daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old June 25th, 2005, 06:30 PM   #81
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Virgin Nigeria spreads its wings
By ROGER BRAY
23 June 2005
Financial Times

Virgin Nigeria will launch flights between Lagos and London, with the service scheduled to start next week. In the first fortnight there will be only one flight in each direction but after that there will be three round trips a week. Flights by Airbus 340-300 with 40 business class, 28 premium economy and 187 economy seats will leave Lagos on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12.35pm, arriving at Heathrow's Terminal Three at 7.30pm.

Southbound services will depart at 8.10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at 3.10am the following morning. The airline is owned 51 per cent by Nigerian institutional investors with the other 49 per cent held by Virgin Atlantic.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old June 27th, 2005, 06:43 AM   #82
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

INTERVIEW-Kenya Airways sees strong growth for 3-4 yrs -CEO
By C. Bryson Hull

NAIROBI, June 24 (Reuters) - Kenya Airways expects to sustain its current strong growth for the next three to four years, especially as African economies are opening up, Chief Executive Titus Naikuni said on Friday.

The national carrier, 26 percent owned by Air France-KLM's KLM Royal Dutch subsidiary, last month posted the highest annual profit in its 28-year history.

Annual net profit tripled to 3.88 billion Kenya shillings ($50.79 million) from 1.3 billion due to cost-cutting and higher passenger loads. Earnings per share leapt to 8.40 shillings from 2.82 shillings.

"We may not be able to sustain, perhaps, the higher numbers we have had in the last one year long term, but in the short term, it is achievable," Naikuni told Reuters in an interview. The opening up of economies in Africa is fuelling the growth, he said.

"The more countries open up, the more people travel. We are seeing a lot of that happening now in Africa. So I'm still confident we will continue to see the growth we've been seen as delivering last year, especially within Africa," Naikuni said.

Naikuni said he expected it to continue "for the three to four years, barring any natural calamity."

The record profits will be spent on modernising the fleet and ground facilities, training staff and increasing the dividend to shareholders, he said.

Kenya Airways on Monday took delivery of its third Boeing 777-200, ending the first phase of its fleet modernisation programme.

No decision has been made on whether to purchase new jets from Airbus or Boeing , Naikuni said, without revealing how many aircraft the company planned to acquire.

"It depends on what the offer is on the table. We are talking to both," he said. "We will be able to make that decision within the next two months."

OPEN BORDERS

For the passenger base to keep growing, African nations must open up immigration and visa rules to permit easier travel, with improved security screening to minimise risk, Naikuni said.

"We talk of open skies, and then we talk of open borders. Perhaps we should talk of open borders, before we talk of open skies. I think we should have freer movement of people," Naikuni said.

"If you look at the history of trade, it is people moving."

Kenya Airways, one of Africa's few profitable carriers, managed to avoid the sting of higher fuel prices that hurt profits across the industry, due to high passenger demand and a successful hedging programme.

But Naikuni said customers will soon have to accept higher fares as fuel prices rise. Oil prices on Friday touched a record $60 a barrel again on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and many analysts foresee prices staying high in the long term.

"I think it's high time people accepted that if you've got to get the services we have been providing as an industry, there will be increased fares," he said.

"We can't go sustaining the growth and modernisation that is required by the industry, or by customers, without people paying for it," Naikuni said, adding that he expected Kenya Airways to continue passing higher fuel costs on to customers.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 28th, 2005, 07:43 AM   #83
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Sudanese airline introduces second weekly Nairobi-Khartoum flight
27 June 2005
BBC

Text of report by Ken Ramani entitled "Airline introduces new flight to Juba" published by Kenyan newspaper The Standard website on 27 June

Sudan Airways has introduced a second weekly flight between Nairobi and Khartoum, a senior manager with the airline has said.

Mr John Okoth Daniel, the regional manager, said the Sunday flight will have a stopover in Juba and will be operational within two weeks. The airline operates one weekly flight to Khartoum. The Sunday flight will pass through Juba enroute to Khartoum. "We are introducing a second flight to make it easier for those visiting Juba to leave without having to wait for seven days," Daniel told The Standard.

