Aviation: Bombardier continues African market penetration


A Ghanaian airline operator – PassionAir, has become the first Bombardier operator in Ghana after acquiring three Q400 aircraft. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft manufacturer announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party. “Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional […]

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Africa: Bombardier predicts African intra-regional connectivity will triple total traffic growth in the next 20 years


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s new 20-year Market Forecast for the 60- to 150-seat segment predicts continuing growth in intra-regional flying in Africa dominated by large turboprops and small single-aisle jets. Intra-regional traffic is forecast to grow 4.6 per cent annually over the next 20 years. The 60 to 150-seat fleet will grow by 2.4 times in order to meet the growing […]

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Aviation: Air Tanzania adds Boeing 787 to its fleet in a rash of acquisitions

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Air Tanzania adds Boeing 787 to its fleet in a rash of acquisitions Boeing and the United Republic of Tanzania have confirmed an order for one 787-8 Dreamliner, valued at $224.6 million at list prices. The aircraft will be operated by Air Tanzania, the flag carrier of Tanzania. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders […]

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Aviation: Tanzania becomes African launch customer for Bombardier CS300 series aircraft

In yet another aircraft deal between Tanzania and Bombardier, worth about $200 million, the largest East African country has written aviation history by becoming the African launch customer for the brand new and only recently certified CS300 series. Two months ago two brand new Bombardier Q400NGs were delivered and received in Dar es Salaam with great fanfare. Both aircraft are […]

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B737-8 for Air Tanzania: Building an Airline a plane at a time the Magufuli style


Air Tanzania (TC, Dar-es-Salaam) will add a maiden B787-8 to its fleet next year Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced. Following a meeting with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O’Hare) Director of Sales, Jim Deboo, in Dar es Salaam this week, Magufuli said his government has already made an initial payment for the aircraft, which is expected to be delivered on June […]

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Africa: Bahrain’s Ibdar in Shariah Compliant aviation deal with Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir

Bahrain-based wholesale Islamic Investment bank, Ibdar Bank, has announced the successful exit along with its investors through the sale of five Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft for an undisclosed amount, further solidifying Ibdar Bank’s position as a major GCC player in the aviation sector. The aircraft were leased to Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir. The award-winning Ethiopian Airlines’ transaction involved 12-year Shari’ah […]

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Aviation: West Africa’s new Dominant Carrier Air Côte d’Ivoire adds more planes as new routes open

Earlier this year, Air Côte d’Ivoire placed an order with Airbus for three A320neos and two A320s, the Ivorian national airline becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo. CEO, René Décurey, explained that this demonstrated the airline’s commitment to accelerate its growth in western and central Africa, which has already resulted in it tripling passenger numbers over the […]

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Aviation: How Africa can dominate its airspace as Tanzania and Rwanda gets new Airplanes

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Tanzania recently acquired two new Bombardier Q 400 planes, bringing joy across the country. Many Tanzanians were of the opinion that this was another opportunity to fly high the wings of Mount Kilimanjaro. A new plane landed at a home airport for the first time and it will be our own, was the feeling. Being married here, I also felt […]

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Aviation: Africa has 700 aircraft and commands 2.9% of global Retrofit and MRO business

The global aerospace composites market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 7% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global aerospace composites market for 2016-2020. Based on composite type, the market is segmented into the following: glass fiber, carbon fiber, and […]

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Aviation: Lome Togo May Become West Africa Aviation Hub As ASKY Plans MRO

ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé) is planning to establish a training and aircraft MRO facility in West Africa in partnership with shareholder, Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa), the latter’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has disclosed. In an interview with The Reporter newspaper, Tewolde said talks with ASKY management and the Togolese government were currently ongoing and that if approved, the MRO facility […]

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