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Fly Tanzania to launch operations with a single BAe 146-300

Fly Tanzania   ( Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) ) plans to shortly start operations with a single   Bae 146-300   ZS-SOU (MSN 3118). Little is known about the carrier's plans so far and the aircraft will likely be operated on its behalf by an also unknown South African operator. source:  ch-aviation

Sabena technics and Precision Air extend their collaboration to ATR -600s

Precision Air, the Tanzania-based airline, has selected Sabena technics for the component support of its new fleet of ATR  -600s. This selection marks the extension of an existing 5-year contract signed with Sabena technics in 2010. Their collaboration being a success, Precision Air has decided to trust the  MRO  provider with its future  ATR -600s. Precision Air, the fast-growing airline, will phase-in four  ATR  42-600s and one  ATR  72-600 starting from November 2012. The  ATR  72-600 will be delivered in 2014. With this acquisition, Precision Air will bring its fleet of ATRs up to 14 aircraft and will become the largest operator of  ATR  aircraft in Africa. This collaboration is not the first one between the airline and Sabena technics: Precision Air awarded the  MRO  provider in August 2010 with a five-year contract for the supply of component repair and overhaul services, including pool access with advanced standard exchange components service. “I would like to

TECHNOLOGY: Tablet PCs make maintenance procedures more efficient.

airberlin technik GmbH, the aviation technology service provider within the airberlin group, is to start using tablet PCs in their aircraft maintenance operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  In this way documentation reports can be produced at the same time as maintenance is being carried out on the aircraft. Until now technicians had to transfer the reports to the computer system in the central office after their maintenance work was completed. Tablet PCs now document the maintenance in real time and thus guarantee a more efficient maintenance process as part of ongoing flight operations. airberlin technik  are currently equipping the first two maintenance stations in Munich and Berlin-Tegel with tablet PCs. In addition tablet PCs give technicians the advantage of being able to consult manuals quickly and directly access warehouse stock on the job. Until now documentation forms and bulky manuals had to be carried with them to the aircraft and warehouse stock

Air Tanzania (ATCL) back in skies with a Boeing 737-236(A) ZS-SVV, ‘a veteran of skies’!

On October 12th, Air Tanzania returned to skies with a 32 years old Boeing 737-236(A).   ATCL is back after more than two months of suspension due to a dispute over a lease agreement with the Dubai based air services company, Aerovista, owners of the earlier leased Boeing 737-500, 4L - AJB. This time Air Tanzania has leased the B737-236(A) ZS-SVV from South Africa where by it has been in service by Star Air Cargo. ZS-SVV arrived in Dar Es Salaam on 11 th  of October 2012 in Air Tanzania livery and started its operations the  next day as flight TC 108 to Mwanza. Boeing 737-236(A) MSN 22030, ZS-SVV in Air Tanzania livery @ Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar Es Salaam. A brief History of ZS-SVV: This aircraft was built in 1980 and begun service at British Airtours as G-BGJI. It was then delivered to Caledonian and British Airways using the same registration (G-BGJI), then went to LAN Chile in 1997 already as CC-CZO, then to LADECO, LAN Chile, LAN Express,

Direct Maintenance employs first full-time female technician.

In today's aviation industry, maintaining aircraft is no longer the domain of men only. Direct  Maintenance has recently  welcomed on board Ms Edith Kisamo, mechanic at its new Dar es Salaam (DAR) station in Tanzania.  Frank Daams, Director Operations, comments:  "We are very proud employing staff with such a wide range of backgrounds and so many nationalities at our international line stations. A number of ladies are active in administrative functions, however, this is the first time we have now employed a full time female technician. It is great to see Edith is very eager to learn and according our customer her efforts are received very well." Learn more at:

What beautiful colours!

