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Fastjet to restructure its loss-making Fly 540 Angola and Ghana, aiming to increase shareholder value.

Fastjet, Africa’s low cost airline, has confirmed that as previously announced, two of its loss-making Fly540 businesses are being restructured with the objective of increasing shareholder value. The Fly540 businesses operate on a traditional airline model and not the fastjet low cost model. After a detailed evaluation of the potential of Fly540 in both Ghana and Angola, fastjet has concluded that, although these countries present very significant long-term opportunities for the fastjet low cost model, in the short term fastjet intends to fully focus on the considerable potential of opportunities in East and Southern Africa.  As a key part of the restructuring, two group-owned ATR aircraft previously operating in Ghana and Angola have been taken out of service and are currently in the process of being sold.  While a leased aircraft continues to operate in Ghana, the Angolan operation has been temporarily suspended, pending the return to service of two leased aircraft on completi

Flightlink introduces EMB120ER Operations to its Network

Flightlink Announces EMB120ER Operations to its Network of Domestic Flights from 1st June 2014, Complimenting its Fleet of Caravan 208B & C206 Aircrafts Embraer 120ER has the Capacity of Carrying 30 passengers & 3 Crew. Its a Twin Engine,  Pressurized Stand up Cabin Aircraft, with 2 Flight-deck Crew and 1 Cabin Crew This aircraft will serve DODOMA, ARUSHA & ZANZIBAR routes to start with.

VACANCY at FLIGHTLINK: CABIN CREW - 2 PLACES (EMB120ER)

Flightlink Cabin Crew Requirements: • At least 21 years of age at the time of joining  • High school graduate (Grade 12) • Fluency in English & Kiswahili (Written and Spoken) • Physically fit Flightlink Cabin Crew must deliver exceptional customer services experience on every flight. Thus, in addition to the Flightlink Cabin Crew requirements above, you should demonstrate: • A positive attitude and empathy for others • Strong cultural awareness and the ability to adapt to new environments and people • Flexibility and the motivation to manage a demanding work schedule • Qualities necessary to live up to the mission and values that Flightlink holds in high regard – Professional, Empathetic, Progressive, Visionary, Cosmopolitan Rated Cabin Crew will be advantageous. Non Rated Cabin Crew must be in a position to pay for the rating. MALE and or FEMALE May apply Application (CV) with recent Full Photograph sent to: cmd@flightlink.co.tz

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN FLIGHT OPERATIONS / FLIGHT DISPATCHER

2nd June 2014 to 22nd August 2014 Air transport is by far the safest, reliable and most efficient mode of transportation.  In many developing countries it has proved to be the major catalyst of socio-economic development. Services provided by Flight Operations Officers / Flight dispatchers have a bearing on aircraft flight economics, safety of passengers, equipments and cargo. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) will run a 12-week course in Flight Operations and Dispatcher from 2 June 2014. The College invites applications from qualified persons for admission into the above program. CATC was established in 1985 and is accredited by TCAA, NACTE, ICAO TRAINAIR and ISO 9001-2008 Certified. Course Aim: The course is geared towards producing skilled, knowledgeable and disciplined graduates capable of providing aircraft flight operations and dispatcher services with level of performance commensurate with ICAO standards and CAA regulatory bodies’ requirements.

Helicopter crashes in DAR injuring Tanzania's Vice President and others.

A helicopter has crashed in Dar es salaam today injuring Tanzania's vice president Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal . On board there were also Dar's Regional commissioner Said Meck Sadik , Minister of works Dr. John Pombe Maguful i,     Dar es salaam Police special zone commander  Suleiman Kova , journalists and the pilot. The helicopter was on DAR's tour to see the damages caused by floods as a result of heavy rains currently in Dar es salaam region. The crash happened at Julius Nyerere International Airport, military wing. Photos credit to  http://www.jamiiforums.com/  This story will be updated accordingly as more info pours in. Update: The Chief of Defence Forces, General Davis Mwamunyange, told  The Citizen   by telephone that the helicopter hit a wall and crashed as it was about to take Dr Bilal and his entourage on a tour of Dar es Salaam areas hit by floods following three days of heavy rains. He described the accident as an “unfor

Fastjet aims to raise additional funding of UKBP £11 million through placing.

