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Fastjet load factor drops

FASTJET has recorded a slight drop of its passengers for October and November in Tanzania attributed to what they described as prolonged effects of October General Election in Tanzania. The airline carried 62,843 passengers during the month, with the load factor – a measure of how full its aeroplanes were – down three points from the previous month to 60 per cent. It attributes the decline to the October General Election saying it resulted in muted demand from government and civil service. “Primarily due to the prolonged effect of the presidential election in Tanzania, which has yet to result in Cabinet being appointed or a budget being agreed. This has reduced demand from governmental and civil service traffic, and had an adverse effect on travel more widely in the country.,” Fastjet Chief Executive Officer, Ed Winter was quoted in a statement. “Whilst we remain mindful of the temporary reduction in demand in Tanzania, we expect that this will improve in the New Year when


Boeing has achieved a major milestone  toward the entry into service of the 787-10, the largest variant of the Dreamliner family, as the company announced yesterday the completion of its detailed design. The airframer announced that this program stage was reached nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, which “means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement.” Boeing expects to start the assembly of the 787-10 in 2016, followed by the first flight in 2017.  The first delivery is scheduled for 2018 to United Airlines. The largest operators of the variant will be Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways, with 30 aircraft each. “With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family,” said Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development. “Through our dedicated team and our disciplined processes, we have optimized

Etihad Airways starts flights into Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam is Etihad Airways' third departure point in East Africa, along with Nairobi and Entebbe, and its ninth destination on the continent. Etihad Airways  Airbus A320 aircraft welcomed by traditional water-cannon salute at JNIA Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-registered airline, has on Tuesday launched its daily flights to Tanzania, adding itself to the growing list of Middle East carriers eyeing Tanzanian and African airspace. Operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, the new service is designed to provide business and leisure travellers with a direct daily service between Dar es Salaam and Abu Dhabi, with convenient onward connections to key destinations in the GCC region, Europe, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia. Etihad Airways joins the list of a growing number of Middle East registered airlines lobbying East African skies. Dar