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Djibouti - Air Djibouti took delivery of the first Boeing 737-400 aircraft in Djibouti in preparation for the launch of Air Djibouti’s new commercial operations. His Excellency Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of Air Djibouti, along with other dignitaries, met the plane and crew at Djibouti’s International Airport in a ceremony welcoming this important step in Djibouti’s development as a global transport hub.

Bruce Dickinson, Chairman of Cardiff Aviation, which provides Air Djibouti with operational management, delivered the Boeing 737-400 personally. The plane travelled from Cardiff, stopping in Malta for re-fuelling. The plane will officially go into service on August 16, flying to regional destinations initially.

Air Djibouti plans to introduce two BA146-300 aircraft by mid-September and mid-October, and a Boeing 767-200 in December this year, initially operating between Djibouti and London. Other international destinations are expected to follow soon after, as well as regional freight services.

UK-based aircraft services and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company, Cardiff Aviation, is providing technical assistance and management, and secured the European-level Air Operator’s Certificate for Air Djibouti.

The launch of Air Djibouti’s commercial operations is a crucial element of the Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority (DPFZA)’s strategy for establishing Djibouti as a major logistics centre for the region. With two new airports under construction that are expected to be operational by 2019, the country is building its air transport links to complement its already well established road, rail and maritime transport network.

Bruce Dickinson said:

“The arrival of the first aircraft comes at a particularly exciting time for the region as Djibouti leads in spearheading the growth of aviation in East Africa.”

Djibouti is strategically located on the second busiest shipping lane in the world. It is a natural meeting point for the East and West’s global business development. The DPFZA is working to replicate its success in port logistics in the aviation sector. Air Djibouti’s commercial operations will further develop the country’s international connections and accessibility. Djibouti’s current transport and logistics infrastructure programme exceeds $15 billion.
 

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14 AOÛT 2016

Les activités d’Air Djibouti ont été relancées en mai 2015 avec la même vigueur qui a déjà assuré la croissance et le succès de nos ports. La gestion des compagnies aériennes a été confiée à Cardiff

Aviation basée au Royaume-Uni, dirigé par M. Bruce Dickinson, qui a rapidement compris la valeur et le potentiel économique de ce secteur pour notre continent. Je tiens à remercier sincèrement M. Dickinson et l’équipe de Cardiff Aviation pour leur soutien indéfectible à Air Djibouti. Deux mois après sa relance, le 3 Août 2015, la société a commencé son activité de fret pour la région avec un vol inaugural entre Djibouti et Hargeisa. Avec une flotte d’avions Fokker 27 , qui ont une capacité de 6 tonnes chacun et un avion de type Antonov-26 de la même capacité, Air Djibouti a également aidé à établir un pont humanitaire à Mogadiscio, en Somalie, ainsi qu’au Yémen.

Notre pays a toujours joué un rôle clé dans les activités logistiques humanitaires, en particulier pendant la crise alimentaire qui a récemment frappé l’Afrique de l’Est. Ceci est la raison pour laquelle Djibouti a été stratégiquement sélectionnée pour être une plaque tournante de la logistique par le PAM et la communauté humanitaire. Ils ont vu en Djibouti la clé pour envoyer de l’aide plus efficacement dans toute la région.

Le transport de passagers servira à renforcer également l’importance de Djibouti dans la région. Tel est le but de cet événement qui nous réunit ce matin. Air Djibouti a déployé son premier avion de passagers, un Boeing 737-400, qui vient d’arriver ce matin. Nous attendons également la livraisoan de deux BA146-300 à la mi-septembre et mi-Octobre, et un Boeing 767-200 en Décembre de cette année. Air Djibouti permettra desservira les destinations suivantes:

Addis-Abeba, Dire Dawa, Nairobi, Entebbe, Juba, Kigali, Goma, Kisangani, Bossaso, Hargeisa, Mogadiscio, Khartoum, Djeddah et Dubaï seront tous des vols réguliers. Parallèlement à ces destinations, Air Djibouti transportera les pèlerins Djiboutiens, pour la première fois en 20 ans, à La Mecque et à Médine. La société développera ensuite ses liaisons vers l’Europe et l’Asie dès le premier trimestre de 2017, desservant les métropoles commerciales importantes telles que Londres.

Dans le plan d’expansion des cinq prochaines années, Air Djibouti va déployer 15 avions et commencera un programme de renforcement des capacités en 2017 pour former 60 Djiboutiens pilotes, 30 ingénieurs, plus de 200 équipages de cabine et 480 personnels commerciaux etc.. Tout cela se fera avec le soutien de Cardiff Aviation. Pour les cinq prochaines années, nous prévoyons également un plan de développement allant jusqu’à :

-200.000 passagers

-150.000 tonnes de fret de marchandises

-750 millions de $ Chiffres d’Affaires par an

Cardiff Aviation soutient déjà 6,9 millions d’emplois et plus de 80 milliards $ dans le PIB à travers l’Afrique. Celui-ci est sur le point de connaître une croissance sans précédent. IATA prévoit une augmentation annuelle moyenne de 5,7% du trafic aérien en Afrique pour les 20 prochaines années. En complément de la formidable croissance de l’urbanisation et la classe moyenne, cela va créer des centaines et des milliers de nouveaux emplois tout en ajoutant des milliards au PIB des pays africains. Le secteur offrira également de grandes opportunités d’investissement estimées à plus de 160 milliards $ pour l’acquisition de nouveaux avions uniquement. Il ne fait aucun doute dans mon esprit que l’équipe de direction d’Air Djibouti réussira à fournir un service de classe mondiale à ses clients et pourra prendre une part équitable du marché. Merci Monsieur le Président pour la vision, le soutien et la confiance que vous avez mis dans Air Djibouti. Et merci à vous tous d’être présents ici aujourd’hui à cette occasion mémorable pour le pays.
 