African budget airline Fastjet Plc,  yesterday has released a business update with regards  to raising additional funding of UKBP £11 million.  The announcement made in London also speaks to Fastjet plc senior management and Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou of easyGroup being involved in the fundraising,the termination of the Equity Financing Facility ('EFF') with Darwin Strategic Ltd, and an update on current trading and prospects. Here below is the full announcement. fastjet plc - Placing, Open Offer, EFF, Trading & Brand Licence 11 April 2014 - Fastjet Plc. (AIM:FJET) is pleased to announce a placing with institutional and other investors to raise gross proceeds of £11 million, an amendment to the terms of the Company's brand licence with easyGroup Holdings Ltd. ("easyGroup"), an open offer to shareholders of up to £4 million, an update on current trading, and the termination of the Company's Equity Finance Facility ('EFF') wi

New Jet Lifts ATCL's Performance

AIR Tanzania has recorded 57 per cent rise in passenger traffic in just a few days after receiving the leased 50-seater CRJ-200 aircraft and stepped up on-time performance to 98 per cent. The airline also boasts of its Easter Holiday Special fares for Mtwara-bound passengers who will now be paying 250,000/- for a return ticket. This was revealed in Dar es Salaam by ATCL Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro, while reviewing performance of the newly leased aircraft. Capt. Lazoro said that generally, the arrival of CRJ- 200 aircraft earlier last month has catalyzed the performance graph to shoot to appealing standards. "I have to admit that the aircraft has been well received by our esteem customers. Within the few weeks after being in operation, we have realised significant growth in passenger traffic. "We have now managed to enhance our credibility before our customers. Equally the feedback has been very encouraging," said

Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner to Kenya Airways

Kenyan flag carrier set to add a total of nine Dreamliners to its fleet.  Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Kenya Airways celebrated the delivery and flyaway today of the Kenyan flag carrier's first 787 Dreamliner. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) nonstop flight to Kenya Airways' home base in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The 787 will form the backbone of the airline's future long-haul fleet, providing greater range, improved efficiencies and outstanding passenger comfort. "The delivery of our first ever 787 Dreamliner not only opens a new chapter for our airline, but also for Kenya," said Dr. Titus Naikuni, chief executive officer, Kenya Airways. "The 787 will enable Kenya Airways to explore new markets, improve its economic performance, provide passengers with revolutionary comfort, while continuing to contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa." The 787 is the world&#

Afreximbank says in second phase of $1.9 bln Kenya Airways financing

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Tuesday it was in the second phase of a $1.9 billion financing for Kenya Airways, providing funding for 10 Boeing aircraft as the national carrier ramps up its fleet. Kenya Airways, which is 26.73 percent owned by Air France-KLM, picked Afreximbank in May 2012 to arrange financing for the purchase of ten Embraer-190 planes, nine Boeing 787-800 Dreamliners and one Boeing 777-300ER. The first phase of the financing, which consists of pre-delivery payments to the aircraft manufacturers, was concluded last November with the delivery of all the Embraer jets. The first of the Boeing Dreamliners is due to arrive next month, and the rest by July 2015. Kenya Airways will deploy the first on its Paris route as part of a strategy to expand its European routes currently being served by ageing Boeing 767s [ID:nL5N0MN2SX] Among the largest carriers in Africa, Kenya Airways is ramping up its fleet as part of a 10-year strategic plan premis

Fastjet signs connection agreement with Proflight Zambia

Low cost airline fastjet  and regional carrier Proflight Zambia have signed a connection agreement for their destinations across Africa. Passengers of the two airlines will now be able to fly to 15 places in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. “The alliance not only will see both airlines expand in reach but also establish Lusaka as a regional aviation hub,” fastJet said.  From May, fastjet will link Proflight's route network to its hub in Dar es Salaam and other Tanzanian domestic routes, while Proflight will connect fastjet flights into Lusaka to its domestic routes within Zambia, and to Lilongwe in Malawi. Richard Bodin, chief commercial officer of fastjet, said: "This collaboration with Proflight Zambia adds momentum to fastjet's vision of democratising air travel on the African continent, while boosting growing trade relationships between Zambia and Tanzania.” Captain Philip Lemba, director of Government and Industry Affairs at Proflight, added:  "The agr

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

NTSB ISSUES SAFETY ALERT ON WRONG AIRPORT LANDINGS

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 - cmd@flightlink.co.tz

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