Africa: Real tragedy of Ethiopian Airlines crash


The tragic crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers on board flight ET302, has highlighted the importance of Ethiopia in Africa’s political economy and its place in the world economy. Rapidly growing at an annual GDP growth rate of between 8% and 10%, with the country forecast to turn into a middle- income nation by […]

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Africa: Lenders and travellers stick with Ethiopian Airlines, for now

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Financiers, passengers and industry partners are, for now, still backing Ethiopian Airlines’ quest to become Africa’s dominant carrier, despite a March 10 crash that killed 157 people. The causes of the Flight 302 tragedy will likely take months to establish. While much of the international focus has been on U.S. planemaker Boeing and its 737 MAX 8 jet, the airline’s […]

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Aviation: Qatar Airways To Invest In Another Airline In 2019 Amid Oneworld Departure Threat

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Qatar is looking to invest in yet another airline, according to CEO speaking at the Aviation Africa Summit. The Middle Eastern carrier already has stakes in many other airlines, including British Airways and Air Italy. This news comes as a surprise, since Qatar is currently wrestling with its own membership of the One World alliance, not to mention its year […]

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Africa: Kenya Airways, Alitalia sign codeshare deal, bank on tourism market

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Kenya Airways’ appetite for the Italian market has seen it sign a codeshare agreement with Alitalia. The two airlines are banking on the commercial deal to boost business travel and tourism between Kenya and Italy. Both are partner airlines in the SkyTeam alliance. Further, the deal is expected to offer travel options and flight schedules to central and southern Africa, […]

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Africa: Despite recent tragedy, Ethiopian Airlines is an example of what SAA should strive for


African aviation is expected to grow at 5.4 % a year over the next 10 years and forms a key part of the economic lifeblood of the continent. SA Airways (SAA) and Ethiopian Airlines (EA) are the two top-rated African airlines based on size and customer feedback, and should therefore benefit most from this potential growth. The diverging fortunes of […]

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Africa: Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Flight Services to Istanbul


Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, has finalized all preparations to launch a direct thrice weekly flight to Istanbul, Turkey as of April 1, 2019. Istanbul is the largest European city and Turkey’s historic, industrial and financial capital. Regarding the upcoming services, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, […]

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Africa: Aviation Round Table urges govt. to enact Fly-Nigeria Act to protect travel market

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A pressure group with seasoned professionals in Nigeria’s aviation industry has urged the government to enact the Fly-Nigeria-Act to protect the country’s travel market. A communique issued at the end of its Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) 1st 2019 Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting held in Lagos stated that the government through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has to […]

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Aviation: Boeing’s woes fuel Washington’s fears of the age of the made-in-China plane

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Boeing’s crisis over the global grounding of its 737 MAX 8 jet, following plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia , has set the scene for the next dreadful twist of the United States’ trade war with China, and worsened the almost-existential threat Washington feels from Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” strategy. At a point when the dispute over Chinese tech […]

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Africa: President of Ghana signs Civil Aviation Bill into Law Preparatory for Category One Classification

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President Nana Addo has assented to the Ghana Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill to become Act 985 (2019). The Amendment of the Ghana Civil Aviation Act 906 (2016) is to address the various deficiencies raised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with respect to the Aviation sector. The New Act thus empowers GCAA to continue with the provision of Air […]

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Africa: Former employees skeptical on success of revived Uganda Airlines


Former employees of the Uganda Airlines have warned that the airline will not survive if factors that led to its collapse and cancellation of its Air Operating Certificate are not addressed before its relaunch this year. Several Ugandan former employees are still skeptical about the planned revival of Uganda Airlines, and its impact on the aviation industry in the region. […]

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