He further disclosed that foreigners travelling to Sudan through Juba will not be subjected to normal migration procedures on arriving in Khartoum. "All these procedures will be completed in Juba and the flight will thereafter be considered local," said Daniel.

Sudan Airways resumed flights on the Nairobi-Khartoum routes on 15 June after a nine year break. Daniel promised patrons low fares.

Mr Nasr-al-Din, the managing director, promised to continue flying modern aircrafts along the route. He said the airline was considering introducing flights to Mombasa, which he described as an international tourist hub. "We are confident that the reopening of the Nairobi route will consolidate bilateral ties between Kenya and Sudan," said Din.

Fighting officially ended in the Sudan on January 9, with the signing of a peace agreement between Khartoum and Sudan Peoples Liberation Army. Juba is only accessible from Nairobi through scheduled flights to Lokichogio [northern Kenya] where travellers must wait for unscheduled connecting flights.

The Sudanese flights have become popular with Kenyans who are flocking southern Sudan for a piece of the reconstruction cake. Economic activity is expected to intensify in the region when disbursement of the 4.8bn dollars pledged by the donor community for reconstruction begins.

Daniel said described business and investment opportunities in Juba as immense and urged Kenyans to take advantage of it. "It is only fair that Kenya makes a strong presence in Southern Sudan and Juba in particular since it hosted and chaired the talks that culminated in the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement," said Daniel.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 2nd, 2005, 04:38 PM   #84
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Nigeria plane makes emergency landing - passengers, crew unharmed
29 June 2005

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A plane made an emergency landing at a Nigeria airport Wednesday, grinding to a halt on the tarmac after one of its wheels collapsed, an aviation official said.

The IRS Airlines plane carrying 91 passengers and crew returned to Lagos airport shortly after takeoff when instrumentation showed a problem with the craft's hydraulic system, according to Sam Adurogboye, spokesman for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

No one was injured, Adurogboye said.

As the plane landed, one wheel exploded. Airstrips were closed as a rescue team cleared the runway, he said.

It was the third such incident this month in Nigeria. A Chanchangi Airlines flight careered out of control due to flooding on the runway in Lagos earlier this month, and an EAS airlines plane skid into a ditch at Jos airport further north. Passengers were also unhurt in both these accidents, aviation officials said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #85
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

S.African Airways launches flights to Washington

JOHANNESBURG, June 30 (Reuters) - South African Airways (SAA) [SAA.UL] will start flights to Washington on Friday as part of a financial turnaround strategy, it said on Thursday.

The state-owned airline said in a statement the Washington service would be operated 4 times a week via Accra in Ghana -- strengthening its position in Africa and across the Atlantic.

The flag carrier posted a pretax loss of 8.7 billion rand ($1.30 billion) in 2003/04, but appears on track to return to profit during the financial year which ended in March. Results are due in July.

"Our American routes have shown tremendous growth and adding a third destination to North America provides a wonderful opportunity for expanding our global route network," it said.

The airline already flies to New York and Atlanta. It hopes to join the Star Alliance of airlines before the end of the year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #86
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

U.N. says Russian-built passenger plane crash lands in eastern Congo - no injuries
30 June 2005

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - A Russian-made commercial airplane with faulty landing gear crash landed in eastern Congo, but no injuries were reported, a U.N. spokeswoman said Thursday.

The Antanov 26 belonging to the small commercial carrier Mango Airlines crash landed late Wednesday on a runway near the city of Goma after its landing gear failed, said U.N. spokeswoman Jaqueline Chenard.

The plane carrying eight passengers skidded off the runway and stopped 10 meters (33 feet) from nearby houses, said Chenard by telephone from the region. The passengers were shaken up, but no injuries were reported, she said.

The plane was arriving from Kasongo, located about 450 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Goma.

Many rickety aircraft, often castoffs from old Soviet-bloc nations, are used in Congo, a vast central African nation the size of Western Europe.

