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Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:31 am

Welcome to the Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread, please discuss and add your comments below relating to:

- Algeria
- Egypt
- Libya
- Mauritania
- Morocco
- Tunisia
- Sudan

In the meantimes, feel free to also check regularly updates on the dedicated Algerian thread:
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:37 am

1) Aegean Airlines in summer 2019 season is introducing service to Tunisia (Tunis) and Morocco (Casablanca and Marrakech).
2) Royal Air Maroc is sending its newly received B738MAX to LHR every Tuesday, and to LGW every Wednesday from its CMN hub.
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:38 pm

According to an Air Indemnite in 2018:
Tunisair is the airline the most impacted by delays (11,35% of their flights), then follow Twin Jet (6,73%) and another Tunisian airline Nouvelair (5,79 %) for flights to/from France.
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:02 pm

Quick AT news:
- AT received it's 6th ATR 72-600 on 27 dec 18.
- AT has applied with the DOT to serve CMN-BOS starting June, 2019.
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:47 pm

Tunisia's Syphax Airlines gets green light to resume flights.
They used to operate two A319s and one A330 to these destinations:
YUL, IST, JED, CDG, LYS, MRS, NCE, TIP, SEB, DJE, MIR, SFA.

This initial phase will see the airline’s two Bombardier CRJ900s flown on behalf of an external partner in Africa. The wet-lease contract will bring in revenue while Syphax finalizes its own traffic rights – a process that is expected to take about five months.
Scheduled flights will then begin under the Syphax brand, with services planned from Tunis, Sfax and Djerba to Algeria, France, Italy and Spain.
Syphax previously operated between 2012 and 2015 but ran into difficulties when Tunisia and Libya were destabilized by the rise of Daesh. The airline also had an adversarial relationship with flag-carrier Tunisair – a rival that Frikha now wants to team up with.


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Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:40 pm

Any new routes for egyptair in the pipeline
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:42 am

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Any new routes for egyptair in the pipeline

Egyptair plans to launch thrice a week flights between Cairo and Kigali / Rwanda plus Douala / Cameroon too, at the same frequency, these news route should start next month in February using an Airbus A320 aircraft in a dual class configuration of Business and Economy.

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1) A man who prayed in front of cockpit and shouted "Allahu akbar" on a Transavia ORY-TUN made the flight diverted.
The impressive video shows the man shouting:
https://www.20minutes.fr/faits_divers/2 ... on-deroute

2) Tunisia and Nigeria sign new bilateral air transport agreement. It aims to strengthen cooperation in the field of civil aviation for the two countries that benefit from a good geographical position in Africa as transit platforms for the African and European markets. It also covers the development of airport infrastructure, air navigation and training. The new air agreement also opens the way for the establishment of air routes between the two countries. Will we see Tunisair introducing flights to LOS?

3) From next summer, Egyptair will deploy its future Dreamliner 797-9 to Madrid in Spain. The first of six aircraft is expected in the fleet this first quarter of 2019. It will replace the 737-8 sent daily.

4) Emirates will increase its services in Morocco by launching a second daily flight to Casablanca and its services, to 14 weekly flights, and this, from June 1, 2019.
This service will be operated by B777-300ER, which will complement the current daily flight in A380. The additional frequency responds to the strong demand towards the main destinations of Emirates from Morocco, in particular the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.

5) Royal Air Maroc begins, from Saturday, January 26, the transfer operation of its flights to the new Terminal 1 of Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), inaugurated Tuesday, January 22 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
The transfer will take place in four phases over two months to the new terminal. With a capacity of 7 million passengers, the terminal will be entirely dedicated to Royal Air Maroc and some partner airlines. All its activity, both international and domestic, will be grouped together.
The transfer will be carried out gradually. At first, and Saturday, January 26, it will accommodate passengers traveling to Paris. Two weeks later, all flights to France will also be processed in the new terminal 1. Add to the end of February, flights to destinations in Africa. Finally, the complete transfer of the activity will be carried out at the end of March 2019.
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:51 pm

RAM begins flights to Athens from Casablanca for Summer 2019, begins on April 2.
 
