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Old November 22nd, 2005, 11:06 PM   #161
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Zimbabwe national airline grounded by fuel shortage
By Cris Chinaka

HARARE, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state-owned national airline was forced to temporarily ground its entire fleet after running out of fuel, but managed to resume some flights on Tuesday, company officials said.

Critics blame President Robert Mugabe's controversial policies and government mismanagement for a long-running crisis that has left a once vibrant economy struggling with shortages of food, fuel, foreign currency and a decaying infrastructure.

A senior Air Zimbabwe official said the carrier grounded all seven of its planes on Monday, and cancelled domestic and international flights "until further notice" due to fuel shortages.

But airline officials later said it managed to get some fuel on Tuesday and resumed flights to Johannesburg, Singapore and the southern Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo.

"The other flights are expected to resume in the next two days," one official said.

Transport and Energy Minister Christopher Mushowe said the airline had "managed to secure fuel to resume normal services," state radio reported.

People were caught unaware at Harare airport on Monday, leaving passengers milling at check-in counters, airline officials said.

AIRLINE CHIEF SUSPENDED

Air Zimbabwe's board of directors responded to Monday's grounding by suspending Chief Executive Officer Tendai Mahachi and two other top managers. Transport officials said Mugabe's government felt embarrassed by the halting of flights.

A statement said the board had suspended the three "pending investigations into the serious disruptions of the national airline's operations and services to customers".

The carrier's vice-chairman, Jonathan Kadzura, said the board was working to restore services.

The airline also has long-haul flights to London, China and Dubai, and management was embroiled in a controversy earlier this year for allowing a plane to carry just one passenger to Harare from Dubai.

Critics say it is a victim of mismanagement and government interference in its operations, including by Mugabe who has sometimes commandeered planes for his business trips abroad.

Air Zimbabwe had 15 airplanes when Mugabe assumed power at independence from Britain in 1980, but the fleet has dwindled to seven, including two small planes bought this year from China.

Mugabe's critics say he has wrecked one of Africa's most promising economies through his policies, including seizures and redistribution of white-owned farms to his black supporters.

But the 81-year-old Mugabe says his southern African country's steep six-year economic recession is due to sabotage by domestic and Western opponents trying to oust him over his nationalistic policies.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 04:14 AM   #162
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Air Zimbabwe Resumes Flights Following Fuel Shortage
22 November 2005

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)--National airline Air Zimbabwe resumed flights Tuesday after receiving a shipment of fuel, airline officials said.

Zimbabwe ran out of jet gasoline and grounded all its services Monday. The country in southern Africa is suffering acute shortages of all types of gasoline in the worst economic crisis since independence from the U.K. in 1980.

State radio reported Tuesday the airline's board suspended chief executive Tendai Mahachi and financial director Mrs. Tendai Mujuru while investigations into their handling of fuel shortages were carried out.

At least six domestic and international flights were canceled Monday. It was the first time the airline's planes were brought to a complete standstill by fuel shortages.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 06:26 AM   #163
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Nigeria Air Crash Probe Team Fears Black Boxes Destroyed
24 November 2005

LAGOS (AP)--The head of a team probing an air crash that killed 117 people in Nigeria last month said Thursday that the aircraft's black boxes haven't been found and may have been destroyed when the plane slammed into the ground.

Angus Ozoka, the head of Nigeria's Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau, wouldn't say how much longer the investigation into the Oct. 22 Bellview Airlines crash could last. There has been little indication of what could have caused the crash, although some aviation experts have said the plane may have been downed by lightning.

Asked whether the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder - known as black boxes - could have been destroyed in the impact, Ozoka said: "Of course, if you see the way mighty engines were disfigured and compressed."

He said some strips of casing from the black boxes were discovered, further indicating the data recorders may have been smashed into pieces.

The recorders are rugged pieces of equipment specifically designed to be able to withstand catastrophic pressures and temperatures, and normally survive most crashes.

The Boeing 737-200 had taken off from the airport at Lagos, Nigeria's biggest city, for the capital, Abuja, when it crashed near Lissa, about 50 kilometers to the north.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent a five-member team to assist the inquiry. It included investigators from Boeing and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

The U.S. team ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash, an official at Nigeria's aviation ministry said, requesting anonymity because the investigation hasn't been completed.

