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East African Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:06 pm

Looks like a very interesting year ahead!

Burundi:
As Gitega becomes the new capital city of Burundi, maybe Air Burundi or a private company will launch services between Bujumbura and Gitega.
4 days ago I could only see parked at Bujumbura airport the Beechcraft, not the Xian MA60. (Caravelle and DC3s have been removed from the main apron) Is the MA60 now operational? For who to where?

Kenya:
Simba project may allow Kenya Airways to take over NBO airport.
ET started cargo service to Eldoret airport last month, hope it will work!

Rwanda:
RwandAir confirms launch of Addis Ababa flights from April next year:
WB430 KGL2350 – 0320+1ADD CRJ 23456
WB431 ADD0500 – 0630KGL CRJ 34567

South Sudan:
Stylish new airport terminal got inaugurated end of October. It will help promote tourism:
https://newsaero.info/sud-soudan-le-nou ... es-portes/

Tanzania:
Air Tanzania is set to receive the 2nd A220 and will launch DAR-BOM with the B787. ATCL to bump Q400 fleet.
Tanzania's new state-of-the-art terminal at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam is expected to open in June 2019 after funding delays were resolved. Not sure for ZNZ though.

Uganda:
Uganda signs MOU with Airbus and Canadian Bombardier Aerospace respectively, the respective objectives are to acquire 2x Airbus A330neo; A330-800neo and 4x CRJ 900 NG, Uganda Airlines expected to launch in April 2019. The A330-800neo made its maiden flight during November 2018.The airline run adverts in the media for various positions which are under recruitment. The A-330neo are expected to be delivered around late 2019 to early 2021 while the CRJ next month.
Any guess for the first routes?
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:35 am

eastafspot wrote:
Looks like a very interesting year ahead!

Rwanda:
RwandAir confirms launch of Addis Ababa flights from April next year:
WB430 KGL2350 – 0320+1ADD CRJ 23456
WB431 ADD0500 – 0630KGL CRJ 34567

I was thinking that this flight would have perhaps been timed to work with onward ET connections but it's not. They used to codeshare with ET on the route. The flight is timed to connect to/from other African destinations.

WB has replicated ET's multi bank operations with morning Africa bound flights returning in the evening to connect to Dubai, Europe and South Africa. This pattern has been the winning formula for ET with increased connectivity and aircraft utilization.

eastafspot wrote:
Tanzania:
Air Tanzania is set to receive the 2nd A220 and will launch DAR-BOM with the B787. ATCL to bump Q400 fleet.
Tanzania's new state-of-the-art terminal at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam is expected to open in June 2019 after funding delays were resolved. Not sure for ZNZ though.

When you say bump, get rid of? How is this airline doing? Where is the 787 flying today?

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Uganda:
Uganda signs MOU with Airbus and Canadian Bombardier Aerospace respectively, the respective objectives are to acquire 2x Airbus A330neo; A330-800neo and 4x CRJ 900 NG, Uganda Airlines expected to launch in April 2019. The A330-800neo made its maiden flight during November 2018.The airline run adverts in the media for various positions which are under recruitment. The A-330neo are expected to be delivered around late 2019 to early 2021 while the CRJ next month.
Any guess for the first routes?


Seems over ambitious but hope they succeed. I am more and more excited about aviation in Africa.

Does Ethiopia fall within your East Africa category?
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:45 am

berari wrote:
I was thinking that this flight would have perhaps been timed to work with onward ET connections but it's not. They used to codeshare with ET on the route. The flight is timed to connect to/from other African destinations.

Yes true especially since ET had up to 3 flights per day to KGL in the past. I guess you talk about connections from ADD right? Because on the KGL side only the Southen/West Africa is convenient for this schedule.

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WB has replicated ET's multi bank operations with morning Africa bound flights returning in the evening to connect to Dubai, Europe and South Africa. This pattern has been the winning formula for ET with increased connectivity and aircraft utilization.

