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Aerostar contracts with Fastjet for a319 maintenance to cement its growing African market presence.

© aerostar Leading Romanian aerospace company Aerostar has won a contract from Tanzanian-based low-cost carrier Fastjet for the heavy maintenance of two of the airline’s fleet of three Airbus A319 airliners. The first of the aircraft arrived at Aerostar’s Bacau facility in February for its annual ‘C’ check and was redelivered on March 13, with the second aircraft arriving at Bacau on March 14. This major new contract from one of Africa’s newest and most exciting airlines underscores the growing market reputation that Aerostar is building across Africa for the quality, cost-effectiveness and on time delivery of its MRO services. Fastjet is creating Africa’s first pan-continental airline with initial operations commencing in November 2012. Currently the airline flies from five international airports in Tanzania providing convenient daily air services between Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and Zanzibar. International routes are flown several times weekly b


WASHINGTON – Following two recent incidents in which transport category airplanes landed at the wrong airports, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to remind pilots of the vigilance required to avoid such potentially catastrophic mistakes. The latest Safety Alert, "Landing at the Wrong Airport," cites the January 2014 incident in which a Southwest Airlines 737 landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri; and the November 2013 incident in which a Boeing 747 cargo plane landed on a 6,100-foot runway instead of the 12,000-foot one at its intended airport 12 miles away. Wrong airport landings present serious safety hazards, including the risk of overrun because a misidentified runway may not be long enough to accommodate the landing airplane, and the risk of collision with other aircraft due to an unexpected incursion into the runway environment. "All of us have experienced a loss of situational awareness at some time, but the con

VACANCY at FLIGHTLINK: Personal Assistant to the Managing Director

Flightlink is looking for a Dynamic & Experienced Personal Assistant to the Managing Director The Candidate must be qualified and posses Bsc or Equivalent in Air transport Management or Bsc or Equivalent in Business Management & Finance. Experience is very important. Min 3 Years worked in Aviation Administration & Management environment Applying candidates must have previ ous employer reference. Only NON-SMOKER to apply for this post (MALE/FEMALE) Applications to CMD - FLIGHTLINK -

AFI KLM E&M : Kenya Airways signs contract for component support for its new Boeing 787s

  Paris, Amstelveen - Kenya Airways has selected AFI KLM EM to provide component support services for a total of nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners currently on order and scheduled for delivery between March 2014 and end-2015. Billed power by the hour, the contract also includes pool access and a Main Base Kit pre-positioned at the client's Nairobi base. Extensive partnership This latest agreement highlights the Kenyan airline's trust in AFI KLM E&M service quality and adaptiveness, as the MRO has already been entrusted with several support roles for the Kenyan carrier, namely for the CF6-80C2 engines powering its Boeing 767s, the APUs of its 737 Next Generation and 777 aircraft, plus component service for its 737 Present Generation aircraft. Increased presence Ton Dortmans, Executive Vice President KLM Engineering & Maintenance said: "This new agreement with Kenya Airways testifies to the maturity and competitiveness of our 787 components offering

Malaysia Says MH370 Crashed In Indian Ocean

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared over two weeks ago en route to Beijing, crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday, citing new satellite data. All 239 people on board were presumed dead, airline officials said. Analysis of satellite information from British company Inmarsat had shown that the Boeing 777's last position was in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, Najib said in a statement. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites," he said. "It is therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean." He added that the families of the passengers and crew had been informed. "For them, the past few weeks have been heart-breaking; I know this news must be harder still," he said. After the announcement, there were hysterical sc

fastjet Passenger Statistics for February 2014 and extension of EFF

fastjet plc is pleased to announce its passenger statistics for the month of February 2014 and an extension of its existing EFF from £15 million to £25 million. fastjet Tanzania fastjet operations in Tanzania carried a total of 35,100  passengers and achieved a load factor of 76 per cent.  The average yield per passenger was $82 , compared to $47 in February 2013.  Total revenue for the month was $2.87m, a 135 per cent increase from February 2013. Punctuality remained outstanding with 93 per cent of fastjet flights operating on time. Note 5 Fly 540 As expected, the passenger numbers carried by the legacy 540 businesses, particularly in Angola, continued to fall year-on-year as those businesses undergo significant restructuring. Extension of EFF The Company also announces that it has agreed to extend its current Equity Finance Facility ('EFF') with Darwin Strategic Ltd. from £15 million to £25 million.  All other aspects of the initial EFF ag

