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Air Tanzania (ATCL) returns to South African Markets through codeshared flights with Interair.

Air Tanzania and  Interair have launched their new service between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg following a codeshare agreement.  Interair B737-200 Reg ZS- IJA at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es salaam, being welcomed by ATCL's staff. Earlier this week  Air Tanzania, signed a code share deal with Interair, allowing passengers of the local airline to have three flights a week via Interair between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. The code shared flights are  scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday  and will be operated by a Boeing 737-200 with 12 passengers in business class and 91 in economy class.   According to ATCL's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro, the strategic partnership with Interair is part of an aggressive repositioning of the airline. In this agreement ATCL's passengers will now be able to travel to and from Johannesburg using Interair's facility. As well Interair’s clients will now be eble to tr


Hivi karibuni Mamlaka ya Usafiri wa Anga Tanzania (TCAA), imebaini kuwa chuo cha Aviation University College (TAUC) kilichopo Tabata, Dares salaam, ambacho kimeidhinishwa na TCAA kutoa kozi ya maafisa wa kutoa huduma katika kampuni za ndege yaani Flight Operations Officers/Flight Dispatcher (FOO), kimekuwa kikiweka matangazo kuwa kinatoa kozi za urubani kwa ngazi ya PPL, taarifa ambazo sio sahihi. TCAA imebaini suala hilo wakati ilipofanya ukaguzi  katika chuo hicho cha TAUC. Tayari TCAA imewasiliana na chuo cha TAUC ambacho kimeondoa tangazo hilo katika tovuti yake.  Kwa taarifa hii, tunapenda kutahadharisha umma kuwa, chuo cha Tanzania Aviation University College (TAUC) hakijaidhinishwa na TCAA kutoa mafunzo ya urubani kama ambavyo kilikuwa kimeweka matangazo katika tovuti yake. Wanachi wanashauriwa kuchukua tahadhari kuepuka usumbufu unaoweza kujitokeza kutokana na matangazo kama hayo. Imetolewa na Ofisi ya Habari MAMLAKA YA


It has came to the attention of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), that Tanzania Aviation University College (TAUC) located at Tabata Dare s salaam, which is approved  by TCAA to offer  Flight Operations Officers/Flight Dispatcher(FOO) training  has been  advertising  that it also offers Private Pilot License(PPL) training, which is not the case. The issue came to the Authority attention following an inspection carried out to the collage. The Authority has since communicated this concern to the training institution, which has responded by removing the advert from its website. Notice is hereby given to general public, that Tanzania Aviation University College (TAUC) has not been approved to offer Private Pilot License (PPL) training as it has apparently been advertised in TAUC official website. Members of the General Public are advised to take diligent measures to avoid inconveniencies.    Issued by Public Information Office TANZANIA CIVIL AVIATION AU

Fastjet signs agreement to dispose of Fly540 Kenya

Fastjet Plc, Africa's low-cost airline, has today announced that it has signed an agreement to dispose of its holding in Fly540 Kenya, the loss-making investment it inherited as part of the acquisition from Lonrho Aviation, to Don Smith, a director of Fly540 Kenya. The agreement wholly removes Fly 540Kenya from the fastjet group. All legal and financial ties between the two companies have been dissolved and each group has indemnified one another against any and all liabilities relating to the segregation of the businesses. Ed Winter, Interim Chairman and Chief Executive of fastjet, said: "Following a period of complex negotiations, we are delighted to have achieved a successful outcome for all parties. After a thorough and lengthy evaluation of Fly540 Kenya, we concluded that converting the business into the fastjet low-cost model would not be economically viable. "Disposing of our investment in Fly540 Kenya allows us to pursue our priority objective of cre

Kenya Airways Ltd. has appointed Mbuvi Nguze as the new Group Managing Director and CEO, replacing Titus Naikuni.

Mbuvi Ngunze has been appointed the new Kenya Airways CEO and Managing Director effective December 1, 2014. Ngunze will take over from Titus Naikuni who  will be retiring at the end of November 2014, after 11 illustrious years at the helm of Kenya Airways Ltd. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Mbuvi Ngunze who is the current Chief Operating Officer in KQ to the role of Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways Ltd, with effect from December 1, 2014,” KQ Chairman Evanson Mwaniki announced on Tuesday. Mwaniki said the Board of Directors had engaged in the search for a new CEO to head the airline since January this year. He said the board was assisted by Spencer Stuart Limited, an international Executive firm which was hired to help in identifying Naikuni’s successor. “I would like to confirm that the board will lend its full support to Mr Mbuvi Ngunze in leading all of the KQ team in running the company’s business,” Mwaniki said. He said

Airlines operating to NBO to tanker at least 40% Jet A1 from outstations.

