migair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1280 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5671 times:
-Precision air sign an agreement with ATR for 6 new ATR-600 4 42 and 2 72 and one they add the second B733 and the third one is in NBO waiting for registration and paint job, opening next month Lubumbashi and Lusaka and planning to fly to JNB daily soon.
Also planning to fly to Lilongwe and Harare soon and resuming operations to Arusha and also adding more freqs in routes already in operation.
-KQ if i´m not mistanken are planning to open GRU soon and Delhi is already announced, also 3 extra flight to BOM. And I heard that they are planning to open NBO-DKR-JFK as soon as B767 are available, probably after getting delivery of the new B773ER.
Adding 1 more daily flight to DAR and 1 more to ZNZ, basically to fight with Fly540.
And many more Embraer planes to arrive in NBO.
Actually they have a big problem with the lack of crew, but I hope they will work on it.
-I´ve heard that Air Malawi is also planning to add more planes and routes.
-Air Tanzania was planning to add CRJ´s but they just crash the only Dash8 that they had on operation, but obviously it´s a state owned airline so money comes easily.
many rumors about new planes, and routes, they were planning a codeshare agreement with Rwandair for west africa.
-Fly540 is always talking about new routes, investors and this things but until it´s not official it´s difficult to believe, when they start they were ordering brand new ATR but now they are flying many different planes and nothing new at all.
-Air Zimbabwe and Zambezi cease operations so not good news at all.
AirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 852 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5474 times:
- Air Madagascar received the first of its A340-300 from Air France. With AF cockpit crew and aircraft will keep the French registration.
Plan to fly the A343 from TNR to MRS and CDG and from TNR to BKK and CAN.
- No more news of the Air Cote d'Ivoire airline project in ABJ, which should have replaced the former Air Ivoire (VU).
AF does not seem to be in hurry to provide funds for the airline, following the last experience of Air Ivoire (AF was shareholder with AIG).
If i´m not mistaken they were also flying Boeings from EuroAtlantic, but maybe the A343 from AF has to be better, and for the Cockpit crew it will be just like a normal rotation i guess, staying in Paris base but in Hotel in TNR...
Any news about Arik Air?? and airlines like Amtrak in Ghana, I heard a rumor about a new start up airline by the Easyjet major shareholder.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4788 times:
Air Zimbabwe II is looking at Brazilian planes - Embraers.
Quoting The Sunday Times, South Africa:
Air Zimbabwe is to explore the viability of leasing aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world.
The engagement follows a recent report in the Sunday Times disclosing that Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche and Finance Minister Tendai Biti recently visited Brazil to consider purchasing or leasing aircraft from Embraer.
Namibia's flag carrier Air Namibia will resume flights between Windhoek Harare in Zimbabwe after 13 years on 16 May 2012. The airline will be flying into Zimbabwe four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
Quoting cchan (Reply 9): Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 8):
What has happened to the other leased Airbus A320 they had in the hangar at HRE? And what about their USD40 million debt overhang still owed to the old UM workforce?
Did they manage to find investors to start UM 2?
Haha no. UM is still technically an airline - it hasn't been liquidated just yet. All that has been done is to form a new 'phoenix holding' company, that lacks any real resources. So, in reality, UM only really exists in the heads of a bunch of useless government officials.
In any case, I don't think anyone is dumb enough to partner a government that insists on a 49% Private to 51% Indigenous shareholding (read ZANU PF aligned thug) equity whereby the other privately owned 49% has to pay for the hardware. In other words, the foreigners do all the hard work, and the Government calls the shots. I don't think even the Chinese, with all their goodwill, would be so stupid as to fall for that.
If we had a national airline run along the lines of Avent Aviation(essentially a successful, private Zimbabwean registered cargo company) then i don't think there would be any hassles in terms of viability whether domestically, regionally or internationally.
Also Aigle Azur is doubling its offer on the CDG-TUN route, becoming four a week instead of two, and Air Méditerranée is flying between TUN and CDG three times a week. It seems like there will be a rush on the Paris-Tunis route as 6 airlines (AF, TU, FS, TO, ML, and IZ) will compete on it with up to 13 flights on selective days.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4470 times:
CamAir to start Kinshasa & Lagos
Camair of Cameroon, will soon be starting service to FIH & LOS with effect from June 2012. This comes 3 months after they started service to Ndjamena, Chad. Good to see Central Africa's aviation sector blossoming somewhat, after so many years of neglect and stagnation.
