Aviation: Emirates airline crew speak out over Dh440 million investment scam

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Victims of a Dh440 million Ponzi scheme that duped dozens of UAE airline crew have spoken out about the impact of the scam for the first time. UTM Online Services Ltd posed as a thriving foreign currency investment firm for nearly two years as it swindled employees of their hard-earned savings. Initially, early investors were buoyed by the above-average rates […]

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Africa: Who is the airline executive or the year?

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This award is presented to the airline executive who has had the greatest individual influence on the aviation industry, demonstrating outstanding strategic thinking and innovative direction for the growth of their business and the industry. Airline executives across the globe could learn a lot from Tewolde GebreMariam who has helped deliver sustained profitability for Ethiopian Airlines. He became group CEO […]

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Africa: Push for airlines’ ownership of airport

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African carriers’ dismal performance is a problem for the African Airline Association (AFRAA). Experts attribute this to many factors, which include prohibitive aeronautical charges caused by public ownership of airports. To reverse the trend, they are canvassing ownership of airports by airlines, KELVIN OSA OKUNBOR reports. Aviation business in Africa has come under global focus as airport infrastructure are becoming […]

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Africa: ‘No local airline can survive 26% interest rate, regulatory hostility, dirty aeropolitics for long’

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Air Peace Airlines, in a manner quite unusual of private indigenous carriers worldwide, is blazing the trail in the much-labeled ‘toxic’ operating environment in Nigeria. The airline, in less than five years of entry, has acquired a fleet of 26 aircraft, among which are three Boeing 777 airplanes for international services, and has a placed firm order for 40 brand […]

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Aviation: Cape Air, the world’s first electric airline set to undertake first flight

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At the Paris Air Show Cape Air, based in Cape Cod and serving resort communities including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, announced a letter of intent to order a “double-digit” number of Eviation Alice aircraft. The nine-seater type, set to undertake its first flight later this year, will be the first fully electric aircraft to enter commercial service. This little aircraft […]

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Aviation: The Most Amazing Airline Failures of the Past 15 Years

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It was a whole different world in the airline industry in 2004, when Airline Weekly published its first issue. Back then before it became Skift Airline Weekly, the industry was still reeling from the after effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the recession that followed. Consolidation had yet to happen (a process that’s still playing out worldwide), and […]

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Aviation: Airline Capacity vs Airline Frequency – What Is Better?

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Airlines need to keep a balance between having plenty of capacity and having plenty of frequency. An excess of either, and the airline is not able to lean too much in one direction which could damage their value proposition to potential passengers. But which one is more important? What is airline capacity? Airline capacity is the planned total seat capacity […]

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Aviation: The reasons behind the 10 best airline liveries

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These are the top ten airline looks to love. AIR TAHITI NUI A good national carrier has livery that evokes the destination and Air Tahiti Nui’s recent livery overhaul features the trademark tiare flower, a tattoo pattern representing a story of Tahiti and its people, and the beautiful blues of the Tahitian sea. Celebrating 20 years last year with a […]

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Aviation: EU forbids access to its airspace for 78 airline companies in 13 African countries

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On November 28, 2018, the European Commission published an updated list of airline companies no more meeting international security standards and thus subjected to a prohibition or operational restrictions within the European Union. Overall, 115 companies in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Iran, North Korea and in Africa are on this blacklist. However, Africa is the region with the largest number of […]

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Aviation: Why Africa Has Just One Profitable Airline

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IT took several years of negotiations for fastjet, a low-cost private airline based in Tanzania, to get the traffic rights to fly between Harare and Bulawayo this July. The flying distance between these two major cities in Zimbabwe is only about 228 miles—a 45-minute trip. Worse still, it had originally taken three years for fastjet to even begin its operations […]

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