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Le premier vol de la compagnie aérienne nationale djiboutienne "Air Djibouti" a atterri mardi à l'aéroport international Aden Abdulle de Mogadiscio, après 25 ans d'absence, rapporte mercredi l'Agence Djiboutienne d'Information (ADI).

Toujours selon cette même source, des responsables de l'aéroport somalien qui étaient présents lors de l'atterrissage de l'appareil djiboutien ont exprimé leur souhait d'accueillir plus de compagnies aériennes internationales à Mogadiscio.

Ce qui permettra, ont-ils dit, de relier le pays avec le reste du monde.
La compagnie Air Djibouti, fondée en 1963, est l'une des plus anciennes du continent africain. Elle a cessé ses activités en 1990 après une aventure de vingt-sept ans.

C'est en août dernier que la compagnie nationale djiboutienne a relancé ses activités en déployant un Boeing 737-400, son premier avion de ligne pour le transport de passagers. Le président djiboutien, Ismail Omar Guelleh, qui avait présidé la cérémonie d'inauguration d'Air Djibouti avait souligné alors que le redémarrage des activités de cette compagnie est synonyme d'une nouvelle ère pour le secteur du transport aérien djiboutien.

"L'acquisition de notre propre compagnie aérienne se posait en préalable incontournable à l'évolution, largement entamée, de notre pays en un Hub international", avait dit en substance le président Guelleh.

Selon le directeur général d'Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, la compagnie prévoit un développement de son trafic au cours des cinq prochaines années. M. Hadi a précisé qu'"Air Djibouti ambitionne de transporter 200.000 passagers par an et 150.000 tonnes de fret de marchandises".

Air Djibouti est aujourd'hui la deuxième compagnie aérienne après Turkish Airlines qui propose la destination Mogadiscio.
Air Djibouti resumes flights to Somalia


The first flight of the Djibouti national airline "Air Djibouti" landed Tuesday at the Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, after 25 years of absence, reports the Djiboutian Information Agency (ADI) Wednesday.

According to the same source, officials of the Somali airport who were present during the landing of the Djiboutian aircraft expressed their wish to welcome more international airlines to Mogadishu.

This will allow, they said, to link the country with the rest of the world.
Air Djibouti, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest on the African continent. It ceased operations in 1990 after a twenty-seven year adventure.

It was last August that the Djibouti national company re-launched its activities by deploying a Boeing 737-400, its first passenger airliner. The president of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, who presided over the inauguration ceremony of Air Djibouti, stressed that the restart of the company's activities is synonymous with a new era for the Djiboutian air transport sector.

"The acquisition of our own airline was a prerequisite for the much-changed evolution of our country into an international hub," said President Guelleh.

According to Air Djibouti General Manager Aboubaker Omar Hadi, the company expects to expand its traffic over the next five years. Mr. Hadi said that "Air Djibouti aims to transport 200,000 passengers a year and 150,000 tons of cargo freight".

Air Djibouti is now the second airline after Turkish Airlines which offers the destination Mogadishu.
 

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30/11/2016

Le président de l’Autorité des ports et des zones franches, qui est également le directeur général d’Air Djibouti, M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, a paraphé ce matin une convention de partenariat avec le PDG de la compagnie aérienne "Azerbaïdjan Airlines", M. Jahangir Askerov.

La cérémonie de signature qui s’est déroulée dans la salle de conférence de la zone Franche de Djibouti a été l’occasion pour M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi de faire une présentation des efforts réalisés par le gouvernement djiboutien dans le domaine du développement du transport aériens.

Le président de la compagnie aérienne Azerbaïdjan Airlines, M. Jahangir Askerov et ses proches collaborateurs ont également apprécié les progrès réalisés par la république de Djibouti dans de nombreux autres domaines.

A l’issue de la cérémonie de signature, le président de l’APZF, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, a souligné dans un point presse que ce partenariat permettra à Azerbaïdjan Airlines de déployer un avion cargo 747 pour desservir Djibouti de manière régulière.

"Une fois ici, le relais sera pris par des avions de notre compagnie qui vont ainsi desservir et livrer les frets dans les pays de la région comme le Kenya", a affirmé M. Hadi.

Il a également ajouté que dans le cadre de ce partenariat, les pilotes, les ingénieurs et le personnel de bord de Djibouti Airlines vont bénéficier de l’expertise aérienne azerbaïdjanaise.

"Des formations de haut niveau seront dispensées aux pilotes et ingénieurs qui officient dans la compagnie nationale", a-t-il indiqué avant d’insister sur l’intérêt de ce partenariat avec Azerbaïdjan Airlines qui, selon lui, sera hautement bénéfique pour Djibouti tant sur le plan du transport et de la logistique que du renforcement des capacités.

M. Hadi a souligné en conclusion qu’une nouvelle ère commence pour la compagnie Djiboutienne et pour l’avenir du transport aérien.

Air Djibouti and Azerbaijan Airlines sign a partnership agreement
30/11/2016

The president of the Ports and Free Zones Authority, which is also the director general of Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, signed a partnership agreement this morning with the CEO of the airline "Azerbaijan Airlines" Mr. Jahangir Askerov.

