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A321LR Completes Its Longest Flight to Date

When D-AVZO, the new Airbus A321LR's test airframe, touched down on Toulouse in the early morning of March 30, it had completed its longest trip to date.  The 11-hour long flight departed La Pointe Larue Airport, in the Seychelles Islands off the coast of Africa and flew to Airbus' Toulouse headquarters in the South of France. The A321LR is completing certification tests under different operating conditions. This particular flight was configured to test the aircraft's response to a long-haul, passenger…

Africa’s Debate over a Single Air Transport Market: Why It…

For years, authorities in government and aviation across Africa have been engrossed in a debate that could alter the course of the continent's aviation market: the debate over whether to create a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). It would, if created, represent a major step for the continent toward…

Kenya Airways Celebrates First Steps of Nairobi to New York…

On Thursday, Kenya Airways began selling tickets for its new flight from its main hub in Nairobi to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The route, which is set to commence on Oct. 28, would be the airline's first to the U.S. With the commencement of this route, Kenya Airways…

Ethiopian Airlines Operates First All-Female Crew Flight in Africa

In a historic feat, Ethiopian Airlines operated the first ever intra-Africa with an all-female crew. The flight, Ethiopian Airlines flight 901, departed from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa to Lagos, Nigeria. Female flight dispatchers, check-in staff, pilots and cabin crew were all involved for this historic flight. The flight, operated by…

Delta Adds New Service to Lagos from New York-JFK Hub

Beginning March 24, 2018, Delta will add new service between its New York-JFK hub and Lagos, Nigeria. This three-times-weekly service complements the Atlanta-based carrier's Atlanta to Lagos flight, which operates four-times-weekly. The service is scheduled to operate as follows Delta flight 415 departing JFK at 10:50 p.m. and arriving in…

How Some African Airlines Play “The Name Game”

This is Part Five of “The Name Game” series. For earlier parts, check out Part One,  Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four, covering other major regions around the world. No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on the aircraft and…