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Ethiopia Airlines set to resume services to Conakry

Ethiopian Airlines is set to resume services to Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea, starting February 1st next year. Conakry is a port city on the Atlantic Ocean serving as the country’s economic, financial and cultural center. Guinea, which is also a major producer of bauxite and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold, will be Ethiopian’s 54th African ...

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Turkish Airlines to fly millionth passenger to Washington

Turkish Airlines (THY) is poised to carry its 1 millionth passenger on the Washington-Istanbul route. THY Washington Director Erkan Erdoğan held an assessment meeting with the participation of THY agencies operating in Washington, D.C. Erdoğan told the guests about the regions where THY operates and the targets of the company. Recalling that THY’s flights to Washington started in 2010, Erdoğan ...

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Turkish Airlines selects Panasonic for inflight entertainment

Turkish Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) advanced eX1 inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) system and Global Communications Services for its new fleet of narrow body aircraft. eX1 solution is an advanced narrowbody IFE system. Its uncompromising industrial design, high-definition display technologies and high fidelity audio create a home theater atmosphere that draws passengers into an immersive entertainment experience. ...

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AfDB approves $159 million loan to Ethiopian Airlines to finance expansion and fleet modernisation

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a financing package of $159 million to partly finance Ethiopian Airlines’ expansion plan and fleet modernization program. The package comprises two tranches, with the first tranche (85% of the financing) being covered by African Trade Insurance, Africa’s export credit agency, which will be providing credit risk insurance to ...

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UK firm presents proposal for new Ugandan airport in Kabaale

On 2 December 2016, SBC – a joint venture between UK company Colas and local company SBI Uganda – formally presented its proposal for the Kabaale International Airport project to the Ministry of Works and Transport. The SBC team submitted its proposal to the Ugandan Minister for Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege, in the presence of Uganda’s Attorney ...

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IATA: Passenger demand in Middle East and North Africa to expand by 4.8% over the next 20 years

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted four priorities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) which must be addressed for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits. These are: Sufficient and affordable infrastructure capacity (including air traffic management), aligned with user needs Curbing the spate of unprecedented increases in taxes and charges over the last year ...

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WTTC and UNWTO urge UK government to lift air ban to Sharm el Sheikh

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) call on the UK government to lift the current ban on UK-based airlines flying to Sharm el Sheikh. In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, stressed the importance of resuming operations to the Egyptian coastal ...

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Aviation Africa 2017 event organisers confirm six major sponsors

Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, has already confirmed 6 major sponsors from 5 countries with more signing up soon. The host sponsor will be Nexus from Saudi Arabia, Silver sponsors are Rolls Royce from the UK, AVIC from China and SP Aviation from Rwanda, Bronze sponsors are Airbus from France and Ecobank from ...

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Ethiopian to add frequency to Cape Town

Ethiopian Airlines is set to increase flight frequency to Cape Town to 10 times weekly beginning from December 1, 2016. Busera Awel, chief commercial officer (CCO), Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Serving Africa is our primary commitment as a pan-African carrier, and increasing services to Cape Town is part of this commitment. The increase in flight frequency to Cape Town, our third ...

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RwandAir receives certification for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations

RwandAir has achieved another milestone in its focus on safety and security with the country’s national flag carrier receiving certification for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Certified Ground Service Provider (GSP) this month, which is valid until July 2018. This follows an audit conducted on RwandAir Ground Operations in July this year by WAKE QA, an IATA approved ...

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