dubious distinction of leading the globe in aviation accidents, if not commercial flights, an industry group said Wednesday.

In 2003, the last year for which comprehensive statistics are available, African airspace accounted for 28 percent of fatal aviation accidents worldwide, the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) said.

However, the AFRAA report stressed that the vast majority of mishaps did not involve scheduled passenger flights and maintained that commercial air service, particularly on international routes, was safe.

Instead, it blamed much of the problem on the vagaries of unscheduled flights, poor maintenance, ageing charter airline fleets, untrained crews and the illegal movement of aircraft in war-torn countries.

"Accident rates on the African continent are currently unacceptably high," AFRAA Secretary General Christian Folly-Kossi told the opening of a two-day conference on African air safety here.

Between 1994 and 2003, Africa recorded 210 aviation accidents, AFRAA said.

Almost 60 percent of those took place in four nations, three of which: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola and Sudan, were in the throes of civil war during the period, it said.

AFRAA blamed the high number of accidents there on the use of illegally acquired and often old, unsafe aircraft.

In those and other states, poorly paid pilots, shortages of resources and mechanics as well as a lack of navigation equipment have contributed to the problem as have visibility problems, particularly during night flights which are favored by cargo carriers, it said.

Another factor in the high accident rate is "adventure flying, mostly by adventurers from outside the continent, largely from Europe ... with passengers watching game and other natural attractions," Kossi said.

He urged African governments to ban the import of aircraft more than 20 years old -- particularly those obtained cheaply from the former Soviet bloc -- create autonomous airline regulation bodies and do away with shoddy and corrupt registration systems.

The conference, attended by civil aviation authorities, aircraft manufacturers, navigation system producers and airline representatives from across Africa, is looking at ways to reduce the number of accidents by 50 percent by 2010.

But Kossi said even with such an improvement, aviation safety in Africa will still fall short of world standards.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 07:50 PM   #27
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Central African countries, Morocco to launch new airline

LIBREVILLE, Feb 24 (AFP) - Central African officials and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) signed a protocol here Thursday to launch a new African airline as a joint venture under the name Air Cemac.

The new airline will be a regional one for nations in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC in French) and the deal "takes into account the specifics of each member country," RAM chairman Mohamed Berrada announced.

Africa has already seen troubled bids to keep a multinational airline operating and profitable, with costly and often disastrous consequences because of chaotic management and sometimes rampant abuse and corruption.

Much excitement surrounds the new venture for which the royal Moroccan national carrier and central African transport and aviation officials laid the groundwork in Gabon, during a state visit to the country by King Mohammed VI, though the airline was not part of his official programme.

"Each state must give traffic rights to the community company, provide a good safety environment and authorise Air Cemac to be self-operating" with regard to maintenance on the ground, Central African Republic's Transport Minister Sonny M'pokomandji told AFP.

"This is a global accord which lays out the main principles" for the joint venture, Berrada said on behalf of RAM, which will run a holding company in charge of the fleet.

"For Morocco, RAM commits itself to provide Air Cemac with aircraft to ensure flight schedules, aircraft maintenance and technical personnel and whatever else is needed to make the firm viable," M'pokomandji said.

Berrada said the Air Cemac fleet will initially consist of three large long-haul passenger aircraft and regional jets. Alongside the RAM-run holding company, national companies will be set up in which it will be the majority shareholder.

The scheme, first mooted at the end of 2001, involves the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The sixth CEMAC nation, Cameroon, is still hesitant about getting involved.

The main aircraft "maintenance work will take place in Casablanca", where RAM has its headquarters, Berrada said. Each national company to be set up "will ask for flight times with the number of hours and regional and international destinations to be sold by the holding company," he added.

The executive secretary of CEMAC who signed the accord, Jean Nkuete of Cameroon, said the negotiations among states can start "now", in order to see the first Air Cemac plane carry out a scheduled flight "by the end of the year".

"Headquarters will have exclusive control for five years of intercontinental traffic, by far the most profitable, and will run these flights directly," said a source close to the dossier, ahead of the signing ceremony.

"The national subsidiaries will keep their prerogatives in the continental and regional markets and will be able to lease flight hours to headquarters."