After retiring from Ethiopian Airlines, Girma Wake served as the Chairman of the Rwandair board from 2012 to 2017... and left its footprints ;-) .

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When you say bump, get rid of? How is this airline doing? Where is the 787 flying today?

Ouch, I've made a typo, thanks for pointing this out – I meant to say the ageing Q300 not 400 of course!
Unfortunately 787 is only flying to Tanzania's 2nd largest city: Mwanza.
Unconfirmed sources say that A220 will fly to Mwanza and Mbeya from 16th of January, allowing the 787 doing intercontinental runs then.

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Seems over ambitious but hope they succeed. I am more and more excited about aviation in Africa.

It all depends on M7 ability and will...

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Does Ethiopia fall within your East Africa category?

Yes of course everyone welcome to share/post any development on ET/ADD as well as Somalia (Apparently QR might start flying to Mogadishu from July...), Eritrea and Djibouti!
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:13 pm

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berari wrote:
I was thinking that this flight would have perhaps been timed to work with onward ET connections but it's not. They used to codeshare with ET on the route. The flight is timed to connect to/from other African destinations.

Yes true especially since ET had up to 3 flights per day to KGL in the past. I guess you talk about connections from ADD right? Because on the KGL side only the Southen/West Africa is convenient for this schedule.


Correct. Would have been awesome to see them fly into ADD to meet with the afternoon bank which ET is developing.

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berari wrote:
WB has replicated ET's multi bank operations with morning Africa bound flights returning in the evening to connect to Dubai, Europe and South Africa. This pattern has been the winning formula for ET with increased connectivity and aircraft utilization.

After retiring from Ethiopian Airlines, Girma Wake served as the Chairman of the Rwandair board from 2012 to 2017... and left its footprints ;-) .


Indeed. ET's current banks were executed during his tenure. He's now on the board of ET.
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:36 pm

Anyone got some info on when A4O-SZ, TC-LKA,LKB,LKC will be returned to KQ?
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:39 pm

ET-338 skidded off the runway at EBB around 12.00 am EAT. UCAA reports the runway is now cleared and flights are operating as normal. https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/e ... index.html
https://twitter.com/DiscoverUG/status/1 ... 1233323011
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:00 pm

Nice thread. I look forward to reading and contributing.

Thanks for this.
 
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:13 am

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Correct. Would have been awesome to see them fly into ADD to meet with the afternoon bank which ET is developing.

WB is well known to reschedule frequently flight timing, so in the near future these might suit and feed better ET afternoon flights. Where are they mostly going?

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After retiring from Ethiopian Airlines, Girma Wake served as the Chairman of the Rwandair board from 2012 to 2017... and left its footprints ;-) .
Indeed. ET's current banks were executed during his tenure. He's now on the board of ET.

Wow never thought he would be back to ET after his well accomplished career - Africa needs more people with visionnary mind like him!
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:26 am

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ET-338 skidded off the runway at EBB around 12.00 am EAT. UCAA reports the runway is now cleared and flights are operating as normal. https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/e ... index.html
https://twitter.com/DiscoverUG/status/1 ... 1233323011


Thanks for the news, glad everyone onboard escaped without injury.
More info and pics here:
http://avherald.com/h?article=4c26482a&opt=0

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Nice thread. I look forward to reading and contributing.
Thanks for this.

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Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:21 am

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Tanzania:
Air Tanzania is set to receive the 2nd A220 and will launch DAR-BOM with the B787. ATCL to bump Q400 fleet.
Tanzania's new state-of-the-art terminal at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam is expected to open in June 2019 after funding delays were resolved. Not sure for ZNZ though.

So, where is the DAR-BKK-CAN that they once claimed gone to? Was that neglected? Or could they do DAR-BOM using A220-300, since it’s just below 3000 miles?
If they really decided to serve DAR-BOM in A220s and ditch BKK, they could just serve CAN using that same plane within its range and leave the 788 for the long desired London market.
 
