georgiabill
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Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Mon May 22, 2006 9:39 am

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
 
md90fan
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Mon May 22, 2006 9:57 am

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
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VEEREF
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Mon May 22, 2006 11:08 pm

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.
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georgiabill
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Tue May 23, 2006 8:57 am

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?
 
sw733
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Tue May 23, 2006 12:11 pm

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!
 
md90fan
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Tue May 23, 2006 12:45 pm

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 
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louA340
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RE: Commercial Aviation In Africa The Future!

Wed May 24, 2006 4:14 am

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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