RAM flies to some three dozen destinations in Europe.

Promoters say the arrangement will help avert a repeat of errors that doomed Air Afrique in 2002.

"Air Afrique died because of bad management and squabbles among its member states," M'pokomandji told AFP last week.

"We took that into account while creating a structure that will be based in our countries with a management that will be free of all political contingencies."
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Morocco and Central African countries combine to launch new airline
Air Cemac to initially consist of three large long-haul passenger aircraft and regional jets
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Friday, February 25, 2005

LIBREVILLE: Central African officials and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) signed a protocol here Thursday to launch a new African airline as a joint venture under the name Air Cemac.

The new airline will be a regional one for nations in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (Cemac in French) and the deal "takes into account the specifics of each member country," RAM chairman Mohamed Berrada announced.

Africa has already seen troubled bids to keep a multinational airline operating and profitable, with costly and often disastrous consequences because of chaotic management and sometimes rampant abuse and corruption.

Much excitement surrounds the new venture for which the royal Moroccan national carrier and Central African transport and aviation officials laid the groundwork in Gabon, during a state visit to the country by King Mohammed VI, though the airline was not part of his official program.

"Each state must give traffic rights to the community company, provide a good safety environment and authorize Air Cemac to be self-operating" with regard to maintenance on the ground, Central African Republic's Transport Minister Sonny M'pokomandji told AFP.

"This is a global accord which lays out the main principles" for the joint venture, Berrada said on behalf of RAM, which will run a holding company in charge of the fleet.

"For Morocco, RAM commits itself to provide Air Cemac with aircraft to ensure flight schedules, aircraft maintenance and technical personnel and whatever else is needed to make the firm viable," M'pokomandji said.

Berrada said the Air Cemac fleet will initially consist of three large long-haul passenger aircraft and regional jets. Alongside the RAM-run holding company, national companies will be set up in which it will be the majority shareholder.

The scheme, first mooted at the end of 2001, involves the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The sixth Cemac nation, Cameroon, is still hesitant about getting involved.

The main aircraft "maintenance work will take place in Casablanca," where RAM has its headquarters, Berrada said. Each national company to be set up "will ask for flight times with the number of hours and regional and international destinations to be sold by the holding company," he added.

The executive secretary of Cemac who signed the accord, Jean Nkuete of Cameroon, said the negotiations among states can start "now," in order to see the first Air Cemac plane carry out a scheduled flight "by the end of the year."

"Headquarters will have exclusive control for five years of intercontinental traffic, by far the most profitable, and will run these flights directly," said a source close to the dossier, ahead of the signing ceremony.

"The national subsidiaries will keep their prerogatives in the continental and regional markets and will be able to lease flight hours to headquarters." RAM flies to some three dozen destinations in Europe.

Promoters say the arrangement will help avert a repeat of errors that doomed Air Afrique in 2002.

"Air Afrique died because of bad management and squabbles among its member states," M'pokomandji told AFP.

"We took that into account while creating a structure that will be based in our countries with a management that will be free of all political contingencies."
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Old March 8th, 2005, 06:23 PM   #29
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Sudan, Uganda Renew Air Link
by Steven Candia
07 March 2005

Kampala, Mar 07, 2005 (New Vision/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

SUDAN on Saturday resumed flights to Uganda after 10 years, heralding a new chapter in the the two countries' diplomatic relations.

A Sudan Airways Boeing 727 flight SD 320 touched down at Entebbe Airport at about 10:00am, making a historic landing at the airport for the first time since May 1995.

The resumption of direct flight links between Khartoum and Entebbe via Juba was greeted with joy and dance as drums roared in the background at the airport and at the Speke Resort Munyonyo. The flight will be once a week.

On board was a 78-man delegation, comprising ministers, businessmen and a 10-man crew led by Sudan Aviation minister Ali Tamim Fartak. The team was met by the communication state minister, Tom Butiime.

Speaking at Munyonyo, Butiime described the occasion as a "significant turning point in the bilateral relations between Uganda and Sudan."
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Virgin Nigeria Airline Raises Equity

Nigerian institutional investors have snapped up a majority 51 percent equity stake worth USD$26 million in Nigeria's new national carrier, part-owned by Britain's Virgin Group, the airline said on Tuesday.