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:26 pm

Went through ADD last month, and looks like some travellers were able to use one of the new gates in the east terminal extension. It will be officially inaugurated at the end of this month.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group is to inaugurate the ADD passenger terminal expansion and the five-star hotel near its headquarters in Addis Ababa:

The expansion project comprises of three phases signed under two contracts. The first part is the expansion of the main passenger terminal from east and west side. The main terminal (Terminal II) which was inaugurated in 2003 has a designed capacity of handling six million passengers per annum. However, due to the steady growth of the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, currently the terminal is handling close to 11 million passengers. This has promoted the management of Ethiopian Airports to launch the massive expansion project which aims at increasing the capacity of the terminal to 22 million passengers.
Hailu Lemu, the expansion project lead engineer, told The Reporter that the east side of the expansion project which is one third of the expansion project has been completed and became operational. Two third of the project, the west side of the terminal is nearing completion.
The expansion project will provide 72 new checking counters and 21 boarding gates. Work on the project will be finalized by June 2019. However, the expansion work on the main terminal (terminal two) will be inaugurated end of this month during the African Union heads of states assembly. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) is expected to cut the ribbon along with African leaders.

Ethiopian is exerting effort to make Addis Ababa the most convenient gate way for Chinese travellers. Ethiopian Airlines which was one of the few international airlines to launch flights to Beijing in 1973 today serves four destinations. It has 36 weekly flights between China and Africa and daily transports 3,000 to 4,000 Chinese travellers. The airline has recruited and trained Chinese flight attendants and also deployed Chinese information officers who assist Chinese travellers.

The Chinese Construction firm, CCCC, is the contractor while the French Consulting firm ADPI is consultant of the project. The passenger terminal expansion building is designed by CPG, a renowned Singapore airport designing company. EXIM Bank of China has financed the project.


https://www.thereporterethiopia.com/art ... l-projects
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:08 pm

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Went through ADD last month, and looks like some travellers were able to use one of the new gates in the east terminal extension. It will be officially inaugurated at the end of this month.


From pictures and videos that I have seen there may be centralized security checks which are different than before and hopefully reduce the pain of getting to a gate. The new lower level gates 1-14 are in use it seems, unsure about the new upper gates with bridge. Hopefully the airport will catch up to ET's growth.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:25 pm

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Hopefully the airport will catch up to ET's growth.

Thnks for the infos about centralized security checks every body will appreciate especially in the morning!
Unless the project of new airport is build and completed, it will be hard to cope with the ever growing trafic. How many planes will ET get this year?

some pics of the terminal new wing:

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Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:02 pm

According to Central Bank of Kenya's Governor:
Until January 20, 2019, there were 28,000 passengers had used Kenya Airways direct flight from New York to Nairobi KQ002/KQ003

After a brief calculation, I find an average load factor of 89% . Is it correct?
28000 divided by 31356 (= seats available from 28/10 to 20/01).

This is quite encouraging and let's hope figures will get even better before the summer.
It would be great to know in which proportion is the connecting trafic!
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:30 pm

Only 2 weeks to go:
Air Tanzania to start flying to Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe on February 22nd three times per week, followed by China and India at the end of March (also three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), firms chief executive officer Ladislaus Matindi says.

TC212 DAR1000 – 1100HRE1140 – 1240 LUN 223 257
TC212 LUN1320 – 1620DAR 223 257

Air Tanzania (ATCL) passengers number had increased from 206,788 in 2017 to 242,648 in 2018 financial year.

Air Tanzania will compete on the Dar es Salaam - Harare section with Air Zimbabwe. ;)
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:32 pm

Will Air Tanzania also launch service to Johannesburg at some point?
Hopefully when they do, they will time it also with the India flights, which could make them one of the better options for South Africa-India traffic
 
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:49 pm

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Will Air Tanzania also launch service to Johannesburg at some point?
Hopefully when they do, they will time it also with the India flights, which could make them one of the better options for South Africa-India traffic

I think so, maybe when another aircraft will be delivered!
How many times per week SA is flying to DAR?
FastJet flew ZNZ-JNB a while ago so there might be some potential here too!


