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Old March 13th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #1121
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Originally Posted by Tetwani View Post

You need some geography lessons!!
The last time I checked both Egypt and Morocco were in North Africa, seperated from Europe by the same sea.

The boat excuse is hilariously pathetic if you take that into account.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 01:33 AM   #1122
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Originally Posted by Lydon View Post
The last time I checked both Egypt and Morocco were in North Africa, seperated from Europe by the same sea.

The boat excuse is hilariously pathetic if you take that into account.
Morocco - Europe = 14km
Egypt - Europe = hundreds of kilometers

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Old March 13th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #1123
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same as the distance between Kenya and Uganda
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Old March 13th, 2010, 01:54 PM   #1124
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The only country Morocco is significantly closer to is Spain
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Originally Posted by Lydon View Post

The only country Morocco is significantly closer to is Spain
And of course Spain is not Europe! ...You're dangerously funny Lydon

By the way, In Europe, people prefer to use TGV/AVE/TAV... instead of planes


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Going to egypt with a ferry boat like Moroccan diaspora & tourists... so hilarious

It does'nt exist, it's only the case for coutries who are closer to europe like Morocco or tunisia, and for few algerians...

Some people really don't know what they are talking about... why not going to china from europe with a ferry boat too ?
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Lydon, I think they mean it is easier and quicker to drive and take a ferry from Europe to Morocco, than from Europe to Egypt
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According to data supplied by the airlines to OAG three of the top 10 country markets have grown by 20% since last March, lead by Morocco (+26.7%), Ethiopia (+22.7%) and Tunisia (+21.8%). Just outside the top 10 are Tanzania, Angola and Ghana. Ghana’s capital Accra will soon be welcoming new international services from Virgin Atlantic to London Heathrow and United Airlines to Washington.

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 March 2010 and w/c 2 March 2009

Among the top 10 airports Addis Ababa appears to be the fastest growing with year-on-year capacity up by 30%, driven by the growth of Ethiopian Airlines. According to OAG there are 320 airports in the whole of Africa with scheduled commercial services.



wow thanks for these stats Lydon, I didnt know African carriers and airports were doing so well during this global recession.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 02:53 AM   #1129
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Asaba Airport Delta State - Nigeria

Asaba airport ready in May’
SUNDAY, 07 MARCH 2010 23:29
The Delta State Government is to take possession of the multi-billion naira Asaba International Airport project in May this year.

Mr Uche Okpuno, Chief Executive of Ulo, the construction company handling the project, said this on Tuesday when the state’s Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, visited the site.

Okpuno was responding to the deputy governor’s enquiry about the likelihood of the firm meeting the deadline for completion of the project.

“I can assure you that the project will be ready by the end of May this year and handed over to the state government for commissioning,’’ Okpuno said.

Okpuno also told Utuama that 3.4 kilometres of the airport’s runway under construction was nearing completion.

Utuama had inspected the terminal building, the runway, hangar, control tower and fire service bay still under construction. (NAN)
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Old March 21st, 2010, 04:40 AM   #1130
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Wow..Arik Air has already broken into the top ten.

Considering it only commenced its first flight in 2006

It also had the most Growth from 2009....but Nigerian Eagle Airlines will give it some competition in the Nigerian Market.
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Nigeria, Egypt Air trade volume hits $80m

To cope with the expansion of Egyptian-Nigerian bilateral relations and deepening the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between the two countries, Egypt Air has expanded its operations on the Abuja-Cairo route in anticipation of meeting higher passenger and cargo demand.

With $80 million trade volume between the two, there are more than 20,000 Nigerians in Egypt.

It was also disclosed that the projected number of Nigerians expected in Egypt for this year is 100,000 and that it includes medicals, students, pilgrims, business, officials and tourists.

"This fact reflects the growth in people-to-people interaction" Mr. Muharam Abdulrahman, the new Egypt Air Abuja Regional Manager said.

According to him, before the expansion of flights on Abuja-Cairo route, Egypt Air began operating its two flights per week, Abuja-Cairo but from next month, the airline will start to operate two more flights between Abuja and Cairo.

