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by rukundo
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA increases IAD-ACC to daily nonstop A330
Replies: 15
Views: 3530

Re: SAA increases IAD-ACC to daily nonstop A330

Don't forget that SAA at the begining SAA used West Africa as a fuel stop, to its flights to Europe or to USA, because Africans countries have closed their airspace to SAA, due to the Apartheid. They used Cape Verde, for a long time. SAA left Ilho Do Sal, in 2006, to move at Dakar Airport. https://w...

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by rukundo
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 82697

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2019

Beach destinations- sunscreen spray and maybe blowing up a beach ball? Marionette- looks kind of Eastern European? Or Barcelona? Black Pepper- native to India? Same thing in some parts of Africa Feb 2019 American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners Since its merg...

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by rukundo
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14181

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

British Airways is an airline with considerable amount of money being spent on security. Indeed, like El Al, high security is one of the reasons why many people choose to fly with the airline. It has taken years to start flying to Islamabad and the airline would have been flying to more places if i...

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by rukundo
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14181

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

That can happen? A sovereign country willingly allows a foreign country to assess its security procedures? Presumably to do a good enough and thorough assessment, they would need access to some very sensitive areas and information. I can see commercial reasons and pressures for allowing it, but giv...

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by rukundo
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14181

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

According to a lot of my Egyptian friends the only reason that BA decided to cancel all flights for a week is the following: On Friday there was the final of the CAF soccer competition, Algeria was the winner, so far so good. Thousands of Algerian fans were flown to Cairo on military planes before ...

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by rukundo
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14181

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

Nobody knows. Allegedly not even Egypt itself. Egyptian media is reporting that BA never formally informed CAI of the cancellations and that British security experts were on the ground in Egypt assessing airport security in both CAI and HRG last week and again, allegedly, were very satisfied and ga...

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by rukundo
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9486

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

Is it a case of not profitable, or less profitable? BA more than most EU airlines suffers from slot constraints, as such they have a tendency to re-allocate slots to more profitable routes more readily than others. Good point. Official statement, said that routes were not profitable, but in deed BA...

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by rukundo
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9486

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

He may not have heard of Françafrique yet. I'm sure someone has called him now to make him aware. I don't know, if the British has a similar system, like Françafrique, with her former colonies, in Africa, but since 2000s, British Airways closed many routes to their former African colonies. Routes w...

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by rukundo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 208
Views: 21941

Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Turkish Airlines has already operated A330s to Accra, in 2017: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/business/155226/Turkish-to-operate-A330-on-Accra-Route They use them, on some others West Africans routes, such as to Banjul / Dakar (https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/tk597) and sometimes...

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by rukundo
Fri May 24, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 279
Views: 29867

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

Does the plan sit the whole day in Tel Aviv or will they add another flight before the flight heads back to Kigali? Are they after transfers or is there local demand? All RwandAir flights to and from West and Central Africa are operated during the daylight, there are not overnight flights. Flights ...

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by rukundo
Wed May 22, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 208
Views: 21941

Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

terrible utilization of aircraft. Except for Kinshasa, all RwandAir flights to Central and West Africa, are operated during the daylight, there are not red eye flights, like to Southern and Eastern Africa. RwandAir flights to Southern and Eastern are mostly opereted at least 2 times a day, except f...

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by rukundo
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir
Replies: 3
Views: 1415

Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Qatar Airways ‏Compte certifié @qatarairways 2 minil y a 2 minutes His Highness the Amir and President of Rwanda witnessed the signing of an agreement in the airspace and two draft memorandums of understanding for cooperation in the fields of sport and culture as well as a memorandum of cooperation ...

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by rukundo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly temporarily replaces A330neo ops with A380 with Air Senegal
Replies: 30
Views: 9478

Re: Air Senegal replaces A339neo with leased HiFly A380 for temporary period of time

Air Senegal A330Neo had a tech issue. There was also a strike, from Pilots (only a rumor according to some sources). Air Senegal A330Neo arrived this morning at Paris Cdg, from Dakar, with pax on board. https://www.senenews.com/actualites/premiers-incidents-de-air-senegal-des-passagers-tres-en-coler...