U.S. officials wouldn't comment on the issue.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 08:43 PM   #164
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Cape Town jet fuel shortages persist, flights cope

CAPE TOWN, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Disruptions to flights from Cape Town International Airport were reduced after airlines made contingency plans to deal with unexpected jet fuel shortages, airline officials said on Sunday.

Flights were delayed by up to six hours after fuel supplied by the Caltex/Chevron refinery in Cape Town was halted without warning on Saturday, with some domestic passengers forced to remain in the city overnight.

All international flights from Cape Town were refuelling at nearby airports -- in South Africa or Namibia -- while South African Airways (SAA) had arranged to use bigger planes for domestic flights to the city to avoid refuelling there.

"We've managed to get all flights going with creative reshuffling of airplanes and we will start getting fuel from the refinery this afternoon," SAA general manager of flight operations Colin Jordaan said.

One SAA flight to Frankfurt on Sunday would arrive six hours late, but disruption elsewhere had been reduced to a minimum, he said, adding that fuel from the refinery would initially go to international flights.

Airport officials told public radio that domestic flights were operating normally. Cape Town airport is one of South Africa's three biggest, along with Johannesburg and Durban.

Jordaan said the jet fuel from the refinery in Cape Town had been found to contain too many additives and was not dispatched.

The refinery said in a statement on Sunday it was bringing jet fuel product to the airport after disruptions caused by the delayed startup of the refinery after a planned maintenance shutdown.

"While every effort is being made to replenish jet fuel stocks, the loading and discharge process is expected to take time due to the stringent safety and quality requirements related to the handling of jet fuel," it said.

There were no further details and refinery officials declined to comment further.

It was not clear whether any of the problems with the jet fuel were linked to an anticipated nationwide petrol crunch following the introduction of new government standards for cleaner fuel.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 07:59 PM   #165
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Nigeria Aircraft Safety Check Strands 1000s Of Travelers
18 December 2005

LAGOS (AP)--Authorities grounded Boeing 737 planes across Nigeria for a spot safety check, stranding thousands of travelers Sunday around Africa's most populous nation after two deadly accidents in two months.

All Boeing 737-100 and 200 series aircraft in Nigeria will be checked for stress cracks, in compliance with a U.S. air-worthiness directive, Folasade Odutola, head of a special aviation panel overseeing the checks, said in a late-Saturday statement.

The ruling by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration required all such models of aircraft to be inspected within 90 days of its Aug. 2000 ruling. Many countries follow FAA directives.

The Nigerian official didn't explain why the measure is only being implemented now. Thousands of passengers in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city and Abuja, the capital, could be seen waiting in departure lounges.

The changes affected major domestic airlines including Bellview, Chanchangi, ADC and Albarka.

In Lagos, thousands of disappointed passengers traveling for various domestic destinations for the Christmas holidays left to seek other means of travel with most scheduled flights canceled.

"I have no choice now but to go by road," said Nobert Nchekwube, a passenger who said he was bound for Enugu, 700 kilometers (430 miles) east of Lagos.

President Olusegun Obasanjo had vowed to overhaul Nigeria's airline industry after two major plane crashes in seven weeks killed 224 people, blaming some of the industry's problems on corruption.

In the most recent incident Dec. 10, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 plane operated by Sosoliso Airlines crashed while approaching Port Harcourt, killing 107 people, most of them school children going home for Christmas.

A Boeing 737-200 plane belonging to Bellview airlines crashed soon after takeoff from Lagos on Oct. 22, killing all 117 on board.

The causes of the crashes haven't been determined by investigators.

Obasanjo ordered a halt to flights by Sosoliso and Chanchangi last week, citing intelligence reports about problems with some of their planes.
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Old December 19th, 2005, 10:46 PM   #166
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Nigeria-registered plane makes emergency landing in Ghana
19 December 2005

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) - A Nigerian-registered plane made an emergency landing Monday in Ghana, the latest incident involving a Nigerian aircraft after a spate of deadly accidents.

