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Precision Air starts early morning flight out of Mwanza to Dar; announces new promo fares to Mbeya.

Precision Air financial results 2012/2013.

PRESS RELEASE
Dar Es Salaam, August 30th, 2013
The Board of Directors of Precision Air Services Plc is pleased to announce its full year results for the year ended March 31st 2013.
The company made a net loss of Tshs.30.4billion against prior year which stood at Tshs.1.2billion profit.
Overall the Available Seat Kilometers grew by 10% whereas the Revenue Seat Kilometers grew by 16%. Total numbers of passengers uplifted over the period went up by 8.5% to 895,650 against 825,150 prior year. The yield however declined by 9.4%.
Total Revenues grew by 8.2% to Tshs.176.4billion largely driven by increased passenger numbers. This robust growth in passengers was attained even with increased competition in the domestic market. 
Direct Expenditures went up by 24% to Tshs 145billion due to increased cost of fuel and increased equipment related costs. Aircraft Maintenance costs increased from Tshs.11.9billion in 2011 to Tshs.23.6billion in 2012; this was mainly due to the high costs of maintaining…

Mango launches scheduled flights between Johannesburg & Zanzibar (Tanzania).

The South African low-cost carrier Mango has announced the launching of its scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar from late September 2013. This comes after eight months of successful charter operations in cooperation with AfricaStay.
Flights are expected to start on 21 September 2013, initially twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays using a Boeing B737-800.
Tickets are already on sale with the launch fares starting from R2554 for outbound flights and R2880 for the return flight from Zanzibar to Johannesburg all inclusive.
Flight JE9269 is scheduled to leave OR Tambo International Airport at 10h00 and land in Zanzibar at 14h 50. The return flight from Zanzibar to Johannesburg flt JE9270 is scheduled to leave ZNZ at 16h00 and arrive at JNB at 18h45.
Mango, or Mango airlines, is a state-owned South African low-cost airline and a subsidiary of South African Airways. The airline operates domestic scheduled budget services from its main base at OR Tambo International Airport…

Fastjet decides to carry cargo in partnership with BidAir.

Fastjet has finally decided to go into cargo business on its Tanzanian routes aiming to provide additional revenue stream for the airline. The supposed to be a low cost airline, has signed an agreement with BidAir which is one of Africa’s largest cargo operators, to carry cargo on its fleet of Airbus A319s.
One of BidAir’s staff briefed that, at the moment with fastjet they are transporting only dry cargo especially newspapers from Dar es salaam to Mwanza. BidAir is also in partnership with Precision Air which is a strong competitor of Fastjet in the aviation business in Tanzania.
In Tanzania there is still a huge potential in air cargo business due to the challenges presented by poor roads and other means of transportation. From Dar es salaam there are high cargo demands to Comoro, Mwanza and other routes.