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6 months after COVID-19

In March and April 2020, when cases of COVID-19 peaked, airlines had to cancel hundreds of flights every day, ground fleets, and try to postpone aircraft deliveries. These rapid changes have massively altered how flights are performed and the way certain services are provided.One particular side effect of the pandemic is standing in the way of smaller, more efficient airlines . In the long run, it may result in reducing the number of flight frequencies, eventually cutting the number of travel options to choose from. On the plus side, airlines can increase their efficiency, save costs, minimize the impact on the climate and become even more competitive.Additional COVID-19 prevention measures come at a cost. The standard procedure of preparing a large Aircraft for a flight can be up to one hour longer, considering cabins need to be disinfected, and social distancing has to been enforced among passengers during boarding. The increase in idle time is a potential financial threat for airli…
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KQ's affected flights following the nullification of the TCAA's approval to allow the airline resume flights into Tanzania.

Following the nullification of the KQ's approval by TCAA that was to allow the airline resume flights into Tanzania, a number of flights have been affected. These flights as published on KQ's scheduled for August 2020 include: Nairobi - Dar es salaam, 14 times weekly Nairobi - Kilimanjaro, 2 times weekly Nairobi - Zanzibar, 3 times weekly

Safari za Kenya Airways zilizoathiriwa kufuatia mamlaka ya usimamizi wa usafiri wa anga Tanzania, TCAA, kufuta kibali cha ruhusa ya kuja nchini Tanzania kwa shirika hilo. Safari hizi hazitaweza kufanyika kama zilivyokusudiwa mpaka mamlaka husika kutoa tena kibali cha kuruhusu shirika hilo kuja nchini. Nairobi - Dar es salaam, mara 14 kwa wiki. Nairobi - Kilimanjaro, mara 2 kwa wiki Nairobi - Zanzibar, mara 3 kwa wiki


TCAA nullifies all KQ permits for flights into the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has "on a reciprocal basis” rescinded its approval granted to Kenya Airways to resume international flights to Tanzania. The retaliation is a reaction to Kenya’s omission of Tanzania from the list of 16 countries allowed to resume international flights into Kenya effective August 1, 2020, since the airports' shutdown in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has "on a reciprocal basis” rescinded its approval granted to Kenya Airways to resume international flights to Tanzania.

The retaliation is a reaction to Kenya’s omission of Tanzania from the list of 16 countries allowed to resume international flights into Kenya effective August 1, 2020, since the airports' shutdown in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa. Kenya Transport cabinet secretary, James Macharia said flights from Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia Canada, Japan, South Korea, UAE,…

Pakistan International Airlines Banned from UK after pilots found to have fraudulent licenses.

Nearly a quarter of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots have been found not to hold valid licences. An investigation following the Karachi air disaster in May, in which all passengers and crew lost their lives, revealed that 262 of 850 pilots had potentially fake licences or ones containing irregularities.
It was believed that many had not even taken the Pakistan regulator’s pilot qualification examination. Some 150 pilots were suspended as investigations continue, according to a report by Forbes.
The Pakistan flag carrier has now been banned from operating in both the US and the UK. The European Union Air Safety Agency EASA withdrew “third country operator” authorisation from PIA for six months from 1 July.
The letter from EASA to PIA read: “There are strong indications that a high number of Pakistani pilots’ licences are invalid.” It added: “PIA persists in failing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards.” On the same day, the US Department of Transportation sus…

Changes to air travel after Covid-19

Covid-19 turned out to be aviation's biggest farewell party, airlines currently have a surplus of planes with the need to conserving cash thus retiring the most costly ones the 4 engines A380s and B747s. 
Airlines are using their smaller more fuel efficient aircraft as a result there is less first class inventory at the moment due to the demand for first class being low. Most airlines are only offering 2 class aircraft at the moment. 
Planes are probably the cleanest they have been since they were new all from the effort being put in by most airlines in cleaning their planes. Airlines are also removing contact points at every stage of the journey with others adding additional flight attendants to clean the bathroom every 90 minutes.
Most airlines will argue that social distancing doesn't work in the air all seats are being sold instead airlines are enforcing a ' no mask no fly ' rule with others and airports handing out hygiene kits containing gloves, a face mask antibact…

Should airlines standardize pre-flight testing for Covid-19

With airlines slowly starting to operate more flights as regulators in different regions of the world begin to ease travel restrictions introducing new guidelines, as airports start to fill the industry is still trying to figure out the best method for testing passengers prior to getting onboard. 
The IATA and ICAO published new guidance on Covid-19 testing for air travel, with the agency advocating for the use of tests that are accurate, fast and can be performed hundreds of times per hour at busy airports. 
IATA believes the verification and testing should be managed by a public health agency with some airports and airlines having already adopted own measures for testing for Covid-19 related symptoms.
Airports such as Heathrow implementing camera detection systems that are capable of monitoring people as they move through the airport, other airlines giving trial runs to self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travellers with medical conditions potentially including…

Kenya Airways (KQ) yabadili ndege ya abiria "Dreamliner" kubebea mizigo

Katika hali ya kukabiliana na mgogoro wa kiuchumi na kuendelea kupambana kwenye biashara katika kipindi hiki cha janga la #COVID-19, shirika la ndege la Kenya, Kenya airways limekuja na ubunifu wa kutumia ndege zake za dreamliners kubeba na kusafirisha mizigo.

Mizigo inayosafirishwa ni misaada ya madawa na vifaa tiba na pia vyakula na mbogamboga.

Mizigo hiyo husafirishwa baina ya Kenya na nchi nyingine. Ndege ya kwanza ya mizigo ilikuwa ni ya madawa na vifaa tiba iliyoondoka Nairobi kuelekea Johannesburg, Afrika ya Kusini.

Ndege ya pili ya mizigo ilibeba mazao ya shambani, mbogamboga kutoka Nairobi ikielekea London Uingereza.



Ndege ya tatu ilikuwa ni ya madawa na vifaa tiba kutoka China kwenda Kenya vikiwa ni katika jitihada za kupambana na janga la #COVID-19.




Kwa kawaida ndege hizi za dreamliner hubeba abiria. Lakini kufuatia kipindi hiki cha janga la  COVID19 mashirika ya ndege yamelazimika kusitisha kutoa huduma za usafiri wa abiria kutokana na makatazo ya mataifa mbalimbali. Hivyo…

Safran becomes a partner of the African Airlines Association

During the 51th Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association, held on November 11&12, Safran announced it had established a partnership with the association, which works to promote safe, reliable, economical and efficient air transport services in Africa.

The Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), which has been sponsoring by CFM International* for many years, gave Safran the opportunity to announce that it has become an official partner of AFRAA. In taking on this commitment, the Group is keen to participate in AFRAA's work to develop the African marketand support its growth. This partnership will also enable Safran to raise its profile among the African aeronautic community.
"In order to improve the competitiveness of African airlines, we have created the AFRAA consulting unit, which will act as a center for knowledge and expertise concerning the African air transport market," says Abderahmane Berthé, Secretar…