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AFRAA: Travel Ban on Africa is Not the Solution to COVID-19 Pandemic

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has issued a statement condemning the  decisions by some EU countries to ban travel to South Africa and other neighbouring countries in Southern Africa. The following statement was issued in  Nairobi on 03 December 2021. The commendable work done by South African scientists in unearthing and transparently announcing to the world the discovery of the Omicron strain of SARS CoV-2 instead of attracting applause was met with harsh and uncoordinated travel restrictions. Unfortunately, in nearly two years since Covid-19 was first discovered, it appears we have not learned useful lessons that could lead to finding a permanent solution to the pandemic.    The unscientific, poorly targeted, knee-jerk reactions that have not helped much in containing the SARS CoV-2 virus since March 2020 seem to be the preferred response to scientific challenges of our time. Restricting travel has never been the solution to curtailing the spread of COVID. On the contrar
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AIR TANZANIA RESUMES FLIGHTS TO NAIROBI

  History in East Africa’s aviation is rewritten again as  Air Tanzania  (ATCL)   resumes   the Dar es Salaam  (DAR)  -Nairobi  (NBO)  direct flights . Passengers disembarking from the ATCL Airbus A220-300 at Jomo Kenyata International Airport in Nairobi. The Tanzanian national flag career has on 26 th  Nov 2021 returned to Nairobi skies since it last flew there in 2006.  The Airline will be flying twice a day from Dar to Nairobi with an Airbus A220-300   The Airbus A220-300 is a 132-seater aircraft with 12 business class seats and 120 economy class seats. The morning flight will leave Dar es Salaam at 5:50am to arrive in Nairobi at 6:45am. The second flight departs the Kenyan capital at 7:30am to arrive in Dar at 9am. The evening flight will see the airline depart Julius Nyerere International Airport at 8pm to arrive in Nairobi at 9pm. The flight will then leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10pm to arrive in  Dar es Salaam  at 10:45pm. Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer La

Employment Opportunities at Precision Air Services PLC : APPRENTICE – FLIGHT OPERATION OFFICER - 3 POST

Precision Air Services Plc is a fast growing private Tanzanian airline which operates in Partnership with Kenya Airways, with its strategies to expand wings beyond East Africa and Africa. In order to keep our services at a higher level and meet our customers’ maximum satisfaction, we wish to invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill in this challenging position. POSITION:             APPRENTICE – FLIGHT OPERATIONS OFFICER – 3 POST REPORTS TO:         FLIGHT DISPATCH SUPERVISOR DUTY STATION:    DAR ES SALAAM.   ROLE PURPOSE STATEMENT: To provide, prepare and brief pilots with timely, adequate, updated flight documentations and relevant information in compliance with the conditions and limitations specified in the AOC so as to ensure safe conduct of flights Maintain and compile correct operational data  i nto CRANE in order to achieve safe and accurate flight watch KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES: Deliverables: Prepare process and provide all updated dispatch

Italian stunt pilot sets multiple World records flying through a tunnel

 Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa set Five Guinness World Records by flying an aeroplane through two Çatalca Tunnels in Istanbul, Turkey. The 41-year old pilot achieved this feat on board a custom-modified Zivko Edge 540 race plane through a twin tunnel along the Northern Marmara Highway in Istanbul. Mr Costa set the world record for the longest aeroplane flight taken through a tunnel. He covered a distance of 1,730m through the twin tunnel. Although, only one record was officially recognized with a Guinness World Record certificate. However, in total, Costa set the following five records with his feat: *Longest tunnel flight with an aeroplane *First aeroplane flight through a tunnel *Longest flight under a solid obstacle *First aeroplane flight through two tunnels and *First aeroplane takeoff from a tunnel. Mr Costa and his mentor, Hungarian pilot Péter Besenyei, worked together with 40 Red Bull team members. The flight took off at 6:43 a.m. on September 4th.

African Airlines Forecasted To Lose US$8.2b In 2021

The Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA) said the full year revenue loss for African airlines in 2021 is forecasted at US$8.2b, approximately 47.2% of the full year 2019 airlines’ revenue. In 2020, African airlines made a cumulative loss of $10.21b, representing 58.8% of 2019 revenues. AFRAA revealed that passenger traffic continues to be low across Africa due to the ravaging impact of COVID-19, inconsistencies in the messaging regarding border closures and failure to align health protocols in some countries and across regions. AFRAA noted that in the month of August 2021, air passenger traffic reached 46.8% compared to same month in 2019 while capacity was at 54.6%.  Domestic markets across Africa recorded a slight reduction in passenger demand although still outperforming intra-Africa and intercontinental traffic. Domestic traffic for the month under review was 58.9% compared to 22.7% for intra-Africa and 18.4% for intercontinental. On passenger capacity (seats offered), domestic, int

COVID-19: Restarting African Airline Operations

A new research study highlights how “Data Analytics” will help the airline industry to face the challenges and reopen its operations during this pandemic.  The pandemic has indeed changed the way how businesses work. COVID-19 has posed the greatest challenge to the global aviation industry by affecting airlines, airports, air navigation organizations, security agencies, support services, commercial and retail services, regulators, and customers - the entire aviation ecosystem. The findings of a recent research study carried out by Dr. Rajee Olaganathan highlight how the airline industry can recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic by adopting a strategic approach incorporating data analytics technology.     Impact of COVID-19 on African Airlines This research study found that the world passenger traffic collapsed to an unanticipated level (declined by negative 60%) in 2020, leading to a decrease in gross passenger operating revenues by USD 371 billion. The researcher u

Rolls-Royce to develop aviation energy storage technology

Rolls-Royce is entering new aviation markets to pioneer sustainable power and as part of that mission we will be developing energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge. In order to deliver this ground-breaking technology, the company is planning an £80m investment in ESS over the next decade, that will create around 300 jobs by 2030 and strengthen its position as the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid-electric power and propulsion systems for aviation. Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market. By 2035, Rolls-Royce is planning to integrate more than five million battery cells per annum into modular systems. These modules will deliver market-leading energy density levels.