The new company, Virgin Nigeria Airlines, is due to begin operations later this year and replaces Nigeria's former flagship carrier, state-owned Nigeria Airways, which was liquidated in 2003 with debts of USD$60 million.

Virgin Nigeria's chief executive Simon Harford said in a statement the investor base of the new company was now in place after the private placement.

Virgin holds a 49 percent stake and the government has no equity. Institutional investors are expected to sell half of their 51 percent stake in an initial public offer on the Nigerian Stock Exchange once the airline gets airborne.

Virgin Nigeria has already ordered a number of aircraft on lease and plans to operate domestic and regional routes in Africa, and international destinations including the Middle East and Europe.

Privately-owned Virgin, whose Virgin Atlantic already operates the lucrative London-Lagos route, was appointed as the technical and strategic investor in the carrier last September after talks with South African Airlines fell through.

The new operator may be prevented from flying direct to the United States, however, because of a dispute between Washington and Britain over competition policy.
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Work is Underway On Tunisia's Biggest International Airport

Tunis, Mar 07, 2005 (Tunisia Online/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

The Tunisian daily Le Quotidien writes that civil engineering work on an international airport in Enfidha located some 75 kilometres from Tunis, has started. The new airport will ease the pressure on the capital's airport 'Tunis-Carthage' while giving a new impetus to the region's economy.

With a total cost of 600 million Tunisian dinars, the new airport will have a capacity of 30 million passengers a year. It will cover an area of 5700 hectares and will necessitate the participation of several local and international engineering companies. It is expected to be operational by 2008.

Its ideal location at the crossroads between the tourist resorts of Nabeul, Hammamet, Sousse and Kairouan is attracting foreign investors. An Italian engineering company has already started construction work for a nearby industrial area for 180 Italian companies that will relocate in the area. According to Le Quotidien, some Italian investors are planning to build a Marina in Hergla, near Sousse. The newspaper adds that once completed the new international airport whose name is still not known, will be attributed on the basis of a 40- year lease to an international company.

Apart from 'Tunis -Carthage' the country's biggest airport, there are currently 6 international airports in Tunisia, namely in Djerba, Gafsa, Tozeur, Monastir, Sfax and Tabarka. More than 5 million tourists visit Tunisia each year.
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Heathrow spat could hit Nigeria
Carl Mortished, International Business Editor
10 March 2005
The Times

THE battleground for open skies between Europe and the US is shifting to Nigeria where a new airline bearing the Virgin brand is demanding the right to fly to US airports.

Virgin Nigeria, which will be 49 per cent owned by Virgin Atlantic, wants to take over the Lagos-New York route once flown by Nigerian Airways but the US Government is threatening to block the carrier in a tit-for-tat squabble between Washington and London over landing rights at Heathrow.

A number of Nigerian institutions yesterday subscribed $26 million (Pounds 13.5 million) for a majority holding in the new airline, the latest spin-off of Sir Richard Branson's brand.

The collapse in 2003 of the corruption-plagued and accident-prone Nigerian Airways, ended direct flights between the US and Nigeria, a link that Nigerians have sought to restore.

The Government, led by Olusegun Obasanjo, cut the state link with the new airline and placed Nigerian Airways's former routes up for grabs to a foreign airline partner.

Concerns about safety and drug trafficking led to the loss of the New York landing rights. However, Nigeria's hopes to end its transatlantic isolation are being threatened by a quarrel between Britain and the US. US government officials have hinted that Virgin Atlantic's affiliate might be viewed as a Trojan horse for Sir Richard who is accused by Washington of perpetuating a cartel at Heathrow, that excludes new US entrants. "(It is) very unfair to permit the airlines of an anti-competitive regime such as the UK to benefit from the unrestricted opportunity available under the US-Nigeria Open Skies Agreement," said Joseph Gregoire, a US embassy official in Nigeria.

Virgin said yesterday there was no reason to deny the new airline access to US airports because the new carrier was majority owned by Nigerians.