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by rukundo
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single African Air Transport Market
Replies: 25
Views: 3578

Re: Single African Air Transport Market

Can we perhaps compile a list of all the 5th freedom routes in Africa being operated by other African Airlines: ie: WB HRE-CPT, KQ LVI-CPT, ET BKO-DSS etc? Here is a first list, probably many are missing RwandAir: Entebbe-Juba / Entebbe-Nairobi Accra-Lagos The Kigali-Lagos seems to be the busiest r...

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by rukundo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 22998

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Belgian media know about as much about aviation as the non-specialist media in other countries, i.e. not muc at all. LH can't just move all of SN's intercontinental flights to FRA, because especially the African flights are subject to traffic rights and bilaterals between Belgium and the countries ...

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by rukundo
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 40
Views: 8035

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

A real shame. It’s sad to see Air Seychelles yet again unable to achieve success in long haul markets. As many on here say, it’s always difficult for a small airline with just a couple of long haul frames to make them work due to fleet utilisation, technical issues and load factors. Till at least 2...

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by rukundo
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single African Air Transport Market
Replies: 25
Views: 3578

Re: Single African Air Transport Market

Yes good in concept, but, largely a joke in practice. While 44 nations committed to the Yamoussoukro agreement way back in 1999, even those that have slowly ratified the agreement place roadblocks on the opening of markets. Simple things like lack of infrastructure, government control facility and ...

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by rukundo
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Number of Flights in Africa
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Number of Flights in Africa

MileHFL400 wrote: Well I know this is a small one but Kenya Aiways ERJ’s and B737-700’s don’t show up on FR24 Since some months you can follow KQ ERJ and the 2 KQ B737-700s, these later often fly to Bamako and Dakar. Kenya Airways doesn't operate ERJs. It seems that only a company called "ALS&...

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by rukundo
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service
Replies: 54
Views: 8075

Re: Ethiopian to launch Chicago O'Hare service

Another thing is that Chicago has a very small African born community. Minneapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Boston, and Seattle all have bigger African foreign born community From Chicago, Ethiopian targets mainly passengers (both Americans and Africans) flying between North America and East and ...

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by rukundo
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Which Almost Bankrupted Manufacturers
Replies: 45
Views: 9561

Re: Airliners Which Almost Bankrupted Manufacturers

And how significant were the Mercure's commercial losses compared to Dassault's overall financial condition? I can't find infos about the losses, but it seems that Dassault has requested a loan, from French Gov, to improve Mercure Dassault, to save the program. "After the French Gov. refused, ...

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by rukundo
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Egypt Air to order 12 C300 Series aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 5498

Re: Article: Egypt Air to order 12 C300 Series aircraft

EgyptAir Holding has settled on the C-Series to replace its EgyptAir Express unit's fleet of twelve EMB-170s, reports ch-aviation. Quoting unnamed airline sources, a report claims the Egyptian carrier group has committed to twelve CS300s. It did not reveal if the jets would be acquired direct from B...

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by rukundo
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss studies A321LR business case
Replies: 59
Views: 14158

Re: Swiss studies A321LR business case

Waterbomber wrote: It's wishful thinking here. LX doesn't have the customer base nor excess capacity to consistently fill 180 to 200 seat A321's to Africa. The routes to/from Africa are very thin, and with the level of competition that there is now, there is no room for new entrants. There is no O&...

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by rukundo
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embattled SAA dumping more routes.....
Replies: 20
Views: 9263

Re: Embattled SAA dumping more routes.....

It seems that from early Jan18 (around 7), South African Airways ends routes to Cameroon, Benin, Rep Of Congo & Gabon. Bookings are closed. Here with Douala. On SAA, when i try to book to Douala, Libreville, Brazzaville and Cotonou, i have an Error message. Pointe Noire service seems to be alrea...

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by rukundo
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways major expansion
Replies: 5
Views: 2938

Re: Qatar Airways major expansion

I m quite suprise, that they use A330 to Kigali. QR suspended flights in July & August 2017 to Kigali. According to some newspapers, Kigali has been contributing 40 and 60 passengers to the service during low and peak seasons respectively. Flights were operated with an A320, daily . About Entebb...

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by rukundo
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 14274

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

I am not sure what you're talking about. All KL flights to East Africa (including the former services to HRE and LUN) are operated in the joint venture with KQ. All current profits made on KL metal to KGL, EBB, JRO and DAR are shared with KQ (and similarly KQ flights to LHR and CDG). The arrangemen...

