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Air Senegal Gets Africa’s First Airbus A330neo

Air Senegal, the flag carrier of Senegal based in Dakar, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo from Airbus’ production line in Toulouse. Air Senegal is the first carrier in Africa to fly the next-generation Airbus aircraft and the airplane has been given the name “Casamance” after the Casamance region of Senegal. Air Senegal has plans to use the widebody jet on future medium to long-haul flights from its base at Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport. The aircraft will…

Air Namibia Outlines Expansion of Service

Air Namibia, the national airline of Namibia, has announced expansion both domestically and regionally. The new schedule will become effective March 30. The expansion will see an increase of service on several routes that see high levels of demand and frequencies are also being shifted to better meet the needs…

African Airlines Joining Together to Compete with Ethiopian Airlines

Over the course of the past week, news has slowly emerged regarding the attempt of four airlines to hinder the striking growth of Ethiopian Airlines, which many around the continent see as a threat to the emergence of smaller carriers around Africa. As originally reported by Kenya's East African, Air Mauritius,…

Nigeria’s Aging Aircraft Struggle Continues as Government Seeks Increased Control

Nigerian aviation experts are now looking for ways to lessen public concern over the age and safety of the country's airlines' aircraft as government officials are calling them into question, Lagos newspaper Vanguard reported Saturday. The response comes after reports surfaced earlier this week that aircraft of the nation's airlines had…

Struggling South African Airways ‘Should be Shut Down’

Just over a week after the nation's troubled flag-carrier received yet another government bailout, South Africa's new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has suggested that the best course of action is to simply shut the airline down as "we are unlikely to sort out the situation." The financial performance of South African…

Ethiopian Airlines Considering Ambitious and Risky Expansion Plan Within Africa

The African continent has a burgeoning aviation industry with growth expected to be around 6 percent annually. However, it accounts for less than 2 percent of the global aviation market at the moment, dominated by outside airlines. While the potential is there to grow the African aviation sector, many factors make…

Ethiopian Helping to Launch New African Airline

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalized agreements with the government of Chad for the launch of a new national carrier for Chad, Chadian Airlines. The new airline will become the national flag carrier of Chad and be jointly owned by the government of Chad and Ethiopian Airlines, the…

LATAM Upgrades Brazil to South Africa Route to Weekly Service

LATAM Airlines will begin to operate two additional frequencies on its São Paulo-Johannesburg route, which will allow for a daily flight between both cities. Currently, the route is only operated five times per week from São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport. Although the frequency increase is scheduled for April 5, 2019, it is…

South African Airways to Begin Restructuring to Combat Financial Woes

South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jaraya has admitted that "tough decisions" are required in order to save the continent's largest carrier from financial ruin. On the verge of collapse, Jaraya indicated a streamlining of the airline's 10,000-plus workforce, as well as an assessment of the suitability of the airline's current…

Struggling South African Airways to Receive $400 Million Capital Injection

The South African government has promised another sizeable cash injection to its ailing national carrier to assist with "urgent financial obligations," it was announced on Thursday. The latest 5 billion rand ($400 million) boost will mean that the airline has received over $2 billion in government subsidies in recent years. South African…