The signing ceremony in the conference room of the Free Zone of Djibouti provided an opportunity for Mr. Aboubaker Omar Hadi to present the efforts made by the Government of Djibouti in the field of air transport development .

The President of the airline Azerbaijan Airlines, Mr. Jahangir Askerov and his close associates also appreciated the progress made by the Republic of Djibouti in many other areas.

At the end of the signing ceremony, APZF President Aboubaker Omar Hadi underlined in a press briefing that the partnership will enable Azerbaijan Airlines to deploy a 747 cargo plane to serve Djibouti on a regular basis.

"Once here, the relay will be taken by aircraft of our company which will thus serve and deliver the freights in the countries of the region like Kenya," Hadi said.

He added that as part of the partnership, Djibouti Airlines pilots, engineers and flight crew will benefit from Azerbaijani aerial expertise.

"High level training will be given to the pilots and engineers who officiate in the national company," he said before stressing the interest of this partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines, which he said will be highly beneficial to Djibouti In terms of transport and logistics as well as capacity building.

Mr Hadi underlined in conclusion that a new era is beginning for the Djiboutian company and for the future of air transport.
 

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Air Djibouti has resumed its direct flight to Dire Dawa December 15, 2016, after 26 years of interruption.

Dire Dawa City Administration Mayor Ibrahim Usman and members of his cabinet and community members extended a warm welcome to officials of Djibouti and management members of Air Djibouti when Air Djibouti Dash 4 100-737 touched down at Dire Dawa Airport.

The inauguration of the branch office of Air Djibouti in Dire Dawa coincided with the resumption of the direct flight.

The Djibouti-Dire Dawa direct flight would play a crucial role in increasing the GDP of the country by accelerating rapid transport service for Ethiopian and Djiboutian business persons, according to Mayor Ibrahim who spoke at the inaugural ceremony.

He said the reopening of Air Djibouti flight service would further enhance the economic, social and cultural relations between Ethiopia and Djibouti.


It would also serve as an alternative means of transport for the two countries helping them strengthen their diplomatic ties, Ibrahim added.

Air Djibouti Ethiopia representative Daniel Wubshet said the airline would make four weekly flights to Dire Dawa facilitating fast transportation of import and export commodities between the two nations.

Daniel appreciated the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority for its support in the resumption of the Djibouti-Dire Dawa flight by licensing the airline.

Councilor General of Djibouti in Dire Dawa Adem Mussa Ire said the resumption of the direct flight, the new railway line and the modern asphalt road projects that connect Djibouti and Dire Dawa would help in scaling up the mutual benefits of the two countries.

Diplomatic exchanges between Ethiopia and Djibouti began in December 1902 following the official inauguration of the Ethio- Djibouti railway.
 

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September 11, 2017: Iron Maiden frontman and chairman of Cardiff Aviation Bruce Dickinson says that air freight is important to Djibouti and the plan is to have a freighter operation under Air Djibouti, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Djibouti.

“The plan, in the near future, is to take a 737 freighter down there (Djibouti) to redistribute goods that come into the Djibouti sea port to countries around in Africa and the Middle East,” said Dickinson in an exclusive interview to Logistics Update Africa. “The key now is to rationalize the whole set up to target the real growth areas. Obviously freight is important,” he added.

Dickinson, an aviation entrepreneur and a pilot, who has years of experience flying in West Africa, is well aware of the great potential Djibouti has because of its geographical position. “Because of its proximity to the global sea trade route we have a crazy situation where aircraft from the UAE are flying into Djibouti empty and taking goods back to the UAE or taking them onwards to Africa. Well, that is very nice for UAE, Djibouti should be doing that,” he argues.

In May 2015 Cardiff Aviation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Air Djibouti to create and implement a national carrier for the East African nation of Djibouti. Under the terms of the MoU, Cardiff Aviation was contracted to implement and manage a European-level Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for Air Djibouti, source aircraft, and provide world-class operational management for Air Djbouti that went into liquidation back in 2002 after years of mismanagement.

“I delivered the very first aircraft, which was a Boeing 737, flying from Cardiff to Djibouti. Then it went into passenger service. We moved on now to a point where a lot of things are working very well down there for the airline. We finally got over the initial launch phase,” said Dickinson.

Responding to a question about when the freighter is likely to join the fleet, Dickinson said that it all depends on two things: first, investment and second, on the development of the cargo facilities on the ground at the airport.

“It would be fantastic if we could get a freighter operation up and running. But the limitation on the freighter operation is actually not the operation of the aircraft; the limitation is of the infrastructure around the airport itself,” he explained.

When asked about how specifically he intends to take this plan off the ground and what are the tailwinds for air cargo in Djibouti, Dickinson said of two things that need to be done.

“One is to put a cargo aircraft that can distribute within three or four hours locally and the other one that we are looking at distribution using a wide body. Obviously that is going to be a little bit more challenging. Once the terminal really starts producing stuff we will look at moving stuff not just locally in Africa but across the continent.”

According to Dickinson, sea-air cargo is a huge market and to get the goods from East Africa to West Africa by sea takes an enormous amount of time. That requires a degree of infrastructure in the airport itself.

“We are in the process of securing for Djibouti the appropriate investment in ground equipment and security equipment to enable proper warehousing facilities. We can then move to the next phase which is putting an aircraft in place,” he added.

On the passenger side of the business, Dickinson is proposing to renew the fleet for Air Djibouti and he said that it could be done in the next one year.

