As the East African Community, EAC, member states eye innovative ways of deepening integration and trading more with each other, the bloc and individual countries are putting in place mechanisms, policies and legislation that seek to address longstanding hiccups that have put the brakes on seamless regional trade.
The majority of airlines (84%) and airports (81%) expect to spend the same or more in 2022 compared to 2021, with spending on automation of passenger processing seeing a significant rise.
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, Africa’s largest network operator has launched a new feature that enables customers to make online reservations for their cargo.
Processes originally aimed at speedy application development are giving manufacturers the tools to build the next generation of urban-flight and space vehicles in Africa.
The year 2021 was more presentable to the aviation industry compared to the preceding one - thus reviving hopes for a speedier recovery.
Uganda Airlines is planning to acquire its first narrow body jets, interim chief executive Jenifer Bamuturaki has disclosed.
Nairobi has scrapped its plan to renationalise Kenya Airways, and will instead protect its financial interests during a USD1billion restructuring of the flag carrier that will include a USD827million debt takeover and a USD473 million cash injection.
Ethiopian Airlines plans to resume flying Boeing 737 MAX planes on its fleet in February 2022, saying it was satisfied with their safety.
DPO Group partners with Amadeus to offer mobile money payments for international airline customers across Africa
Amadeus, a global player in travel technology, has partnered with pan-African digital payments company, DPO Group, to enable digital payments for regional and international airlines.
APOC has appointed industry specialist, Pete Allwood as Vice President, Business Development, to guide and focus its expansion programme throughout the EMEA region.
South African Airways (SAA) has signed a co-operation agreement with local and regional carrier CemAir, to extend the route network reach of both operators and offer customers a seamless check-in experience.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Industries unanimously look toward renewable, sustainable practices
The Covid-19 crisis has been cause for numerous economic slumps round the world; companies were shut down, production halted, industries crippled and prices skyrocketed the world over.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, announced it has finalized preparations for the launch of Zambia’s National Carrier in a joint venture with Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
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Nigeria’s tactic is one of sharpening the sectors that have shown promise (such as technology, agriculture and banking) while throwing resources at those that have been in a work-in-progress mode for years.
dnata will provide its globally renowned, quality ground and passenger handling services to airline customers at ZNZ, ensuring safe and timely operations of flights and an excellent travel experience for passengers. dnata expects to handle over 4,000 flights annually at the airport.
Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with South African Airways (SAA), a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan African Airline Group by 2023.
Wingie, a Germany-based flight-booking website, has released new data on changing trends pertaining to air travel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Brussels Airlines unveiled a new brand identity, confirming its position in the market as Belgium’s home carrier and the Africa expert of the Lufthansa Group.
Saudi Fund for Development marks completion of $31 million Banjul International Airport Project in Gambia
The SFD supplied a loan worth $31 million to fund the project which will increase the airport’s operational capacity by 43%, enhancing trade and supporting economic growth.
At the Dubai Air Show, Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopian Airlines to help the airline bring cost savings to its maintenance operations with Boeing's 787 landing gear exchange program.
The collaboration of government with industries is crucial for economic progress, be the market large or small. Nigeria knows this and is taking steps to work closely and create better transparency in one of the country’s most robust industries.
Emirates announced the reintroduction of its flights to Algiers, Algeria, as of 9 November. Flights from Dubai to Algiers will operate twice a week. The resumption of flights to Algiers boosts Emirates’ African network to 21 destinations.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) to strengthen the relationship between the aviation and tourism sector in Africa.
NAS renforce sa présence en Afrique grâce à un partenariat stratégique avec Siginon Aviation au Kenya
NAS a ajouté 16 nouveaux aéroports à son réseau en pleine croissance au cours de la dernière année.
A combination of NAS’s global presence and expertise in airport services with Siginon Aviation’s experience in Kenya will successfully strengthen the ground handling, ramp handling and cargo handling capabilities in the region, especially in East Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines partners with Aero HygenX for deployment of autonomous UV-C disinfecting solution
Ethiopian Airlines and Aero HygenX signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a plan for fleetwide deployment and regional marketing of Aero HygenX’s autonomous UV-C light disinfecting robot.
South African carrier Airlink partners with Discovery Vitality to offer customers 75% discount on local and regional flights
From next year, Airlink and Discovery Vitality customers are in line for discounts of up to 75% on local and regional flights as a result of a new partnership which sees Airlink join Discovery’s Vitality Travel platform.
With the interline agreements between the two carriers, passengers can book through their itineraries on both airlines easily. The partnership attracts more customers providing ease of connectivity to their destinations served by both Ethiopian and Airlink.