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* A Kenyan pilot and four foreigners, including three Americans, died after a small plane carrying them from Maasai Mara nature reserve crashed near Makutano Forest in Londiani:
https://www.nation.co.ke/news/1056-4980 ... index.html

*From 01JUN19 to 26OCT19, the Qatar Airways will consolidate operation to Doha – Kilimanjaro – Dar es Salaam – Doha, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:33 am

:arrow: Tanzanian airline Precision Air (PW) has announced that it will commence flights from Dar es Salaam to the capital city of Dodoma with effective April 1, 2019.
PW will operate six flights a week, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday and Friday, the flight will operate via Kilimanjaro while the rest of the days it will be a non-stop flight.

:arrow: With 2 days to go before Air Tanzania starts flight to Lusaka and Harare (February 22), CEO L. Matindi says the airline ATCL will fly to DR of Congo (FBM) and Nairobi before the year ends.

:arrow: KQs' low-cost carrier, Jambojet has applied for a license to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to operate sixteen regional routes which include; Uganda (Entebbe), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), Kigali (Rwanda) and Somalia (Hargeisa & Mogadishu). It plans to use Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, ATR72 and B737 aircraft and all the flights will originate from NBO.
Plans to launch flights to Somalia and Burundi in partnership with its parent company Kenya Airways fell through after the two countries refused the aircraft Jambojet planned. The company planned to use Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, which the two countries felt were inadequate.

:arrow: A new international airport is about to emerge from the bush in western Uganda, as the country seeks to unlock its oil wealth. By 2020(???), the first aircraft are due to be landing on a new runway, as the airport, designed to support the nation’s nascent oil and gas industry, takes shape. The new airport near Hoima, in Kabaale District, is some four hours by road from the capital, Kampala. Until now, Entebbe Airport has been the country’s sole international aviation gateway. When completed, it will boast a single 3.5km x 75m runway, as well as 4km of access roads. A terminal building with a floor plan measuring 36m x 90m will have both cargo and passenger facilities, together with associated offices, under one roof.

:arrow: The first aircraft for the revived Uganda Airlines is expected to arrive in the country in a month's time. (strange the website is still down... :confused: )
The Bombardier CRJ-900 hit the skies for the first test flight at Montreal Mirabel international airport last week. An 8-minute video clip was uploaded on YT and you can watch it by clicking here: Uganda Airlines CRJ test flight Canada

:arrow: According to Amadeus, from 01 APR 19, RwandAir plans to introduce a day time service to coastal city of Mombasa (in addition to the evening flight WB303/304 to/from DXB). New flights to Mombasa will be operated via Kilimanjaro. RwandAir can't sell tickets between these two cities.

WB440 KGL1010 – 1300JRO1400 – 1450MBA Q400 x246
WB441 MBA1820 – 1910JRO2010 – 2040KGL Q400 x246

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Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:48 am

Ethiopian schedules for the summer show that Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Mombasa will all receive dedicate terminator flights, with most operated using B787s (including the overnight flight to DAR.) This means Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro will be decoupled from current A350 one stop flight to each receiving a B787 flight daily. MBA will once again see two flights per day.

This is still early given that ET has yet to post its full summer schedule which will undoubtedly change things, but this is bookable now.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:55 pm

Great news, it was often hard to track where ET planes would stop on their multi sector EA routes!

berari wrote:
This is still early given that ET has yet to post its full summer schedule which will undoubtedly change things, but this is bookable now.