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RAM begins flights to Athens from Casablanca for Summer 2019, begins on April 2.

Very surprised there was no link before!

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1) Sirte Airport (SRX) - Libya receives first flight after four-year suspension due to the damage caused during the war on the extremist group ISIS in 2015.

2) Egypt's new Sphinx International Airport (SPX) opens for first run of regular domestic flights. It also aims to serve tourists coming to visit the pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is set to open in 2020, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
Saturday’s flight was one of 30 flights scheduled to run by state airliner EgyptAir from 25 January to 9 February from Sphinx to the domestic airports of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, and Aswan

3) Does anyone know when Mauritania Airlines will receive its first E175?
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:09 am

Air Arabia Maroc resume CMN-TUN as of late March with 3 prime time weekly flights. Service last operated for a few months over 2010-2011.

Nouvelair starts TUN-IST/ISL 4 times a week.

Transavia starts NTE-TUN twice a week.

Tunisair adds a 4th weekly service on TUN-MUC operating on Saturday.

Tunisair and Air Algérie are increasing talks about a partnership of any kind. Already an AH ATR-72 is flying for Tunisair Express.

About Tunisair Express, the Tunisair mainline subsidiary has had a brand new CRJ sitting at YMX for almost a year now, fully painted and waiting to be delivered. Transaction has been delayed by the Tunisian administration because of dirty political matters.

Air Arabia is rumoured to start SHJ-TUN by July 2019 most probably using their soon to be delivered A 321neo.

Libyan airline Rahila Air now flies MJI-TUN. This airline is a resurrection of Ghadames Air Transport.
 
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Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:14 pm

Is Tunis Air an exclusive point to point carrier or do they offer connections at their hub?
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:16 am

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Is Tunis Air an exclusive point to point carrier or do they offer connections at their hub?


They offer connections. The hub needs lots of adjustments and the transit area at the airport is a nightmare, but if you are a visa waiver you can go landside, go sightseeing or whatever then get back to to the airport to catch your flight.
 
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Blerg wrote:
Is Tunis Air an exclusive point to point carrier or do they offer connections at their hub?


They offer connections. The hub needs lots of adjustments and the transit area at the airport is a nightmare, but if you are a visa waiver you can go landside, go sightseeing or whatever then get back to to the airport to catch your flight.


But are all of their flights timed to offer connections? They have year-round flights to BEG but they don't seem to connect to much, that's why I am asking.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:06 pm

Will the new SPX airport in Giza be used as an alternative Cairo airport to attract LCCs like Easyjet,Ryanair,Wizzair to start Cairo routes?
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:07 am

Blerg wrote:
TS-IOR wrote:
Blerg wrote:
Is Tunis Air an exclusive point to point carrier or do they offer connections at their hub?


They offer connections. The hub needs lots of adjustments and the transit area at the airport is a nightmare, but if you are a visa waiver you can go landside, go sightseeing or whatever then get back to to the airport to catch your flight.


But are all of their flights timed to offer connections? They have year-round flights to BEG but they don't seem to connect to much, that's why I am asking.


The BEG schedule shrinked to once a week this winter. Flights operate every Tuesday so you have to do your bookings accordingly. Arrival time to TUN is late AM which gives a bunch of destinations to continue to, but i recognize one flight is no flight. Frequency doubles in Summer.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:17 am

TS-IOR wrote:
Blerg wrote:
TS-IOR wrote:

They offer connections. The hub needs lots of adjustments and the transit area at the airport is a nightmare, but if you are a visa waiver you can go landside, go sightseeing or whatever then get back to to the airport to catch your flight.


But are all of their flights timed to offer connections? They have year-round flights to BEG but they don't seem to connect to much, that's why I am asking.


The BEG schedule shrinked to once a week this winter. Flights operate every Tuesday so you have to do your bookings accordingly. Arrival time to TUN is late AM which gives a bunch of destinations to continue to, but i recognize one flight is no flight. Frequency doubles in Summer.