The Bellview Airline's Boeing 737-200 landed at Accra's Kotoka airport, bursting a tire on landing after pilots had radioed the control tower to warn of a hydraulic system failure, a company official said.

The plane landed without injury to any passengers, who were evacuated from the plane after it rolled to a stop on the tarmac.

Authorities closed the airport for about an hour until the plane was towed away.

Two Nigerian aircraft have crashed in recent months, killing 224 people, including all 117 passengers and crew on another Bellview airplane.
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France rules out attack in 2004 Boeing crash in Egypt: ex-minister

MARSEILLE, France, Dec 23 (AFP) - A Boeing 737 which crashed in Egypt last year with 134 French citizens on board was not brought down by a bomb or other attack, a former French junior foreign minister, Renaud Muselier, reaffirmed in an interview published Friday.

"The investigations conducted by Egyptian and French authorities, involving considerable technical and human means, prove that it was not an attack that caused the Flash Airlines crash of January 3, 2004," he told La Provence newspaper.

His comment was in reaction to a demand by an association of some of the victims' families for the French inquiry to look for signs of an attack.

Muselier, who was in office at the time of the crash and who was ousted in a government reshuffle in May this year, said he did not understand why the families were insisting on that hypothesis even though it had previously been ruled out by authorities.

No cause has yet been found for why the plane crashed off the coast of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh three minutes after take-off. All 148 people on board, including the 134 French passengers, perished.

The plane's recovered black boxes have failed to provide an explanation for why the disaster happened and it remains unclear whether a technical fault or error was to blame.

The flight was chartered from the Egyptian Flash Airlines company, which has since gone bankrupt.
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Hundreds of stranded pilgrims in Cameroon could leave soon: airline

YAOUNDE, Dec 27 (AFP) - Hundreds of pilgrims seeking to visit Mecca, stranded for days at airports in the west African state of Cameroon, may be able to leave soon, the airline supposed to fly them to Saudi Arabia said Tuesday.

About 2,000 pilgrims have been waiting at the airport at Garoua, about 100 kilometres (600 miles) north of the economic capital Yaounde, and about 300 at Douala.

"We came from several places in the north of Cameroon and for almost a week we have been waiting without news at the airport," one pilgrim told AFP by phone from Garoua.

The national carrier Cameroon Airlines (Camair) was supposed to have taken them to their destination but is in severe financial difficulty, owes staff and creditors money and cancelled several flights.

But Camair spokesman Basil Etoke said Tuesday things were improving.

"A plane with more than 300 seats has been specially chartered for these pilgrims and has already made several round trips between Cameroon and Saudi Arabia," he said.

He said most of those at Garoua had been able to leave and a flight was due to leave Douala for Jeddah Tuesday night. All the stranded pilgrims should get away by Thursday, he said.
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Investors set up Morocco's private low-cost airline
By Lamine Ghanmi

CASABLANCA, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Three Moroccan private business groups teamed up with German tourism TUI AG to create Morocco's first low-cost private airline, after the country initialed an "Open skies" deal with the EU to spur tourism growth, officials said on Tuesday.

The airline, named Jet4you, will start its operation in March next year, with two leased planes and envisages to expand its fleet by two aircraft each year to 10 jets in 2010, its chairman Jawad Ziyat told a news conference.

The airline projects to carry 160,000 passengers in the first year of its operation before reaching 900,000 in 2008 and 1.7 million passengers in 2010, he said.

It has an initial capital of 60 million Moroccan dirhams ($6.52 million) and officially owned by a newly created company named Aviation Investment Company (AIC), he added.

German TUI owns 40 percent in AIC and in Jet4you while Morocco's largest private bank Attijariwafa and investment fund Investima, investment arm of Societe Generale Marocaine de Banques (SGMB), a French bank Societe Generale subsidiary, has 20 percent share each.

Private businessmen Guy Marrache and Ahmed Benabbes Taarji, co-owned of Moroccan leisure conglomerate Holidays Services own 20 percent stake in the airline together.

"That initial capital is enough for the airline to start its business without borrowing from banks," said Ziyat.