“We are actually looking at purchasing a new aircraft. We are in the middle of looking at a 70-seat regional airliner of some description. We are fairly well advanced on that. There will be two of those and what they will enable us to do is to fly all the regional routes like Addis, Mogadishu, perhaps Yemen.”

However, according to Dickinson, in addition to the small aircraft there is a need for large aircraft to really unlock the value potential in Djibouti.

“We need the big key to open the box in Djibouti which is direct transport links to Europe. To that end, the Boeing 767-200, which is owned by the Republic of Djibouti, is in my hanger in Cardiff right now, in pieces, being put back together and given an upgrade.”

Dickinson expects to have this aircraft ready by the middle or the end of October this year. The plan is to have the services to London and possibly Paris launched by spring next year.


“I would imagine that there would also be a requirement above and beyond the two regional airliners. There might be requirement as we get traffic growth possibly for a slightly larger and long range jet that could do, for example, India and obviously to the Gulf destinations. 767 of course is a good machine. It is extremely long range. It would, for example, be very comfortable flying Djibouti to China nonstop. Or it could do Lagos nonstop,” he said.

Speaking about the next stage for Air Djibouti Dickinson said that it is actually above and beyond running freight and passenger services.

“The next stage for Air Djibouti is to returning to its regulatory authorities to follow ICAO compliance which means Air Djibouti will be able to have its own aircraft, its own registrations with its own airline operating certificate. At the moment, obviously, anything that comes out of Djibouti and flies internationally has to operate on somebody else’s airline certificate. The ideal situation in Djibouti is to have its own regulatory authority. We are working towards that with the government and ICAO to get compliance so that Air Djibouti can fly unrestricted under its own steam as they were to anywhere in the world,” he said.

“I would be very disappointed if we didn’t have it within the next one year,” he added.
 

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An article from September 2016 that I forgot to post here

Air Djibouti is temporarily shifting its focus to passenger operations until air cargo facilities in the Horn of Africa nation improve, according to commercial director Ian Patrick.

The state-owned flag-carrier launched services in August 2015 with a Fokker 27 freighter, kick-starting the government’s plan to develop a combined sea and air logistics hub. Djibouti is located by the strategically important Bab al-Mandab shipping lane that connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

Flights were grounded between November 2015 and last month following the withdrawal of the Fokker, but have now resumed with a Boeing 737-400 passenger jet wet-leased from VVB Aviation Malta. The next three aircraft will also be passenger jets, Mr Patrick told The Loadstar.

Two BAe 146s wet-leased from South Africa’s Fair Aviation will arrive in October and December for flights to Somalia, while a Boeing 767-200 has been lined up for long-haul services to either London Gatwick or London Stansted airports.

Addis Ababa in Ethiopia is presently the only destination in the network, though talks are also under way to add Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Dubai in the UAE, and Dire Dawa in Ethiopia.

Commenting on the current cargo facilities at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, Mr Patrick said a lack of secure storage was making outbound freighter services impractical.

“The problem is that if you take freight in you have nowhere to store it, so you put it out on the ramp. Is that secure? No it’s not,” he complained.

“So [instead] we will take limited freight on the passenger aircraft; freight that does not require storage … that we can actually monitor going through the process of being screened.”

The commercial chief noted that a new, “state-of-the-art” cargo terminal should be operational in “three to four months maximum,” allowing Air Djibouti to experiment with either Boeing 737Fs or BAe 146Fs.

However, sustained cargo growth at the base is not being considered, due to the parallel development of a successor gateway – El-Hajj Hassan Gouled Airport – which is expected to open its doors around the turn of the decade.

“I can’t see any further investment at the old airport unless it’s 100% necessary,” Mr Patrick admitted. “The current airport is very limited in capacity, so we have to work within those limitations and prepare for three to four years down the line.”

Regional security concerns are also slowing the airline’s progress.

Somalia’s capital Mogadishu would “almost certainly be our biggest market”, Mr Patrick said, but added that the route was on hold until security manager Lance Black completes a comprehensive audit of the gateway. Separate assessments are under way for Hargeisa, Berbera and Bosaso, with a view to launching triangle flights between Djibouti and two Somali cities.

“The aircraft would go Djibouti-Bosaso-Mogadishu-Djibouti. And then the next day it would fly straight into Mogadishu and come back via Bosaso,” Mr Patrick explained. “We’d have the same linking [to Djibouti] for Hargeisa and for Berbera. And link Berbera-Hargeisa-Bosaso as well.”

He said he was optimistic that Somali flights could begin as soon as October, but only if Black’s security team gives the all-clear.

Future African network development will focus on countries that lack sea ports, specifically Rwanda, Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

“At the end of the day, it’s freight that is going to be important,” Mr Patrick said, reaffirming the long-term strategy. “The entire concept of sea-air [cargo] is what is going to drive the airline … Getting the freight to the landlocked countries, getting it down to Mogadishu, getting it to Hargeisa – that is incredibly important for us.”

Air Djibouti has been set up with help from Cardiff Aviation and relies wholly on wet-leases due to international restrictions on Djibouti’s Civil Aviation Authority.
 

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November 10, 2017: Cardiff Aviation has handed over control of Air Djibouti to local management, after successfully completing its contract with the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) to establish the airline’s operational framework and facilitate funding for its expansion.

Air Djibouti was a product of Cardiff Aviation’s exciting ‘airline-in-a-box’ concept – a process that sees the company take on the initial risks and costs of establishing a fully-fledged airline, sourcing aircraft, training, maintenance and all regulatory support. The contract with the DPFZA was concluded under budget and the airline was handed over with the tools for a stable future.