There was a report a while ago that said that this route is mostly used by Tunisians living in Serbia and Serbian holidaymakers. I guess this is good news for TU as yields are probably not that bad. Also tourism from Tunis to Serbia is on the rise which is great news as Serbia has had a visa free regime with Tunis for over 40 years now!
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:38 pm

To me business wise it's not good at all when demand on traffic other than VFR and OD could be teased, but you stick self-satisfied to your bulk seats sold to wholesale brokers.
 
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:49 pm

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Transavia starts NTE-TUN twice a week.

Seriously???
As they are going to compete against Nouvelair and Tunisair, is this thin route has enough room for 3 players?
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:04 pm

A few days ago, while I flew from Entebbe ( Uganda) to Kigali (Rwanda) a RAM B767 was sitting iddle on the apron at EBB. Initially I thought it would be the flight AT262 to NBO but from memory AT only sends a 737 there. After checking online, it briefly appeared it was a charter flight from Agadir to Entebbe as AT4081.
Can someone shed the light on this? Also last year (in 2018) there was apparently the exact same flight at the same period, so is there any chance RAM will start a route to EBB or will next year see the same airline visiting Uganda? Thanks
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:34 pm

Nantes NTE caters for the large Northwestern France and Brittany since charters to Brest and Le Havre and other smaller airports stopped. With Tunisair service being what it is Transavia had to give it a try now that aircrafts are available. NTE-MIR and NTE-DJE are doing well too and the 3 airlines are on.
 
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:01 pm

The latest update on airlineroute shows around 59 weekly widebody flights being replaced by the dream liner this summer for egyptair.

Any idea if this is fleet replacement or could we being seeing some new routes?
 
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:51 pm

MS/Egypt Updates:

The new Giza/Sphinx SPX airport was opened to commercial flights. MS operated a number of routes (SPX to HRG, SSH, ASW, and LXR) over a 15-day period coinciding with national half-year school holidays, all with E170 equipment. No indication yet of any permanent routes.

MS had previously announced that the 789 would be deployed on the MAD and DXB routes (daily and 6x weekly, respectively), but have since expanded this. Most of the flagship int'l routes will be seeing the MS 789 in 2019.
EGYPTAIR this week continues to file planned Boeing 787-9 service, including further changes to its filed service entry date. The 787-9 is now set to operate Kuwait City service on 31MAR19, followed by various routes. As of 31JAN19, planned 787-9 service includes the following.

Cairo – Bangkok – Hong Kong 01JUL19 – 30AUG19 787-9 replaces A330-300, 3 weekly
Cairo – Beijing 02JUL19 – 29SEP19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER, 3 weekly
Cairo – Dubai eff 01MAY19 787-9 service now moved forward to 01MAY19, instead of 30MAY19
01MAY19 – 29MAY19 6 weekly
30MAY19 – 30JUN19 8 weekly
01JUL19 – 31JUL19 3 weekly
01AUG19 – 10SEP19 11 weekly
11SEP19 – 30SEP19 12 weekly
01OCT19 – 26OCT19 11 weekly

Cairo – Frankfurt eff 02MAY19 Day x23 operated by 787-9, replacing A330-300 (Day 23 remains unchanged with 737-800)
Cairo – Kuwait City 31MAR19 – 31MAY19 787-9 operates up to 14 weekly
Cairo – London Heathrow 01MAY19 – 25SEP19 MS777/778 Day 23 operated by 787-9, replacing 777-300ER
Cairo – New York JFK eff 03NOV19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER
Cairo – Paris CDG eff 01JUL19 787-9 operates MS799/800, replacing A330-300
Cairo – Tokyo Narita eff 05JUL19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER, 2 weekly (Except September 2019)

Previously reported 787-9 operating routes:
Cairo – Madrid 01AUG19 – 27OCT19 787-9 replaces 737-800, 7 weekly
Cairo – Toronto 01OCT19 – 26OCT19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER, 4 weekly

Previously reported on Airlineroute, configuration of the 787-9 is C30Y279.

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... arch-2019/
 
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:42 am

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Nantes NTE caters for the large Northwestern France and Brittany since charters to Brest and Le Havre and other smaller airports stopped.