La SID accorde un financement de $50 millions en faveur de la compagnie ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance
La Société islamique pour le développement du secteur privé et la compagnie ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance ont signé un accord de financement syndiqué garanti de quatre ans pour 75 millions USD avec une participation de 50 millions USD de la part de la SID.
The flights are operated on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Ethiopian is one of the oldest carriers flying to Nigeria and has been serving the country since 1960, strengthening trade, cultural and tourism ties between Nigeria and the rest of the world.
Etihad Cargo signs pharma agreement with Astral Aviation and Kenya Airways to expand its African footprint
Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group, has expanded its pharma sector reach into Africa with the signing of a Service Legal Agreement (SLA) with Astral Aviation and Kenya Airways.
Ethiopian Airlines has signed Codeshare and Interline Agreement with AccessRail to widen connectivity options for its passengers destined to Western Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavian, Japan and Canada.
RwandAir and Qatar Airways have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travelers more choice, enhanced service, and greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the South African government to step up its support for the air transport industry to facilitate the recovery of industries supported by aviation such as travel and tourism.
Condor announced it has launched flights to Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives, three of the most popular destinations in the Indian Ocean.
The Boeing Company announced the appointment of Kuljit Ghata-Aura as the new president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, effective September 30 2021.
Etihad Airways announced three new quarantine-free destinations for the coming winter season. This November, the airline will begin flying to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, and the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar.
United Airlines and Airlink, a South African airline, announced a new codeshare agreement that will offer customers more connections between the U.S. and Southern Africa than any other airline alliance.
Emirates is the first airline to implement the International Air Transport Association's IATA Travel Pass solution on six continents as it rolls out this digital health pass to customers at all its destinations.
United Airlines announced that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city.
They have had to reprioritize technology spend to keep operations running through the pandemic, doing more with less to compensate for the financial losses of fewer passengers flying.
This is the airline's largest weekly schedule to South Africa since the start of the pandemic, which aims to bring more competitive choices for customers wishing to visit Dubai, and through Dubai to the airline's network of over 120 global destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines has unveiled a new digital option dubbed My Sheba Space, to enable economy class travelers purchase one or more empty seats on board to get extra space and relax.
Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Boeing company have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa.
Integrated Aerial Systems was founded in 2016 and has since built up a strong presence in the agriculture sector. Recognized in 2021 by the UN as one of the 50 Best Small Businesses in the world, IAS is one of only 3 licensed crop spraying operators in South Africa.
In a move to support the ramp up of operations after boosting its passenger services to South Africa, Emirates signed an interline agreement with Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa.
Kenya Airways PLC (“KQ”) has announced the implementation of contactless transactions to enhance customer and staff health and safety priorities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emirates and Airlink announced the expansion of their existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement, giving travellers to and from South Africa convenient access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.
Rossiya Airline (Aeroflot Group), in partnership with tour operator Biblio-Globus, resumed scheduled flights to popular Egyptian resorts from Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Ethiopian Airline establishes passenger to freighter conversion site in its Addis Ababa HUB MRO Center
Ethiopian Airlines Group, an aviation group in Africa, has established a global standard cargo Conversion program to convert the B-767-300 ER to dedicated freighter services in partnership agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries
The collaboration aims to develop operational models for the wide accessibility of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to support Fahari Aviation’s key markets.
Thus, Silk Way West Airlines will carry shipments from its network to Dubai handling it over to Astral Aviation's flight to Nairobi, where shipments will connect to their network, respectively.
National Aviation Services (NAS) va assister les autorités locales pour le déploiement du dispositif de test rapide développé par Abbott ‘’Panbio ™ COVID-19 Ag’’ ainsi que son système de test de soins moléculaires ID NOW™.
National Aviation Services (NAS) signed an agreement to partner with global healthcare company, Abbott, to drive the implementation of Covid-19 rapid testing solutions at major airports and transborder lounges across the African continent.
SITA has announced a new technology deployment offering passengers enhanced check-in and bag drop self-services with Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport (ADD).
As part of the strategic partnership, the extensive interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines, providing a seamless travel experience and enhanced customer service the frequent flyers programmes.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an environmental sustainability training program together with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).
SITA has announced a new technology deployment offering passengers enhanced check-in and bag drop self-services with Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport (ADD).
This solution transforms commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices into point-of-sale (POS) payment terminals.
Nigerian start-up Cally Air (Calabar) has launched commercial operations between Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Calabar.
The Ethiopian chat-bot, dubbed “Lucy” is equipped with various self-service features that will enable passengers to easily process their travel needs.
