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A South African Airways A340-600 on approach to Frankfurt. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Mango’s Fleet Grounded Over Non-Payment, Still In ‘Critical Discussions’ with Maintenance

South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has withdrawn its maintenance services effective Sept. 27, due to outstanding payments owed by South African Airways budget carrier Mango Airlines. The entire fleet of Mango Airlines now remains grounded with Mango flights currently being operated by Johannesburg-based Global Aviation Operations, confirmed Operations Manager Sybrand Strachan to ch-aviation. The low-cost carrier now remains hopeful that a resolution can be found in the ongoing discussions with SAAT. "Critical discussions with Mango and SAAT are still continuing…

Lufthansa Introduces 15 New Leisure Destinations in Europe, Africa and…

Lufthansa anticipates a significant increase in its passengers’ leisure travel appetite during the summer of 2021 and meets their expectations by introducing fifteen new international routes from Frankfurt. These new travel options are being offered throughout Europe, Asia and Africa and are currently available for booking with these services adding…

Kenya Airways Needs $500 Million State Aid Package to Remain…

Kenya Airways PLC is seeking $500 million from the Kenyan government to navigate the COVID-19 crisis after its first-half revenue plunged by 50%, per Group's CEO Allan Kilavuka as reported by Bloomberg. The airline is on the verge of nationalization, a process that is believed will put it on a…

Royal Air Maroc Considers More Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

After Royal Air Maroc's first wave of layoffs that targeted 140 employees – including 65 pilots – the airline seems set to announce a "second wave" of employees layoffs. Royal Air Maroc's first round of layoffs was proposed on the basis of projections expecting the resumption of flights in July.…

Rwandair No Longer Moving Forward With Its Fleet Expansion

RwandAir is no longer considering, for now, its earlier fleet growth plan of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737 Max orders that it had made via lessors. This is a major move for the African operator, re-evaluating its growth plan and re-aligning its ideas with that of Qatar Airways…

Emirates Restarts More African Routes as Optimism Improves

Emirates has announced it will resume passenger operations to Lagos and Abuja, both in Nigeria, beginning September 7 and September 9 respectively as the airline gradually resumes operations with the safety of its customers, crew and communities as its top priority. The resumption of passenger flights to both the Nigerian…

Ethiopian Eyeing Stakes in South African Airways

Another day, another rumor that Africa's largest carrier Ethiopian is considering ways to potentially offer support to the insolvent South African Airways with sources familiar with the matter citing talks between Ethiopian Airlines Group eyeing stakes are already in place with the South African government. The long-rumored potential tie-up between…

Qatar Airways Bets on Rwanda’s Newest Airport, National Carrier

Even as the pandemic continues to shake the industry to its core, construction of Rwanda's largest airport, Bugesera International Airport, is still on course, and the airport is expected to open for business in 2022. The new airport's construction of the new airport was prepared in 2010 and only got…

Kenya Airways to Sack Senior Pilots As Coronavirus Impacts Continue…

Kenya Airways, Kenya's flag carrier, is moving to slash half of its pilot workforce. The move is in line with cost saving measures deemed necessary due to the toll the COVID-19 crisis that has taken, Business Daily reports. Kenya Airways is looking to cut up to 207 of its 414…

Projections for African Aviation’s Coronavirus Battle and Recovery

In a newly released data, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expanded on the coronavirus' impact on Africa's aviation industry, which has continued to worsen sharply since the previous assessment in April, per a video released on the body's social media. IATA's earlier estimate was that the continent would…