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TCAA INVITATION FOR TENDERS (IFT) FOR DESIGNING, SUPPLY, INSTALLATION OF SIMULATOR AT CIVIL AVIATION TRAINING CENTRE (CATC)

INVITATION FOR TENDERS (IFT) TENDER No.AE/028/2016-2017/HQ/G/03 FOR DESIGNING, SUPPLY, INSTALLATION, INTEGRATION, TRAINING, TESTING, COMMISSIONING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT OF SIMULATOR AT CIVIL AVIATION TRAINING CENTRE (CATC) FOR TANZANIA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY 1.      This Invitation for Tenders follows the General Procurement Notice for this tender for financial Year 2016-2017, which appeared in TPJ ISSN 18231-6021 Vol IX. 32 dated 9th August 2016, PPRA website and TCAA website.
2.      Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has set aside funds in the financial year 2016/2017 for the procurement of various goods, works and services. The Authority intends to apply part of the funds to cover eligible payments under the contract for Designing, Supply, Installation, Integration, Training, Testing, Commissioning and Technical Support of Simulator at Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) for Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.
3.      Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority now invites sealed tende…

Nigeria Emirates, Kenya Airways suspend Abuja operations indefinitely

Emirates Airlines will suspend Abuja-Dubai operations beginning October 30, 2016. The decision is due to foreign exchange hurdles, low patronage, and other operational issues, which have reduced the profitability of flying on the route.


In a related development, East African carrier, Kenya Airways, has also announced it would suspend flights to Abuja effective November 15, 2016, as part of its restructuring and loss-saving efforts. The Lagos office of Dubai-based Emirates confirmed the notice, saying: “The decision was made after a review of the airline’s operations, to ensure best utilisation of its aircraft fleet for overall business objectives.” With the interruption, the airline is left with once-a-day operations from Lagos. It will be recalled that Emirates, some months ago, ran four flights daily on the Nigerian route, two apiece, from Abuja and Lagos. With the scarcity of foreign exchange and partial devaluation of the naira, last June, it began to reduce flight operations, wh…

Ethiopian Airlines studies helping African national carriers start-ups

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks with the governments of Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda with a view to assisting them in establishing new national carriers. The Star Alliance carrier’s chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam says it has submitted formal proposals to all four countries and that some of these “are at an advanced stage”.
Gebramariam says the discussions are heavily influenced by the strategy being adopted by each government such as “what type of airline they want, what type of routes, and what type of co-operation, joint venture, equity [they want]”.
He adds: “So in our case we are open to all kinds of cooperation because we really want them to develop their national airlines.”
Ghana, Uganda and Zambia do not currently have state-owned airlines, while Zimbabwe is served by Air Zimbabwe which began operations in 2013.
Ethiopian Airlines already has strategic stakes in Malawian Airlines and Togo’s ASKY.
Gebramariam says the Addis Ababa-based airline is also at an advanced stage of…

Middle East airlines now raid Kenya Airways for pilots

More than 60 pilots quit national carrier Kenya Airways for greener pastures in rival Middle East airlines in the past year, the company’s management said. An undisclosed number of engineers have also left for better jobs as the Kenyan carrier struggles to dig itself out of a loss-making pit.
Kenya Airways – popularly known as KQ - had 523 pilots in March 2015 but that number dropped to 489 pilots in 2016, representing loss of about 30 pilots. Others have left in the current financial year. Mbuvi Ngunze, the Kenya Airways chief executive, said the number of pilots now stands at 460 and the number of engineers at 600. He blamed the attrition to poaching of skilled staff by Middle East airlines, which are offering lucrative perks and salaries to the KQ’s highly trained specialists. “It is true that there has been some increase in the numbers of engineers who have left KQ recently. We must bear in mind that the Middle East is looking for talent from all over the world because of the rap…

fastjet agrees sale of its sole owned Airbus A319

fastjet, the Africa's low-cost airline, has agreed the sale of its sole owned Airbus A319 (Manufacturer's Serial number 2891) with Avtrade Limited.

The airline said that the consideration is being satisfied in cash for USD 8.0 million with a 10% deposit payable on signature of the agreement and the balance on delivery. The agreement is subject to industry standard conditions precedent. 
Included in the agreement is an option to continue to operate the aircraft from Oct 3 to Oct 17 2016 with a reduction in proceeds of $200,000 for a usage of up to 100 cycles. The use of proceeds will be utilised as working capital for the implementation of fastjet's Stabilisation Plan as outlined in the Company's interim results announcement. As previously announced, fastjet is reducing the size of its fleet and is transitioning its fleet from the existing A319 aircraft to smaller aircraft, a move which is expected to yield an approximately 15% cost reduction for fuel, maintenance, handlin…