That's an understatement as you can see below you could get anything from a 737 to A350 ;-)

Taken a few weeks ago inside the departure lounge at JRO
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Very fustrating for pax having to board the 737 when seeing the WB taking off!!
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:16 pm

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Very fustrating for pax having to board the 737 when seeing the WB taking off!!
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The one peeve I have have about ET is that they swap aircraft in/out all the time and the aircraft type is not determined until about 48 hours before flight. Some routes have consistent aircraft type allocation, but for others, it's anything. Their approach is that aircraft allocation is mission specific, as in the day of based on loads and required performance. Very tailored to the specific mission, but from a product perspective, it's a let down to the customer.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:39 pm

berari wrote:
The one peeve I have have about ET is that they swap aircraft in/out all the time and the aircraft type is not determined until about 48 hours before flight. Some routes have consistent aircraft type allocation, but for others, it's anything. Their approach is that aircraft allocation is mission specific, as in the day of based on loads and required performance. Very tailored to the specific mission, but from a product perspective, it's a let down to the customer.

Fully agree but 48h is a rather short notice!
Kigali is an ET Cargo destination also, thus seeing the 787 frequently there can be an obvious reason despite the lack of wide body parking space early morning (6-8h30) or in the evening (19h-21h).
LHR and JNB aside, do you know which routes have a dedicated equipment? Maybe we should start making a comprehensive list with frequencies...
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:55 pm

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berari wrote:
The one peeve I have have about ET is that they swap aircraft in/out all the time and the aircraft type is not determined until about 48 hours before flight. Some routes have consistent aircraft type allocation, but for others, it's anything. Their approach is that aircraft allocation is mission specific, as in the day of based on loads and required performance. Very tailored to the specific mission, but from a product perspective, it's a let down to the customer.

Fully agree but 48h is a rather short notice!
Kigali is an ET Cargo destination also, thus seeing the 787 frequently there can be an obvious reason despite the lack of wide body parking space early morning (6-8h30) or in the evening (19h-21h).
LHR and JNB aside, do you know which routes have a dedicated equipment? Maybe we should start making a comprehensive list with frequencies...


Looking at flight records, KGL has only seen B737-700 and B737-800 for a long time (since November 2018). No dedicated cargo flights for that long too.
 
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:35 pm

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Looking at flight records, KGL has only seen B737-700 and B737-800 for a long time (since November 2018). No dedicated cargo flights for that long too.

Which flight records exactly?
You probably know yourself TIA... Where the 787 can't be sent on a regular basis?
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:17 am

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LHR and JNB aside, do you know which routes have a dedicated equipment? Maybe we should start making a comprehensive list with frequencies...


It's futile.

eastafspot wrote:
evanb wrote:
Looking at flight records, KGL has only seen B737-700 and B737-800 for a long time (since November 2018). No dedicated cargo flights for that long too.

Which flight records exactly?
You probably know yourself TIA... Where the 787 can't be sent on a regular basis?


KGL is in fact a place that has not seen a single ET B787 for over a year now, for all flights to KGL, both daytime and evening flights have only been a combination of B73W and B738s. While most destinations in the region will get an upgrade in the upcoming summer schedule, KGL will remain with the same equipment and frequencies.
 
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:arrow: A new international airport is about to emerge from the bush in western Uganda, as the country seeks to unlock its oil wealth. By 2020(???), the first aircraft are due to be landing on a new runway, as the airport, designed to support the nation’s nascent oil and gas industry, takes shape. The new airport near Hoima, in Kabaale District, is some four hours by road from the capital, Kampala. Until now, Entebbe Airport has been the country’s sole international aviation gateway. When completed, it will boast a single 3.5km x 75m runway, as well as 4km of access roads. A terminal building with a floor plan measuring 36m x 90m will have both cargo and passenger facilities, together with associated offices, under one roof.
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Hmm, first they built a big road between hoima and the lake that nobody uses, then they double down on an airport in the middle of nowhere that nobody is going to fly to. Except a few cessna's from Kajjansi maybe.
You couldn't make it up.
 
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Looking at flight records, KGL has only seen B737-700 and B737-800 for a long time (since November 2018). No dedicated cargo flights for that long too.

