Emirates to recruit 6,000 operational staff to support accelerated recovery

WORLD – Emirates plans to boost its operational workforce by planning to recruit more than 6,000 staff over the next six months. As restrictions ease worldwide with the wider administration of the vaccine, additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s ramp-up of operations across its global network in response to the sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand. Emirates has already restored 90% of its network and is on track to reach 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021. The…

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Kenya Airways signs codeshare agreement with British Airways

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airway has announced a new codeshare agreement with British Airways, allowing its customers to connect to 26 destinations across the UK and Europe on routes operated by BA, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to connect to 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, and Entebbe. The agreement will also provide travelers with more options to reach holiday destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles. British Airways currently…

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Car sharing marketplace Zoomcar launches in Egypt

EGYPT – Zoomcar, a car sharing marketplace covering emerging markets, has announced their launch of operations in Egypt through a press conference. Zoomcar, who dominates the car sharing market in India, has expanded to the MENA region and recently appointed Hany Olama as their country head in Egypt to help scale their car sharing marketplace. The company announced their plans to have 5,000 cars by March 2022, with an intention to scale to 20,000 cars on the marketplace by the end of 2022. “At Zoomcar, our mission is to democratize…

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National Aviation Services acquires majority stake in Siginon Aviation

KENYA – National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest-growing aviation provider in the emerging markets, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Kenya’s Siginon Aviation Ltd. to acquire a 51% stake in Siginon Aviation Limited.  Siginon Aviation, a subsidiary of Siginon Group Limited. provides complete airport ground handling and cargo management services. Commenting on the latest partnership, Hassan El-Houry, Group CEO of NAS said: “During the pandemic, our cargo services came to the forefront by keeping crucial supply chains flowing uninterrupted. With the ongoing vaccine requirements around the world, we also…

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Logistics startup ILLA raises investment round to accelerate its market growth

EGYPT – ILLA, the FMCG logistics startup, has raised a seven-figure investment round to accelerate its market growth and extend its offering within the FMCG value chain.  It intends to use the funds to expand its domestic market and improve its user experience.    Watheeq Financial Services and Golden Palm Investments co-led the round. Loftyinc Capital Management, Kepple Africa Fund, Cubit Ventures, AUC Angels, Oqal Angel Network, and FLat6Labs Cairo all participated in the round, with the latter doubling down on its investment in ILLA for the third time.  “ILLA will use the funds to fuel its expansion and growth…

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E-commerce startup Sendbox raises US$1.8m to digitize deliveries for SMEs in Africa

NIGERIA – Sendbox, a Nigeria-based e-commerce fulfilment platform for merchants in Africa, has announced the completion of a US$1.8 million seed round from investors including 4DX Ventures, Enza Capital, FJLabs and Golden Palm Investments. With participation from Flexport and YC Combinator as part of its 2021 winter cohort, Sendbox’s total investment raised has now reached US$2 million following a pre-seed round from Microtraction and 4DX Ventures in 2018. The e-commerce fulfilment platform for merchants in Africa says the new funding will be used to expand the company’s operations in other…

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Air Tanzania gets a boost as government orders 5 additional aircraft

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has made a down payment of US$258.7 million purchase of five more aircraft for its struggling national carrier Air Tanzania. The order includes cargo planes, which are all expected to be delivered before the end of 2023. Aviation industry sources told The EastAfrican that the funds were approved by the current government despite heavy losses incurred by the carrier under a revival program initiated by former president John Magufuli and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The planes, once they arrive in the country, will…

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B2B startup Talabeyah raises pre-Seed round to scale its operation

EGYPT – Talabeyah, a Cairo-based startup that provides B2B e-commerce services for food and groceries, has raised a seven-figure pre-Seed round from strategic angel investors.   The startup, which was launched in July 2020 by Karim Nassef, Amr Abbas, Khaled Hussein, and Adel Hodroj, has leveraged its supply chain model and purchase experience by establishing a customer-centric business, due to its founders’ extensive experience in the FMCG industry.   Barakat said the round will help scale the startup’s operations, further build the technology, and leverage the use of AI and machine learning algorithms utilising the collected data…

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Ethiopian Airlines and Airlink sign interline agreement

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has signed an interline agreement with Airlink (4Z), an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa to allow passengers to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket and lower fare tickets between points within the carriers’ synergized networks. With the interline agreements between the two carriers, passengers can book through their itineraries on both airlines easily. The partnership attracts more customers providing ease of connectivity to their destinations served by both Ethiopian and Airlink. Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines remarked that: “In…

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Postal Corporation of Kenya secures US$650,000 from Trade Mark East Africa to boost e-commerce

KENYA – The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) has secured Kshs. 72 million (US$650,000) from Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) as it targets to boost its presence in the e-commerce delivery market. Under the deal, PCK says it intends to increase its capacity to process 10,000 packages daily to provide an efficient logistics and distribution platform for e-commerce entrepreneurs and customers. PCK says the funding will help it enhance internal digital capacities and improve collaboration with external, both regional and global actors, in the e-commerce space. “It is a great…

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