The government in Morocco needs the creation or the presence of more airlines in the country to carry the rising number of tourists it aims to attract to the North African kingdom.

MOROCCO NEEDS AVIATION CAPACITY

It plans to double the number of tourists to 10 million holidaymakers by 2010, with an expected tourism revenue of 10 billion euros, more than triple the estimated tourism earnings this year.

The government, to lure more airlines and tourists they would carry, had liberalised the aviation industry in 2004 to allow more market openness and initialed a deal with the European Union early in December to expand aviation services and energise airline competition.

The so-called "open skies" agreement with the EU, to be effective next year after parliamentary ratification, came after negotiations between Rabat and the European bloc.

Without such a deal and the aviation liberalisation, the government would have had to invest 30 billion dirhams to expand the national carrier flag Royal Air Maroc's fleet by 60 new planes over the next five years to fly the expected additional tourists, officials said.

Transport Minister Karim Ghellab, who is spearheading the aviation reforms, told the news conference on the new airline:

"With the liberalisation of the aviation business and the open sky deal and with the participation of such a partner like TUI, the airline operation has all the ingredients of success, though the airline business is a difficult and risky one."

Ghellab added that "Morocco has a significant need to add more aviation capacity as it seeks to develop tourism."

TUI's representative Elie Bruyninckx said his group invested in Jet4you because it is encouraged by Morocco's policy to develop the tourism industry and open the air travel business for competition.

"We are partners in such an operation because Morocco has a vision of the future and a potential of growth," he said.
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Business dwindling for Zimbabwe's national carrier: internal report

HARARE, Jan 5 (AFP) - Zimbabwe's national carrier has reduced flights to international destinations by a fifth and is battling major financial losses and a chronic network shrinkage, an internal report said Thursday.

A turnaround strategy report, obtained by AFP, said the airline's routes shrank from 15 international destinations to nine, while regional destinations dropped from six to a mere one.

"Revenue has also declined... while costs of operations have gone up considerably due to high fuel costs, high interest and inflation rates and the unfavourable exchange rate, ageing equipment and a combination of other factors," the report said.

As a result the airline was losing 1.2 million dollars (993,000 euros) in potential revenue daily, while the national carrier faced a cumulative debt of 14.6 million dollars, it said.

Inflation in Zimbabwe has rocketed to 502 percent while the Zimbabwean currency has fallen to 77,500 Zimbabwean dollars to the greenback at official rates.

Dwindling tourism numbers have contributed significantly to Air Zimbabwe's route problems as visitors from the country's traditional tourist markets such as the United States and the European Union shun the southern African country.

Western tourism numbers have dropped significantly since the 2000 parliamentary polls, which foreign observers claim were rigged to give President Robert Mugabe's ruling party victory.

The report stated Air Zimbabwe was losing its market share in the region to competitors including British Airways and South African Airways.

The airline was forced last month to ground its fleet after it ran out of jet fuel which resulted in the suspension of its general manager. It said it was planning alliances with various other international airlines to improve its viability.

When contacted, acting chief executive Oscar Madombwe refused to comment on the report.

Transport Minister Christopher Mushowe told AFP, however, that he hoped the airline's turnaround plan would result in change of fortunes for the carrier.

"We gave the board that document at the end last month so that it can be used in the turnaround plan," Mushowe said.

"Air Zimbabwe and other various arms of the tourism sector are working together to help and change the fortunes of the industry."
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DRC court orders seizure of airline equipment at Kinshasa airport

KINSHASA, Jan 7 (AFP) - A Congolese court has ordered the seizure of equipment used by Air France, SN Brussels and Ethiopian Airlines for their alleged failure to pay for ground services, a judicial source said Saturday.

The source said the seizure, ordered late Friday at the request of Congolese Airlines (LAC), covered such items as boarding stairs, trucks and luggage belts at Kinshasa airport.

LAC claims that the three companies had not paid it for ground services since 2002, and is demanding 300,000 dollars in arrears plus another 150,000 in damages from each.

The three airlines targetted began a counter-suit Saturday, disputing LAC's claim to have a monopoly on services at the airport.