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KGL is in fact a place that has not seen a single ET B787 for over a year now, for all flights to KGL, both daytime and evening flights have only been a combination of B73W and B738s. While most destinations in the region will get an upgrade in the upcoming summer schedule, KGL will remain with the same equipment and frequencies.

I'm truly very sorry for the misleading informartion – next time the Ethiopian Airline product will have a better research! You do now understand why your help is needed on the Ethiopian Airlines matters when the important East African Aviation thread is online...
Many thanks :smile:


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More details tomorrow:

Effective 19th of July this year, Air Tanzania appears to be planning flights, three times a week, between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:08 pm

Ethiopian will go to Livingstone as of June: https://twitter.com/ETWatch/status/1100397522520924160

It already flies to Victoria Falls, which is on the other side of the river from Livingstone.
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:39 am

So will this then mean that GBE will become 8 weekly flights.
The way I understand it they will be operating 5 weekly ADD-VFA-GBE-ADD and then this 3 weekly ADD-GBE-LVI...which means now nonstop available both directions for Gaborone, and technically also nonstop both directions from the Falls (nonstop ADD-VFA and nonstop LVI-ADD)
Unless there's still some changes coming, since from previous report it was stated that 787 is scheduled for VFA/GBE until 15 June...and this LVI service starts 17 June...

Do we know if ET has 5th freedom rights for the VFA-GBE/GBE-LVI routes then...will be interesting to know if they actually carry any traffic on this route
 
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:30 am

More news will come back soon!!
Anyways, updated news on tnis thread will come on every Sunday evening / Monday morning !

https://atcnews.org/2019/02/27/qatarair ... n-meeting/

ATCL may start Victoria Falls soon - a kind of news suitable for many situations :)
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Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:46 am

Any news of the 2 KQ E190s that crashed during maintenance?
It's been 3 weeks since that crash. Are they now written off?
I see airfleets.net lists them as "stored".
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Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:56 pm

eastafspot wrote:
berari wrote:
The one peeve I have have about ET is that they swap aircraft in/out all the time and the aircraft type is not determined until about 48 hours before flight. Some routes have consistent aircraft type allocation, but for others, it's anything. Their approach is that aircraft allocation is mission specific, as in the day of based on loads and required performance. Very tailored to the specific mission, but from a product perspective, it's a let down to the customer.

Fully agree but 48h is a rather short notice!
Kigali is an ET Cargo destination also, thus seeing the 787 frequently there can be an obvious reason despite the lack of wide body parking space early morning (6-8h30) or in the evening (19h-21h).
LHR and JNB aside, do you know which routes have a dedicated equipment? Maybe we should start making a comprehensive list with frequencies...

ACC and JRO have been pretty consistent with the A350. PEK as well
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:59 pm

:arrow: Ethiopian Airlines in this week’s schedule update filed new Addis Ababa – Abidjan – Washington Dulles service, becoming the carrier’s second US route from Abidjan. From 09JUN19, Ethiopian will operate this route 3 times a week, on board Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Overall service to Washington Dulles will increase from 7 to 10 weekly with this new service addition.

ET516 ADD0845 – 1200ABJ1300 – 1935IAD 787 247
ET517 IAD2105 – 1125+1ABJ1235+1 – 2150+1ADD 787 247


:arrow: KQ suffered the greatest loss with the Kenya airports workers strike, with 24 of its flights affected and was still struggling to fly out stranded passengers in the evening.
KQ Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz said they were yet to fully calculate the financial costs to the airline, but in court papers filed Wednesday morning, the airline put the loss at Ksh300 million ($3m).
https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busine ... index.html
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:07 pm

afriwing wrote:
Any news of the 2 KQ E190s that crashed during maintenance?
It's been 3 weeks since that crash. Are they now written off?
I see airfleets.net lists them as "stored".