I'm not very familiar with Brittany since my main residence is located in south of France (Montpellier), but don't you think it could be an easier option for travellers to take an AF/Hop! flight to ORY/CDG or a train to Montparnasse (or Gare de Lyon) from Brest or even at least Le Havre to get more options rather than NTE?
It doesn't make any sense to reach NTE by car ...

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NTE-MIR and NTE-DJE are doing well too and the 3 airlines are on.

Are they seasonal?
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MS had previously announced that the 789 would be deployed on the MAD and DXB routes (daily and 6x weekly, respectively), but have since expanded this. Most of the flagship int'l routes will be seeing the MS 789 in 2019.
EGYPTAIR this week continues to file planned Boeing 787-9 service, including further changes to its filed service entry date. The 787-9 is now set to operate Kuwait City service on 31MAR19, followed by various routes. As of 31JAN19, planned 787-9 service includes the following.

Cairo – Frankfurt eff 02MAY19 Day x23 operated by 787-9, replacing A330-300 (Day 23 remains unchanged with 737-800)
Cairo – Kuwait City 31MAR19 – 31MAY19 787-9 operates up to 14 weekly
Cairo – London Heathrow 01MAY19 – 25SEP19 MS777/778 Day 23 operated by 787-9, replacing 777-300ER
Cairo – New York JFK eff 03NOV19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER
Cairo – Paris CDG eff 01JUL19 787-9 operates MS799/800, replacing A330-300
Cairo – Tokyo Narita eff 05JUL19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER, 2 weekly (Except September 2019)



Wowww, many thanks for these excellent news, exactly what most of us were looking for!!! :thumbsup:
MS runs so many great deals from US/Europe. Now, one can plan a trip knowing that a brand new aircraft awaits.
If you have more insights from Egypt or routes around, please share with us! :smile:

BTW, do you know how many new a/c will MS receive in 2019? It looks like 6 B789 for WB, what about NB or regional? and for which routes?...
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:48 am

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Wowww, many thanks for these excellent news, exactly what most of us were looking for!!! :thumbsup:
MS runs so many great deals from US/Europe. Now, one can plan a trip knowing that a brand new aircraft awaits.
If you have more insights from Egypt or routes around, please share with us! :smile:

BTW, do you know how many new a/c will MS receive in 2019? It looks like 6 B789 for WB, what about NB or regional? and for which routes?...


Some other news:
Low-cost Salam Air of Oman will begin a 3x weekly MCT-HBE service in March, moving to daily from May 2019, in time for the busy summer season, with A320neo aircraft. Will be Salam Air's first destination in Egypt, and the first Oman-Alexandria nonstop flight.

MS has 6 789 frames on order, and will take delivery of them all in 2019. From what I understand, they will all be leased from AerCap.
Some of the more recent 738s delivered have been outfitted with new interiors, with PTVs in Y.
In 2020, MS will begin receiving A320neos, with 15 frames ordered.

Not much actual expansion....none of the 787 routes are actually new. MS does well on the China routes, particularly the daily 77W that comes full of cargo back from CAN. As the 789 takes over the high-profile international routes like JFK/NRT/PEK/LHR etc, more 77Ws and A330s will be freed up to increase capacity on CAI-BOM, and select European destinations like AMS or FCO.
MS had plans to retire the 76-seater E170s (used on domestic/regional and a few int'l routes) but no clear replacement yet.
MS A330-200s are around 15/16 years old, with a few good years left in them. Would be great if they could re-fit them with updated interiors (currently no PTVs in Y, and J is horrible) and make proper use of them.
 
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:05 am

The Sudanese authorities have said they want to try to divert Sudan, the national airline between Cairo and Khartoum had already been stolen on Monday, February 04, 2019.

The official SUNA news agency reports that it was entering the cabin while SD103 had departed Cairo International Airport for Sudan with 91 passengers, including the deportees.

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Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:14 am

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MS has 6 789 frames on order, and will take delivery of them all in 2019. From what I understand, they will all be leased from AerCap.
Some of the more recent 738s delivered have been outfitted with new interiors, with PTVs in Y.
In 2020, MS will begin receiving A320neos, with 15 frames ordered.


