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KQ aircraft re-sale ‘flopped over kickbacks’

Details are now emerging over how national carrier Kenya Airways lost over Sh13billion in an offer to purchase aircraft bought under the Mawingu project and which are now rendered redundant.
During an appearance before the National Assembly Transport and Infrastructure committee and the Senate committee on Kenya airways inquiry, Acting transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the airline was now making fresh attempts to sell off at least four aircraft which were grounded as the costs of operating them were high. “We have spoken to the management and they are selling four aircraft; some of them 777 and also some of the 737s. We are trying to see that this is done as quickly as possible but chair you should know that selling an aircraft is not like selling a car, it takes a long time… this is coming at a time when most airlines are no doing well,” said Macharia. Transport Committee Chairman Maina Kamanda revealed that he was privy to information over how an offer to purchase the fou…

Fastjet to purchase A319 aircraft.

fastjet (AIM:FJET), Africa’s low-cost airline, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of an Airbus A319 aircraft (the Aircraft). The Aircraft is expected to be ready for operations by the end of September 2015 and is planned as the first aircraft for the fastjet Zambia fleet.

“Following our recent announcement of the fourth and fifth aircraft joining our fleet, the addition of this owned Aircraft by the end of September will see the fleet double in size to six once each of these aircraft are operational,” said Ed Winter, fastjet Chief Executive Officer.
“Each additional aircraft is able to make up to 1,000 more seats per day available to fastjet’s customers. Based on the 75% load factors currently being projected by fastjet, each aircraft in the fleet is projected to carry approximately 275,000 passengers per annum.  Our successful fundraising in April 2015 was, in part, to fund the acquisition of aircraft.  We conducted an extensive review of available aircraft and I am d…

Indonesian plane (Trigana Air) goes missing with 54 people on board

AN INDONESIAN passenger plane carrying 54 people has lost contact with air traffic control while flying in bad weather during a flight in the country’s rugged easternmost province of Papua. The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact in a remote area just before 3pm (0600 GMT) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua’s capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the search and rescue agency said on Twitter.
It was travelling to the Papua city of Oksibil.
The plane, which is more than 27 years old, was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew on the flight which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes, the agency said. It had left Jayapura about half an hour before it disappeared, it added.

The weather was poor near Oksibil, with heavy rain, strong winds and fog, when the plane lost contact with the airport minutes before it was scheduled to land, said Susanto, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency.
A plane was sent to look for the missing airliner, but …

China Southern Airlines starts flights from Guangzhou (CAN) to Nairobi (NBO)

China Southern Airlines has launched its first ever route to Africa mainland from its main hub with the commencement of flights from Guangzhou (CAN) to Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya, launching a regular service between the two cities.The airline’s A330-200 touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 07:00 in the morningon  Wednesday 5 August, having departed from the SkyTeam carrier’s biggest base at 00:45. 
The new service will have a frequency of three flights a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) under the airline’s own code; However, under a code-share with Kenya Airways, both airlines will provide 20 flights per week on the new route, making it more convenient for passengers on transit to and from other African countries to China, South East Asia, North East Asia and Australasia through its extensive route network.
On landing at JKIA, theairline’s A330-200 was received with water cannons and welcomed by KAA Board Director, Nicholas Bodo, who was representing the acting Ca…

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on its way towards being Africa's gateway to the world

Almost 2 years have passed since the unfortunate inferno that raised down the Arrivals Terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
JKIA has since the incident grown and is on its way towards being Africa's gateway to the world; This is with the opening of the airport's Terminal 1A and Terminal 2 and the ongoing development of the new International Arrivals- Terminal 1E, Terminal 1A's Arrivals function and the much anticipated Terminal 3 amongst other projects.
In these past two years, the airport's annual passenger handling capacity has grown from 2.5 million passengers to the current 7.5 million passengers.