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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RwandAir and Qatar Airways ink a milestone codeshare agreement

RWANDA – RwandAir and Qatar Airways have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travelers more choice, enhanced service, and greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world. As part of the deal, the Rwandan flag carrier will also launch new non-stop flights between their Kigali hub and Doha in December 2021. The agreement benefits travelers from across the globe who fly with both airlines, which expands each carrier’s route network. Customers can enjoy the simplicity of buying connecting flights on both airlines…

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KQ and South African Airways plan to start a pan-African airline

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA), have signed a co-operation strategic partnership with the ultimate goal of co-starting a Pan-African Airline Group, reports Capital FM. The co-operation is among others, aimed at addressing the significant contraction witnessed in the history of the African air transport market which shrunk 50 percent in the wake of COVID-19. In a press statement, Kenya Airways noted that the memorandum of cooperation will be based on mutual benefits which seek to see an increase in passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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Kenya Airways commences direct Johannesburg – DRC cargo services

DRC – The flag carrier airline of Kenya, Kenya Airways (KQ), has launched direct cargo flights between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The move comes after the airline signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with fly Congo Airways that would increase air connectivity and strengthen operations amid the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the aviation industry. Previously, all traffic departing from Johannesburg had to pass through Nairobi. “We are delighted to mark our newly launched direct cargo flights between South Africa & the DRC at a…

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AASA appoints Aaron Munetsi as CEO

SOUTHERN AFRICA – The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), has appointed Aaron Munetsi has been appointed as its new chief executive officer, with effect from 27 September 2021. Munetsi takes the helm from Wrenelle Stander who is leaving the industry body to take up a new position with Wesgro, promoting and developing in tourism and economic development in the Western Cape. Stander only took up the position of AASA CEO during the middle of July. She replaced Chris Zweigenthal, who retired after 19 years in the post. “Aaron is reputed for…

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United Airlines to start Washington D.C–Lagos flights in November 2021

NIGERIA – United Airlines has announced a new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria beginning November 29. 2021, subject to government approval. The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria’s largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers.  “This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first-ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago,” said…

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Comair sells SLOW Lounge to FirstRand for US$17.7m in business rescue process

SOUTH AFRICA – Comair, which owns low-cost airline kulula.com and operates British Airways domestically in South Africa under a license agreement, has sold its SLOW Lounge business to FirstRand Bank for R250 million (US$17.6 million), another milestone in the business rescue process. The SLOW Lounge transaction would require an amendment to the business rescue plan, a notice of which has been despatched to affected persons. It said this also followed the sale of Comair’s and receipt of a R20 million (US$1.4 million) payment from South African Airways (SAA). “The R20…

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Aviation manufacturer Hexcel Corporation set to expand its Casablanca factory

MOROCCO – Hexcel Corporation, an aviation manufacturer, has announced an expansion at its existing engineered core facility in Casablanca, Morocco at the Midparc Free Trade Zone Industrial Park that will double the size of the plant and will lead to an increase in overall employment. The Casablanca facility was built as part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain to support aerospace customers’ growing demand for engineered core. “Today, Hexcel confirmed its decision to invest in Morocco, like many players in the aerospace…

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Budget carrier Jambojet commences Nairobi-Goma direct flights

KENYA – Budget airline Jambojet has launched flights to Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it seeks expansion in the vast central African country. Jambojet, a subsidiary of the national carrier Kenya Airways, made the inaugural flight on 10th September 2021, becoming the first airline to directly connect the capital of North Kivu province and Nairobi.  It will be flying twice a week to Goma from its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and the company’s officials said the frequency could rise to…

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Airlink and Rolls-Royce sign TotalCare service agreement for the AE3007 engines

SOUTH AFRICA – Rolls-Royce and Airlink have signed a TotalCare service agreement for the AE3007 engines that power the South African airline’s fleet of Embraer ERJ135 aircraft. The agreement, which covers 28 aircraft, is an extension of service for a further 10 years, continuing the airline’s drive to maximize aircraft availability. Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster, said: “Airlink and Rolls-Royce have worked hand in hand since the introduction of the ERJ135 to our fleet in May 2001. We operate 28 ERJs with a pool of 64 AE3007-A1/3 engines. We are proud…

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