On the dedicated thread, no one say they could not be repaired! Not sure how big is the impact on the schedules!
It would be great also to know how long did it take to repair the 737 damage by a luggage truck a few years ago!

nairobby wrote:
ACC and JRO have been pretty consistent with the A350. PEK as well

Is it because demand justify it (for African routes)?
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:17 pm

Ethiopian Airlines celebrated international womans day ( 8th march ), with a all female crew flight to Oslo, Norway. Some photos from OSL and the Ethiopian community in Oslo welcoming the crew. The Norwegian ambassodor to Ethiopia was also onboard on the flight from Addis to Oslo

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Photos by Hung Pham, MSL

https://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/i/L0 ... rce=ng34RL
 
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:55 pm

Kenya Airways is temporarily operating NBO-AMS 2x daily, as the airline replaces KLM's daily B744 service.

- KQ 194 NBO 23.59 - AMS 06:25 B788 March certain weekdays only
- KQ 195 AMS 12.00 - NBO 22.10 B788 March certain weekdays only

- KQ 116 NBO 08.30 - AMS 14:50 B788 daily
- KQ 117 AMS 20.40 - NBO 06.45 B788 daily

KLM is a shareholder in KQ and is currently short on long-haul aircraft due to regular winter maintenance and ad-hoc maintenance requirements.
 
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:28 pm

With the Ethiopian Airlines crash, how it will affect Ethiopian operations? Some destinations/frequencies cancelled?
"ET302" flight number has not been changed yet on their website for next week and after...


Mortyman wrote:
Ethiopian Airlines celebrated international womans day ( 8th march ), with a all female crew flight to Oslo, Norway. Some photos from OSL and the Ethiopian community in Oslo welcoming the crew. The Norwegian ambassodor to Ethiopia was also onboard on the flight from Addis to Oslo

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Nice for the (J only?) pax to get vintage bubbles and such lovely cake.

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KLM is a shareholder in KQ and is currently short on long-haul aircraft due to regular winter maintenance and ad-hoc maintenance requirements.

Does it has to do also with the two KLM aircraft that clipped wings at AMS a few weeks ago?
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:45 pm

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With the Ethiopian Airlines crash, how it will affect Ethiopian operations? Some destinations/frequencies cancelled?
"ET302" flight number has not been changed yet on their website for next week and after...


re: flight number, still too early but I expect they'll retire it soon. Crash happened not even 24 hours ago.

re: affecting operations, loss of the aircraft could affect frequencies and flights in the short term depending on how tight ET was running its show. Usually when aircraft shortages happen ET combines some routes in order to alleviate the pain. Long term, the reputation/sentiments of travellers may affect numbers and ultimately frequencies/expansion, but that will also depend on outcome of investigations, how they handle those affected by the crash etc.
 
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:55 am

Ethiopian has decided to ground its Max 8 aircraft. So short term, it will have an impact to flights. The Max 8 is regularly deployed to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Antananarivo. We will see other aircraft being swapped out for these services including merging of flights and/on cancelations.

https://twitter.com/flyethiopian/status ... 9710999552
 
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:43 am

berari wrote:
Ethiopian has decided to ground its Max 8 aircraft. So short term, it will have an impact to flights. The Max 8 is regularly deployed to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Antananarivo. We will see other aircraft being swapped out for these services including merging of flights and/on cancelations.

https://twitter.com/flyethiopian/status ... 9710999552

Wise decision imho.
How many frames do they have?
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:54 am

eastafspot wrote:
berari wrote:
Ethiopian has decided to ground its Max 8 aircraft. So short term, it will have an impact to flights. The Max 8 is regularly deployed to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Antananarivo. We will see other aircraft being swapped out for these services including merging of flights and/on cancelations.

https://twitter.com/flyethiopian/status ... 9710999552

Wise decision imho.
How many frames do they have?



