News: Fast food in Asia, health & wellness in the West fuels global sesame demand: “The open sesame moment is coming,” says Olam

Asia

Global demand for sesame seeds is set to explode thanks to two very different macro-trends – the rise of fast food in Asia and healthy food in the West. Agrifood giant Olam is doubling capacity in its plants to meet that demand. It may be a small seed the but Singapore-headquartered supplier Olam is banking on big growth in the […]

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South Africa Enjoys Spike in African Tourist Arrivals

The number of tourists arriving in South Africa every month has shot through the one million mark for the first time since 2009, signaling the industry’s recovery from last year’s decline. In January this year 1 012 641 tourists arrived in South Africa, 15.4% more than January last year. Month to month growth in arrivals began improving prospects for the […]

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Africa needs to trade with itself

Trade not aid. It’s an idea we hear quite a bit in reference to Africa. Last summer, when Barack Obama addressed the African Union – the first US president to do so – he made sure to bring it up: “So many Africans have told me, we don’t want just aid, we want trade that fuels progress.” And yet, while […]

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2nd Kenya Airways B777 sold

Cabot Aviation, a division of Air Partner plc and an aircraft remarketing agent, announced that the second former Kenya Airways B777-200ER has been delivered to Omni Air International, a US based airline providing global passenger ACMI, wet lease and charter programmes. The aircraft, MSN 33681, was originally delivered to Kenya Airways in 2004 and was operated by the airline on […]

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BA still dominates, as carrier marks 80 years on Nigerian route

Eighty years ago, a largely unreported event took place, which would help pave the way for modern air services between Nigeria and the rest of the world. On February 9, 1936, the weekly Imperial Airways’ flight from London to Khartoum connected with another flight to Kano, heralding the start of services to Nigeria. These pioneering flights, according to a statement […]

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Air Mauritius to develop island into key Africa-Asia gateway

Air Mauritius (MK, Mauritius) is planning to develop the island of Mauritius into a key conduit for passenger and cargo traffic between Africa and Asia Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has said. To that end, he said, the Indian Ocean-based airline has signed an agreement with Singapore Changi Airport to develop an air corridor between the two airports with Singapore […]

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Tear Down Africa’s Trade Walls now

TWO of the largest regional trade accords in history were agreed on last year. The Trans-Pacific Partnership involves 12 countries in Asia and the Americas, and was the subject of headlines and heated debate. But most people have never heard of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which covers 26 African countries. It will create the biggest free-trade area on […]

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Zimbabwe to host African airlines Association meeting in November

Air Zimbabwe’s turnaround strategy is set to receive a major boost this year after the national airline won the right to host the 48th African Airlines Association (AFRAA) annual general assembly (AGA) in Victoria Falls later this year. The event, which will take place from November 20 to November 22, is expected to attract 400 high profile delegates from Africa, […]

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Ethiopian Airlines growing more in Asia and the US

Ethiopian Airlines is planning further long-haul network expansion in 2016 with new destinations in Asia and North America. The expansion is made possible by the delivery of Ethiopian’s first batch of 343-seatA350-900s along with additional 270-seat Boeing 787-8s. New York is in line to become Ethiopian’s fourth destination in North America in Jun-2016, joining Toronto, Washington Dulles and recently launched Los Angeles. Ethiopian is also looking at Chicago and Houston, […]

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