Fly-SAX appoints Brown Francis as Head of New Airline SAX-Tanzania

Brown Francis, former Managing Director of Fastjet plc in Tanzania, renews partnership with Don Smith, CEO of Fly-SAX and Fly-540 Kenya. Nairobi, Kenya; 12 March 2014 –   Fly-SAX, Kenya’s premier safari and private charter airline, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brown Francis, a veteran of the airline industry in Tanzania, as General Manager of SAX-Tanzania, a new airline established in Tanzania. Subject to receiving regulatory approvals from Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, the new airline’s maiden flight is expected to occur in the second half of 2014. “We are launching a new airline to meet the ever-increasing demand for low-cost, efficient and safe air travel within Tanzania from the country’s own citizens as well as international tourists visiting the country,” said Don Smith, CEO & Founder of Fly-SAX and Fly540 Kenya. “I am delighted to be working again with Brown Francis. Having previously headed up Fly540’s and Fastjet’s operations in Tanzania, he

8 New fastjet Pilots Pass their Professional Pilots Training.

Fastjet has today announced that 8 new pilots have successfully passed their pilot training programmes. This comes as part of the company's  ongoing focus on recruitment and development. 8 New Fastjet pilots who passed their Professional Pilots Training. Photo by Fastjet . Fastjet published on their blog that, each of the pilots had to complete and achieve a Tanzanian Professional Pilots Licence and they also received A319 ratings, meaning that they are now able to fly the fastjet's A319 fleet.   A significant part of the training included attending A319 technical ground school.  Once the trainees passed this element of the programme, they then went onto complete their aircraft simulator training.  From beginning to end, the training takes 4 months to complete.  The  recruits that passed their licences with flying colours include: Abdulaziz Mandani Romit Parmar Arif Jinnah Abeid Mayoya Soud S Al-Toky Donald Msigwa Pirmohamed Mulla Maqbul Sange Sev

Malaysia Airlines B777, MH370 flight crashed, says Viet Navy

The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Saturday crashed off Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, northwest off the country’s southernmost Cape Ca Mau, the Vietnamese High Command of Navy announced. According to a High Command of Navy statement, the plane went down at the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia, some 153 nautical miles (300km) off Tho Chu Island in Kien Giang Province, the Vietnamese Tuoi Tre online news service reported. “The Naval Zone 5 is ready for the search and rescue mission. There were no immediate reports of casualty,” the news report said. The flight MH370 disappeared at 2:40 am local time (1840 GMT Friday), about two hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport, according to AFP. It had been due to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am local time (2230 GMT Friday). It was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, from 13 different nationalities, and 12 crew members. China’s state television said 158 of the passengers

Malaysia Airlines Media Statement on MH370 Flight Incident : (Updates)

                                              8th Media Statement: (  March 09, 02:43 PM MYT +0800   ) Statement by MAS GCEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya Together with all those affected by the MH370 incident, we understand the need to provide regular updates on the progress of the search and rescue operations.  As the hours turn into days, we at Malaysia Airlines are similarly anxious and we appreciate the patience, support and prayers from everyone.  We however acknowledge that the most affected group in this incident is the families of those on-board. As such, our primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals and emotional support. Initial financial assistance has been given out to all families. Caregivers are already assigned to each family and they are trained staff and volunteers from Malaysia and Australia. Family members of the MH370 passengers from Beijing w