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Rwanda, Benin sign bilateral Air Service Agreement

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Patrice Talon of Benin signed a bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) in March and RwandAir is due to start flights to Cotonou on September 2 and are now scheduled to exchange a draft general cooperation agreement which will be signed soon. Mr. Talon was received by President Kagame and senior government officials as he arrived for a ...

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South African pilot killed at air show in western China

A South African pilot flying for an American aerobatic team was killed on Saturday when his plane crashed during a ­performance at an air show in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. Pilot Paul Smith died when his twin-seat XA42 plummeted to the ground during the inaugural Silk Road International General Aviation Convention at Zhangye, Gansu province. The airport where ...

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The 10 best African airlines, according to Skytrax

African airlines have worked to improve safety and reliability to obtain eight spots in the top 100 global airlines, according to rating agency Skytrax. Skytrax has published its latest survey, with 8 African Airlines falling into the “Top 100” global airlines. This is progress in a continent hardly known for its aviation prowess. Although Africa is the second largest continent, ...

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Young Ugandan women fly high in male dominated field

There are some 200 Ugandan pilots flying across Africa and the world. Most of them were trained at home, at the East African Civil Aviation Academy, also known as Soroti Flying School. The school started in 1971 under a United Nations Development Program – UNDP training program for pilots from the East African community. Back then, all the trainees were ...

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Ethiopian Airlines receives its second Airbus A350 XWB

Its another moment of pride for Ethiopian Airlines as it received  its second Airbus A350 aircraft. Being the first African airline to purchase Airbus latest aircraft, Ethiopian Airlines is strengthening its long haul fleet with the Fuel efficient A350 XWB. This aircraft promises to deliver maximum comfort for the passengers while delivering outstanding fuel economy due to use of light ...

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: The search is over

Flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines that had disappeared more than two years from the radar screens, crashed into the ocean with a very high speed, according to a study released Sunday, which tends to confirm the idea that the plane crashed in the area where specialists developed several searches, AFP reports. The Boeing 777 airliner disappeared on 8 March 2014 ...

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Africa’s top 8 airlines

By Evelyn Masaba For most frequent travellers, it is not just about how fast they can get to their destination, especially when flying. It is about quality of the service offered after booking, on flight and, of course, upon arrival. In most cases, there are airlines that will make their passengers feel very welcomed on their journey but have the ...

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Ghana slashes aviation fuel price by 20%

President John Mahama, at the inauguration of the new Ghana Civil Aviation Authority’s Trianing School, assured airline companies of 20 per cent reduction in the price of aviation fuel. This follows appeals by the aviation industry stakeholders which reached the President that Ghana’s fuel is considered the most costly in the sub-region. Nigeria and Benin sell a litre of the ...

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All Turkish Airlines operations and flights to proceed uninterrupted

By Our Reporter The recent wave of terrorist attacks, coup plot, and the subsequent three-month state of emergency declared by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will have no effect on Turkish Airlines operations, the airline announced Friday in a press release. “In due course, all Turkish Airlines operations and flights are proceeding uninterrupted and will continue to do so,” the ...

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Ethiopian Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 in Africa makes Kigali International Airport debut

By Our Reporter Ethiopian Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 aircraft, the first to be owned by an African carrier, touched down at the Kigali International Airport at 12:15pm Kigali time on July 19. The aircraft is the first of 14 new A350-900 aircraft deliveries on long-term lease to Ethiopian Airlines from AerCap’s order book with Airbus. A second new A350-900 aircraft is ...

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