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Qatar Airways and RwandAir have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travellers more choice, enhanced service and greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world. As part of the deal, the Rwandan flag carrier will also launch new non-stop flights between their Kigali hub and Doha from December. The agreement benefits travellers from across the globe who fly with both airlines, which expands each carrier’s route network. Passengers can enjoy the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one seamless reservation system, that simplifies ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage-check processes for the entire journey. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said “We share a very close and collaborative bond with Rwanda and welcome RwandAir’s new non-stop service between Kigali and our home in Doha. With this comprehensive codeshare agreement, we are committed to deliver greater…

Sun Air is in talks to resume flights to new destinations in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as the revived carrier aims at helping establish Khartoum as a hub after losing ground to Ethiopian Airlines Group’s base in Addis Ababa, and that is if it can add enough destinations, according to Vice President Mohammed Saif speaking to Bloomberg last week. The family-owned airline is also in talks with authorities in Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Syria about adding those destinations, Saif said. “We decided to relaunch earlier this year after the complete removal of U.S. sanctions.”  “The Sudanese government is doing good things in terms of turning back to the international community.” Saif said End of an Era The company operated two evacuation flights from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover, which illustrates Sudan’s improved relationship with the U.S. after the nation’s removal from a list of state…

Nigeria Eagle a new airline rising from the ashes of the troubled carrier Arik Air, is now in the final phase of acquiring an AOC which will give a green light to launch of commercial operations After years of mismanagement and debts, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), a special purpose vehicle of the Federal Government for the recovery of debts, took over Arik Air in February 2017. A decision was made down the line to salvage Arik Air assets towards the creation of a fresh new airline, NG Eagle NG Eagle has now acquired 3 former Arik Boeing 737 aircraft and rebranded to its livery with the latest aircraft currently still undergoing checks and changes in Ethiopia. The 3rd aircraft is expected to complete the AOC requirements and accelerate the launch of the start-up Unions within Nigeria have called for the denial of AOC to NG Eagle before…

Air Seychelles has entered into a form of administration with the aim rescuing the company and avoiding possible liquidation. According to Ch-aviation, Bernard Pool and Suketu Patel have been appointed as administrators who will now embark on reorganizing the company With the government having entered an arrangement with the IMF that in effect blocks any bailouts for the airline, the only route left for the creditors to potentially get a decent return on investment is reorganization The government has put the blame squarely on former 40% equity partner, Etihad Airways according to the statement reported by Ch “Air Seychelles has faced significant challenges over the past 18 months arising from the COVID pandemic and its impact on international travel and tourism. However, Air Seychelles’ financial difficulties arise mainly due to significant debt that was incurred during the stewardship of the airline by Etihad Airways, which was previously a 40% shareholder…

Consumer aviation website Skytrax has released updated rankings of the best airlines in the world. For 2021, airlines from middle east and Asia such as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates once again dominate the upper echelons of the list. Unfortunately, African airlines have struggled to keep up with the pack. In fact, no airline from Africa managed to crack the top 30 positions with the highest-ranking African airline, Ethiopian Airlines in 37th position among the top 100 Airlines in the world. Nevertheless, African Airlines still offer high-quality services to passengers. Looking at the top airlines in Africa for 2021/22, according to Skytrax: Best Performing African Airlines Ethiopian Airlines has been crowned as “The Best Airline in Africa” for the fourth consecutive year. The airline also scooped “The Best Business class Airline in Africa” for the third consecutive year and “The Best Economy class Airline in Africa” for the third…

According to an  economic and social development Plan submitted by Egypt’s Ministry of Planning to the parliament, the country’s flag career EgyptAir will procure nine aircraft by the end of 2023. Egypt Today reports that eight of those will be acquired via the airlines current lease set-up, including four that will be received in 2022. The plan also includes the construction of a new airport terminal whose capacity is estimated to be four million passengers per year at Alexandria’s Borg Al Arab airport. The civil aviation sector will be allocated up USD 591 Million for the 2021-22 financial year

Air Mauritius has exited voluntary administration and is increasing capacity in anticipation for increased demand and arrivals at the Island destination. The island begins the final phase of its border reopening program today 1st October 2021 The government of the Republic of Mauritius is injecting US$280million into Air Mauritius via a loan to provide long term stability for the company as international air travel and tourism rebuilds following the Covid-19 pandemic. Air Mauritius is a strategic national asset central to the government’s tourism and investment strategy and provides Mauritius with its own passenger and cargo connectivity to meet market demands. The new loan arrangement was reportedly overwhelmingly supported by Air Mauritius’ creditors during a watershed Meeting held on 28 September Ken Arian, CEO of Airports Holdings Limited, the parent company of Air Mauritius said: “This new financial arrangement provides Air Mauritius with the stability to rebuild and play a central…

United Airlines and Airlink  have announced a new  codeshare agreement that will offer customers more connections between the U.S. and Southern Africa than any other airline alliance. The new agreement, which is subject to government approval, will offer one stop connections from the U.S. to more than 40 destinations in Southern Africa. Additionally, United will be the first airline to connect its loyalty program with Airlink, allowing MileagePlus members to earn and redeem miles when they travel on Airlink flights. This new cooperation will be in addition to United’s existing partnership with Star Alliance member South African Airways. “United continues to demonstrate our commitment to Africa, starting three brand new flights to the continent this year alone including new service to Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances at United. “And now through our codeshare agreement with Airlink -…

South African Airways (SAA) has signed a memorandum of co-operation with Kenya Airways with a longer-term view to co-starting a Pan- African Airline Group that in time will enhance mutual growth potential by taking advantage of strengths of the two airlines’ busy hubs. SAA’s Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo, says “As well as being a strong local carrier, part of our broader growth strategy is to become a major player in regional travel and this joint memorandum with Kenya Airways, one of the continent’s strongest and most respected carriers, will do just that. Part of SAA’s core remit is to be a significant enabler of business and trade in Africa and it’s through a strategic understanding like this that real progress will be made in advancing South Africa and the continent’s growth.” Mr. Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways’ CEO, highlighted the partnership’s significance in turning around the fortunes of both KQ and…

Air Peace airline on 25th received its fourth brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft out of the thirteen it ordered from Embraer aircraft manufacturing company. The first of the new aircraft was received in January, 2021 by the airline. The aircraft with registration number 5N- BYI, christened Kingsley Chwukuma Onyema touched down at the Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 2 pm and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon by officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), fire service. “We have increased connectivity and additional destinations. We are doing Port Harcourt, Asaba –Kano, Benin-PortHarcourt.  We have started Lagos-Douala and we are going to connect to other destinations in the West and Central Africa…In 2018, we decided that as part of our business plans, we would start operating new aircraft. Old aircraft are also good and safe but for new aircraft, maintenance and operational costs are lower,” said…