Omanair Boeing 737-800 during transit in Dar Es Salaam (HTDA), Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Syrian Arab A320 forced to land in Ankara

A Syrian Arab Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration YK-AKE performing flight RB-442 from Moscow Vnukovo (Russia) to Aleppo (Syria) with 37 people on board, was enroute at FL330 over the Black Sea entering Turkish Airspace, when the aircraft was intercepted by Turkish fighter aircraft and escorted for a safe landing at Ankara Airport about 45 minutes later. The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the aircraft was diverted to Ankara to search the aircraft for non-civil cargo, that according to information provided by secret services was carried by the aircraft. All flights from Turkish to Syrian Air Space have been prohibited, the ministry argues Syria's Airspace is no longer safe. Turkish Authorities announced later in the evening that the cargo on board of the aircraft was confiscated, the passengers and crew however were released. The Turkish Foreign Ministry subsequently announced that parts of the cargo requiring declaration have been confiscated, passengers, crew and aircraf

More airlines make direct flights to KIA

Effective December this year, KLM Airline will start landing twice a day at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) increasing the number of planes to Tanzania’s second biggest airport tremendously this year.   This initiative is a result of the fast growing tourism sector in the country’s northern zone, as well as the shortage of direct flights to KIA from overseas, causing some tourists heading there to connect flights from neighbouring counties.   Tanzania Tourist Board’s (TTB) Managing Director Dr Aloyce Nzuki, told The Guardian on Friday that introducing two direct flights from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to KIA twice a day will promote tourism and trade in Tanzania as well as attract new tourists from various parts of the world. These new routes are in line with KLM’s airline strategy to expand its network to Tanzania and tap the growing and potential traveler traffic. “KLM has been serving a lot of tourists from Europe, America to Tanzania for many years and as I

KQ resumes normal operations as pilots end go-slow

Kenya Airways (KQ) flights schedule is now back to normal after pilots under their union, Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) reinstated its goodwill on Sunday. This is after consultations and agreement with the Kenya Airways management on the dispute on interpretation of some operating procedures that led to the withdrawal of the goodwill. Goodwill is when pilots are voluntarily available to work for certain hours during off time but within legal limits as approved by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). “With the goodwill reinstated by KALPA, we are now working expeditiously to ensure normal services resume and expect all scheduled flights today to be crewed for operations,” noted Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni. “The Management of Kenya Airways therefore wishes to reassure our customers, stakeholders and the public at large that the airline is working to ensure that normal operations resumes immediately and sincerely apologize to all

Flights cancelled as KQ pilots stage go-slow

Several flights have been cancelled and schedules of departures and arrivals disrupted as Kenya Airways pilots stage a go-slow. The airline's pilots have withdrawn their goodwill with the management of Kenya Airways. “Kenya Airways will continue to operate its flights and we are doing its best to ensure a smooth provision of service. We are very mindful of the travel conveniences of our customers and we apologise for any delays,” a statement from Kenya Airways said. The statement explained how Kenya Airways has traditionally negotiated an agreement with Kenya Airlines Pilot Association (KALPA) that requires its members to be voluntarily available to work for certain hours during off time, which is known as goodwill, but within legal limits approved by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The pilots withdrew their goodwill over on-going Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA) negotiations between the union and the management, the statement added. Learn more

An Iran Air Fokker 100 dropped wheel on takeoff.

An Iran Air Fokker 100, registration EP-CFE performing flight IR-208 from Tehran Mehrabad to Ahwaz (Iran), dropped the left nosewheel upon departure from Tehran, stopped the climb, burned off fuel and returned to Tehran Mehrabad. After touch down the crew held the nose gear up as long as practicable and rolled out safely. A replacement aircraft reached Ahwaz and further on Lavan (Iran) with a delay of 3.5 hours. The nose gear after landing; Find more at:

Kingfisher Airlines grounded totally, all flights cancelled

In a first, Kingfisher Airlines cancelled all of its 50 flights today after engineers of the debt-laden carrier went on a flash strike yesterday evening protesting non-payment of salaries. The engineers were joined by pilots this morning. Aircraft engineers are crucial because they certify whether the plane is fit to fly.   The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will not allow Kingfisher Airlines to operate flights unless its aircraft are declared fit to fly by certified engineers, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in New Delhi on Monday. “We are not in business of shutting down enterprises. All future action will depend on the DGCA’s status report on Kingfisher,” Mr Singh added. The DGCA, which termed the strike an "internal industrial unrest", said it believed “the management was trying to resolve the issue", and has asked chief executive Sanjay Agarwal to present before it a status report of the airline on Tuesday. "There have been inci