Few passable roads traverse the vast country after decades of war and corrupt rule, forcing its impoverished people to rely on often-unsafe boats and planes.

In May, an Antonov-12 carrying 26 passengers and crew crashed into mountains south of Goma, killing all aboard. Earlier that month, an Antonov-26 clipped a treetop during its landing approach and crashed in central Congo, killing 10 of the 11 people aboard.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2005, 06:29 PM   #87
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Gabon court adjourns fatal air crash trial

LIBREVILLE, June 30 (AFP) - A Libreveille court opened and adjourned Thursday the trial of four men accused of responsibilty for the crash of an airliner which killed 19 people a year ago.

Judge Jacques Lebama put off the case after procedural objections from the defence and lawyers for the victims of the crash of the twin turboprop HS-748 of private airline Gabon Express.

The defendants are the airline boss Robert Sobeck and pilot Mbia, who have been held in custody charged with manslaughter and wounding, along with the head of the Gabonese civil aviation department at the time, Jean-Pierre Obiang Zue, and the local head of the certification agency Veritas, Bernard Dabezies.

The plane, with 30 passengers and crew aboard, crashed into the sea off Libreville shortly after taking off on June 8 last year. Investigators allegedly found serious deficiencies in its maintenance and checks.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2005, 08:11 AM   #88
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

South African Airways posts 966 mln rand net profit

JOHANNESBURG, July 6 (Reuters) - South African Airways confirmed on Wednesday that it had posted a net profit of 966 million rand ($141.3 million) in 2004/05 compared to a 8.6 billion rand loss in the previous period.

The results had been partially announced by parent company Transnet when it released the group's results for the year to end-March on Monday. The flag carrier's shock loss in 2003/04 was triggered by a nearly 6 billion rand hedge book loss and impairment charges on aircraft.

The hedge book was closed during the year under review. SAA Chief Executive Officer Khaya Ngqula said the airline was on track to cut costs by 1.6 billion rand by 2007.

"In the year under review our operational costs have increased much slower than our revenue -- a simple formula we intend to pursue going into the future," said Ngqula in a statement.

He said the airline was reviewing its business model for the domestic market, following competition from budget carriers charging very low prices. It was also looking at its long-haul fleet strategy because of declining yields.

SAA is to be removed from the Transnet stable by March 31, 2006 -- operating as a separate company and reporting directly to the Public Enterprises Minister.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2005, 03:02 AM   #89
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Air France jet hits cow on landing in southern Nigeria

LAGOS, July 7 (AFP) - An Air France jet ran into a stray cow as it landed among a herd roaming the airport in the southern Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the firm said, adding that no-one was hurt.

The Airbus A330 passenger liner was arriving overnight from Paris with 196 people on board when it drove into a group of cattle which had somehow strayed on to the tarmac, said Air France's spokeswoman in Nigeria, Moyo Areola.

"No passenger or crew was injured. The aircraft taxied safely to the gate on time at 04.34am local time (0334 GMT)," she said, in a statement.

"The aircraft is presently on the ground for safety reasons and will not be flown until all necessary safety precautions have been taken," she continued.

"A maintenance team is locally checking the aircraft and, in addition, an Air France mechanical team are on their way from Paris to further certify the safety of the aircraft," she said.

"Our flight for tonight, AF 875 to Paris, has been cancelled."

Airport workers were trying to round up the surviving cattle more than three hours after the accident and an investigation has been launched into how the herd breached the airport perimeter, said officials in Port Harcourt.

Passengers at Lagos airport said their flights to Port Harcourt had been delayed by three hours and that a tannoy announcement had said that at least five cows were loose in the airport and were being chased by ground crew.

Port Harcourt is the main centre of Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil industry and several international and domestic carriers serve its small, single-runway airport.

The incident is only the latest in a series of freak accidents in Nigeria involving stray cows.

Last month police in Lagos arrested a cow after it attacked and killed a bus driver who had stopped to urinate by the side of the road.