Abdulrahman disclosed that the airline is the oldest one serving passengers flying from Nigeria and West Africa to Egypt and the Middle East.

It has been in operating in Nigeria in the past 48 years without interruption.

EgyptAir currently serves Abuja, Kano and Lagos from Cairo.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 03:58 AM   #1132
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Very good article from the Wall Street Journal:

Airlines Swoop In on Growing African Market .

Airlines world-wide have been slashing flights to match dropping demand amid the economic crisis, but one unlikely region is bucking the trend: Africa.

Long the aviation industry's forgotten continent, Africa has recently posted a significant increase in the list of destinations served by foreign and local carriers. Routes are traveled more frequently, and the number of nonstop overseas connections is rising.

In the past two years, as airlines globally cut flights by 3.2% during the worst of the industry's troubles, nonstop frequencies between Africa and major overseas markets jumped 11.4%, according to Innovata LLC, an aviation consulting firm in London.

The growth comes off a low base—Africa accounts for less than 5% of global air traffic—but that is part of the appeal.

Africa offers carriers an underserved market where tickets sell at significantly higher fares than for routes of comparable distance elsewhere. Activity is rising even though routine tasks, such as tanking up on drinkable water, can be challenging. That makes operations expensive, particularly in countries between the Sahara Desert and South Africa. Most passenger facilities are rudimentary, many regions need modern air-traffic control, aviation safety regulators lack resources and airport security poses big concerns.

Delta Air Lines Inc. was forced to delay scheduled route launches last year in part because the U.S. Transport Security Administration withheld certification of some African airports. But Delta, which was the first big U.S. carrier to serve Africa after more than 15 years when it launched flights to Senegal and South Africa in late 2006, still wants to add four destinations this summer that were slated for opening in 2009.

"We're going to continue to invest in Africa," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta executive vice president for network planning. "It's more expensive to operate, but you do get more for it."

Traffic is being stoked by a combination of foreign business passengers chasing the continent's resources, local entrepreneurs doing business abroad, and a steady flow of Africans shuttling to and from numerous ethnic communities abroad.

The coming World Cup in South Africa is another factor boosting demand, but growth is evident across the continent. For example, UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Britain's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. and Belgium's Brussels Airlines all recently announced new services to Accra, Ghana.

Airlines in parts of Latin America, Asia and the Middle East are also now posting growth amid the broader industry slump, but no region had been so roundly ignored in the past as Africa.

"Africa is maturing aviation-wise," said Craig Jenks, head of Airline/Aircraft Projects, a consulting firm in New York. "Carriers look at it as a place they need to be, and not just for specialist airlines, as previously."

Gradual improvements to Africa's underdeveloped aviation infrastructure are another catalyst. Senegal is building a new airport near Dakar; Republic of Congo has added runways and terminals at Brazzaville and Pointe Noire; and South Africa has installed a cutting-edge air traffic control system.

"There is a major move in many countries to build or rebuild infrastructure," said Etienne Rachou, senior vice president for Africa and the Middle East at Air France-KLM SA, the leading foreign airline in Africa.

Still, African skies are the world's most dangerous in terms of crashes per million flights, and rising traffic could exacerbate the problem. Nigeria and several other countries have made notable improvements recently, but experts see big gaps in safety systems.

One positive factor is that African carriers are starting to reverse years of shrinkage. Intra-African frequencies are up 30% over the past five years, according to Innovata.

As wars, poverty and neglect ravaged Africa at the end of the last century, many of its carriers struggled and shut down. But over the past decade, local players including Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Egyptair and Royal Air Maroc have pulled themselves together. Ethiopian Airlines in January opened a second hub across the continent in Lome, Togo.

African carriers are now expanding links to secondary cities such as Ndola, Zambia, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, whose only air connections have long been either on unreliable local operators or via convoluted routings through Europe.

European carriers are by far the biggest outside players in Africa, due to colonial ties, and the top carriers are battling to grab markets. Air France-KLM leads the race with 42 destinations in 33 African countries. It relies on a mix of Air France's longstanding domination in French-speaking West Africa and KLM's strength in the east. Dutch KLM in 1995 bought a 26% stake in Kenya Airways—one of Africa's best-run carriers—and has since built strong links between their hubs in Amsterdam and Nairobi.