Cardiff Aviation’s initial remit was to establish Air Djibouti as a regional carrier, with plans to move into freight transport once the operation had been handed back to local control. The airline’s first aircraft, a Boeing 737, was delivered personally by Bruce Dickinson, Chairman of Cardiff Aviation, in 2016. Its latest aircraft, a Boeing 767-200, is currently undergoing an interior refit at Cardiff Aviation’s Twin Peaks facility at St. Athan.

Dickinson says, “It was a pleasure working with the Chairman of DPFZA, Aboubaker Omar Hadi and we’re delighted to have delivered this contract on time and under budget. A new CEO, Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi has been appointed in Djibouti who will be overseeing an airline that has seen a steady increase in loads throughout the set-up process and important airline partnership agreements initiated, so we hope that trend will continue. I wish the new CEO continued success.”

The ‘airline-in-a-box’ model is currently under consideration by a number of other nations, with Cardiff Aviation ready and able to once again take on the challenge of establishing a new international carrier.
 

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27/12/2017
Une importante délégation conduite par le directeur général de la compagnie nationale Air Djibouti, M. Abdourahman Ali Abdallah, a été reçue lundi par le ministre égyptien de l’aviation civile, M. Shérif Fathi.

L’entrevue s’est déroulée en présence de l’ambassadeur de Djibouti en Egypte, M. Mohamed Douhour Hersi, du président de l’Autorité de l’aviation civile, l’ingénieur Hany El-Adawi, et du PDG de la compagnie Egyptair.

Les discussions ont porté sur le lancement prochain des vols vers le Caire assurés par la compagnie Air Djibouti, ainsi que les voies et moyens de jeter les bases d’une coopération constructive et fructueuse entre Air Djibouti et Egyptair.

Il convient de préciser enfin que la délégation djiboutienne a été conviée à une visite guidée au cours de laquelle elle a visité les locaux de maintenance et des travaux techniques d’Egyptair, l’académie de formation d’Egyptair et Egyptair services.

27/12/2017
An important delegation led by the director general of the national airline Air Djibouti, Abdourahman Ali Abdallah, was received Monday by the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Sheriff Fathi.

The meeting was attended by Djibouti Ambassador to Egypt, Mohamed Douhour Hersi, Civil Aviation Authority President, Engineer Hany El-Adawi, and the company's CEO. Egyptair.

Discussions focused on the forthcoming flights to Cairo by Air Djibouti, as well as ways and means to lay the groundwork for constructive and fruitful cooperation between Air Djibouti and Egyptair.

Lastly, it should be noted that the delegation of Djibouti has been invited to a guided visit during which it visited the maintenance and technical works of Egyptair, the training academy of Egyptair and Egyptair services.
 

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DUBAI: Air Djibouti began its first flight to Aden International Airport on Wednesday after a three-year hiatus due to the war against pro-Iranian Houthi militia in the province of Aden, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

The airline launched the trip on Wednesday in the presence of Djibouti’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Ali Issa and Yemen’s ambassador to Djibouti Abdullah Musallam Al-Sakhtari, according to the official Yemeni news agency.

Aden’s Undersecretary for Transportation Khalid Al-Jahlmani welcomed the delegation from Djibouti, and expressed appreciation for the efforts to facilitate trade between the two countries.

For his part, the Djiboutian ambassador said that the inauguration of his country’s flights to Aden were the signals of the development of relations between the two nations.

The Yemeni ambassador said that the resumption of flights between the two countries will also facilitate humanitarian organizations’ work in Yemen.
 

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Within one month Air Djibouti will officially launch its operations in Rwanda starting with handling of cargo flights between Rwanda’s capital Kigali and Djibouti.

The move will make Kigali the eleventh destination of Air Djibouti, also known as Red Sea Airlines which had closed business till 2016 as a result of the airline being declared bankrupt despite state funding.

Air Djibouti was founded in 1973 just after the nation’s independence but the carrier suffered from major losses closing doors in 2016, despite being able to become independent from Air France in its operations.

Both Rwanda states have been holding bilateral meeting aimed at propelling the African Union open skylines agenda as part of implementing the 2060 continental development agenda.

“We have had several meeting over this agenda and we are going to start operations in Kigali within one month. There is a very strong political will between both presidents and there is nothing that can stop us from implementing the open airspace agreement,” said Issa Goudi Hadji, the Air Djibouti Station Manager in an exclusive interview with KT Press, Wednesday.

He said that already five new Boeing planes and cargo handling equipment have been purchased to effect this expansion which will also result to passenger flights connecting both regions.

Air Djibouti, and Djibouti tourism sector are currently exhibiting their investment opportunities at the 2018 Transform Africa Summit (TAS2018) which kicked off from May 7th to 10th 2018 in Kigali.

Both Rwanda and Djibouti enjoy cordial bilateral relations and both President Paul Kagame and his counterpart Ismaïl Omar Guelleh have met twice home and away.

Rwanda has offered Djibouti land for investment at the Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) and the same has happened with Rwanda government getting a crucial piece of land at the horn of Africa- which will connect Rwandan exporters to the Arab world.

On the other hand, bilateral talks between the two countries are underway and will benefit Rwanda to get connected to the red sea submarine sea-bone cable that will open Rwanda’s connection to the rest of Europe and Asia.

“Rwanda is a landlocked but once it’s connected to our marine cable- which is the biggest in Africa, all these barriers will be history,” said Engineer Hassan Khaireh, the Djbouti telecom.
 