Mmhh... extremely interesting!! Do you know the config? Or would you guess a future configuration for NB frames?
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:18 am

Is MS phasing out their 737 fleet in favor of A320NEO'S? Or is the just growing their nb fleet?
 
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:06 am

Starting from April, Tarom will be returning to Cairo. Flights were suspended back in 2013.

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Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:41 am

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Is MS phasing out their 737 fleet in favor of A320NEO'S? Or is the just growing their nb fleet?

It doesn't look so, 15 A320 have been ordered compared to the current fleet of 29 B737. Only the A220 will replace the E170.

Blerg wrote:
Starting from April, Tarom will be returning to Cairo. Flights were suspended back in 2013.

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RO102 CAI0300 – 0650OTP 733 37

With easy connections from/to Europe.
More and more carriers are resuming CAI...
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:43 am

1) As of July 28, Alitalia will begin six weekly flights between Milan and Cairo, Their second route to Egypt after FCO-CAI. It will compete with Air Italia and Egyptair.
AZ898 MXP1200 – 1550CAI 320 x6
AZ899 CAI1650 – 2100MXP 320 x6

2) EgyptAir Holding Company and its subsidiaries achieved a net profit that amounted to LE 951 million for the first six months of the fiscal year 2018/2019, which by far surpassed the profit achieved in the same period for the fiscal year 2009/2010.

3) Royal Air Maroc in recent schedule update removed planned Casablanca – Abuja schedule, previously scheduled for service launch on 31MAR19. Also AT will no longer serve Pointe Noire in Congo from next month. Its last flight, AT279, to Pointe Noire will be on March 2nd.

4) The low cost airline Transavia France will propose this summer a new seasonal link between Lyon (LYS) and Casablanca (CMN)

5) From April 15th Turkish Airlines will launch a new service to Marrakech (RAK), its second destination in Morocco after Casablanca. TK will offer five flights a week every day except Tuesday and Thursday operated in B737-800 bi-class.

6) Qatar Airways has revised down its rotations to Khartoum in Sudan. The service to the Sudanese capital now goes from 7 to 5 flights a week from Doha. The frequency will be further reduced to 3 weekly rotations starting March 1, 2019. The route is operated by B787-8, the aircraft will be replaced by the A330 from March 31st.

7) From January to December 2018, Tunisair (TU) welcomed 3,816,190 passengers throughout its network. However, it recorded a decline in market share from 41.8% to 36.2% between 2017 and 2018, while the load factor almost stagnated at 74.5%, against 74.4% the previous year.
Tunisair has increased its annual turnover by 22%, from 1.28 billion dinars in 2017 to 1.57 billion (462 million euros) at the end of last December.

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Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:44 am

The new terminal of Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers will be inaugurated on February 24, 2019, HuffPost Algeria learned from an internal source at the Management Company of Airport Services and Infrastructures of Algiers (SGSIA).

The opening of this infrastructure to passengers is scheduled for the next day, that is to say, February 25, 2019, added the same source.

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/l ... mg-algerie

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Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:43 am

The style reminds me a bit of BCN T1.

Saudia starts JED-RAK.

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... ce-in-s19/

Skyteam member Saudia in last week’s schedule update filed preliminary schedule for Jeddah – Marrakech scheduled regular service. The seasonal service would see the carrier operating 3 weekly flights from 06JUN19 to 03SEP19, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Reservation is not available for the moment.

SV371 JED0355 – 0845RAK 789 246
SV370 RAK1010 – 1825JED 789 246


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Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:47 pm

What a good looking terminal! Congrats to Algeria! What do they plan on doing with the old terminal? Will it remain fully operational?
 
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:12 pm

:arrow: Egyptair plans to start a new service to Kigali in Rwanda from April 27th. The route will be operated as a stopover twice a week as an extension of Entebbe in Uganda.

