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Boeing Dreamliner back in skies

The first Dreamliner passenger flight since January(pic. BBC) More than three months after safety issues grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines became the first to resume service with a commercial flight Saturday.   Nearly 50 Dreamliners around the world had been out of commission after two incidents on jets operated by Japanese airlines called the battery systems into question. Boeing last week began installing a redesigned battery system in the aircraft. The Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner flight carried passengers from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, the company said. The move follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration posting a directive outlining the modifications necessary for the Dreamliner to fly again. Japan this week authorized its passenger airlines to resume Dreamliner flights, but it wasn't clear when they  would reinstate the aircraft. The Dreamliner's use of lightweight composite materials to greatly improve fuel economy has mad

Passenger kicked off flight for his weight

A Southwest Airlines passenger has claimed that the airline's attitude towards his weight left him feeling "like a criminal" and humiliated him during his flight. Matthew Harper alleges he was kicked off of his Sunday flight from Chicago to Denver due to his weight. The 340-pound man from Texas was boarding the plane with his brother when a Southwest official told him the flight was overbooked and asked him to leave the plane, according to New York Daily News. Harper says that wasn't the case because both he and his brother were able to sit down with an empty seat between them. The 34 year old says he was removed from the plane in front of all the other passengers and was asked if he knew about the airline's policy on overweight passengers. Harper said he was aware of the policy, to which the official threatened he could be thrown off the plane. Southwest Airlines' "customer of size policy" insists fliers who   "encroach upon any par

TCAA announces Training Fund uptitude test results.

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has announced the names of candidates who have passed the TCAA Training Fund aptitude test for sponsorship to train pilots. The following announcement is found on TCAA website.                      TRAINING FUND SPONSORSHIP APTITUDE TEST RESULTS   The under listed are the names of candidates who have passed the aptitude test which was done on 19 March 2013 at Civil Aviation Training Centre. These candidates will be subjected to medical examination and oral interview on dates to be notified. All those whose names did not appear should consider themselves unsuccessful.   1.     Mathew Sichilima 2.     Herman Cyril Mushi 3.     James John Castico 4.     Calvin Francis Massao 5.     David Kitomary 6.     Ramadhani Ally 7.     Benny Anold Mushi 8.     Hadriano Damasi 9.     Doris Bariki 10.  Cathbert Mamuya   Issued by: The Training Fund Committee, Tanzania

FastJet suspends temporarily two routes, between Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, and between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar

Fastjet has today announced the suspension of its recently opened routes between Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, and between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, reducing its network by 50%. According to the announcement on its website, it says.. The suspension of these routes comes just one month after Fastjet started operating these two routes on 18th march this year. Now Precision air (PW) will remain the only airline operating these two routes until then.

Plane crashes in Arusha, pilot killed!

News emerging from Arusha, Tanzania, reports that a light-weight plane Maule MT-7-235 with registration no. 5H-QTT , has crashed while on its final approach to Arusha airport (HTAR) on Saturday evening leaving its pilot killed. The Pilot who was also the owner of the crashed plane, was the only soul on board and has been identified as Joseph Sambeke, alias 'Bob Sambeke' . He was flying into Arusha from West Kilimanjaro. The pilot died shortly after the crash while he was being rushed to Mount Meru hospital. It is said that the accident happened while the plane tried to land at the Arusha airport after sunset. The Arusha airport has no light facility for night landings hence its always closed at sunset, 6:30PM LT. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, the local police and the Arusha airport officials are investigating the accident. The following data about the crashed aircraft is found on the TCAA website. Aircraft Particulars Reg: 5H-QTT C of R Number

Brand new Boeing 737 jet crashes into sea in Bali; 45 hurt

BALI, Indonesia (AP) - All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people. In this photo released by Indonesian Police, the wreckage of a crashed Lion Air plane sits on the water near the airport in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The injured were taken to several different hospitals for treatment, but there appeared to be no serious injuries, said airport spokesman Alfasyah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name. There were three foreigners on board - two Singaporeans and a French national - all of whom suffered slight injuries. TV footage showed police and rescuers using rubber boats to evacuate the 101 passengers and seven crew members. The Boeing 737 could be seen sitting in the shallow water with a large crack in its fuselage. Officials initially said the plane overshot the runway b

Lufthansa Plane Crosses Atlantic With Tail Damage

The back end of the A330 airbus hit the runway at Chicago airport as it was taking off on March 5th – but no-one noticed and it took off as normal. The trans-Atlantic flight to Munich, with a cruising altitude of 11,000 metres, continued as normal, landing in Bavaria after more than eight hours in the air. Nobody on board realized the damage to the plane – but Germany’s air accident investigations board (BFU) recorded the incident as a “severe fault” and said together with Lufthansa, it would be carrying out a full investigation into what happened. “The cabin was not damaged,” although there were visible scrape marks on the outside, said a BFU spokesman. He added that they wanted to find out how the crew had not noticed or reacted to the incident. The airbus in question has been taken out of service after being flown to Hamburg at a height of just 2,000 metres for repairs. SOURCE:

Air Uganda plans flying to Arusha

Air Uganda has announced plans to fly to Arusha three times a week in move designed to expand its footprint in the region, after introducing luxurious Crane class earlier this year.   The airline, part of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AFED) project, currently operates scheduled flights to all the East African capitals and Juba in South Sudan. The Arusha flights, according to a statement released over the weekend, would begin May next year, to ease travel between the tourist city, the head of East African Community and Uganda . “Plans are underway to grow the network by introduction of flights to Arusha in May next year starting with a three weekly flights frequency,” the airline said in the release. Air Uganda early this year introduced Crane class that designed to give its client a stress free travel experience from the time the client purchase his ticket to arrival at his destination. “With this offering the client enjoys a separate check in counter to reduce