King Mswati III of Swaziland has received a luxury jet as a gift from "anonymous sponsors", a government spokesperson has confirmed to the BBC.
The DC-9 twin-engine aircraft is for the use of the king and his 13 wives, Percy Simelane said. Swazi's banned opposition party says taxpayer money must have been used to buy it, but Mr Simelane denies this.
In 2002, the king tried to use public funds to purchase a jet, but the sale was halted after street protests.
Great stuff. Just what we needed - another despotic idiot monarch from some irrelevant craphole with a sense of self entitlement. The next time the AU moans about bad international press apropos Africa, they have only these clowns to blame.
RwandAir makes a firm order for two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
As part of our expansion plan we recently decommissioned our CRJ 200’s and placed a firm order for Two Brand New state of art CRJ 900’s NG whose delivery is expected in September and October 2012 respectively. This is aimed at improving our fleet capacity and promoting better service delivery to the various routes we operate.
The new headquarters with an estimated cost of 350 million birr is part of a multi million facility expansion projects Ethiopian is undertaking to materialize a fifteen year strategic plan to evolve into a diversified aviation group by 2025. A new maintenance hangar, aviation academy and students’ dormitories are among other facilities in the pipeline.
“The construction of the head office building is in line with vision 2025 growth plan in which number of employees will significantly increase. The current buildings are no longer large enough to accommodate the growth. This along with other factors has necessitated the construction of a new headquarters,” said Wogayehu Terefe, Ethiopian Manager of Public Relations and Publications.
New ownership proportions are:
- KLM: 26%
- Gov of Kenya: 23%
- IFC: 7.4%
Good vote of confidence and shot in the arm for KQ.
Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 12): Great stuff. Just what we needed - another despotic idiot monarch from some irrelevant craphole with a sense of self entitlement. The next time the AU moans about bad international press apropos Africa, they have only these clowns to blame.
heard it on the BBC - shame, shame, shame.
Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 12): I guess its OK - I don't know about the whole Booze-Funnel entrance motif, but hey, that's just my €0.02.
I agree, rather boring (ET knows bland). the funnels look like they are rain water catchment funnels, perhaps? still rather dull. Hopefully, it will look better once built.
Tanzania’s Precision Air starting May 2012 is introducing 2 new destinations, where it’ll launch 3 weekly service to Lubumbashi and Lusaka, starting 18MAY12. Further, planned service to Lilongwe and Harare, due to start 02JUN12, is postponed until 03JUL12.
Schedule and routing:
Dar es Salaam – Lubumbashi – Lusaka – Dar es Salaam
PW704 DAR1030 – 1140FBM1230 – 1320LUN1410 – 1655DAR 733 357
Dar es Salaam – Lilongwe – Harare – Dar es Salaam
PW705 DAR1030 – 1105LLW1155 – 1305HRE1355 – 1640DAR 733 246
Air Zimbabwe says it will provide flights between Harare and Bulawayo to facilitate travel during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) this week.
The national airliner said on Wednesday a plane will depart Harare at 0700 and arrive in Bulawayo at 0745. In the evening it will depart Bulawayo at 1800 and arrive in Harare at 1845.
Passengers are advised to contact the airline on the following Harare numbers 575111, 58202403, or Bulawayo numbers on 09-72051 or 09-69732, or cell number 0712 621 915 or any travel agent for more information.
^I had to laugh at this, though in reality that is some sad shit right there mang. Given the massive hard-ons that UM has for eternal delays, sudden cancellations, and just poor customer service overall, what nut in their right mind is going to book flights with those losers?
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4076 times:
. Air Seychelles to start first A320 & A330 flights in May
Quoting The African Aviation Tribune: This comes after Etihad acquired a 40% stake in the Indian Ocean Island airline back in February, whereby one of the key points laid out for immediate attention, was the issue of fleet renewal, and a return to profitability for the ailing airline.
I think she looks pretty sweet man - i can't wait to see the A320 in full colours, though i am wondering why they decided to make the switch to Airbus given HM's use of Boeing for the last 30 years or so? Is this some directive from Etihad or are the Airbuses just that much better?
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2277 posts, RR: 31 Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4055 times:
Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 15): ^I had to laugh at this, though in reality that is some sad shit right there mang. Given the massive hard-ons that UM has for eternal delays, sudden cancellations, and just poor customer service overall, what nut in their right mind is going to book flights with those losers?
What aircraft is Air Zimbabwe planning to use?
Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
No idea man - most likely the 762s seeing as there would be a large amount of government traffic going back and forth between HRE and BUQ (mainly due to Zambia's Michael Sata paying a state visit to the ZITF Trade Fair).
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3961 times:
Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 19): Have they recently been operating any other charter flights then or have they been grouded since the initial announcement of suspension of operations?
No, this is likely a one-off operation. Remember, UM or rather, what is left of UM, is still under threat from creditors who have warrants out in many countries to impound any UM jet that touches down, hell, even Mugabe's latest trip to Malaysia was undertaken by a hired A320 (most likely the one that was originally spoken about in African Aviation Thread 6) as opposed to his usual 767, as is mentioned here:
Quoting The Zimbabwe Independent:
Amid the hullabaloo surrounding President Mugabe’s health, the fact that he arrived home last Thursday from Singapore aboard a private chartered Airbus jet, seemed to escape most people’s notice.
NewsDay reports that Mugabe and his entourage were initially due in Harare on Sunday, but could not secure a flight from Singapore because of late bookings.
According to the story, authorities in Harare contemplated dispatching an Air Zimbabwe plane to pick up Mugabe in Singapore, but the plan was abandoned due to financial and technical reasons.
ETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 634 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3793 times:
Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 16): I think she looks pretty sweet man - i can't wait to see the A320 in full colours, though i am wondering why they decided to make the switch to Airbus given HM's use of Boeing for the last 30 years or so? Is this some directive from Etihad or are the Airbuses just that much better?
A good way to start a pissing match b/w the A and B fanboys
Unless they needed something with less capacity than a 767, this is a strange move indeed. Or as you said, it may have been a Etihad mandate. Nice livery nonetheless.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 21): A good way to start a pissing match b/w the A and B fanboys
lol, why i would never do such a thing
Anyway folks, my news feed has been blowing this up this morning - seems that we have another update apropos Air Zimbabwe and the local aviation scene going on in Zimbabwe at the moment.
. Sol Air gets international code
Sol-Air (YZ) a Zimbabwean start up that was awarded an operating licence in February by the CAAZ, despite having been in existence for more that 8 years, has finally been awarded an IATA code and is allegedly in talks with aircraft suppliers in South Africa and Dubai for supply of 3 x "70 seater aircraft" to ply domestic Zimbabwean and regional routes.
Sol Air managing director Nkosilathi Sibanda said the airliner would start with a 19 seater aircraft.
“We are grateful since we have been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time. If all goes well within the next three to four weeks, we will start domestic operations.
“We will be acquiring bigger aircrafts in due course. We are currently in talks with two companies in Dubai and South Africa to lease us three 70-seater aircrafts and the talks will be concluded with a month,” he said.
Quite frankly, don't hold your breath for anything to materialize. Last year we had some clowns at Vic-Falls Airways claiming to want to order 777-300ERs to fly Harare - London despite having no financial backers or game plan to speak of.
Now it seems Air Zimbabwe will infact, be brought back into service, but only domestically. This comes after a brief charter operation was undertaken for the duration of the ZITF Trade Fair in Bulawayo last week (see my post above).
. Air Zim to resume flights to Bulawayo
From tomorrow, 2nd May, UM is to resume Harare-Bulawayo - allegedly.
Air Zimbabwe will next month resume flights between Harare and Bulawayo three times a week, an official said Monday.
Air Zimbabwe suspended local, regional and international flights in January following threats by creditors to seize its aircraft.
Since then the national airliner has been operating on chartered planes and for special occasions.
Air Zimbabwe has a debt overhang of over US$100 million.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3387 times:
As a corollary to my above post, UM once again outdoes itself and resumes flights with only 3 passengers on board HRE-BUQ. At least this time round they didn't use the 767 like 5 years ago where they flew 1 guy on DXB-HRE.
Quote: It seems years of mismanagement, poor planning and lack of customer service have once again come back to haunt Zimbabwe's national carrier Air Zimbabwe (UM), as reports state that the airline carried just 3 passengers between Harare and Bulawayo on its first day back in the air, after an hiatus of nearly 3 months.
"State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo confirmed the flight, but said he was surprised the airline had resumed operations when the government is still looking for an investor to partner the company, saddled with a $140 million debt.
The airline’s Boeing 737-600(sic), with a capacity of 126 passengers, left Bulawayo with only three people on board. Air Zimbabwe is planning to have three flights a week between Harare, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo.
Moyo cautioned the move may backfire as the national airline does not yet have the capacity to embark on such operations due to lack of funds and a crippling debt."