:arrow: Air Cairo, the Egyptair subsidiary, announced the opening of a new route between Sharm El Sheikh and Belgrade, strengthening the existing link between Hurghada and the Serbian capital.
Flights will begin in May with two weekly rotations. The route from Hurghada, currently operated five times a week, will also become daily. Air Cairo has been serving Serbia for five years already. It has transported 27,000 passengers between Hurghada and Belgrade in 2018. The goal for 2019 is to transport 35,000 passengers to and from Belgrade. Air Cairo is also considering the finalization of a code-share agreement with Air Serbia, which will begin flights between Belgrade and Cairo on June 4th.

:arrow: Etihad Airways has announced the launch of a new seasonal link between Abu Dhabi and Alexandria in Egypt to meet the strong summer demand.
Service to the second largest city in Egypt will be offered four times a week in July and August, the airline said.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/etihad-a ... ?true=1604
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:31 pm

:arrow: "Turkish Airlines plans to resume flights between Turkey and Libya.
A Turkish Airlines delegation went to Mitiga-Tripoli airport to assess the state of infrastructure, the Libyan Airports Authority announced. The Turkish carrier served Tripoli and Benghazi from Istanbul."

Afriqiyah Airways was also flying to IST in the past IIRC:

https://newsaero.info/airlines/reprise- ... ?true=1629

:arrow: Cameroon and Egypt sign revised bilateral air transport agreement in which Egyptair will start flights to Cameroon - Douala (DLA) this year from CAI, the two sides announced.

https://newsaero.info/accordaerienvisa/ ... ?true=1627
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Re: Maghreb & North African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 pm

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The style reminds me a bit of BCN T1.

Saudia starts JED-RAK.

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... ce-in-s19/

Skyteam member Saudia in last week’s schedule update filed preliminary schedule for Jeddah – Marrakech scheduled regular service. The seasonal service would see the carrier operating 3 weekly flights from 06JUN19 to 03SEP19, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Reservation is not available for the moment.

SV371 JED0355 – 0845RAK 789 246
SV370 RAK1010 – 1825JED 789 246


When will EK/FZ launch Dubai-Marrakech?

BCN terminal has a Mediterranean influence also for sure ;) . Thanks for the news about SV.

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What a good looking terminal! Congrats to Algeria! What do they plan on doing with the old terminal? Will it remain fully operational?

Yes for domestic flights mainly I presume
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Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:23 pm

:arrow: Emirates has announced that it will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Cairo, adding four additional flights a week to its existing thrice-daily service, starting October 28, 2019.
The four new flights operating on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 25. The new flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration featuring 8 private suites, 42 Business Class and 304 Economy Class seats.
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/emirates-a ... s-to-cairo

:arrow: Royal Air Maroc has announced on Facebook the launch of an email service on Whatsapp.
"RAM Info" provides customers with RAM information on their flights: booking, flight status, baggage status ...
To use this feature, simply send via WhatsApp a message to the following number: +212.5.22.48.84.48 and follow the displayed instructions.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/1651

That's a cool feature, which other airlines do this (with Whatsapp)?
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:14 am

http://www.caacnews.com.cn/1/1/201903/t ... 68638.html
Juneyao Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PVG-XIY-CAI and 4 weekly PVG-CAI. (XIY:Xian) Both are planned to start on 2019 November.
Beijing Capital Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PKX-XIY-CAI and 3 weekly PKX-CAI. (PKX: Beijing second Airport) PKX-CAI planned to start on 2019 September and the one via XIY is planned to start from 2019 October.
When no other countries around the world is going to militarily stop China and its subordinate fom abusing its citizens within its national boundary, it is unreasonable to expect those abuse can be countered with purely peaceful means.
 
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:32 pm

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http://www.caacnews.com.cn/1/1/201903/t20190307_1268638.html
Juneyao Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PVG-XIY-CAI and 4 weekly PVG-CAI. (XIY:Xian) Both are planned to start on 2019 November.
Beijing Capital Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PKX-XIY-CAI and 3 weekly PKX-CAI. (PKX: Beijing second Airport) PKX-CAI planned to start on 2019 September and the one via XIY is planned to start from 2019 October.