And 25 people were killed in May when a truck carrying traders to market swerved to avoid a cow and ploughed into a crowded cross-country bus.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 10th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #90
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Air France resumes flights from Nigerian city after crash with cows

LAGOS, July 8 (AFP) - Air France has resumed flights from the southern Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt, the airline said Friday, two days after an airliner arriving from Paris ploughed into a herd of cows on the runway.

None of the 196 passengers on board the Airbus A330 jet was injured in Wednesday's accident, which left at least six cattle dead on the tarmac, but the incident has increased concerns about Nigeria's aviation safety record.

Air France spokeswoman Moyo Adeola said that the A330 was still grounded at Port Harcourt while being checked over for damage but that a Boeing 777 had been diverted to cover the firm's four flights a week to and from Paris.

Nigerian press reports said that Aviation Minister Issa Yuguda has ordered an investigation into who was responsible for allowing the herd to stray and said that any other cows spotted near the runway would be shot on sight.

Nigeria's aviation industry has a patchy safety record and minor accidents and damage to planes is a regular occurrence. Last week a domestic jet airliner crash-landed on the tarmac at Lagos after its landing gear failed to deploy.

The last serious accident was in May 2002, when pilots lost control of a flight out of the northern city of Kano and scythed into an inner city district, killing around 100 passengers and dozens more on the ground.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 11th, 2005, 06:33 PM   #91
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

New boss named for Gabon's ailing airline

LIBREVILLE, July 11 (AFP) - Gabon's President Omar Bongo has named a new managing director for near-bankrupt state airline Air Gabon, as the government hesitates between winding the company up or privatising it.

The state-owned daily L'Union said Monday Jean-Robert Ngoulongana, former secretary general of the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) group of countries, had been appointed by a presidential decree to succeed Jerome Ngoua Bekale, who was in office for some 15 months.

Set up in 1977, Air Gabon has debts estimated at 21 billion cfa francs (32 million euros, 38 million dollars) and is unable to pay its bills or its some 1,100 employees.

It has only two ageing planes, one of which was grounded for weeks for repairs, halting services to other African destinations until last week.

Long-haul routes to Europe, which account for 70 percent of turnover, have also been suspended for the past month after the lease expired on the Boeing 767 which operated them.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 12th, 2005, 11:22 PM   #92
skipperBill
Hood Legend
 
skipperBill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Alexandria, Gedarif, Gondar
Posts: 1,187
Likes (Received): 6

GIA to Fly Next Month

14 June 2005 (ghanaweb.com)The Ghana International Airline Limited (GIAL) has put in place all the necessary logistics and facilities to enable the airline to begin its operations next month.

It will start off on the regional routes, plying Conakry, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Banjul, Freetown and Monrovia.

The airline would also ply the long haul in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, one of the continent’s most reliable airlines.

Presently, Radixx International, an international reservation software and hosting company based in Florida, has been engaged to complete the automation of the airline’s operations.

Radixx International will automate the ticketing, reservation and sales operations of the airline.

In line with this, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Radixx, Mr Ronald J. Peri made a dummy presentation of the system to members of the Ghana Distribution System Limited (GDS), which oversees the distribution of reservations for airlines in the country.

He said the airline would make it possible for people, especially agents to buy tickets or book reservations electronically.

“Radixx has helped resurrect six airlines that were almost on the verge of collapse through the automation of their systems,” Mr Peri said.

“When an airline’s system is automated, travellers would have the opportunity to buy their tickets with either credit, debit or re-load cards through the various Western Union money transfer systems currently in operation in the country,” he added.

Mr Peri said automating the systems would enable GIAL to have better control of the airline’s finances. He said automating the system would also help to solve the problem of overbooking as well as eliminate fraud in the airline’s operations.

According to Mr Peri, “installing the software will also help GIAL to keep track of its inventory as well as eliminate hidden cost that is predominant in the airline business.”

The software expert also said, it would be possible for the airline to make tickets less expensive since the system would eliminate the chain of middlemen that currently existed.