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Air Djibouti peut désormais compter sur l’expérience de Kenyan Airways, la compagnie nationale kényane. Les deux compagnies viennent de sceller un accord de coopération portant sur diverses activités commerciales.

Le document a été paraphé à Nairobi, le 12 mai 2018 entre M. Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, PDG d’Air Djibouti et M. Sebastian Mikosz , PDG Kenyan Airways. C’était en présence de M. James W. Macharia, le secrétaire général au Ministère des Transports du Kenya et M. Yacin Elmi Bouh, Ambassadeur djiboutien au Kenya.

D’après les termes de l’accord, Kenya Airways apportera son expertise en matière de « formation des pilotes et du personnel navigant, sûreté de l’aviation, ingénierie, formation au fret, règlements sur les marchandises dangereuses entre autres » renseigne la direction d’Air Djibouti.

La compagnie basée à l’aéroport international d’Ambouli envisage dans sa stratégie de croissance, s’étendre vers Nairobi au Kenya, Mogadiscio en Somalie, Kigali au Rwanda, Khartoum au Soudan et Bujumbura au Burundi.Rappelons que Kenyan Airways relie déjà Nairobi à Djibouti quatre fois par semaine (lundi mardi jeudi samedi). La ligne est opérée en Embraer E190.
Air Djibouti can now count on the experience of Kenyan Airways, the Kenyan national airline. The two companies have just sealed a cooperation agreement on various commercial activities.

The document was initialed in Nairobi on May 12, 2018 between Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, CEO of Air Djibouti and Sebastian Mikosz, CEO Kenyan Airways. It was attended by Mr. James W. Macharia, Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport of Kenya and Mr. Yacin Elmi Bouh, Djiboutian Ambassador to Kenya.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kenya Airways will provide expertise in "pilot and aircrew training, aviation security, engineering, cargo training, dangerous goods regulations and more," says management. of Air Djibouti.

The company based at Ambouli International Airport plans in its growth strategy, to extend to Nairobi Kenya, Mogadishu in Somalia, Kigali in Rwanda, Khartoum in Sudan and Bujumbura in Burundi. Recall that Kenyan Airways already connects Nairobi to Djibouti four times a week (Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday). The line is operated in Embraer E190.
 

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By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – Expanding its business, the national carrier of Djibouti, Air Djibouti, is set to start five new destinations in Africa and the Middle East. The new destinations will be commence in January 2019.

“We are going to start five new routes very soon in one month. We are going to start flying to Nairobi, Khartoum, Cairo, Jeddah and Dubai,” Mahad Hassan Ahmed, the only Djiboutian Pilot at Air Djibouti at the moment.

“Air Djibouti is currently growing very fast. We used to have one aircraft about a year ago. Now we have four air crafts. We are going to get three more air crafts soon. We have six active regional routes right now,” he said.

Currently 14 new student pilots are sent to Nairobi, Kenya of which the first four are girls, who will be Air Djibouti’s first female pilots. The pilots are expected to complete their studies in one year and half, according to Mahad.

“At the moment globally we are feeling now pilots’ shortage. That is why we are training our own pilots,” he said. He also told NewBusinessEthiopia.com that as soon as the company secures Boeing 737 and Air Bus, Air Djibouti will also to start flying to Europe and the United States of America.

The aviation industry has been growing at around 7% per year globally. In Africa the growth is around 10% per year.

At the moment Air Djibouti is flying to Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa to Ethiopia, Eden in Yemen, Mogadishu, Hargessa and Bossaso in Somalia. The company is also planning to increase the total number of its staff from 250 to 400.

Out of the current staff, all of the officers are foreigners, except few managers. Out of the total the share of expats is around 5%, including three pilots according to Mahad.

Air Djibouti is currently has workig partnerships with Kenya Airways and Air France. In 1963 Djibouti introduced its national carrier, The Red Sea Airlines. Meanwhile, it ceased operations in 2002. The smallest country in the East Africa has started Air Djibouti late 2015.
 

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Le directeur de l’Office National du Tourisme de Djibouti (ONTD), M. Osman Abdi Mohamed, et le directeur général d’Air Djibouti, M. Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, ont paraphé une convention de partenariat, hier au siège de cette compagnie aérienne.

Après 29 ans d’absence, la compagnie aérienne nationale a repris ses vols dans les régions de l’intérieur et ceci facilitera le tourisme local pour les personnes désireuses de découvrir l’arrière pays mais aussi pour les touristes étrangers qui auront des facilités pour se rendre dans les régions de l’intérieur.

Selon les confidences du directeur général d’Air Djibouti, ceci fait suite aux orientations données par le Président de la République afin d’impulser l'essor de ce secteur qui est créateur de richesse et d’emplois.

Il faut rappeler qu’avec cette nouvelle desserte d’Air Djibouti, il faudra seulement 15 minutes pour se rendre à Obock. Le vol inaugural qui se rendra à la ville de Hayu est prévu le 20 janvier prochain.

Par ailleurs, dans une déclaration faite à l’issue de cette cérémonie de signature de convention de partenariat, le directeur de l’ONTD a indiqué qu’il s’agit de ramener plus de touristes dans les régions de l’intérieur qui regorgent de nombreux coins paradisiaques à couper le souffle.

Selon Osman Abdi Mohamed, il faudra « consolider les synergies pour vraiment tirer vers le haut le secteur du tourisme.» Il s’est par ailleurs dit satisfait du prix compétitif de 7.000 FDJ proposé par Air Djibouti pour se rendre dans les régions de l’intérieur.