Now, German giant Deutsche Lufthansa AG is racing to catch up by adding flights of its own and with its subsidiaries Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines. Brussels Airlines is the successor to Belgium's defunct Sabena, which was once one of the biggest foreign operators in central Africa. The Lufthansa group now serves 36 destinations in 31 African countries, and is linking closely to Ethiopian Airlines, another leading African carrier.

Lufthansa, like Air France-KLM, works to cut costs by finding synergies among its carriers in Africa, such as sharing offices, airport facilities and local expertise. "We are able to grow and increase profits," said Thierry Antinori, Lufthansa Executive Vice President for Marketing and Sales after announcing four new destinations for Brussels Airlines.

One risk in Africa's new popularity is that carriers add capacity faster than demand grows, starting price wars that erode profits. The danger is rising as rich carriers from the Middle East and Asia expand Africa services. Fast-growing Persian Gulf airlines boosted Africa frequencies by more than 31% over the past two years, according to Innovata. Dubai's Emirates Airline recently added its 19th African destination, Dakar.

Still, veterans see room for growth as Africa integrates with the world economy. "It won't be frenetic competition, but customers will have more choice," said Mr. Antinori at Lufthansa.

Airlines world-wide, while slashing flights globally amid falling demand, are adding flights to previously underserved African destinations. See full graphic:

Courtesy of Wall Street Journal:

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Old March 25th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #1133
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Cape Town Airport lands international awards
Anyone who has booked flights to Cape Town may be pleased to learn that the city's airport has recently won two travel awards.

By Southall Travel -Wednesday, March 24, 2010 04:15 PM

People who are set to board flights to Cape Town will no doubt be interested to hear that the city's airport has won two prizes at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Cape Town International Airport walked away with the gongs for best airport in Africa and airport staff service excellence.

It is also the only African airport to feature in the Skytrax top 25 airports in the world, in a list which is headed up by Changi Airport in Singapore.

The awards are well timed as thousands of football fans from all over the world are set to travel to South Africa and Cape Town for the World Cup this summer.

Cape Town will play host to five of the group stage matches, as well as a last-sixteen game, a quarter and a semi-final.

Fans lucky enough to have tickets for the final of the tournament will need to travel to Johannesburg on July 11th to discover who will walk away with the coveted trophy.

The world's top 25 rankings in the World Airport Awards for 2010:

1 Singapore
2 Seoul Incheon
3 Hong Kong
4 Munich
5 Kuala Lumpur
6 Zurich
7 Amsterdam
8 Beijing
9 Auckland
10 Bangkok
11 Vancouver
12 Kansai
13 Centrair Nagoya
14 Helsinki
15 Copenhagen
16 Frankfurt Main
17 Tokyo Narita
18 Brisbane
19 Cape Town
20 San Francisco
21 London Heathrow
22 Istanbul
23 Bahrain
24 Hamburg
25 Vienna

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Old March 25th, 2010, 01:47 PM   #1134
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Ethiopian to increase fleet to over 100 in the next decade

The management of Ethiopian Airlines has revealed a new ambitious and strategic 15-year plan called “Vision 2025” in which it envisions to increase the airline’s fleet to over 100 jet liners.

At the internal staff meeting held the previous Thursday at the Addis Ababa Conference Center, Ethiopian CEO, Girma Wake told the employees that the airline had drafted a new farsighted development strategy. Girma said that the development strategy will have three phases with a five-year term. The development strategy would be evaluated every five years.

The management will soon present the development strategy to its board of directors chaired by Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin. The public relations department of Ethiopian said that it would not reveal the details of the strategy before it is submitted to the board.

However, reliable sources told The Reporter that the strategy included increasing the number of the airline’s jet fleet to over 100. Ethiopian currently operates 30 jetliners. Ethiopian also plans to increase the number of employees to over 10,000 from the existing 4850. Sources said the management anticipates to raise its destinations to 200 and its operating revenue to three billion dollars. The airline has achieved its vision 2010 that included making an annual revenue of 1 billion dollars.