Due to fuel shortage in NBO, airlines operating have agreed to tanker at least 40% from outstations, as a way to ensure the current available fuel would be able to serve the airlines until the next fresh consignment arrives. The aviation industry in Kenya and Uganda is staring at a crisis that could cost the two countries millions of shillings due to a looming jet fuel shortage. According to the information from NBO,  Kencor, the oil marketing company tendered to deliver jet fuel known as Jet A1, has failed to do so after it encountered problems at the port of loading.  This has caused major scare especially in the airline industry with reports indicating that the current stock could only last until the 23 rd  of this month. In another development, earlier this week Tanzania had come to Kenya’s rescue by pledging to deliver a consignment of jet fuel. In this rescue Tanzania agreed to sell ten tonnes of  Jet A1 to Kenya. 

Fastjet launches flights to Zimbabwe; third international route for carrier

fastjet, Africa’s low-cost airline, will begin operating services between Tanzania and Zimbabwe in August as it expands its international route network across Africa. The airline will launch a twice weekly operation from Dar es Salaam to Harare with tickets available from today for as low as US$50 (excluding government charges and taxes), significantly cheaper than fares from operators offering non-direct flights between the two cities. The announcement marks the third international route for fastjet which already flies from Tanzania to Zambia and South Africa. Despite strong commercial and cultural ties between the two cities, there is currently no direct air link between Dar es Salaam and Harare. The port at Dar es Salaam is used extensively by Zimbabwean traders and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zanzibar to the east of Tanzania are popular tourist destinations. Commenting on the launch, fastjet Interim Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Ed Winter said: “We ar

Air Tanzania to get four more planes, says govt.

THE government will acquire four new airplanes for the Air  Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) to bring to six the number  of aircraft in its fleet. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Dr Charles Tizeba, told the  National Assembly on Thursday that the government planned  to acquire an 80-seat ERJ 170 and a 100 seat ERJ 190 from  Embraer E-Jet family manufactured Brazilian aerospace  conglomerate Embraer. The two would be bought through a  loan from Brazilian development bank, he said. The government would also acquire two other Y12E planes  with capacity to carry 20 passengers each through a  concession loan from Exim Bank of China, he said. The national flag carrier would use the aircraft to strengthen  its services for domestic routes and fly to Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali. The Deputy Minister announced in Parliament on  Tuesday the government had begun the process to buy two D8 Q400 aircraft with capacity to carry 78 passengers each,  for the national carrier. Mr Tizeba said

Air Tanzania (ATCL) drowning in Sh133 billion debt, says govt.

The government has said properties owned by Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) locally and overseas cannot service its Sh133 billion debt. Instead, plans are afoot to look for immediate and necessary measures that would see the debts ATCL accumulated over the years due to poor management cleared to ensure that business at the state-owned airline continues as usual. Yesterday, the deputy minister for Transport, Dr Charles Tizeba, said however, that all routes that ATCL used to have were still in operation and that each time it got a flight, the routes continued as usual. The deputy minister who was responding to a supplementary question posed by Lucy Owenya (Special Seats- Chadema) said soon, the government would start selling tickets through ATCL to South Africa if the negotiations will materialize. Ms Owenya wanted to know the number of planes owned by the embattled company and government’s plans to revive it. According to Dr Tizeba, the company has currently

KQ 2nd Dreamliner arrives on Saturday, 21st June

Kenya Airways is set to receive its second Boeing 787-8 dreamliner aircraft this Saturday. The aircraft was handed over officially to KQ in Charleston-South Carolina in a colourful ceremony attended by Boeing executives, and KQ staff.The dreamliner joins KQ fleet this Saturday after a 15 hour ferry flight from Charleston SC to Nairobi.  5Y- KZB in Charleston USA Flight operations Director Captain Paul Mwangi,Flight Purser Venus and Flight Attendant Hinal Celebrate at the Delivery Dinner for the new 787 in Charleston KQ and KCAA delivery teams gives a thumps up to the new dreamliner after final inspection. This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size to 107 aircrafts by 2021 and destinations to 115. The next Dreamliner will be delivered in July this year. Also joining the fleet this July is the third B777-300 ER. In April KQ received its first B787-8 Dreamliner and will r

Kenya Airways to commence direct flights to Tel Aviv

Kenya Airways has announced its plans to introduce direct flights to Tel Aviv following successful bilateral trade relations talks between the government and Israeli business and government delegation. Speaking during a farewell cocktail hosted by Kenya Airways in honour of the delegation,the airlines Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Dr. Titus Naikuni said the strategic business move will be integral to helping the national carrier fulfil its mission of bringing the world to Africa, and taking Africa to the rest of the World. Without disclosing the date when the flights will be introduced, Dr. Naikuni said, “The introduction of flights to Israel is anchored on the renewed economic interest in Africa, and will also open up the continent for tourists and trade,particularly in agriculture and technology. This is yet another testament of our commitment to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa”. Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign

Total, Amyris biojet fuel ready for use in commercial aviation

With the newly revised ASTM standard for jet fuel, Amyris and Total have begun to prepare to market a drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10 percent blends of renewable farnesane. Developed by Total, one of the world's leading energy companies, and Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, this new jet fuel blend meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. “The ability of this renewable jet fuel to meet the criteria in the definitive standard for use in commercial aviation is a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Amyris and Total,” said Philippe Boisseau, member of the executive committee of Total, president of marketing and services and new energies divisions. “It unleashes the potential of our renewable jet fuel for the commercial aviation market. The introduction of our green fuel for the commercial aviation industry has the potential to lead to a meaningful reduction of gre

Fastjet and sign strategic partnership agreement

fastjet, Africa's low cost airline, has announced a pan-African hotel partnership agreement with, a member of Expedia Inc., the world's largest online travel company. Through this partnership, fastjet customers will be able to access and purchase rooms at's complete inventory of hotels via the airline's booking channels. The Venere functionality will be initially launched as a 'co-brand' product, available via , but will later be fully integrated into the booking process. This will allow passengers to add accommodation to flight bookings and complete purchases using fastjet's increasingly popular mobile solutions. Ellis Cain-Jones, Head of Commercial at fastjet, said: "This is another key milestone in the roll-out of fastjet's ancillary products and revenue generation plan. Accommodation is a natural add-on for both our leisure and business customers and this partnership offers an extensive choice of

Fastjet Passenger Statistics for May 2014

fastjet operations in Tanzania carried a total of 43,020 passengers and achieved a load factor of 71%, representing an increase in passenger numbers of 20.3% compared to the previous month, and 77.5% compared to the same month in the previous yearNote 3. Month on month, capacity has increased by 11%, with 60,320 seats flown in May compared to 54,230 in April. Capacity on the Dar-es-Salaam to Lusaka route has increased by 27% (May vs April); Dar-es-Salaam to Mbeya by 43% (May vs April) and Dar-es-Salaam to Mwanza by 23% (May vs March.) Compared with the same month last year, the number of seats has increased by 68% and revenue by 81% . Although May is typically wet in Tanzania, during the month, the country experienced much longer and heavier bouts of rain than normal for the time of the year.  While this prolonged period of adverse weather did affect punctuality, 89% of flights still arrived on time, a 10% improvement on April. “I am delighted to see our cap

New rules out for travel to SA with children

South Africa has issued new regulations governing travel with minors. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced the procedures for parents travelling with children under the age of 18 years in and out of South Africa. With effect from October 1, 2014, adults travelling with children will need to produce a copy of an unabridged birth certificate for each child they are travelling with, among other documents. “This new regulation is line with the DHA’s efforts to limit the incidents of child trafficking, and we are glad to see this issue being taken seriously,” said Andrew Stark, Flight Centre South Africa’s managing director. “We are particularly relieved that the DHA has issued a grace period for travellers, and extended the start date of these new regulations to 1 October and not 1 July as previously announced,” said Mr Stark. This extension has accommodated the plans of the many South African families who have holiday trips planned for the forth-

Airbus electric aircraft takes to the skies

Imagine taking a peaceful flight, gliding along without much noise or any fuel, effortlessly descending into the airport without a trace of emissions. Sounds like a dream? It is. But one we can imagine in the not-so-distant future. E-Fan, the brainchild of parent Airbus Group, is a prototype hybrid electric motor glider which will first be used for training pilots for their license at a school in Bordeaux, France, by 2017. It debuted with its first public test flight in April 2014, and the two-seater electric aircraft is powered by two batteries, producing 60 kilowatts of power, which will be able to run for half an hour. The E-Fan has been a continuous journey of evolution, says chief technical officer Jean Botti. "This is a learning curve to get to the big ones in the future." It started five years ago when Airbus Group experimented with the Cri-Cri, a tiny plane based on the 1970s Cri-Cri, one of the smallest twin-engine planes in history. Beside

EGPWS-based Wingtip Protection Prevents Ground Collisions

The sight of a building badly dented by the right wingtip of an Airbus A380 as the aircraft taxied at Le Bourget Airport ahead of the 2011 Paris Air Show emphasized the challenge posed by ground obstacles to pilots navigating around unfamiliar airports. Honeywell Aerospace seeks to address the problem through an innovative adaptation of its enhanced ground proximity warning system ( EGPWS ). The new Passive Wingtip Protection System ( PWPS ), based on an upgrade to the   EGPWS   software, is now under development at the group’s facility in Redmond, Wash. “Such a system could help reduce the rate of ground collisions with buildings and other obstacles, which comprise roughly 25 percent of all ground accidents worldwide,” Bob Champion, a Honeywell advanced technology research and development scientist, told  AIN . “We’re focusing on what can be done with the existing [ EGPWS ] box to accurately depict structures on the surface in our database, and modifying algorithms to be able to