The new carrier is seeking aircraft from Boeing and will fly to regional capitals as well as domestic routes.

Virgin Nigeria also plans to fly long-haul to South Africa, the Gulf and, alongside Virgin Atlantic, to London.

"The business plan is not dependent on flights to New York," said a Virgin spokesman.

But US flights are key to the Nigerian Government which is keen to tap into the resources and funds of expatriate Nigerians, hoping to entice home a generation that fled a succession of military dictatorships.

The collapse of Nigerian Airways coincided with a rush of new investment into Nigeria's vast oil reserves, a windfall for BA and Virgin.

The European carriers earn big profits from their virtual duopoly, shuttling oil executives on flights to Lagos that are always filled to bursting and Virgin has added twice-weekly flights to Port Harcourt, the capital of the oil producing region in Nigeria.

Virgin Nigeria, however, will not have a free ride. Several entrepreneurs in Nigeria have set up effective domestic airlines, such as Chanchangi Airline and Bellview.

Bellview is seeking to expand with a regional network and flights to India.

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* Nigeria is the largest nation in sub-Saharan Africa, with 137m people
* It ranks 4th, equal with Kuwait, among Opec oil exporters, producing 2.3m barrels per day
* Oil accounts for 95% of foreign exchange and 65% of government revenues
* Most of the population is poor, with per capita GDP of $900 (Pounds 466)
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Ghana International Airlines receives IATA code "GO"

...and announces destinations

Ghana International Airlines Limited (GIA) yesterday announced that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recognised the airline and issued the new national carrier with the airline code "GO".

GIA is now able to publish in Computer Reservation Systems, allowing travel agents in every corner of the world to view flight operations during the summer of 2005.

Destinations launched by GIA during the summer will include Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Banul, Conakry and Dakar.

In the winter schedule, GIA plans to add non-stop service between Accra and London and between Accra and Dusseldorf.

"The new national airline will become a flag bearer for Ghana across Africa and indeed, across the world", said J. Ralph Atkin, Chief Executive Officer of GIA. "Ghanaians everywhere will be proud of GIA".

GIA is the new national carrier of Ghana and is a Ghanaian company formed in partnership between the Government of Ghana and a consortium of international private investors.

Operating a fleet of modern and efficient Boeing 767-300ER and MD-90 aircraft, GIA plans to develop Accra as the "Gateway to Africa", providing connections from Europe and North America to Accra and onward within Africa.

Yesterday ADM reported that the schedules would be published "any time from now".
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Kenya Airways Records Growth in Passenger Numbers
by Kimathi Njoka
15 March 2005
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Nairobi, Mar 14, 2005 (The East African/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

Improved traffic connections, realignment of the network frequencies and introduction of new destinations have spurred growth in Kenya Airways' passenger numbers, according to chief executive officer Titus Naikuni.

Over the past two years, the company has added new destinations while modernising its fleet under the modernisation programme, which is expected to end in May this year when it receives the last of its ultramodern Boeing 777.

Last year, the company introduced flights to the Far East - Hong Kong and Thailand.

According to the company trading results for the third quarter, the Middle East and Asia registered the highest growth in passenger numbers compared to European and African regions.

Bangkok topped the destinations with 45 per cent followed by Hong Kong at 35 per cent.

Mumbai followed closely at 29 per cent.

With its biggest aircraft, the Boeing 777 flying the European routes, the airline registered modest growth in passenger numbers. The aircraft has 322 seats compared with the 216 available on the B767s.

The B777 now operates three weekly flights to London Heathrow and two to Amsterdam Schiphol in addition to seven and five flights respectively operated to these destinations on the B767.

According to the results, the airline offered 1,867 Average Seat Kilometres (ASKs), up from 1,603 the previous year.

European capacity grew by 19 per cent, mainly from the introduction of the new Boeing 777-200ER on both the London and Amsterdam routes.

Capacity to the Middle East and Asia region achieved a year-on-year growth of 19 per cent as a result of full operations of the Bombay and Dubai evening flights on the bigger Boeing 767s, which was made possible by the acquisition of the sixth Boeing 767.

