Category: Africa

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Airbus Hopes to Deliver Up To 80 A350 Aircraft in 2017

Airbus tentatively aims to deliver as many as 80 A350 jetliners in 2017, two people familiar with the plans said. The target marks a new stage in ambitious plans to raise output of the company’s newest long-haul jet to 10 a month in 2018, but depends mainly on how successful suppliers will be in curbing […]

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Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report pegs the agriculture drone market to be worth $32.4 billion. You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap […]

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Air Côte d’Ivoire Spreads Its Wings

Earlier this year, Air Côte d’Ivoire placed an order with Airbus for three A320neos and two A320s, the Ivorian national airline becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo. CEO, René Décurey, explained that this demonstrated the airline’s commitment to accelerate its growth in western and central Africa, which has already resulted in it […]

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Fuel Shortage Forces Arik Air to Reduce Operations

Nigeria’s largest airline Arik Air was forced to cut back operations Nov. 16 because of a fuel shortage. In a statement, the carrier said aviation fuel rationing began during the week beginning Nov. 7, causing delays and cancellations. Arik Air, which operates around 100 daily flights, requires about 500,000 liters of fuel a day. As […]

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Pilots, Leap Into Action – Airlines are Looking for You

After coping with terrorism, bankruptcies and consolidation, the largest airlines of the world are facing a new problem: a looming worldwide pilot shortage. The recent boom in air travel has created an urgent demand for new aircraft and additional flights as well as new routes all over the world which, in turn, have served the […]

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World’s Best Airlines for 2017 Awarded by AirlineRatings

AirlineRatings.com the world’s foremost safety and product rating website has selected Air New Zealand as its 2017 Airline of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners include: Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore […]

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US Blocks Nigeria From Buying Military Aircraft From Brazil

The United States has again blocked the Nigerian Government from acquiring fighter ground attack aircraft considered crucial in the ongoing campaign against Boko Haram in the North-East. Investigations showed that the US has prevented the Nigeria’s military from acquiring the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil. A Presidency source said on Saturday that Nigeria […]

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Long-Looming Pilot Shortage May Be Near

A worldwide shortage of pilots – forecast for more than 15 years – has so far failed to materialise, but there are worrying signs. Simulation and training company CAE points out that US regional carriers, seen as a source of pilots by the majors, cannot expand and often have to drop schedules or routes because […]

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Nigeria to Release $300mn to Foreign Carriers

The Nigerian government said it has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release a total of USD300 million in unremitted revenue to foreign airlines, reports ch-aviation. The announcement comes after IATA lumped the West African petrostate into the same category as Venezuela in June this year after complaints from foreign carriers that they […]

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Etihad, Partners to Support Nearly 425,000 Jobs in Africa in 2016

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) and its equity airline partners will support almost 425,000 jobs and are expected to contribute $3.6 billion GDP to the African economy in 2016, as Abu Dhabi becomes a key hub for business travel both into and out of the continent. A report released by leading international research organisation Oxford Economics […]