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics Services and Liege Airport announced they have renewed their long standing partnership agreement until 2026.
Intelsat announced that Gogo Commercial Aviation, a business it acquired in December 2020, is dropping the Gogo name and is now called Intelsat.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of a global Mobility Aids Action Group to examine and improve the transport journey of mobility aids, including wheelchairs, with the objective of improving the handling of this vital equipment for travelers with disabilities.
KQ has launched the Fahari Innovation Hub, a centre for innovation that acts as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges.
[Ghana] USTDA invests in development of aircraft maintenance facility at Kotoka International Airport
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has announced grant funding for a feasibility study to support the development of an aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (“MRO”) facility at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Ghana.
National Aviation Services and Colossal Africa acquire South African ground handling company BidAir Services
Following the acquisition, BidAir Services becomes NAS Colossal Aviation Services and is part of NAS, the largest airport services network in Africa.
[South Africa] SITA delivers tailored internet connectivity to passengers onboard Corsair's new fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft
French long-haul airline Corsair is offering members of its loyalty program, Le Club Corsair, flying aboard the airline’s new Airbus A330neo fleet, a highly personalized internet connectivity package, thanks to SITA’s Internet ONAIR
Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways PLC have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations offered by Delta in Africa and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK.
In response to high demand, Qatar Airways has increased its service to Nigeria’s financial centre, Lagos, to two daily flights starting from 1 July 2021.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon, and Namibia, effective 23:59 on Monday, June 21st.
These are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This initiative is led by the African Union through the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).
National Aviation Services (NAS), airport services provider, and NAC2000 Corporation have been awarded a tender to operate an airport lounge in the new terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka, Zambia.
National Aviation Services (NAS), the airport services provider, announced the launch of its operations at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport in Guinea Bissau.
Since August of last year, RwandAir has gradually resumed commercial flights across its global network, including most of its African routes, as well as some long-haul destinations such as London Heathrow, Brussels and Dubai.
Air Seychelles has for the first time ever made history by operating into the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney, as part of a special charter.
The new airfreight gateway and consolidation portal will be available exclusively to freight forwarders and transport-related companies, providing instant air freight wholesale rates.
Airlink, the independent Southern African regional airline, will restart its safari lodge air transfer service effective 1 July 2021.
The African Airline Association (AFRAA) and Airports Council International Africa (ACI Africa) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to materialize their cooperation.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate three weekly flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire via Accra from 16 June 2021.
This collaboration brings together Kenya Airways’ significant expertise in aviation services and Skyports’ drone delivery logistics service – Delivery by Skyports.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.
In accordance with the permission of the Federal Air Transport Agency, S7 Airlines has launched sales for direct weekly flights from Moscow to Casablanca, Morocco, effective April 30th.
South Africa’s largest ground handling company, BidAir Services, will be changing hands.
Ethiopian Airlines Group has become the first African airline to conduct trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways.
Ethiopian Airlines Group has joined hands with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China's biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
South Africa's Sasol to work alongside Linde, ENERTRAG and Navitas to explore potential of cleaner aviation fuels
Sasol announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising Linde, ENERTRAG and Navitas (LEN Consortium), to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation fuel under the auspices of the German Federal Government’s H2Global auction platform.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass.
So far, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has transported over 20 Million vaccines to more than 20 countries.
National Aviation Services (NAS), the aviation services provider in emerging markets, announced the launch of its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The simulator allows pilots to train in complete safety for a variety of complex situations (adverse weather conditions, helicopter failures and emergencies), that could occur in the during actual flight operations.
Skyworld Aviation has announced the sale of an ERJ 145 LR aircraft, serial number 14500842 to a new private operator of the type – XE Jet.
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has announced the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter equipped with the Med-Pac Inc. LLC Emergency Medical Services Lite Interior to BAR Aviation.
CPaT Global has announced they have been awarded a new contract by Air Tanzania for the provision of distance learning solutions, including Aircraft Systems courses, Interactive Diagrams, Aircraft Procedures.
The state-owned Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) intends to retain Arik Air alongside its new start-up NG Eagle, at least until the end of 2021.
Toyota Tsusho, announced a strategic operational partnership with Zipline, the world’s first and only national-scale drone delivery service, to enable healthcare access for people and communities across Japan.
Drone operations have spurred innovation within the aviation industry globally. In Kenya, drones have captured the interest of individuals and organizations alike, for leisure and commercial use.
GA Telesis, LLC (“GAT”) has announced the delivery of its first 737-800SF (MSN 32903) passenger-to-freighter (“P2F”) conversion to Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines is to trial IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications and restart travel.