Southern Africa region registered a capacity growth of 26 per cent following the introduction of the Mombasa - Johannesburg service on Sundays, the operation of the larger B777 aircraft on Sundays to Lusaka-Lilongwe and the increased B767 operations on the Lusaka, Lilongwe and Harare routes.

The West African market grew by 11 per cent after some B737 flights were substituted with the larger B767s to Kinshasa, Accra and Abidjan and due to increased operations to Douala and Abidjan.

Passenger numbers within Africa, but excluding Kenya, grew by 15 per cent from the previous year's figure of 209,626 passengers.

The other regional markets showed minor increases attributable to frequency and equipment adjustments, except for northern Africa whose 8 per cent growth was driven mainly by the introduction of Djibouti as a new destination.
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E. African Airlines Suspends Its Flights
by Joseph Olanyo
16 March 2005
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Kampala, Mar 15, 2005 (The Monitor/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

East African Airlines (EAA), has suspended all its flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The plane, Boeing 737-200 series that used to fly twice a week to Johannesburg every Tuesday and Saturday, is now parked at Entebbe International Airport's bay 2 near the cargo area.

Johannesburg has been the airline's only route.

It is not clear why EAA stopped its bi-weekly flights to the lucrative Johannesburg market. However, sources at the airport that preferred anonymity say EAA stopped its flights last month due to increasing loses.

The biting competition in the aviation industry is said to be mounting a lot of pressure on the carrier.

"I do not know what they are up to and I do not think they are going anywhere. It is all about capilatisation problem. They are broke. They need capitalisation," the source said.

The airline's woes are blamed on what the sources called poor management problems.

"There is a problem. A serious management problem. The airline lacks proper commercial decisions that can be taken. If you have a person who is sound, he or she can tell you to fly or not to fly. But he cannot allow you to go on gambling like this. They need to have a sound commercial set up to put the house in order," a senior airline official said.

EAA's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Benedict Mutyaba, confirmed the suspension of the flights.

He said the suspension was as a result of what he called "low season" and that they want to concentrate on their expected Entebbe-Nairobi route.

"We suspended operations to Johannesburg route because of the low season. We thought it was better for us to start Nairobi because the returns would be higher here," he said.

Adding "As an airline, you have to decide on the profitability. So we are going to wait until April when we start the Nairobi route. We did an internal appraisal and found out that two flights to Nairobi will be good," Mutyaba said on Saturday.

He said EAA would start operating on the Entebbe-Nairobi route with effect from April 1 2005.

He said the airline has already finalised with arrangements to start flights to the lucrative route.

"We shall dedicate two flights daily on the Entebbe-Nairobi route," he said.

He also refuted allegations that the aircraft is in bad mechanical condition.

"That aircraft is very good. It has just come from a major check. The aircraft goes for major checks every two years whether you fly or not. We got this aircraft from United Airlines in 1987 compared to other Boeings 737s that are flying."

In a bid to cut costs, Mutyaba said the airline has since reduced its workforce from the original 400 to the current 50. Of this 30 percent are the crew.

"Our costs have been low. What we do not want to do is to have flights on routes where you cannot have good yields. We are looking at Juba. We could have started with Congo but because of the bilateral issues, we have not," Mutyaba said.

He said the airline is going into partnership with Air Zimbabwe, which is expected to start flying into Uganda next month (April).

While EAA insists that the future is bright, airline sources say it may take a while before the carrier bounces back to profits.

Some think that the current woes of the airlines could be the final stroke to the airline's operations.

Whereas the idea was to put up a profitable airline following the collapse of the defunct Uganda Airlines, East African Airlines does not get any incentives from the government. Uganda and Somalia could be the only countries in the whole world that do not have a state owned flag carrier.

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Unless the airline is supported, chances of having a local carrier are slim.

Globally, many airlines are now seeking to break free from constrains that bilateral negotiations impose on their route networks. They are investing in foreign airlines and forming alliances to gain access to traffic for which they would otherwise not be able to compete.

Many US airlines for example, are making determined efforts to expand their markets by developing their international networks because of intense competition and reduced prospects of profitability in their deregulated domestic markets. At the same time the mounting costs of supporting state owned flag carriers is forcing all governments to examine the prospects of privatisation.