Wow surprising!
Are these airlines not flying only regional/domestic? Which type of customer are they targeting?
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:20 pm

eastafspot wrote:
c933103 wrote:
http://www.caacnews.com.cn/1/1/201903/t20190307_1268638.html
Juneyao Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PVG-XIY-CAI and 4 weekly PVG-CAI. (XIY:Xian) Both are planned to start on 2019 November.
Beijing Capital Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PKX-XIY-CAI and 3 weekly PKX-CAI. (PKX: Beijing second Airport) PKX-CAI planned to start on 2019 September and the one via XIY is planned to start from 2019 October.

Wow surprising!
Are these airlines not flying only regional/domestic? Which type of customer are they targeting?

For now, Juneyao is mainly flying flights within Asia, but they are changing their strategy as they receive more 787 and started cooperation agreement with China Eastern. They will launch their first intercontinental route to Helsinki this June.
On the other hand, Beijing Capital Airlines is actually part of the Hainan Airlines group and is operating some intercontinental routes already.
As for "type of customer they are targetting", I would say there aren't that much differentiation between various carriers in China and both of them can be count as full service carriers.
When no other countries around the world is going to militarily stop China and its subordinate fom abusing its citizens within its national boundary, it is unreasonable to expect those abuse can be countered with purely peaceful means.
 
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:13 pm

c933103 wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
c933103 wrote:
http://www.caacnews.com.cn/1/1/201903/t20190307_1268638.html
Juneyao Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PVG-XIY-CAI and 4 weekly PVG-CAI. (XIY:Xian) Both are planned to start on 2019 November.
Beijing Capital Airlines submitted application for 2 weekly PKX-XIY-CAI and 3 weekly PKX-CAI. (PKX: Beijing second Airport) PKX-CAI planned to start on 2019 September and the one via XIY is planned to start from 2019 October.

Wow surprising!
Are these airlines not flying only regional/domestic? Which type of customer are they targeting?

For now, Juneyao is mainly flying flights within Asia, but they are changing their strategy as they receive more 787 and started cooperation agreement with China Eastern. They will launch their first intercontinental route to Helsinki this June.
On the other hand, Beijing Capital Airlines is actually part of the Hainan Airlines group and is operating some intercontinental routes already.
As for "type of customer they are targetting", I would say there aren't that much differentiation between various carriers in China and both of them can be count as full service carriers.

Many thanks for these interesting infos which I was not aware about. What were the criterias to select HEL and CAI ?
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:33 pm

:arrow: Mauritania Airlines took delivery of the first of its two Embraer E175s. The company is waiting for the second one in April.
The aircraft registered 5T-CLL, left Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil, Thursday, March 29, to Nouakchott where the plane will land tonight. The aircraft is configured to accommodate up to 76 passengers.
Headquartered at Nouakchott - Oumtounsy International Airport, Mauritania Airlines operates a fleet of four aircraft including one B737Max 8, one 737-800, one 737-700, and one E145. Entered service in 2011, it now serves more than 10 destinations across Africa and Europe.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/mauritan ... ?true=1678

I wonder how do they cope with the Max grounding,

:arrow: Egyptair took delivery on Thursday, March 28, the first of six Boeing 787-9.
The SU-GER registered aircraft is motorized RR Trent 1000 and can accommodate up to 309 seats in configuration 30 seats in Business class and 279 seats in Economy class.
Egyptair plans to deploy its plane to Madrid to replace the Boeing 737-800. The aircraft is also scheduled on the new Washington service that will start on June 3rd.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/egyptair ... ?true=1672

:arrow: Royal Air Maroc received its seventh Dreamliner. Equipped with General Electric GEnx engines, the aircraft CN-RGX can accommodate up to 302 passengers configured in 24 seats in Business class and 278 seats in economy class.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/royal-ai ... ?true=1677
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:23 pm

eastafspot wrote:
c933103 wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
Wow surprising!
Are these airlines not flying only regional/domestic? Which type of customer are they targeting?

For now, Juneyao is mainly flying flights within Asia, but they are changing their strategy as they receive more 787 and started cooperation agreement with China Eastern. They will launch their first intercontinental route to Helsinki this June.
On the other hand, Beijing Capital Airlines is actually part of the Hainan Airlines group and is operating some intercontinental routes already.
As for "type of customer they are targetting", I would say there aren't that much differentiation between various carriers in China and both of them can be count as full service carriers.

