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Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider and part of Magnetic MRO has recently expanded a deal to take full technical handling of China Southern Airlines’ fleet maintenance services in Nairobi, Kenya. Announcing the recent expansion of their partnership agreement, Managing Director at Direct Maintenance, Jacco Klerk said it was the first time for a Chinese operator’s fleet to receive technical support and maintenance from an African based line. “This is the first time a Chinese aircraft has been fully handled by an authorised third-party line maintenance provider in Africa,” said Klerk. Since 2015 Direct Maintenance has provided line maintenance technical support and related logistics services for A330 on the Changsha-Nairobi route for China Southern Airlines. Direct Maintenance Customer Service Manager, Alfred Wang said for a long time, the line has been setting a good reputation of rendering standardised services. He said Direct Maintenance is the only line maintenance…

Two of  South African Airways Airbus A320 have already landed in Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport ahead of the much anticipated return to the skies for the South African National carrier. The aircraft having been stored in Abu Dhabi storage facilities followed a well rehearsed routine and “ rigorous technical checks ” and arrived in Johannesburg at around 7pm, Thursday evening, first time to be seen in months since leaving for storage. SAA has been flying through turbulence over the past years with the rescue practitioners forced to Return 17 aircraft to lessors, as the lessors chose to terminate the leases. The aircraft returned included four A319s, three A340-300s, three A340-600s, five A330-200s and two B737s. The A320s, which were among the planes SAA sent back to lessors, were placed in storage and given six-year maintenance checks in Abu Dhabi during the airline’s time in business rescue. The airline has…

Kenya based regional low-cost carrier Jambojet has announced plans to begin operations to North Kivu Capital, Goma in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to the Coastal Island of Lamu as part of its expansion program. The Airline, which started operations in 2014 is a subsidiary of Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways The inaugural flight to Goma will be on 10th September 2021, starting with 2 frequencies weekly. This is set to grow to 4 frequencies weekly, flying on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will fly to Lamu 4 times weekly, starting 15th September 2021. Customers will be able to book Nairobi to Lamu and Mombasa to Lamu as well as Lamu to Mombasa and Lamu to Nairobi. “Three years ago, we embarked on an expansion plan that would see us expand our network across the region as well as grow our fleet. We had to put…

The Tanzania government through its ministry of works and transport is seeking a public-private partnership for commercial infrastructure development at the country’s main gateway, Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) According to the East African, the Tanzania Airports Authority is inviting applications for the development of a commercial complex which will include a four-star hotel. The winning applications will be invited to bid for tenders later this year The covid pandemic has highlighted the over reliance of Airports on passenger revenues and has led to a paradigm shift in Airport operations. The need for diversification and especially the creation of non-aeronautical income streams has never been greater for the world’s airports Airports Council International has cautioned the global aviation community on the need for infrastructure development and investment to meet the long-term needs of the industry well beyond the pandemic According to the East African, the winning bidders for the JNIA…

Uganda Airlines continues to expand its route network as the travel industry sluggishly maps its way back to recovery The national carrier will launch its longest route yet on the 31st of May 2021, connecting Uganda and South Africa with a point to point non-stop service, the only one available for travellers since South Africa re-opened its borders last year The Airline will deploy the latest generation CRJ-900 with Atmosphere cabin to service its new destination. In 2019, Uganda Airlines became the launch customer of the Atmosphere Cabin on the African continent and today remains the sole operator in the region The new route will be flown 4 times weekly ‘with days and times carefully selected to match travellers’ convenience and connectivity’ According to a statement from the Airline, “the new route launch offers the best solution for all travellers, with the only non-stop scheduled service between Entebbe and Johannesburg,…