Private air operators register one billion birr capital
Saturday, 20 March 2010
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Some 24 private air operators with an aggregate capital of on billion birr have been licensed by authorities to date, it was learnt.

A senior aviation official told The Reporter that out of the 24 licensed companies, 10 have already started operations. The official also said that the companies that had started operation were licensed either to provide passenger or cargo transportation services with the exception of a few that were licensed in both categories. He added that the other 14 companies were also in the process of joining the ones that had commenced operations.

The official noted that among the companies which are completing preparations to begin operation shortly, Sunshine Construction Air Transport and Air Oromia, with 34 million birr and 20 million birr initial capitals, respectively, are the prominent ones. The renowed singer Kemer Yusuf is one of the three shareholders in Air Oromia.

The official further said the government was considering relaxing the limit prohibiting private air transporters from operating passenger planes which have more than 20 seats. He indicated that a detailed study aimed at addressing the issue of whether to let the companies use planes that have seats exceeding 20 was also under discussion.

Industry professionals say the limit on seats hampers the optimal operations of private air companies and are actively promoting the relaxation of the rule.
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World Cup travel confusion as South African Airways scraps flights deal

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 01: Transport concerns for fans attending the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa have been exacerbated by the collapse of an airline deal with the official travel organiser.

South African Airways confirmed, in a statement, reports that it was scrapping its agreement with Match, the company awarded travel and ticket controls by world federation FIFA.

The airline suggested that it would cut prices on its flights. However this only prompted further concerns that Match had been setting higher-than-necessary prices and questions over whether the airline can cope with the possible free-for-all. Tickets involved had been held back for Match at the most pressured peak times before and directly after matches.

Ian Cruickshank, SAA's 2010 project leader, said: "We are very pleased to now be able to offer customers these tickets at reduced rates.”

SAA blamed the collapse on the inability of the two parties to agree on the terms and provisions of the contract.

No agreement

Cruickshank added: “SAA and Match couldn’t come to an agreement on the number of seats to be provided and the terms and conditions relating to this. The airline can no longer offer Match any special conditions for carriage on our aircraft.

“We have done our utmost to assist them, but we cannot hold our tickets stock indefinitely while seat numbers keep changing. We would much rather make these tickets available to our own loyal customers.”

He said SAA remained open to discussions with Match and had not ruled out further cooperation regarding technical and operational expertise and assistance, in particular with internal chartered flights and with international flights involving countries with no service to South Africa.
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EgyptAir enjoys double celebration with FAA and JAA approvals

Egypt's civil aviation minister, Air Marshall Ahmed Shafik was full of praise for two of the Egypt Air business that have won international recognition.

At a special event at the Ministry of Civil Aviation Club in Cairo last night, Egypt Air Maintenance & Engineering was given full FAA approval for it maintenance and repair activities.

Meanwhile the EgyptAir Training Academy became the first in Africa and the Middle East to receive full JAA approval as a TRTO.

Chairman of the EgyptAir Holdings board, Eng. Hussein Massoud said this was a great achievement and that all Egypt should be proud.

The FAA certificates were presented by inspector Calvin Clark who said that the Egyptian MRO company had an exceptional number of ratings following their audit.

“Often a company will apply for just one rating. EgyptAir asked for a number of their activities to be recognised. As we continued to audit them they just passed every time,” Clark said.

The whole process has taken more than two years. “It is tough to do but the FAA certification is recognised around the world,” Clark said.

Chairman of the EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering Company, Eng. Abdul Aziz Fadel, said the approvals would allow the company to increase its third party work. It aims at doubling the percentage of third-party over the next few years to 40%.

Presenting the JAA approvals to Captain Al Motosem, the vice president of training, Ole Lynggaard, the chief of personnel licensing with the Danish CAA and the JAA representative, said that he had been impressed by the high level of professionalism by the Egyptian training organisation.

“This is a great day for the whole of Egypt Air,” Massoud said.


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And Egypt?

Poor Morocco
The connections between Egypt and Europe by Ferry are pretty much non-existent. If we look at our beloved Google maps, we see this:


Let's count the known ferry connections to Morocco (with ferries travelling every few hours, and in some cases every half an hour):

We see at least 10 connections, coming from Europe - towards Morocco. I even see they forgotten at least one connection, namely the Almeria - Al Hoceima connection (so that would be at least 11 ferry-connections).