"We are going to pay nothing because we owe nothing," Air France representative Dominique Legrand said.

"There is an agreement between the Congolese state and the French state concerning our operations and we have nothing to do with LAC."

He added, "LAC has been incapable of supplying services for years. The only effect of this will be to frighten off potential investors by showing them that there is no legal protection for companies in the DRC."

A local civil aviation operator, who asked not to be identified, said LAC's move was "a last gasp" by the state-owned company.

"LAC has been bankrupt since 2003," he said. "It owes millions of dollars, has no serviceable aircraft and should have been wound up long ago. Its legal action is a last attempt at blackmail."

A DRC legal source said the three companies should soon have their equipment restored, though the case could drag on.
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Moroccan airline plans major African expansion

CASABLANCA, Morocco, Jan 8 (AFP) - Royal Air Maroc (RAM), encouraged by its majority shareholdings in the national airlines of Senegal and Gabon, is planning a major expansion of routes in Africa, a senior official said.

"The central thrust of RAM's development is the African gap in the market and the Casablanca hub is the key element in the company's strategy," Transport Minister Karim Ghalab told AFP.

RAM has held a 51 percent share in Air Senegal since 2000 and on December 29 it said it had been chosen by the government of Gabon to take a 51 percent stake in Air Gabon international.

Additionally "talks are at present under way" for RAM, said by its management to be north Africa's leading airline, to take a stake in the national carrier of the west African state of Mauritania.

Managers say that having come close to bankruptcy in 1997, when it had to be rescued by the government, RAM is now in good shape.

"After the successful launch of the low-cost airline Atlas Blue, RAM wants to extend its network in Africa," Ghalab said.

He said that flights to African destinations from Casablanca had increased by 55 percent in 2004 and 106 percent in 2005.

At the moment RAM flies directly from Casablanca to Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.

It says it is increasing the number of flights and destinations.

"In the past Casablanca airport went to sleep at night whereas now check-in counters for African destinations are open round the clock," said an airline manager.

The number of flights from Casablanca to Dakar has doubled under a code-sharing agreement with Air Senegal International to 14 a week. RAM operates seven flights week to Abidjan and Tunis, six to Bamako, five to Nouackchott, four to Conakry and Algiers, three to Libreville, Douala, Ouagadougou, Lome and Cotonou and two to Niamey, Oran and Tripoli.

RAM and Atlas Blue carried more than 4.4 million passengers on scheduled flights in 2005, up 20 percent on 2004.

RAM says its strategy is to consolidate the Casablanca hub as an international platform for North African traffic to Europe, the Middle East and North America. It turned over 1.2 billion dollars in 2005, up 15 percent on 2004.

Between now and 2012 it plans to spend 220 million dollars (180 million euros) a year on modernising its fleet compared with 156 million dollars a year in the period 2001-2005.
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Spain to spend 3 bln euros on Canaries airports

MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Spain will spend 2.90 billion euros ($3.50 billion) between now and 2020 upgrading the airports of one of its best known tourist regions, the Canary Islands, the government said on Monday.

Work will be carried out at all eight airports on the archipelago, which is just off the coast of Africa and particularly popular with German and British sun-seekers.

The plan includes terminal extensions, new runways and extra parking space, the Development Ministry said in a statement.
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British Airways to help Nigerian aviation industry modernise

LAGOS, Jan 19, 2006 (AFP) - British Airways plans to help the Nigerian aviation industry modernise in the wake of several recent air disasters that have claimed hundreds of lives, said a Nigerian government statement Thursday.

"British Airways has expressed its willingness to collaborate with the Ministry of Aviation in four major areas out of an 11-point agenda that the Honourable Minister had earmarked for immediate implementation," said the statement, highlighting that British Airways' Managing Director Robbie Baird, had sent a letter to this effect to Nigerian Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade.

While in general the British flag bearer will help upgrade the west African nation's aviation infrastructure and regulatory environment, specific targets include "the screening and recruitment process to secure world-class airport managers, emergency response, and the control of bird strikes," said the government.

Nigeria's aging aviation fleet is made up of mostly secondhand or leased aircraft from former Soviet block countries.