In some cases the prospects for privatisation could be considerably enhanced if existing restriction on foreign ownership were to be relaxed, and more and more governments are beginning to show their willingness to do this.

Aviation experts contend that there is no African airline, which is doing well. It is said that unless they find ways of teaming up and code share, the future remains bleak for the continent.

Airlines spend between $5,000 and $10,000 every one-hour they fly in terms of fuel and maintenance costs. CAA also charges between $15 and $1,000 as landing fees depending on the size of the aircraft.

CAA Director of Air Transport and Regulatory Affairs, Mr Kabbs Twijuke, confirmed that the airline had stopped flights to Johannesburg. He however, did not say why the airline had stopped flights.

"They have not yet told us officially that they have stopped and why they have stopped. What we can say is that they have stopped to fly to Johannesburg at the moment. I would not want to speculate. It would be unfair," Twijuke said.

CAA Manager Public Relations, Mr Ignie Igundura, also says the airline has not sent any official communication.

"They ought to have communicated and called something like a press conference. But they just suspended quietly and sat down," Igundura said.

"We received a memo saying that we shall not be flying to Johannesburg at the moment due to operational reasons," an official of the airline, preferring anonymity, said.

Mutyaba, Mr Justine Okot, former Director of the defunct East African Airways and Mr Patrick Kabunakuki, the proprietor of Sunrise Newspaper, are the current directors of EAA.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Sam Kuteesa and Mr Ramesh Masrani, the Managing Director Speedbird Group of Companies are also named as shareholders of the airline.

EAA started operating in December 2002, following the collapse of the Uganda Airlines, the country's national carrier. In July 2003, it ceased its own flights to Nairobi, and in August 1, the same year, started booking its passengers on KQ's flights through a code-share agreement.

However, the agreement was cancelled last year, after Kenya Airways insisted that East Africa Airlines could not enter similar agreements with other airlines.

In turn, East African Airlines argued that as the only Uganda-owned international airline in operation, it should be given the status of designated the national carrier, including the routes formerly operated by the defunct Uganda Airlines, which collapsed in the 1990's.

Currently, the government, through CAA, is mediating talks between the two airlines aimed at taking away one of Kenya Airway's four weekly flights and giving it to East Africa Airlines. Industry sources argue that this is the only way the young airline can survive.

KQ operates four daily flights to the lucrative Entebbe-Nairobi route.

EAA is the second local airline to suspend flights since the collapse of AfricaOne.

Poor management, wrangles, capitalisation and competition knocked AfricaOne out of business within months of existence. Now EAA has to wait for a while before they may resume operations. As of now, Uganda has to rely on foreign airlines.
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South African Airways to launch new service from Washington
17 March 2005
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South African carrier South African Airways has announced that in July 2005 it will launch new direct service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa.

The new flight will be operated four times a week and will include an operational fuel stop in Accra, Ghana. The service will be operated with a Boeing 747-400 in a three-class configuration.
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Air Tanzania to Add More Flight Routes
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Kampala, Mar 17, 2005 (The Monitor/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

Air Tanzania will introduce flights to Dubai, Mumbai, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Ms Catherine Mpanga, the South African Airways (SAA) and Air Tanzania Airport Manager for Uganda has said.

"We also have plans to procure a new generation 737-800 aircraft that can seat up to 157 passengers instead of the 107-seats aircraft that we are using currently," Mpanga told The Monitor recently.

She said this is part of the airline's route expansion plan for this year.

Integrated operations between SAA and Air Tanzania in Uganda began in March 2003.

SAA owns 49 percent shares in Air Tanzania while the government of Tanzania owns 51 percent. Air Tanzania operates four weekly flights out of Entebbe to destinations like Kilimanjaro, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, the Comoros Islands and Johannesburg with onward connections courtesy of its SAA partner.
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KLM to resume flights to Addis Ababa via Khartoum at the end of March

ADDIS ABABA, March 19, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) -- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, part of Air France-KLM SA will resume its flights via Khartoum Airport at of the end of current March, the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported.

The Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, announced at a reception party Friday that KLM Company is going to make two flights a week between Addis Ababa and Amsterdam via Khartoum International Airport.

Effective March 31, 2005, Flight KL555 Amsterdam-Khartoum-Addis Ababa-Amsterdam will be operated twice weekly with Boeing 767-300 ER equipment, departing from Schiphol on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 hrs.

KLM expects that the services to Khartoum and Addis Ababa will not only be attractive to the local market, but also to passengers transfering at Schiphol Airport from the United States, Great Britain and Scandinavia.
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Kenya Airways targets China, Turkey routes

NAIROBI, March 21 (Reuters) - Kenya Airways is targeting eight new routes in 2005, two of them flying to Shanghai as part of a strategic shift towards the Far East, the airline's Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said on Monday.

Kenya Airways hopes to establish routes to Shanghai by June, via existing flights to Bangkok and Dubai, after the Kenyan government struck a bilateral air service deal with China.

"We've been colonised to think there is only business in Europe," Naikuni told business reporters in Nairobi.

"It (China) has enormous potential. A lot of traders from Africa are going into China," he said.

Kenya Airways also plans routes to Istanbul in Turkey; Bamako, Mali; Livingstone, Zambia; Dakar, Senegal; Freetown, Sierra Leone and Maputo, Mozambique.

"The vision we have as Kenya Airways is to link up the whole of Africa, not just Africa with the outside. That's my dream to see KQ in every African country," Naikuni told Reuters.
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However, he said expansion into Africa was slow because some governments wanted to safeguard their national carriers from competition.

"Our biggest hurdle, especially in Africa is getting that (bilateral) agreement. There's a lot of protectionism going on," Naikuni said.

He declined to give financial details before annual results are announced in May, but said Kenya Airways, one of Africa's few profitable carriers, performed well in the year to March.

"Our passenger numbers have grown in double-digit numbers and for the first time in history of the company we have achieved two million passengers in the year ending this month," Naikuni said.

The carrier, which wants to modernise its fleet, will take delivery of two new Boeing 777s in April and June, and is considering buying more aircraft, Naikuni said.

Kenya Airways is listed on the Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala stock exchanges. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which is part of Air France-KLM , owns 26 percent of the airline.

Naikuni said the airline, which closed at 22.75 shillings on Monday, was undervalued. "To me, the current price should hover around 30 shillings," he said.

Kenya Airways hit a year low of 5.95 shillings in January.
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KLM to Begin Amsterdam - Addis Flight

Addis Ababa, Mar 20, 2005 (The Daily Monitor/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will start flying to Ethiopia with its first flight taking place on March 31, 2005, the airlines officials stated on Friday.

The flight service - Amsterdam-Khartoum-Addis-Amsterdam will take place twice a week - on Thursdays and Saturdays- on an extended Boeing 767 airplane.

"Starting flight services in Ethiopia has been on our minds for the past ten years, but it never happened due to duty constraint and economic downsize," Pieter de Man, General Manager of KLM Eastern Africa said.

"We believe that this new flight service will assist the blooming flower industry in Ethiopia. Our flights have the capacity to transport flowers, vegetables and fruits via its direct return route," he added.

The plane also is equipped with enough space to transport 220 passengers and still has enough space in its belly to carry 15,000 kilos of cargo, assuming that the flight is a full one. If the number of passengers is low, the plane can carry up to 30,000 kilos of cargo, it was stated.

"Our airliner has 500 combined network destinations, making it the biggest in the world and we are proud to add Ethiopia to that number," de Man said.

"Ethiopia has the potential to become a major tourist site and some tour operators operating out of Holland have given me a very positive response by welcoming the idea. Actually, we have 15-20 tour operators working on a small scale," he stated.

The manager also staid that the cargo space on the first flight had already been sold out, showing that there will be more contact with the blooming horticulture market in Ethiopia.

"KLM and Ethiopian have signed an agreement whereby in special occasions, passengers from Amsterdam could arrive in Addis through KLM and be passed on to Ethiopian Airlines to be taken to their destinations and vice versa. This does not mean that we are full fledged partners, but we just have a commercial agreement," de Mont added.

KLM currently has flight schedules to Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.
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