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Air Tanzania Limited (ATCL ) attains IOSA registration.

AIR Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL) has successfully attained IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration. The country's flag carrier has successful closed the IOSA audit to attain this certification approval.



With this certification ATCL  joins its regional peers on IOSA registry namely; Kenya Airways, Precision Air, RwandaAir and Ethiopian Airlines.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is the benchmark for global safety management in airlines. All IATA members are registered and must remain registered in order to maintain IATA membership.

The advantage of having IOSA certification is to increase business since passengers build confidence and trust to be flying into safe hands.

The certification is expected to boost ATCL business especially in the regional and international routes. And will also enable the country's flag carrier to enter into new joint ventures and code sharing easily.

In East African bloc, Kenya Airways was the first to attempt and win the certification.It was followed by Precision Air (PW) that attempted the IOSA certification without being a member of IATA in late 2000s and certified.

PW was first non-IATA member in Africa to attempt the certification and sailed through the audit successful.

Congratulations to ATCL  for this big achievement that marks the airlines global recognition.

Air France-KLM Orders 60 Airbus A220 Jets to Upgrade Its Aging Fleet

Air France-KLM ordered Airbus SE narrow-body jets worth $5.5 billion and announced the retirement of its A380 superjumbos as Chief Executive Officer Ben Smith reshapes the fleet to cut costs and boost margins.

The group’s French arm will buy 60 A220 planes and placed options for 60 more, according to a statement this Tuesday. The double-decker A380, in its last years of production after a slump in sales, will be phased out by 2022.

“This is a very important next step in Air France’s transformation,” Smith said in the statement, adding that it’ll help the carrier “attain European airline leadership.” He highlighted the A220 aircraft’s performance and comfort.

The Canadian executive, who took over in September, is turning his attention to the fleet requirements that had been put on hold as he focused on labor unrest in his first months in charge. The new, more fuel-efficient planes will help pare operating costs as he remodels the group’s short-haul business to take on network rivals and low-cost competitors including Ryanair Holdings Plc.


The A220s will replace 51 Airbus A318s and A319s with an average age close to 17 years that operate a significant chunk of Air France’s intra-European operations. Those include Paris-Rome flights and domestic routes where discounters and high-speed trains have been grabbing market share. Delivery of the planes is expected to start in September, 2021.

Biggest Deal

Smith has already taken steps to bolster short-haul margins with cuts to under-performing services. The A220 model, previously known as the Bombardier C Series, is made in Canada but marketed by Airbus following its takeover of the program last year from Bombardier Inc. The model was designed to take on Airbus’s A320 family of jets and the Boeing Co. 737. The Air France order marks one of the biggest deals yet since the takeover.

The order was unveiled by Air France-KLM ahead of second-quarter results on Wednesday when the carrier is expected to report a drop in operating profit due to higher fuel prices, weaker economies and falling fares.

Air France’s remaining seven superjumbo aircraft will be phased out, including five jets that are owned by the airline. Smith had previously decided to upgrade the cabins of the company’s 10 A380s, despite a decision not to renew leases on three of them.

Harsh Assessment

The A380 consumes 20-25% more fuel per seat than new generation long-haul aircraft, Air France said in its statement. “Increasing aircraft maintenance costs, as well as necessary cabin refurbishments to meet customer expectations reduce the economic attractiveness of Air France’s A380s even further,” it said, adding that keeping the aircraft in the fleet would have involved “significant cosThe carrier’s harsh assessment of the double-decker comes after the manufacturer decided in February to stop making the model after it failed to win broad support from airlines. The decision capped years of speculation about a plane that came to market as a highly-anticipated novelty and fizzled out from lack of sales.

Air France-KLM is considering the much smaller Boeing 787 and Airbus’s A330neo to replace the jets, French newspaper La Tribune has reported this.



Source: bloomberg

AIR BOTSWANA OPERATION NOT PARTISAN

 AIR BOTSWANA OPERATION NOT PARTISAN


01 May 2019,

PRESS RELEASE
AIR BOTSWANA OPERATION NOT PARTISAN
Air Botswana wishes to distance itself from the discussions doing the rounds on social media regarding the non-operation of flights to Maun during the weekend of 17-19 May 2019 as being politically motivated.
The airline considers this inappropriate and damaging to its image and reputation. The decision to rationalize the schedule of the airline is purely based on its current resource and capacity constraints. This situation, the objective of which is to operate a lean and efficient operation, is closely monitored with a view to availing extra capacity to our passengers as soon as resources become available. It is in the interest of the airline to fully revert to its schedule, as soon as it is practical to do so sustainably.
We wish to commit to our valuable passengers that as soon as the Embraer E170 is integrated into service, Air Botswana will fully resume its operation and restore its schedule integrity.
Air Botswana has a Board of Directors and its decisions are purely commercial and based on sound Corporate Governance practices and not on partisan politics.
For enquiries, please contact
Corporate Communications
Tel: 3688419/420

Open vacancy Saudi Arabia.

