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Airbus A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification

The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30 th  September 2014. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification will follow shortly. The EASA A350-900 Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky. The document was handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus’ A350 XWB Chief Engineer, Gordon McConnell. “Receiving the A350-900 Type Certification from EASA is a great achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have contributed to designing, building and certificating this fantastic, new generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference i

Fastjet announces Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2014; losses widens to $30.5 million.

Low-cost African airline Fastjet  has reported  increased operating losses of $30.5 million in the first half of the year  (through June 30, 2014). The figure included  $13.9 million in losses in its core Tanzanian operation.   The airline made a total operating loss of $25 million in the same period a year earlier. The loss came despite a 96% rise in first half revenues to $19 million with a 41.5% rise in passenger numbers from the Tanzania-based business. A further $13.5 million “adverse effect” came from loss-making arms  Fly540 Ghana and Fly540 Angola where services remain suspended pending a restructuring. Fastjet Tanzania aircraft utilisation increased from 5.5 hours to 7.9 hours per aircraft per day during the period and reached 9.9 hours per aircraft per day by the end of August, on track to achieve the target of 11.5 hours, the airline said. Chief executive and interim chairman Ed Winter said: "We are delighted to have seen a steady increase in the number

Dubai-based flydubai announces the launch of flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro starting October 2014.

  Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro join flydubai’s East African network Dubai-based flydubai has announced the launch of flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Flights to the East African country will commence in October, expanding the airline’s network in Africa to 12 destinations. Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “With the addition of these three new destinations in Tanzania we’ve doubled our network in North and East Africa this year, strengthening our commitment to serving previously underserved markets.” flydubai recently announced the launch of flights to Bujumbura in Burundi, Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda and flights to these destinations will commence at the end of September. Tanzania is a regional hub for tourism in East Africa and in 2013 the country welcomed over 1 million tourists. According to the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), this figure looks se

Precision Air to launch direct flights between Dar es Salaam and Kigoma, Bukoba.

Precision Air (PW) has announced to introduce two direct domestic flights and suspend one international route starting Wednesday this week. The airline will launch direct flights between Dar es Salaam on one hand and Kigoma and Bukoba on the other and suspend its flights to Hahaya in Comoros the same day. The company said at the weekend that the direct flights were in response to customers’ outcry. Precision Air, which is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, has been serving the two local destinations via Mwanza.  “We have done this in response to our customers’ feedback and constant requests for direct flights,” said Mr Elvis Ndomo, acting commercial director. Kigoma will receive three flights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays while Bukoba will be served four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Meanwhile, the airline is temporarily suspending its Hahaya (Comoros) route effective Wednesday as it seeks to optimize its res

Etihad Airways to launch a daily service to Dar es Salaam from December 1, 2015.

Dar es Salaam will be Etihad Airways’ 110 th  destination globally, and its 11 th  destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean.  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its African route network with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.  Flights between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam, which commence on 1 December 2015, will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats. Dar es Salaam will be Etihad Airways’ 110 th  destination globally, and its 11 th  destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean. The daily schedule will offer two-way connectivity over Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi, with convenient onward connections to 45 popular destinations across the Middle East, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, North and Southeast Asia, and Australasia.  In particular, it is anticipated that the demand for the new route will be boosted by strong flows of business

United Airlines offers up to $100,000 to flight attendants who quit

The company currently has about 23,000 flight attendants.   United Airlines reached a deal with the flight attendants’ union to offer up to $100,000 (U.S.) in severance for workers who leave the company. United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Monday that the airline hopes that at least 2,100 of its 23,000 flight attendants will accept. The airline also said that it would recall about 1,450 furloughed flight attendants to fill jobs in places where United is understaffed. The company, formed by a 2010 merger, has seen growth on what used to be Continental Airlines, which hired 485 flight attendants last year. But the old United operation has been shrinking and furloughing flight attendants. The cabin crews still fly separately because the company has not reached a single contract that covers both groups. Airlines and other companies use early-out bonuses to entice employees – especially senior, more expensive ones – to leave and be replaced by entry-level workers.

fastjet’s first flight to Uganda takes off

Low-cost pan-African airline offers direct air link between Tanzania and Uganda fastjet’s inaugural flight between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Entebbe in Uganda took off today (16th September), marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s fourth international route across Africa. Fastjet will be flying this route every Tuesday and Thursday, up until 28th September 2014, when the airline will increase the schedule to four flights a week. For more on the launching actions as they happened , follow airline's live blog at Fastjet staff and Passengers during check-in. Passengers disembarking at Entebbe. fastjet operates internationally from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, Lusaka, Harare  and now Entebbe , and has a significant Tanzanian domestic network including flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya. About fastjet: Fastjet Plc is a low-cost airline with amb

Precision Air Suspends Flights To Hahaya - Comoros.

Tanzania premier airline, Precision Air, has announced the temporary suspension of its operations to Hahaya (HAH) effective 24th Sept 2014. According to the communication issued to Travel Partners, this suspension is the result of an unavoidable reorganisation of the airline's route network and flight schedules. Passengers holding tickets on the affected flights will be rebooked on other airlines on involuntary basis where regulations allow. For cases where regulation prevents Precision Air from re-accommodating on other airlines, passengers will be refunded the full amount of the unutilized portions of their tickets with penalties waived. Arrangements have been made to facilitate the refunds through Precision Air or Travel Agent Offices. Precision Air B737-300 when landed for the first time at Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Hahaya - Comoros in 2011. About Precision Air : Precision Air  is a  Tanzanian airline  based at  Julius Nyerere Internati

TCAA probes plane crash in Serengeti National Park

Safari Express Limited Fokker F-27 Friendship 500 5Y-SXP  before it crashed The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is investigating the crash of a Kenyan registered plane in Serengeti National Park on Sunday. The wreckage of the Safari Express Limited Fokker F-27 was sighted yesterday morning about 25 kilometres from the Kenya-Tanzania border. All the three occupants who were on board were burnt beyond recognition, according to Kenyan media reports. Yesterday, TCAA acting director general Charles Chacha said the wreckage of the aircraft was found within Serengeti National Park, but added that his team was yet to establish if the three people who were on board were killed in the crash. He said the aircraft departed from Mwanza Airport on Sunday at 7.26pm and that it was expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 8.39pm. “The aircraft lost communication a few minutes after taking off and the last communication between the pilot and T

Air Tanzania kununua ndege nne aina ya Bombardier Q400.

Yasaini mkataba wa makubaliano na kampuni ya Bombardier ya Canada Ndege ya kwanza kati ya ndege hizo inatarajiwa kuwasili hapa nchini mwishoni mwa mwaka huu wa 2014. Mkataba wa makubaliano ya awali ya ununuzi wa ndege hizo umetiwa saini jijini Dar es salaam, jumanne tarehe 19/08/2014, kati ya kaimu mkurugenzi mkuu wa ATCL capt Milton John Lazaro na Mkurugenzi wa mauzo wa kampuni hiyo ya Bombardier kanda ya Afrika. Kapteni Milton amesema ndege hizo zenye mwendo wa kasi zina uwezo wa  kuchukua hadi abiria themanini (80) kila moja kwa wakati mmoja na ndege ya kwanza kati ya ndege hizo inatarajiwa kuwasili hapa nchini mwishoni mwa mwaka huu wa 2014. "Ni ndege ambayo pia inatumika na nchi jirani na zingine kimataifa, ni ndege yenye mwendo wa kasi amabayo uwezo wake wa kuruka, kasi yake unakaribiana na ndege aina ya jet. Kwa hiyo ni ndege ambayo sisi kwetu katika mchakato wa kuimarisha kampuni itatuletea mafanikio makubwa na faida kubwa" alisema kapteni

fastjet’s first flight to Zimbabwe takes off

Low-cost pan-African airline offers only direct air link between Tanzania and Zimbabwe Senior government representatives, Zimbabwe's CAA chief and senior staff members from fastjet including CEO Ed Winter and CCO Richard Bodin all gather for photos on the Harare apron! fastjet’s inaugural flight between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Harare in Zimbabwe took off yesterday (5th August), marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s third international route across Africa, and the only direct air link between the two African capital cities. Previously, those wishing to travel between Dar es Salaam and Harare had to spend at least two days travelling the approximately 2200km by road, or they had to fly via Nairobi in Kenya or Johannesburg in South Africa involving lengthy layovers. The new route offered by fastjet provides a solution to this problem, with twice-weekly flights now flying between Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe and Dar es Salaam’s

Air Uganda suspend operations indefinitely.

The Aga Khan owned Air Uganda has announced an indefinite suspension of operations.  Air Uganda, the quasi national airline, had their air operators certificate revoked last month by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that stopped them from making international flights.  Air Uganda is the operating name of Meridiana Africa Airlines Limited.  It employed 231 staff who might now have to secure new jobs.  The suspension of business followed an audit of the policies and procedures of CAA by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) between 11th and June 17th. Cornwell  Muleya, the Air Uganda Chief Executive Officer says the extended grounding of their three bombardier CRJ 200 fleet has affected lease agreements, the airline had entered into, forcing them into a wall. “Air Uganda has been working with CAA since 17th June to implement revised procedures at the CAA required by ICAO and had expected its AOC (operators’ certificate) to

Precision Air End Of Year Financial Statements (2014) - full report.

Highlights of the year: Detailed Financial Report can be found on the following link. PRECISION AIR SERVICES PLC DIRECTORS’ REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 31 MARCH 14

Precision Air announces its annual financial results, narrows net loss by TSh18 billion.

Precision Air Group is heading towards profitability as it reduced its annual net loss by 60 percent during the year ending March 2014.   Precision Air Services PLC (operating as   Precision Air ;   DSE :PAL) has announced their annual results for the Financial Year which ended on 31st of March.     The Tanzania’s only airline listed on Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), recorded a net loss of Tanzania Shillings 12.1 billion during the year ending March 2014, a massive improvement from a TSh30.1 billion recorded during the year ending March 2013.  However, the company made an operating profit of TShs3.6 billion as compared to the loss of the previous financial year of 18.1 billion, translated as an improvement of over 120 percent indicating a prosperous future for the airline. With the cost serving measures and turnaround strategy well  under-way , the company is expected to return to profitability at the end of this or the following financial y