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Tunisair will reduce its year-round flights between Tunis and Belgrade, Serbia to a seasonal summer service, according to media outlet Ex-yu Aviation. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline ran winter flights between the two capitals via Vienna, without traffic rights between Austria and Serbia. During the summer, flights operate nonstop. The airline will carry out its final flight before the winter break on October 28. Tunisair flies 6 flights in a week. It is still unclear what caused the changers. By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

EgyptAir will launch four weekly direct flights from Cairo to Tel Aviv this October for the first time since 1979. Since 1980s, flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv have been operated by Air Sinai, a subsidiary carrier of EgyptAir, in unmarked planes without the Egyptian flag. According to local media, flights have been scheduled to take off from Cairo International Airport and arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on 3, 4, 5, and 7 October. Although EgyptAir’s schedule confirms earlier Israeli news reports about the flights between the Egyptian and the Israeli capitals, no official confirmation has been announced by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry. The Jerusalem-based online newspaper The Times Of Israel reported on Sunday that “once flights are re-launched by EgyptAir, they will be operated by the airline’s fully marked aircraft.” The listing of direct flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv comes after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah…

Airlink has been named as the most on-time airline in South Africa in the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). According to ACSA, 98.11% per cent of Airlink’s flights operated on-time in 2021, maintaining its position from 2020 when its overall on-time performance was consistently better than 96%. “It proves that there is always room for improvement. On-time performance is crucial for our customers who rely on Airlink for their business and leisure travel in the region, including those connecting with our expanding list of long-haul partner airlines.  The reliability of our service has helped to fuel demand for our flights.  As a result of our steady growth, Airlink now provides its hallmark service on mainline routes in addition to serving our traditional base of smaller cities and towns.  Today, our fleet of over 50 aircraft serve more than 45 destinations across the widest network of all airlines in…

Kenya Airways has not been allocated a desperately needed capital Injection after government rejected a bailout proposal from the national airline, according to local media The airline requested up to USD 500 Million earlier this year to help keep it afloat as it continues to suffer the effects of a travel depression brought about by the covid pandemic but the airline’s CEO, while grateful for continued government support, says treasury has only provided a small fraction of what’s needed “The airline has received Ksh25 million ($227,270). We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received so far, considering the many industries government is supporting in these unprecedented times,” Kilavuka said to local publication, the East African The publication continues to report that government has not had any discussions around a bailout for Kenya airways “We have not received any bailout request from Kenya Airways. No. We haven’t received any.…

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada on Saturday, September 11 announced the delivery of another Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, with the airline reaching a milestone of 32 Dash 8-400 aircraft in its fleet. Ethiopian added its first Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010. The recent delivery highlights the confidence in the aircraft and in supporting the carrier’s growing network across Africa. Ethiopian is a recognized Authorized Service Facility with its first acquisition of the Dash 8-400 simulator for Africa and by recently adding a second simulator highlighting the capabilities of the Star Alliance member operating the aircraft. Furthermore, Ethiopian’s key strategic partnerships that include ASKY Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Moçambique Airlines and Tchadia Airlines show its strategic partnerships with several carriers across Africa operating the Dash 8-400 aircraft. There are currently a fleet of over 155 Dash 8 Series aircraft operating in Africa that includes more…

Air Tanzania has announced the launch of a new innovative payment option targeted at lower income passengers and in a bid to attract new travellers. Passengers can now book and pay for their tickets in instalments The arrangement has been impliment through collaboration with financial institutions Air Tanzania’s Edward Nkwambi said “Through this initiative, potential passengers will enter a contract with the financial institutions for payment,” “the institution will be notified and send the money to ATCL while the passenger continues to pay in installments until the final payment.” An initial payment of 50,000 Tanzania Shillings is required to pay through the new product with the rest being paid in one’s own time The potential passenger is required to first book the flight and issue the first installment where they will be awarded an electronic miscellaneous document- EMD to show that payment was received and after finalizing payment, will be…

Kenyan carrier JamboJet has officially inaugurated new operations between Nairobi and Goma in the DRC. This marks the first flight to the central Africa region for Kenya Airways budget carrier and will be maintained twice weekly. Furthermore, the carrier hopes to increase this services to 4X weekly subject to increasing demand, with the airline filing for De Havilland Canada Dash 8-Q400 as its equipment on this route. JamboJet sees potential in the destination as Kenya and DRC recently signed an agreement covering several economic factors, security & defence as maritime transport. The close ties between the two countries makes DRC a hub for many Kenyans, especially those traveling for business. Present at the inaugural event was George Masafu, Kenyan Ambassador to DRC who remarked on the importance of regional integration and the critical role airlines play in bridging the gap and creating new economic opportunities. “We are keen to bridge…

Air Namibia’s liquidators say the defunct airline still has liabilities amounting to N$3.5 billion (USD 247.7million), of which roughly N$693 million (USD 49 million) involves unpaid taxes, according to The Namibian. The airline has also extended bank loans worth N$408.7 million (USD 28.8 million), and still owes former employees N$105.5 (USD7.4 million) in severance packages. The airline is among the casualties of the pandemic having ceased operations on February this year with situation now running from bad to worse. The second general meeting which the airline’s stakeholders including its creditors appeared before High Court on 1 September, resolved that all actions of the joint provisional liquidators and joint liquidators are approved and ratified. “The joint liquidators are hereby authorised to dispose of the immovable and moveable assets of the company by public auction or public tender or private treaty, the mode of sale for any one or more of the…

Rolls-Royce and Airlink have signed a TotalCare® service agreement for the AE3007 engines that power the South African airline’s fleet of Embraer ERJ135 aircraft. The agreement, which covers 28 aircraft, is an extension of service for a further 10 years Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster, said; “Airlink and Rolls-Royce have worked hand in hand since the introduction of the ERJ135 to our fleet in May 2001. We operate 28 ERJs with a pool of 64 AE3007-A1/3 engines. We are proud of the phenomenal reliability we have achieved from these engines which have underpinned Airlink’s industry leading on-time performance, which has consistently been above 97%. Our TotalCare service agreement has been key to the management of engine maintenance costs and to ensuring the economic sustainability of the ERJ135 type for the foreseeable future. We are delighted at the dependability of the Rolls-Royce team and their engines.” In 2019, prior to the Covid-19…

Emirates has today September 8, announced it will bolster its operations to South Africa with a scheduled 28 weekly service by October. The ramp up will see Emirates introduce double daily flights to Johannesburg with its iconic A380 on one of the daily flights, with both Cape Town and Durban operating daily, effective 31 October 2021. The airline confirmed through a statement that it 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. This Comes just a week after the Gulf carrier’s regional manager Afzal Parambil explained that the suspension of the Airline’s operations has given it a chance to re-strategize and reconsider its operations in South Africa. Parambil also highlighted that Cargo played a pivotal role to Emirates and its operations to South Africa especially during this unprecedented time. The Emirates A380 experience is…