Lets look at the ferry connections between Europe and Egypt:

In Google maps it doesn't show any ferry connection between Egypt and Europe. So i decided to do some search on the internet, and i found out there is one passenger ferry travelling indirectly from Europe to Egypt via Cyprus. This happens weekly through several months.

This is ofcourse pretty logical, as the distance between Egypt and Europe is actually pretty big - and there are not a lot of European tourists which go for a "camping" tour in Egypt. (Theres much better things to do in Egypt after all). In Morocco camping is big business, because of the amount of Europeans travelling with their camper towards Morocco.

In 2009 over 600.000 cars (yes, just cars, not trucks) crossed the strait by ferry. Thats a lot of planetickets if you ask me .

Anyhow, since Morocco is within the top 3 growers again +26.7%, I think we are doing a darn good job if we break the stats down towards population.

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Old April 14th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #1138
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Ethiopian Airlines to debut NavtechFMS Navigation Data on Universal Avionics

When Ethiopian Airlines launched its new fleet of Q400 late March 2010 , the aircraft will debut Navtech FMS Navigation Data on the Universal Avionics’ FMS platform. Ethiopian Airlines, based in Addis Ababa, has relied on Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, for FMS Navigation Data for its current fleet of Boeing 737s. Now, it becomes the first Navtech customer to implement its navigation data on Universal Avionics.

“Establishing an agreement with Universal Avionics is a significant milestone in Navtech’s history of producing data for flight navigation systems,” said Mike Hulley, Navtech CEO. “It’s the icing on the cake to have it debut with a customer with whom we’ve worked so closely and deeply respect. This is a great trio: Navtech, Ethiopian Air and Universal Avionics.”

Navtech and Universal Avionics launched a partnership, effective with the 1003 ARINC cycle, to enable Navtech to provide data for Universal’s SCN 802/ 902 and 1000/1100 Flight Management Systems. The deal significantly expands Navtech’s ability to support both new and existing customers with specialized flight data.

Navtech’s Navigation Data Services Group pioneered the development of navigation data for flight management computer systems more than 25 years ago and now more than 150 airlines rely upon the company to supply their data. Airlines that use such systems as General Electric Aviation Systems, CMC Electronics, Honeywell, Thales, as well as Universal Avionics and others receive regular updates with all the data required for their routings. The data is loaded in the systems, enabling the pilots to simply choose their destination and get all the appropriate navigational information - including data for take-offs and landings - needed to complete the trip.

Navtech navigation databases are managed, maintained and processed by an experienced team of experts in analysis, handling and processing of specialized navigation data. The data is updated and maintained in accordance with the 28-day AIRNC update schedule.

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First Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc out in Everett

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Royal Air Maroc livery on Boeing's flight line in Everett on Friday.

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc is out on Boeing's Paine Field flight line, in Everett, on Friday.
This is the first 787 in other than Boeing or All Nippon Airways livery. Royal Air Maroc has four 787s on order, according to Boeing's orders website. Stay tuned for more pictures.
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TAAG orders two B777-300ERs

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Angolan flag-carrier TAAG has announced an order two Boeing 777-300ERs in a deal that includes purchase rights for two additional 777-300ERs.
The two aircraft are valued at about $544 million at list prices, says Boeing, which did not say when the aircraft will be delivered.
TAAG's order was originally posted as unidentified on the airframer's orders and deliveries website in 2009.
The airline will operate the aircraft on new routes to additional European destinations, says Boeing. "TAAG currently flies Boeing 777-200ERs 10 times weekly from Luanda, Angola, to Lisbon, twice weekly to Beijing via Dubai and four times weekly to Rio de Janeiro," it adds.
TAAG is allowed to use only 777 and 737-700 aircraft in Europe due to safety regulations set down in the European Union's airline blacklist.
"The efficiency, reliability and popularity of the 777 family will contribute to TAAG re-establishing itself as one of Africa's premier airlines," says Marlin Dailey, VP of sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Good news for TAAG!
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