     

Boeing Announces fixes for its 737 max aircraft.

Boieng has issued changes to controversial control system linked to two fatal crashes of its 737 Max planes in the past five months.
     
   But it is still not certain when the planes which were grounded worldwide this month,will be allowed to fly.

  Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents.

  As part of the upgrade,Boeing  will install an extra warning system on all 737max aircraft.which was previously an optional safety feature.

Neither of the planes operated by lion air in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines,that were involved in the fatal crashes carried the alert systems ,which are designed to warn pilots when sensors produce contradictory readings.

Boeing  said that airlines would no longer be charged extra for that safety system to be installed.

 The plane maker has issued an upgrade to the software that linked to the accident.

The manoeuvering characteristics augmentation system better known as MCA's,is software designed to help prevent the 737 max from stalling.
  It reacts when  sensors in the nose  of the aircraft show the jet is climbing at too steep an angle,which can can cause a plane to stall.

 But an investigation of the  lion airflight last year suggested the system malfunctioned and forced the plane nose down more than 20 times before it crashed into the sea.

The Us Federal Aviation Administration (faa)says there are similarities between that crash and the Ethiopian accident on 10 march.

Therefore Boeing has redesigned, the software so that it will disable MCAS if it receives conflicting data from its sensors.

And lastly Boeing said a final version of the software would be submitted to the  federal Aviation Authority (Faa) by the end of the week.


Precision Air Now Eyes Chato and Dodoma.

Tanzania leading Airline Precision Air, is considering to start flights to the capital city of Tanzania Dodoma and Chato in Geita. The airline, which was established 25 years ago is currently operating to 10 domestic destinations.
Speaking to the press in his office Precision Air’s Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Hillary Mremi said, Precision has identified the potential market on those two routes and already has started plans to analyze the market so as to design suitable schedule.
“There have been key developments in these two destinations, on one hand, the fact that the Government is moving to Dodoma definitely there is going to be a big movement of people to and from Dodoma. Precision Air As the best scheduled airline and the only AITA member in Tanzania, we are considering to start flights to Dodoma so as to provide connection for our passengers from our wide network.” Mr. Mremi Explained.
Speaking on Precision Air consideration to start flights to Chato, Mr.Mremi said, the completion of the construction of the Chato Airport will open up doors for Precision Air to have further access into the Lake zone market. Our flights to Chato will enable us to serve Geita region, which has several potential economic activities such as mining, fishing, and tourism.
“We wish to congratulate our Government efforts to upgrade our Airports, this will enable us as operators to mount more flights to open up Tanzania and speed up economic growth Our plans are to launch Dodoma flights on our 2019 Summer schedule which will be published in March 2019, while Chato flights will depend on the completion of the construction of the Chato Airport.” Mremi added.
Precision Air Services was established in 1993 as a private charter air Transport Company mainly providing connections to tourists visiting the rich natural attractions of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, in northern Tanzania, the Zanzibar Island in the Indian Ocean and other parts of the country from Arusha town as its base. Currently headquartered in Dar Es Salaam it has grown to become a reputable airline in East Africa and Africa at large. Operating from Dar es Salaam with flights to Arusha, Bukoba, Kilimanjaro, Kahama,Mtwara, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar,Seronera,Nairobi and Entebbe.

Precision Air launches Apprenticeship Programme



Precision Air Services PLC has launched an apprenticeship programme for young aircraft technicians as part of efforts to combat scarcity of licenced aircraft engineers in the Tanzanian market. 

The airline says the programme is also aimed at developing needed skills for its technical unit through field attachment, volunteering and apprenticeship. 

In the first intake of the programme, the company has recruited 22 candidates who will undergo on the job training at the engineering and maintenance department.

Precision Air managing director Sauda Rajab said finding needed skills in the aviation industry in Tanzania is one of the biggest challenges, which the firm, as one of the industry players, cannot sit back and complain.

“That is the reason we had to come up with the programme to help find solutions for the benefit of the industry. We are proud of our contribution in developing needed skills in the aviation industry in Tanzania. Our aim is to develop as many licenced engineers as possible to meet our skills demands and for the industry as well,” she said. 

She pointed out that it takes about eight years to develop a fully trained, licenced engineer. 

“I expect other players will take similar initiatives instead of relying on expatriates alone…That way, we can strengthen the industry and help create employment for the youth.” 

In 2017, the airline signed a skills development agreement with the National Institute of Transport to host students who pursue different courses at the institute for practical training, with the possibility of permanent employment based on their performance during the internship and apprenticeship programmes. 

So far Precision Air has trained a total of 33 interns since the inception of the programme.

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