Mr Peri, however, stated that travel agents would not be left out when the airline commences its operations. He added that the services of the agents were a crucial element in making the airline survive, particularly at a time when the industry had become very competitive.

The Media Relations Officer of GIAL, Mr Sammy Crabe, said GIAL was still at the implementation stage and was doing everything possible to ensure that it commenced operations on schedule.

He said currently the Special Assistant to the CEO, Mr Sean Mendis, was in Berlin, Germany, participating in a slot conference, where he would negotiate for schedules in Frankfurt, Heathrow, Dusseldorf, Johannesburg and Accra.

The GIAL’s Vice-President, Operations, Mr Albert Vitale, who is also in the country to help finalise measures for the take-off of the airline, assured Ghanaians that GIAL would be the best thing to happen to the country’s aviation industry.”
skipperBill no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2005, 09:31 PM   #93
skipperBill
Hood Legend
 
skipperBill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Alexandria, Gedarif, Gondar
Posts: 1,187
Likes (Received): 6

Now you can fly to London via Namibia

July 12 2005 at 10:26AM(Independent Online) Air Namibia's new service to London offers South African passengers the double benefit of finding extra seats from increased capacity on the most popular route from South Africa along with more convenient connections than are provided by other non-direct airlines, according to Air Namibia's regional manager, Corné de Waal.

Air Namibia's new Johannesburg and Cape Town services to London via Windhoek offer passengers a great alternative route to the UK. The inaugural special fare of R3 880 from Johannesburg (R3 990 from Cape Town) has been extended for bookings made by September 30.

The inaugural northbound flight to London via Windhoek departed last Saturday and Air Namibia's feeder network will provide easy links for the overnight northbound flights.

De Waal said: "What is different to the previous London service is that, with just one quick and easy connection at Windhoek, you arrive in London fresh from your overnight long haul, without the need to reconnect to your final destination, unlike other non-direct carriers who offer the one-stop hop from South Africa."

'You arrive in London fresh from your overnight long haul'
Air Namibia is offering special introductory fares for the route, and prices will stay highly competitive throughout the year. Additionally, for the youth market it remains the only airline to offer tickets that are extendable to two years' validity, perfect for working holidaymakers.

For more information about Air Namibia and holiday destination information, call: 011-390-2876/7 or check out: www.airnamibia.com.na
skipperBill no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 16th, 2005, 10:13 PM   #94
skipperBill
Hood Legend
 
skipperBill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Alexandria, Gedarif, Gondar
Posts: 1,187
Likes (Received): 6

Nigeria, Ethiopia sign air service agreement


UPDATED: 10:00, July 08, 2005 (Addis Abeba) Nigeria and Ethiopia, both air traffic hubs in its own region, have signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement to boost commerce and tourism between the two countries, according to a statement issued here on Thursday.

Under the agreement, the Ethiopian Airlines, the national flag carrier of Ethiopia, will use the Lagos international airport as one of its operational hubs for other international destinations.

"The agreement marks a significant step in the implementation of the 1999 Yamoussoukro decision to an unhindered access to the air in Africa," said the statement.

Nigerian Aviation Minister Isa Yuguda, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Nigerian government, said the agreement was also in the spirit of the New Partnership for Africa's Development ( NEPAD) and African integration.

"This agreement epitomizes the beginning of good economic interaction between the two countries and seamless movement of their nationals," he said.

The minister expressed the hope that the agreement would further strengthen the mutual cooperation and relationship between the two countries and enhance economic development.

According to Estifanose, director of Air Transport and Planning Department of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the agreement "is a great manifestation of the political will of the two countries to implement the Yamoussoukro protocol on unhindered access to air movement within the continent."

The air link between the two countries would further promote tourism and boost trade relations, he said, adding that the designate airlines would benefit maximally from the agreement.

The Ethiopian Airline currently flies into 44 cities across Europe, the United States, Asia, Middle East and Africa. In Nigeria, it operates in Lagos and was formerly flying into Kano before it suspended operations there. It is currently expanding its network, which it said, aims to "bring Africa together."

