Aviation: SAA bleeding as Emirates, Qatar and Ethiopian eats up domestic market but W/Africa delivers

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South Africa Airways is bleeding from the intense competition on the domestic market, with rivals gouging out R1bn revenue in the second quarter of the 2016-17 financial year, acting chief financial officer Phumeza Nhantsi told Parliament’s finance committee Wednesday. The state-owned airline carried 159,000 fewer passengers — 4% decline — compared with its budget, due to the entry into the […]

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Africa: Uganda may get New National Airline

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome Uganda President Museveni, when addressing the first cabinet meeting of his new government, reportedly told them that “because our brothers in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa let us down,” the formation of a national airline was now a priority. When the former Uganda Airlines was finally dissolved it was because the carrier was broke […]

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African Aviation: Emirates Establish A Foot Hold in Africa With TAAG

By Friday Nwosu Emirates Airline, the largest carriers in the Middle East is establishing a foot hold in Africa with its partnership with TAAG Angola Airlines. This is similar to what Qatar Airways is planning to do from Morocco. TAAG Angola is the state-owned national airline of Angola based in Luanda. The airline operates an all Boeing fleet on domestic […]

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International Airlines Operators in Nigeria Earn N302bn from Ticket Sales

Airlines that operate international destinations from Nigeria made over N302 billion ($15 billion) from ticket sales in 2015. The airlines included European mega carriers, US carriers, African and indigenous operators. Among the major carriers emirates earned the highest money of N50 billion, followed by British Airways with ticket sales of N48 billion during the period. Also, Air France sold tickets […]

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Rizwan Kadri Confirmed As Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL

By Friday Nwosu The board of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), has confirmed the appointment of Rizwan Kadri as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (COO), with effect from 1st April, 2016. Rizwan Kadri joined the grand handling firm in December, 2015 as Chief Operating Officer (COO), but was later appointed as Acting Managing Director in January,2016, after the former Managing […]

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Comair partners with Qatar as it starts flight to St Helena

Antoinette Slabbert Comair on Monday announced the imminent arrival of a new R900 million Boeing 737-800 as the latest addition to its British Airways fleet. According to moneyweb.co.za, the aircraft is one of eight in Comair’s R3.5 billion fleet renewal programme and will service the airline’s new route, the first-ever air service to the remote Atlantic ocean island of St […]

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Gulf, China Airlines set to take over aviation in Africa

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Africa is tipped to be one of aviation’s hot spots over the next 10-20 years. Growth rates are already strong, as increasing numbers of countries on the continent expand economically and develop a middle class. According to tourismobserverblogspot.com, commercial aviation in Africa is still constrained by a combination of poor infrastructure, restrictive visa regimes and protectionism. Which makes it difficult […]

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Qatar CEO: Airlines have been taking African passengers to the cleaners

By Selene Brophy Cape Town – Qatar Airways has inaugurated its newly launched Durban-Doha route, as part of an expansion of the airline’s operations and decade-long investment in South Africa. The new route will see a four-times-weekly flight between the two cities, with a total of 21 flights a week now connecting South Africa to Qatar Airways’ global network. The […]

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