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by rukundo
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 14274

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

That 2021 route map is pure fantasy. I don't foresee any African carrier flying to all of those Indian airports at least: DEL, BOM, MAA, HYD, AMD, BLR and CCU (?) as well. Currently Ethiopian and Air Mauritius have largest network in India, operated by African airlines ET: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai &a...

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by rukundo
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 14274

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

mercure1 wrote: I am not sure where KQ made its fatal mistake but clearly, the expensive fleet and network expansion has come back to haunt it the last several years with deepening losses since 2013. Project Mwanigu I'll bet that Air France-KLM which has a 26.7 per cent stake in KQ is not happy wit...

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by rukundo
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian to Buenos Aires EZE
Replies: 51
Views: 9795

Re: Ethiopian to Buenos Aires EZE

That is wonderful news. Just wonderful to see Argentina as whole flourishing again. This EZE's 2nd African destination? No. In the past Malaysia operated a Kuala Lumpur-Cape Town-Buenos Aires. And till 2014 (if i m right), South African Airways served Buenos Aires. Argentina is a home of large Leba...

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by rukundo
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rwandair to start Mumbai (longest 737 route?), Harare
Replies: 28
Views: 7131

Re: Rwandair to start Mumbai (longest 737 route?), Harare

RwandAir Kigali Mumbai service seems to work well. But no info about the yield, Mumbai is a low yield destination. The airline says that they plan to deploy A330, next month. Popular Destination : Johannesburg (40%), Dar Es Salaam & Entebbe (30%) Kigali might not be one of the regular tourist de...

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by rukundo
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RwandAir to expand A330 ops
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: RwandAir to expand A330 ops

Airline posted its first profit in 2015, but back in the red in 2016. Depending how work its long haul flights to London and Mumbai and its new Africans routes, i hope that the airline will back quickly to the profits. RwandAir is banking on new routes and efficient use of assets to get back to prof...

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by rukundo
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does ET still fly VIE-ARN?
Replies: 15
Views: 2676

Re: Does ET still fly VIE-ARN?

Demand from BRU to Africa is mostly to its western (francophone) part. For that ADD is a bad connecting point. I already checked pax (not many but not few), flying from CDG to Lagos or Abuja, with Ethiopian. You leave CDG at 22h15-22h30 and you arrive at 12h in Nigeria. Thus, there are pax using Et...

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by rukundo
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline
Replies: 12
Views: 2061

Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

If RwandAir wants to start New York, better to do it via DKR or direct? Planned to be operated via Accra, in Ghana. It was rumored to be operated via Abidjan, with a partnership with Air Cote d'Ivoire, to feed the route from ACI West Africa network Rwanda’s flag carrier promoted its upcoming servic...

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by rukundo
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds JFK - LOS
Replies: 71
Views: 12281

Re: DL adds JFK - LOS

I don't have any link, but my memory seems to think they did. From the link above this is an add to the ATL service currently Delta has operated service from Abuja to US, during a short time. I don't remember that Delta served Lagos, from New York. Flights plannes to start in 2008 ( i m probably wr...

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by rukundo
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 on french Indies routes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: A380 on french Indies routes ?

And with Air Caraïbes and XL Airways both configured with 3+3+3 on their A330s and French Blue's incoming A350-900s at 3+4+3, you think an AF 777-300ER is a sardine can... :crowded: :cheeky:


Yep and no IFE, on XL Airways A330, even on their brand new A330 delivered in 2012.

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by rukundo
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 on french Indies routes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: A380 on french Indies routes ?

Since more than 10 years on its French Indies routes (ORY to and PTP or FDF), AF is using with great success B773s in a maximum pax capacity (417 p in a single eco class). I clearly understand for the french airline the economics interest of such an accomodation but I cant understand how rare are t...

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by rukundo
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 11661

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

"A photo circulating online appears to show the man, believed to be a special assistance provider at Nice Airport, punching a passenger in the face" Interesting take on the term "special assistance". SAMSIC like Passerelle CDG provide special assistance, for passengers (wheelcha...

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by rukundo
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAM Moçambique & Portugal
Replies: 6
Views: 1382

Re: LAM Moçambique & Portugal

I know that LAM used to fly to Lisbon (among other cities) from Maputo but were then banned from flying into Portugal by the Europeans. Just curious as to why that was if anyone is aware? Also, does anyone believe there's a chance we may see LAM's metal at Portela again sometime? If i m not a mista...

