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Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!  
User currently offlineGeorgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 837 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5026 times:
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With several African Airlines already commited to updating their fleets, several selecting the 787 and SAA considering leasing A380's I was hoping to hear from Anet members who live in Africa. I am most interested in hearing about LAM and Uganda. Since the collapse of Africa One has another airline started operating in Uganda? Any thoughts would be appreciated

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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

I read in a magazine that DAS Air Cargo(they have several DC-10F's) was going to start a pax airline in Uganda with E-120's and later pick up A319's and fly to places like NBO,Juba,JNB,LOS  Smile

User currently offlineVEEREF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4940 times:

Just flew Kenya Airways two weeks ago EBB-NBO and was very impressed. Very clean interior and excellent food. Full meal service in Business on a the 35 minute hop. The food was better than anything I have seen offered here in the US.
On the other hand, before aviation can takeoff in earnest in Africa, a network of VHF will have to be established. Flew a recent trip over through Brazzaville and Kinshasha sectors with little communications on HF, none on VHF. Most collision avoidance is done through all stations broadcasts on air to air frequencies.
Not really an issue now, but more growth without the requisite infrastructure upgrades and facilities will make it downright dangerous.

User currently offlineGeorgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
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With ET and KQ in the final stages of a major fleet renewals,DT should shortly begin recieving new 777'S and 737NG's to replace their fleet of 743'S and 732'S. I was curious about what was happening at LAM( I had read or heard they were considering updating their fleet), the status of any attempt to revive passenger service on a Uganda based airline. How is the new airline in Ghana doing? Have they found any MD90'S to lease for regional service yet?

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4829 times:

Well here's your African, although I am not too knowledgable. As for Air Namibia, we have the A340 and that definitely is a nice upgrade from the MD-11, which still flies, but isn't the face of our airline like the A340 is. I've talked to a few westerners who feel that Air Namibia is a better airline with an A340 than just the MD-11 or older 747, as it's a nice, new, modern airliner which can lead us into the future. Now, we just need to replace those 737-200's! Now sure when that will happen, but I would love to see some A319/A320's in the fleet (I've heard rumours of them), or perhaps some 737NG's. We're getting there!

User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

Quoting Georgiabill (Reply 3):

Yes, the first of TAAG Angola's 772/ER's should arrive in July Georgiabill  Smile

About LAM, I really don't know, IMO it seems as if they are barely making it with (1??) 732 reg'd C9-BAK. They've went a ways from the days when they had 767's and DC-10's  Sad

As for Ghana Int'l(G0) they are supposedly getting MD-82's now instead of MD-90's  frown 

User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4729 times:

There is definately alot of potential for Africa when it comes to air travel. Alot of markets that are begging for service are yet to be tapped.
But as VEEREF said, the infastructure had to be upgraded and standardized to support this. There is also a lack of connections between African countries; its actually easier to get a flight to Europe from Accra than it is to Nouakchott. I remember my dad had to travel up to Tripoli before making the trip down.
Airlines like Afriquiyah and Royal Air Maroc seem to have taken that idea and are doing alot of expansion with their African networks.
KQ, ET and SA are doing very well and are still expanding and hopefully soon ET and G0 will start their partnership and start the much needed ADD-ACC-USA services.
I'd like to see somthing like an African Alliance somtime in the future too.

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