Les premiers passagers, qui vont bénéficier de cette opportunité, sont nos concitoyens mais aussi les touristes internationaux qui en venant directement de l’aéroport pourront prendre les vols vers les régions de l’intérieur. Comme c’est un vol domestique, il n’ya pas de temps perdu pour les procédures d’enregistrement, a-t-il souligné.

De son côté le président du Conseil régional de Tadjourah, Omar Houssein qui est aussi un opérateur national dans le domaine du tourisme, a rappelé que Djibouti fait partie des destinations touristiques les plus prisées.

Comme vous le savez, en 2018 Djibouti figure parmi le top 10 pays à visiter et notre Président de la république, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh s’est vu décerner le titre de membre Honoris Causa de l’Académie Mondiale du Tourisme.

« Aujourd'hui pour accentuer le développement du tourisme local, nous assistons à la signature d'une convention de partenariat entre l'ONTD et Air Djibouti qui vise à booster le tourisme international et régional», a-t-il martelé devant le micro des professionnels des médias nationaux.

Il faut rappeler que l’ONTD a ouvert sa première antenne à l’extérieur du pays à Addis Abeba. Un bureau qui aura pour mission d’augmenter le nombre de visiteurs de notre pays en provenance de ce grand voisin qu’est l’Ethiopie.
The Director of the National Office of Tourism of Djibouti (ONTD), Mr. Osman Abdi Mohamed, and the Director General of Air Djibouti, Mr. Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, have initialed a partnership agreement yesterday at the headquarters of this airline .

After 29 years of absence, the national airline has resumed flights in the interior and this will facilitate local tourism for people wanting to discover the hinterland but also for foreign tourists who will have facilities to return to the interior regions.

According to the confidences of the Chief Executive Officer of Air Djibouti, this follows the guidelines given by the President of the Republic in order to boost the growth of this sector that is creator of wealth and jobs.

It should be remembered that with this new service to Air Djibouti, it will take only 15 minutes to get to Obock. The inaugural flight to Hayu city is scheduled for January 20.

Moreover, in a statement made at the conclusion of this partnership agreement signing ceremony, the director of the ONTD indicated that it is a question of bringing back more tourists to the interior regions which are full of many heavenly corners breathtaking.

According to Osman Abdi Mohamed, it will be necessary "to consolidate the synergies to really pull up the tourism sector." He also said he was satisfied with the competitive price of 7.000 DJF proposed by Air Djibouti to go to the regions of the inside.

The first passengers, who will benefit from this opportunity, are our fellow citizens but also international tourists who come directly from the airport will be able to take flights to the regions of the interior. As it is a domestic flight, there is no time lost for registration procedures, he said.

For his part, the president of the Tadjourah Regional Council, Omar Houssein, who is also a national operator in the field of tourism, recalled that Djibouti is one of the most popular tourist destinations.

As you know, in 2018 Djibouti is among the top 10 countries to visit and our President of the Republic, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh was awarded Honorary Membership by the World Academy of Tourism.

"Today, to accentuate the development of local tourism, we are witnessing the signing of a partnership agreement between ONTD and Air Djibouti, which aims to boost international and regional tourism," he said in front of the microphone. national media professionals.

It should be noted that the ONTD has opened its first branch outside the country in Addis Ababa. An office whose mission will be to increase the number of visitors to our country from this big neighbor that is Ethiopia.
 

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Après une longue absence (29 ans d'absence) un vol inaugural local est prévu le :
Jeudi 24 janvier

Destinations : Obock – Tadjourah

À partir du 31 janvier 2019 Air Djibouti effectuera ses premiers vols domestiques
3 jours par semaine:

  • Mardi
  • Jeudi
  • Samedi
2 vols par jour :
  • Le Matin : 10:00
  • L’après-midi :16:00
Tarifs
  • Aller-simple : 5000fr
  • Aller -retour : 7000fr
 

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Air Djibouti veut reprendre sa place dans le ciel de la Corne de l'Afrique​

Cinq ans après la reprise de ses activités, Air Djibouti veut aller vite dans son plan de croissance. Relancée avec le soutien de Cardiff Aviation en 2015, treize ans après la cessation de ses activités commerciales, le transporteur national de Djibouti affiche désormais ses ambitions dans la corne l'Afrique.

Basée à l'aéroport international de Djibouti-Ambouli, la compagnie étoffe progressivement sa flotte, qui comprend à ce jour deux Embraer E145, un Boeing 737-500 et un Airbus A320, récemment acquis en leasing.

Conformément à son plan de croissance, « Air Djibouti avait initialement vocation à acheter des Boeing 737-800. Mais pour des raisons internes, nous avons finalement opté pour des A320 », affirme le directeur général, Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi. « Nous prévoyons de mettre en service un second A320 d'ici la fin de l'année. »

Avec une flotte en consolidation, le porte-drapeau de ce petit pays de 23 200 Km2 veut étendre son réseau hors d'Afrique. Initialement relancée avec les opérations fret, Air Djibouti dessert maintenant la Somalie, le Somaliland, l'Ethiopie et le Yémen. En janvier dernier, elle a renoué avec Djeddah en Arabie saoudite. « Dans les prochaines semaines, nous allons ouvrir la ligne de Dubaï », affirme le patron d'Air Djibouti. La liaison du Caire figure également dans son plan d'expansion à court terme.
D'ici 2021, la compagnie vise Paris et Londres. Et ceci « en réactivant des accords de partage de code avec des transporteurs comme KLM ou Kenya Airways. »