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by rukundo
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's wet-leased A340 question
Replies: 13
Views: 3934

Re: Corsair's wet-leased A340 question

Corsair flight Paris Orly-Montreal, is a seasonal service. Early 2010s, Corsair made a restructuration (Takeoff 2012). The airline is became a 100% scheduled airline. They have dropped, Nairobi, Halifax, Mombasa, Quebec City and the short lived route to Miami. All flights from French Province, were ...

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by rukundo
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways planning Sarajevo flights
Replies: 17
Views: 2808

Re: Kuwait Airways planning Sarajevo flights

Sarajevo is currently served by Fly dubai (Dubai), Air Arabia (Sharjah), Nesma Airlines (Riyadh) and Wataniya Airways (Kuwait from 13 JUL). Qatar Airways is launching 4 weekly flights to Sarajevo this year too. Quite interesting for a relatively small European airport. If you make research about &q...

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by rukundo
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Aviation Thread
Replies: 182
Views: 16067

Re: African Aviation Thread

RwandAir will start Brussels service, from July 2017 (around late july). Flights will be operated via London Gatwick. The Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium is about 25 000-30 000. Bookings should open, before the end of week. It's shame that flights are announced, while summer season has started and proba...

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by rukundo
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 681
Views: 149890

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

I would like to see Qatar retaliate, who are their allies right now,,,,,,,Iran? You do know that Qatar relies on those countries for a lot of their everyday functions, right? For pete's sake their only land connections to the outside world are through those countries!!! In a crisis such as this the...

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by rukundo
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/MH used to fly the A380 to HKG?
Replies: 9
Views: 2899

Re: AF/MH used to fly the A380 to HKG?

About Air France If i m remember, it was just a seasonal service, from May 2014 to October 2014. They started to reduce flights, in September 2014: http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/240807/airfrance-oct-2014-hong-kong-a380-service-reductions/ They also served Dubai and Singapore, in 2...

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by rukundo
Wed May 31, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Aviation Thread
Replies: 182
Views: 16067

Re: African Aviation Thread

My suggestion of MRS was really based on the fact that it is the second largest city in France although I don't know where most African expats live outside of Paris. ET's expansion into islands on the Indian Ocean has seen its service to Moroni going nonstop and being upgraded to the 787, and we ha...

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by rukundo
Sat May 27, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the 767-400ER not more successful?
Replies: 26
Views: 8455

Re: Why was the 767-400ER not more successful?

. Kenya Airways turned out to be sole customer for the planned extended range 767-400ERX, but that one turned out to be too little, too late. In deed they have ordered B777-200ERs. I think that B767-400ER was the first B767 type to get the 777-style Signature Interior. If i m right, the first B767-...

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by rukundo
Tue May 16, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts
Replies: 26
Views: 6038

Re: Ethiopian seeks 'heavy' cost cuts

Is ET growing too fast at a time when there are quite a number of other airlines fighting for the same piece of the pie (cough ME3/TK/Oman cough) and with a market that may not be growing as fast as initially thought? In deed, competition is strong (currently foreign airline represent 80% of the ai...

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by rukundo
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 372
Views: 32278

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

So, guess which airline has made the news for the death of a giant rabbit! ... :frown: Since some weeks everyone is focused on United. But it's unfortunately not good also, for American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines. I don't have stats about airlines based in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oc...

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by rukundo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RAM possible New routes?
Replies: 26
Views: 3812

Re: RAM possible New routes?

euroflyer wrote: IMO, LIL is a great gap in AT network. There is a huge moroccan diaspora in the Lille area, and they cannot fly RAM unless getting to CDG or BRU. I think they decided not to go compete with LCC which already widely connect Morocco with CRL and BVA (despite the 1h30/ 2h drive, and t...

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by rukundo
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RAM possible New routes?
Replies: 26
Views: 3812

Re: RAM possible New routes?

France: RNS, LIL, ETZ Luxembourg: LUX Some of these cities are located at about 1h-1h30 by drive, from a city already served by Royal Air Maroc or which have many flights to Morocco. I don't think, that for RAM, that Lille, Rennes & Metz are top priority. Rennes is "close" to Nantes, ...

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