The 4 that is now grounded and 25 on order
 
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Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:01 pm

Mortyman wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
berari wrote:
Ethiopian has decided to ground its Max 8 aircraft. So short term, it will have an impact to flights. The Max 8 is regularly deployed to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Antananarivo. We will see other aircraft being swapped out for these services including merging of flights and/on cancelations.

https://twitter.com/flyethiopian/status ... 9710999552

Wise decision imho.
How many frames do they have?



The 4 that is now grounded and 25 on order

Many thanks, the exact number was unclear :smile:

Black boxes were recovered and they will shed light on that tragic event.
In the meantime, Ethiopian Airlines’ crash is one in Bole airport’s long list as five out of 19 departure-related crashes killed a total of 349 people in five decades:
https://www.nation.co.ke/newsplex/27182 ... index.html

And some recent major incidents too:

- An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration ET-AQW performing flight ET-815 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) with 213 people on board, was on approach to Kilimanjaro's runway 27 (length 3600 meters/11,800 feet) where a light aircraft was on the runway near the threshold of runway 09/end of runway 27 and was cleared to land on runway 27 with reduced length of 3200 meters. The aircraft however touched down on Arusha's runway 27 (length 1620 meters/5300 feet) at 13:15L (10:15Z) and came to a full stop just prior to the runway end. Subsequently the crew turned the aircraft left for backtracking, the aircraft came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. No injuries occurred, the aircraft received no visible damage.
http://avherald.com/h?article=46d32419

- Early January 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET338 in B738 from Addis Ababa Thursday morning overruns the runway by 125 meters upon landing at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda (weather was normal):
https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/new...fwv/index.html
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:12 am

Flight number ET302 has been retired. The same flight now operated as ET318 with the return being ET319.
 
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:04 am

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Flight number ET302 has been retired. The same flight now operated as ET318 with the return being ET319.

Thanks for the update!

A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is set to arrive at the scene today, and Boeing earlier announced that it is sending a technical team to site to provide assistance.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:11 am

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From Kenya Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure:
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:21 pm

Quick look on Flightradar shows that all 3 of KQ's scheduled flights to Johannesburg on March 21st will be on 788's
 
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Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:25 am

It might be surprising but ;) :

:arrow: The Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has banned the operation of Antonov models AN-24, AN-26, AN-32 and AN-12 in its airspace. The measure announced two months ago comes into effect on Friday, March 15, 2019.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/la-somal ... ?true=1635


:arrow: Kenya Airways and Alitalia sign a codeshare agreement on these routes:

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It was bound to happen one day or another!
Why London and/Plus Heathrow though???
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Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:34 am

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Quick look on Flightradar shows that all 3 of KQ's scheduled flights to Johannesburg on March 21st will be on 788's

Many thanks for this precious info Nairobby.
Travellers will gladly appreciate to read a such upgauge (temporary I presume?), these WBs will be rostered instead of 2*737 or 1*737 and 1*E190???
It has been a long time without flying this route (2years)!
Hope to see you sharing more news from East Africa soon :smile:
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Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:47 am

eastafspot wrote:
It might be surprising but ;) :

:arrow: The Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has banned the operation of Antonov models AN-24, AN-26, AN-32 and AN-12 in its airspace. The measure announced two months ago comes into effect on Friday, March 15, 2019.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/la-somal ... ?true=1635


:arrow: Kenya Airways and Alitalia sign a codeshare agreement on these routes:

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It was bound to happen one day or another!
Why London and/Plus Heathrow though???


A very sensible codeshare
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:48 am

eastafspot wrote:
nairobby wrote:
Quick look on Flightradar shows that all 3 of KQ's scheduled flights to Johannesburg on March 21st will be on 788's

Many thanks for this precious info Nairobby.
Travellers will gladly appreciate to read a such upgauge (temporary I presume?), these WBs will be rostered instead of 2*737 or 1*737 and 1*E190???
It has been a long time without flying this route (2years)!
Hope to see you sharing more news from East Africa soon :smile:


Yes temporary. Will post as much news as I can :)

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