Source: Xinhua
skipperBill no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 17th, 2005, 01:55 AM   #95
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Airbus seeks to boost market edge in Africa as airlines replace ageing fleets

NAIROBI, July 13 (AFP) - European aircraft giant Airbus said Wednesday it intends to increase it market edge in Africa over bitter US rival Boeing as the continent's leading airlines move to replace their ageing fleets.

Despite competition from Boeing which has won recent contracts from Kenya and Ethiopia's fast-growing flag carriers, Toulouse-based Airbus said it planned an active campaign to boost its 56-percent hold on the African aviation market.

"Airbus intends to build on its lead in Africa," said Hadi Akoum, the company's vice president for Africa. "We intend to win more than half of the estimated future African market with our family of modern, cost-efficient aircraft."

"Africa is set to experience unprecedented growth in the air transport sector," he told a news conference here. "Demand will be driven by the increasing trade and tourism ties between Africa and Europe, the Middle East and North America."

"I believe there is a big potential with many airlines operating used aircrafts which will be facing tough price increase ... they have to change and this is where we expect there will be potential for new airplanes," Akoum said.

He noted African airlines currently own some 280 planes. Many of the ones that are more than 20 years old and in need of replacement were manufactured by Boeing whose production base is in Seattle.

Presenting Airbus' market forecast for the next 20 years in a country whose national airline, Kenya Airways, flies an all Boeing fleet, Akoum said his company was determined to woo Kenya into the Airbus fold.

"Our relations with Kenya have been slowed down because they were finalizing the order and deliveries of those airplanes," he said, referring to Kenya Airways taking delivery this year of two long-haul Boeing 777 jumbo jets.

"What we are looking for is to ensure that Kenya Airways benefits from our experience worldwide experience in order to enhance their commercial an doperation capabilities," Akoum said. "We are looking to increase this relationship."

In addition to Kenya, Airbus is known to have made overtures to Ethiopian Airlines which also flies a predominantly Boeing fleet, according to industry sources.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 17th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #96
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

New plane, flight routes for Air Senegal International

DAKAR, July 12 (AFP) - Air Senegal International on Tuesday announced the purchase of a new airplane and an expansion of the routes flown by the partially state-owned airline.

The 50 million-dollar purchase expands to five planes the size of the fleet of the Dakar-based airline, and will help service new routes linking the west African state to Ghana, Spain and Italy, communications director Makhtar Diop told AFP.

Air Senegal International currently also flies to Paris and Marseille in France, to Niger and to Burkina Faso.

The nearly five-year-old airline, which is 51 percent owned by Royal Air Maroc, boasted a passenger load of 420,000 people in 2004 and is on track to reach its goal of 490,000 passengers for 2005.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 17th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #97
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Nigeria cannot secure cow crash airport because of shrines: official

LAGOS, July 12 (AFP) - Nigerian officials investigating how an Air France passenger jet crashed into a herd of cows said Tuesday they could not fully protect the airport concerned without disturbing traditional African shrines.

Last week an airliner arriving from Paris in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt with 196 people on board ploughed into a herd of cattle that had strayed onto the tarmac, which is not fenced off from neighbouring villages.

No-one was hurt in the incident, but it has nonetheless proved an embarrassment to the Nigerian authorities, who have ordered an investigation.

"Local residents around Port Harcourt airport have insisted that we cannot cut the bush because their shrines are located there," said Adamu Abdullahi, a spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Simple shrines and sacred groves dedicated to local deities are a common feature of life in rural Nigeria.

"The bush is not helping matters at all as it constitutes a serious security risk. The bush shields animals that stray into the airport," he told AFP.

"We are in talks with the authorities in Rivers State and representatives of the local community on this problem and we hope that it will soon be solved."

Port Harcourt is the main centre of Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil industry and its single-runway airport is served by several international and domestic carriers, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air France.

Abdullahi said that of Nigeria's four international airports only Lagos was fully fenced off. Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano airport remain unenclosed and that the government is seeking funds to complete the job, he added.