The country has had 39 air disasters since 1991, which have claimed 1,021 lives.

In most crashes, including recent disasters in October and December of last year that killed 220 people, the causes have never been explained.

In December the Nigerian government also put in place a special commission to inspect the state's working aircraft.
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SAA best airline in Africa
22/01/2006 14:32 PM

Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) has snatched the coveted Best Airline to Africa Award for the 15th consecutive time at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards.
The SA flag carrier came up against top airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Kenya Airways.

SAA said in a statement on Sunday the awards are voted for exclusively by travel agents based in the United Kingdom. Voters take into consideration service, convenience of the airline's flight schedule and product.

Also, in the United States this week, SAA was awarded Best Airline in Africa from Global Traveller Magazine.

SAA is the leading airline on the African continent with an extensive route network. The expanding number of African destinations operated by SAA is an objective of its Africa Growth Strategy.

SAA said it takes pride in the fact that it is recognised for what it has to offer and continues to meet customer expectations.

Some of the awards collected by SAA in 2005 include: Best African Airline from Diners Club Asata (Association of South African Travel Agents), Best Airline to Africa for 14th year running from annual Travel Weekly Globe Awards, Africa's Leading Airline at the 11th Annual World Travel Awards, 3.5 million passengers voted SAA's Cabin Crew the Best in Africa and Best Airline Based in Africa from the Official Airline Guide (OAG).
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^ Yeah SAA is undoubtedly the leader now. In the long term however it has the worst geographical location to grow as a hub. Richard Branson identified Nigeria's capital, Lagos, as the best location for his African hub and founded Virgin Nigeria to operate from there. As it's in West Africa it can transfer traffic from Europe and America. Kenya Airways and Ethiopian, the other decent African carriers, can be hubs for traffic coming from Asia.
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With new plane, Air Malawi hopes to move on privatisation

BLANTYRE, Jan 27, 2006 (AFP) - Air Malawi added a new Boeing aircraft to its fleet on Friday as part of an effort to improve the loss-making national carrier's services and make it more attractive to a potential new owner.

"I want this airline to break even and begin to make profits within two years," said President Bingu wa Mutharika as he commissioned the new Boeing 737-500 on the tarmac of Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

Mutharika said the acquisition of the 110-seater aircraft "should be the basis to turn around profits and provide better service," in remarks broadcast on state radio.

Air Malawi, established in 1964 and which now has a fleet of four aircraft, has been earmarked for privatisation since 1997 under a program financed by the World Bank.

Maziko Sauti Phiri, head of the Privatisation Commission, said there has been no "serious interest" to date to buy the airline, wholly owned by the state.

One of Africa's poorest countries, Malawi has privatised more than half its 100 parastatals, which drained state resources.
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Nigeria grounds airline over safety concerns

LAGOS, Feb 4, 2006 (AFP) - Nigeria has grounded an indigenous airline over safety concerns following a string of disasters that befell the country's troubled aviation sector in recent months, an official statement said Saturday.

In December the government set up a special task force to inspect the country's fleet of aging aircraft to determine their airworthiness after two crashes in a spate of two months claimed some 220 lives.

"The task force has recommended that NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority) ground the operations of Spaceworld Airline," its chairman Folashade Odutola said in the statement.

She said the airline will remain grounded "pending the rectification of those numerous deficiencies discovered during the audit inspection which require immediate action."

Nigeria's aviation fleet is made up of mostly secondhand or leased aircraft.

The country has had 39 air disasters since 1991, which have claimed 1,021 lives, but the December incidents were so shocking that the government ordered an immediate inspection of the country's fleet.
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hey do you know anything about air algerie's plan for flights to montreal???
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hey do you know anything about air algerie's plan for flights to montreal???
Here's an old article I came across :

Air Algerie Wants to Link Algiers With Montreal
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According to the North Africa Journal, Air Algerie will reapply to the Canadian civil aviation authorities to obtain permission to open an Algiers-Montreal line. Air Algerie has already filed an application but was turned down by the Canadians. With a growing expatriate community in Canada and the US and increased business between Algeria and North America, Air Algerie feels it is important to link the two countries with a regular flight.
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