Many thanks for these interesting infos which I was not aware about. What were the criterias to select HEL and CAI ?

I don't think they have announced any specific reasons? For Helsinki they just said there's an increase in tourism to Northern Europe and travellers can also connect to other destinations in their network
When no other countries around the world is going to militarily stop China and its subordinate fom abusing its citizens within its national boundary, it is unreasonable to expect those abuse can be countered with purely peaceful means.
 
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:24 pm

There were articles in the press a few weeks ago, earlier in March, saying that Royal Air Maroc was going to cease flying to Beni Mellal, Guelmin and Zagora. Flights still seem to be on sale for autumn 2019 which is a bit puzzling.

Does anyone know what RAM really plan to do with these 3 airports ?
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:17 pm

:arrow: French report claims technical malfunction behind crash of EgyptAir plane MS804 in 2016.

The report accused EgyptAir Company of neglecting warnings sent by the plane that crashed killing 70 people, including French and Egyptian passengers:
https://www.egyptindependent.com/french ... e-in-2016/

The report said that the plane should not have been allowed to fly because of its poor technical condition. The French newspaper Le Monde quoted the 70-page report prepared by experts specializing in air accidents commissioned by the French judiciary as saying that the Airbus A320 should not have been allowed to take off because it was not eligible to fly and had needed to be checked because of repeated defects experienced during the previous four flights. Those defects were not reported by the crew that worked on the crashed plane.


:arrow: Nouvelair Tunisia introduces a new Airbus A320 :
https://newsaero.info/airlines/-nouvela ... ?true=1699

:arrow: Nantes (NTE) - Oran (ORN) with Transavia
https://www.air-journal.fr/2019-04-04-u ... 11552.html

:arrow: Alitalia announces a new seasonal connection between Bari and Sharm-el-Sheik, its second destination in Egypt.
https://www.air-journal.fr/2019-04-04-a ... 11568.html

Hope it gets year round soon!
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:30 am

This is also an interesting part of the article:

The sources added that within the plane wreckage, the investigation authorities discovered traces of explosive materials in some of the remains of the victims and remnants of the plane, found in the presence of French experts. Therefore, the Ministry of Aviation filed a claim to the Egyptian public prosecutor confirming that the plane was sabotaged when it was in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, turning the case into a criminal incident and not a case of technical malfunction in the plane, the source added.

So what was it in the end? A fire onboard or an explosive going off?
 
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Sat May 11, 2019 12:57 am

Blerg wrote:
This is also an interesting part of the article:

The sources added that within the plane wreckage, the investigation authorities discovered traces of explosive materials in some of the remains of the victims and remnants of the plane, found in the presence of French experts. Therefore, the Ministry of Aviation filed a claim to the Egyptian public prosecutor confirming that the plane was sabotaged when it was in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, turning the case into a criminal incident and not a case of technical malfunction in the plane, the source added.

So what was it in the end? A fire onboard or an explosive going off?


Any link?
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Sat May 11, 2019 1:02 am

:arrow: Air Arabia launches its Sharjah - Tunis
https://newsaero.info/airlines/1761

:arrow: Eurowings opens three seasonal routes to Tunisia:
https://newsaero.info/airlines/1761
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Tue May 14, 2019 2:23 pm

eastafspot wrote:
Blerg wrote:
This is also an interesting part of the article:

The sources added that within the plane wreckage, the investigation authorities discovered traces of explosive materials in some of the remains of the victims and remnants of the plane, found in the presence of French experts. Therefore, the Ministry of Aviation filed a claim to the Egyptian public prosecutor confirming that the plane was sabotaged when it was in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, turning the case into a criminal incident and not a case of technical malfunction in the plane, the source added.

So what was it in the end? A fire onboard or an explosive going off?


Any link?


Seems like I forgot to add the link, this is not the same but says pretty much the same thing:
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/french- ... e-in-2016/

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