Air Djibouti ambitionne d'atteindre 240 000 passagers d'ici un an tout en améliorant le taux de remplissage. « Nous sommes partis d'un facteur de charge de 40% en 2018 pour arriver à 74% actuellement. La compagnie veut améliorer sa performance et vise 85 à 90% au terme de l'exercice clos au 31 décembre 2020. »

Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi pense que ces objectifs cibles sont réalisables. « L'opportunité du marché est là [...] c'est à nous de travailler maintenant un peu plus. »

Djibouti bénéficie, en effet, d'une position géographique privilégiée dans la Corne de l'Afrique, au coeur des courants d'échanges entre l'Europe, l'Asie, l'Afrique et la Péninsule Arabique. Le pays est adossé à l'hinterland éthiopien, marché de plus de 100 millions d'habitants. « Djibouti dispose de plusieurs bases militaires de pays frères et amis. Le personnel qui y travaille nous fait désormais confiance et voyage sur nos différents vols ».

En dépit des défis opérationnels liés aux coûts du carburant, aux redevances et à la concurrence, « Air Djibouti se porte bien sur le plan financier », rassure Abdourahmane Ali. Depuis le désinvestissement de l'Etat en mars 2017, le transporteur est détenu à 30% par l'aéroport de Djibouti et 70% de la société Great Horn Investments Holdings dont l'unique actionnaire est l'Autorité des Ports et des Zones Franches.

Membre de l'AFRAA depuis mai 2019, Air Djibouti veut se mettre aux standards internationaux et vise désormais la certification IOSA. « Nous sommes actuellement assistés par des experts venus du Kenya pour nous accompagner dans notre processus de certification IOSA ».

En attendant le retour d'ici la fin d'année de ses quinze pilotes cadets (dont cinq femmes) en formation au Kenya, Air Djibouti envisage d'ouvrir sa propre académie de formation au pilotage. « Nous avons déjà reçu le premier simulateur [...] Ce sera une aubaine pour plusieurs pays francophones africains. »

La compagnie veut également rapprocher la formation de sa main d'oeuvre locale. « Nous sommes en discussions avec l'ENAC de Toulouse en France, afin de mettre en place un OCC- Operations Control Center- à Djibouti ».

Pour supporter ses ambitions, Air Djibouti peut compter sur la stabilité politique du pays, son économie libérale et son potentiel touristique. « L'horizon augure des lendemains meilleurs », assure Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, en rappelant que le pays est en train de construire deux aéroports internationaux, l'un à 25 kilomètres au sud de la capitale et l'autre dans le nord, près de l'archipel des Sept Frères.
Five years after the resumption of its activities, Air Djibouti wants to move quickly in its growth plan. Relaunched with the support of Cardiff Aviation in 2015, thirteen years after the cessation of its commercial activities, the national carrier of Djibouti now displays its ambitions in the Horn of Africa.

Based at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, the company is gradually expanding its fleet, which currently includes two Embraer E145s, a Boeing 737-500 and an Airbus A320, recently acquired on leasing.

In accordance with its growth plan, “Air Djibouti initially intended to buy Boeing 737-800s. But for internal reasons, we finally opted for A320s, ”says managing director Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi. “We plan to commission a second A320 by the end of the year. "

With a consolidating fleet, the standard bearer of this small country of 23,200 km2 wants to expand its network outside Africa. Initially relaunched with freight operations, Air Djibouti now serves Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Yemen. Last January, she returned to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. "In the coming weeks, we will open the Dubai route," says the boss of Air Djibouti. The Cairo link is also included in its short-term expansion plan.
By 2021, the company is targeting Paris and London. And this “by reactivating code-sharing agreements with carriers such as KLM or Kenya Airways. "

Air Djibouti aims to reach 240,000 passengers within a year while improving the occupancy rate. “We started with a load factor of 40% in 2018 to reach 74% currently. The company wants to improve its performance and aims for 85 to 90% by the end of the year ended December 31, 2020. "

Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi believes that these target goals are achievable. "The market opportunity is there [...] it's up to us to work a little more now. "

Djibouti benefits from a privileged geographical position in the Horn of Africa, at the heart of trade flows between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The country is backed by the Ethiopian hinterland, a market of more than 100 million inhabitants. “Djibouti has several military bases from brother and friendly countries. The staff who work there now trust us and travel on our various flights. ”

Despite the operational challenges linked to fuel costs, royalties and competition, "Air Djibouti is doing well financially", reassures Abdourahmane Ali. Since the divestment of the State in March 2017, the transporter has been owned 30% by Djibouti airport and 70% by Great Horn Investments Holdings, the sole shareholder of which is the Ports and Free Zones Authority.

Member of AFRAA since May 2019, Air Djibouti wants to set itself to international standards and is now aiming for IOSA certification. "We are currently assisted by experts from Kenya to support us in our IOSA certification process".

Pending the return by the end of the year of its fifteen cadet pilots (including five women) training in Kenya, Air Djibouti plans to open its own flight training academy. "We have already received the first simulator [...] It will be a boon for several French-speaking African countries. "

The company also wants to bring training closer to its local workforce. "We are in discussions with the ENAC of Toulouse in France, in order to set up an OCC - Operations Control Center - in Djibouti".

To support its ambitions, Air Djibouti can count on the political stability of the country, its liberal economy and its tourism potential. "The horizon augurs for a better tomorrow," says Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi, recalling that the country is building two international airports, one 25 kilometers south of the capital and the other in the north, near the archipelago of the Seven Brothers.
 

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