In order to comply with international safety regulations the runways must be protected by 2006, he said, adding that it would cost 2.8 billion naira (21 million dollars / 17 million euros) to fence in just two of the three.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 17th, 2005, 07:15 PM   #98
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

New Ghana route for Virgin Nigeria
By ROGER BRAY
14 July 2005
Financial Times

Newly launched airline Virgin Nigeria is scheduled to start flying from Lagos to Accra, the capital of Ghana, next week. From July 20 it will operate two round trips a day using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Virgin Nigeria began flying to London last month. Since then it has launched domestic services from Lagos to Abuja and Port Harcourt. Schedules allow day trips to and from all three short-haul destinations. Simon Harford, chief executive, hopes the airline, which is majority-owned by Nigerian investors with the balance held by Virgin Atlantic, will be operating on about nine routes by spring 2006.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 18th, 2005, 03:40 AM   #99
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Flights resume in Nigeria after plane cleared off runway, minister visits

LAGOS, July 14 (AFP) - Normal local and international flights resumed Thursday after disruption that lasted almost 24 hours following the closure of the Lagos airport tarmac by a heavily laden cargo jet from Dubai which overshot on landing, an airport spokesman said.

"Normal flights have resumed today (Thursday). We have been able to remove the aircraft that blocked the tarmac. Right now, the aviation minister is visiting the scene of the accident," Adamu Abdullahi, spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said.

A Calabar-bound passenger stranded in Lagos since Wednesday following cancellation of her trip due to the accident, Agbo Adede, confirmed to AFP from the airport that normal flights have gradually resumed Thursday.

The DAS Air plane, which arrived the airport in heavy rain Wednesday from Dubai overshot the tarmac in the latest in a series of accidents to shake confidence in Nigeria's aviation industry.

No-one was reported hurt in the accident but many flights were cancelled or delayed as ground crews worked several hours to unload the plane and drag it away from the runway.

DAS Air is a British-based cargo airline serving Africa and the Middle East.

Lagos Airport's main runway was already undergoing repairs at the time of the accident and with the second runway currently used by both its domestic and international terminals the accident triggered many cancellations.

Last week an Air France jet arriving at the southern oil city of Port Harcourt with 196 passengers on board was damaged when it ran into a herd of cattle that had strayed onto the runway, killing several of them.

In recent months at least three airliners operated by domestic carriers have been damaged in bumpy landings caused by faulty landing gear.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 18th, 2005, 04:05 PM   #100
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18129

Thieves steal generator of Nigerian airport invaded by cows

LAGOS, July 15 (AFP) - Unidentified thieves have stolen a back-up generator at the international airport in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, less than a week after an Air France passenger jet crashed into a herd of cows that strayed into its tarmac, an official said Friday.

"The generator has been stolen by unknown thieves. I have just received the report. The police are investigating it. The incident is unfortunate," Adamu Abdullahi, spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said.

Last week Wednesday, an Air France jet arriving from Paris in the oil-city with 196 people on board ploughed into a herd of cattle that had strayed onto the tarmac, which is not fenced off from neighbouring villages.

No-one was hurt in the accident.

The generator, owned by the state-run Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, mysteriously disappeared from the airport on Tuesday, forcing security to be tightened within and around the airport, the Punch newspaper reported Friday.

Nigerian officials had told AFP on Tuesday they could not fully protect the airport without disturbing traditional African shrines.

"Local residents around Port Harcourt airport have insisted that we cannot cut the bush because their shrines are located there," Abdullahi said.

Simple shrines and sacred groves dedicated to local deities are a common feature of life in rural Nigeria.

"The bush is not helping matters at all as it constitutes a serious security risk. The bush shields animals that stray into the airport," he told AFP.

"We are in talks with the authorities in Rivers State and representatives of the local community on this problem and we hope that it will soon be solved," he said.

Port Harcourt is the main centre of Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil industry and its single-runway airport is served by several international and domestic carriers, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air France.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium