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Precision Air announces review and fine-tuning of strategic 5-year plan

(eTN) - Precision Air today announced a review of their 5-year strategic plan as part of their intended expansion into new markets. After three months on the job, Ms.

Fastjet reports USD56 million loss

(eTN) - Disquieting news is making the rounds in East Africa’s aviation observer circles that FastJet has reportedly suffered a massive US$56 million loss for their financial year, wiping out much o

Opposition in parliament demands Air Tanzania be declared bankrupt

(eTN) - Sharp differences in opinion emerged in the Tanzanian parliament this week when the Minister for Transport, Dr.

Airline competition set to heat up as South African gets 20...

(eTN) - The news coming from Johannesburg, that South African Airways (SAA) is due to take progressive delivery of 20 Airbus A320 aircraft, will serve as a reminder for other African airlines that sit

Fly 540 and FastJet set to drop legal cases through negotiated...

(eTN) - Fly 540 and FastJet have dropped their mutual court action, which reflected widely different understandings and perceptions on the state of their agreements of cooperation and sale of shares.

The FastJet versus Fly540 saga – what others are saying

(eTN) - Warned severely over their choice of partner in East Africa for their attempt to form a Pan African LCC network, FastJet is now paying the price for dismissing out-of-hand information availed

Jetlink subject to speculations over Fastjet link

(eTN) - Reports are emerging from Nairobi that Jetlink, a privately-owned airline based in Nairobi and grounded some months ago over South Sudan’s failure to permit repatriation of funds kept in Jub

Airline alliances focus on Africa while Africa focuses on itself at...

(eTN) - While Asia seems to be the present focus of airline alliances, and for good reasons considering the huge growth markets of China and India – the latter rapidly liberalizing now and offering

United we fly, divided we don’t?

(eTN) - The recently-held annual general meeting of AFRAA in Johannesburg sprang a few surprises on delegates and aviation pundits, when none other than Kenya Airways’ CEO Dr.

Jetlink saga puts pressure on Kenya government to act on South...

(eTN) - The halt of operations by Jetlink, one of Kenya’s leading privately-owned airlines, has not only stunned Kenyans but also exposed a weak link in the relations between Kenya and South Sudan,

Opposition grows against Fly 540 Kenya managers

(eTN) - The unceremonious sacking of a number of staff by Fly 540 management once again highlighted the woes that the company has, as it faces lawsuits by creditors and by former staff, and increasing

The 20 dollar FastJet fare exposed as mirage

“It is all about making noise, but when you dig deeper you find that it is all a bunch of hog wash, the 20 dollar fare is subject to so much in extras, and those extras demanded when you check in, t

Additional airlines eye Kilimanjaro after Qatar Airways entry

(eTN) - Airline sources in Tanzania have indicated fresh interest by airlines in flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), following the successful market entry by Qatar Airways (QR) on July

Largest Routes Africa opened today with high-level Strategy Forum

VICTORIA, Seychelles - The 7th Routes Africa opened today in the Kempinski Resort Hotel in the Seychelles, with a high-level Strategy Forum that dealt with the key issues in African aviation including

eTN speaks with Tanzania’s prominent business executive and frequent air traveler...

TANZANIA (eTN) – Ahead of the crucial aviation and airline’s executive gathering, Routes Africa 2012, which is scheduled to take place at the mid-Indian Ocean island of Seychelles this weekend to

eTN speaks with Chairman of Precisionair on air transport situation in...

TANZANIA (eTN) - While aviation and airline professionals are set for the seventh edition of the Routes Africa 2012 Forum in the mid-Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, eTN spoke to Mr.

Largest group of airlines ever to attend Routes Africa 2012

Routes Africa 2012, which will take place in Seychelles from July 8 to 10, will for the first time witness the attendance of the largest group of airlines with 16 carriers having already registered fo

Two crashes in one weekend shock Africa’s frequent flyers

(eTN) - Readers of newspapers will wake up this Monday morning to news that the Lagos crash of Dana Air, which operates on the route between Abuja and Lagos, has claimed 147 lives when all on board th

Africa stands in dire demand of aircraft and aviation manpower

(eTN) - There are a few months to go before the Routes Africa 2012 forum takes place in the Seychelles, and Africa stands on big demands for aircraft, new trained pilots, and other cadres of aviation

Seychelles prepares for Routes Africa 2012

The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, has used the 48th RETOSA board meeting of the Tourism Ministers and the SADC meeting being held in Mauritius to call on Africa’s civi

Routes Africa 2012 to be held for first time in Seychelles

Gerard Brown, Neil Mulligan, and Sajid Desai from Routes used the ITB 2012 Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin to meet with Alain St.Ange and Elsia Grandcourt from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture of the Se

Etihad buys into Air Seychelles

(eTN) - Relations between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi have always been friendly, if not outright tight, and when Air Seychelles announced before Christmas that they would cease their entire European

AFRAA launches joint fuel purchasing project

(eTN) - Nine member airlines of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) in Nairobi will be joining hands under a project devised by AFRAA in an effort to seek lowering their fuel cost in the future.

Ethiopian becomes newest member of Star Alliance

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – At a ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) welcomed Ethiopian Airlines as the Alliance’s third carrier

Precision Air goes back to drawing board

(eTN) - The poor take up of the airline’s IPO in November, which raised only just over US$7 million instead of the anticipated nearly US$18 million they expected in their coffers at the end of the f

Qatar Airways CEO calls eco tax bull

The outspoken Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways (QR), Akbar Al Baker, was in Kampala for the inaugural flight between Doha and Entebbe and took the opportunity to address local, regional, and g

RwandAir shows off new B737-800

(eTN) - Entebbe, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, and Dar es Salaam and Brazzaville/Libreville all had a glimpse of RwandAir’s latest acquisition when the aircraft was deployed on the regional routes in a one

Where next Rwandair?

(eTN) - As Rwandair's (WB) second B737-800 is due to go on the production line very soon and will come to Rwanda during the second half of October, speculation is growing over the next routes RwandAir

Change at Fly 540 Uganda

UGANDA (eTN) - A public notice in the Daily Nation of Kenya and the Daily Monitor in Kampala has confirmed earlier rumors that Jackie Arkle, the soul and good spirit of Fly 540 in Uganda, has left the

Kenya’s aviation sector: who next to fall to hard times?

(eTN) - Aviation in Kenya is generally a thriving industry with the number of aircraft registered and the daily flights recorded at the main airports, at Wilson, and across the entire country’s airf