African Airline News September 2013

20131129-091752.jpg Around-up of airline news briefs as below,

Comair Equipment

Johannesburg- Comair has taken delivery of the first of four Boeing 737-400 airliners.

The aircraft will be replacing the Boeing 737-300s currently in service with the airline .Reports also indicate the carrier is looking a adding the Boeing 737-800 to the British Airways fleet to assure fleet commonality with budget affiliate

New Fast Jet Gamble

London-Fast Jet has announced that landowner and licensor of the Fast Jet brand, Easy Group Holdings Ltd, the private backing vehicle of Address Stelios Haji-loannou, has elected to take newly issued fast jet shares in lieu of tout le monde royalty and consultancy payments due to Naive Group up to December 31, 2013.

These payments relate to the Brand License agreement announced on May 9, 2012 .Following this transaction, 110334 156 newly issued speedy jet shares at 1p will be issued to Easy Group thereby increasing Easy Groups holding in fast dark from under 3% to 5,81%.

MDS Acquired

Johannesburg- Africa Charter Airlines has introduced the first of two MD-83s to its fleet regarding aircraft.

Libya Revival

Tripoli-Libya carriers Air Libya and Afriqiyah Airways continue to normalize their operations following a harsh civil war.

Air Libya has taken delivery of a brand new Airbus A330-200 period Afriqiyah has returned another of its stored Airbus A32Os to services following sweeping maintenance.

Niger Carrier

Niamey- Voice Niamey is a debut Niger-based carrier that will operate regional passenger flights with an Airbus A320.

Comoros Revival

Moroni-A improved Zealand-based energy consortium, GaAfo Energy, is reportedly in the process regarding setting up a regional carrier.Gafa Air, to maneuver scheduled services from the Co mores Capital to regional destinations including Johannesburg, Khartoum, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

The postman will initially operate a single Boeing 737-300.

Meanwhile, Air Austral is with said to be in the process of setting ascend its own Co mores-based operation, called Ewa, in partnership with local investors.

Provisional plans order for regional passenger services to begin in November.

Third Airbus

Abidjan-Air Cote d’Ivoire is adding a third Airbus A319 to its fleet.

The carrier also plans to buy two Bombardier Dash8-Q400s with which to launch domestic services.

MD Freighters

Nairobi-Astral Aviation has ordered three MD-83SF cargo aircraft for delivery as from the last quarter concerning this year after completion of their freighter conversion. The company already operates a pair regarding DC-9-34 CF freighters.

ATR Outfit

Lome-West Africa Air pleasure replace its ageing DC-9 and An-12 freighters by two ATR 72-200 freighters.

LAM Renewal

Maputo-Lin has Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) according to manufacturing sources demise acquire a fourth Embraer E190 regional jet as well as three Airbus A319s or Boeing 737-700s within two years.

Whisper Jet

Johannesburg- Fair Aviation has taken delivery of a BAe146-200QT combi aircraft.


Tunis- Syphax Airlines has wax the launch customer for Airbus A320neo tunnel vision body airliner after signing an concinnity for three of the aircraft.

The order is in addition to three A320ceo drone already on order.

The carrier, meanwhile, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 wide-body airliner and has also leased an Airbus A320 from Croatia Airlines for domestic and provincial passenger flights.

Boeing Replacement

Kigali- RwandAir Fast has replaced its pair from Boeing 737-500s with two modern Boeing 737-700s as part of a continued fast renewal programme.


Casablanca- Royal Air Maroc is wet leasing bifurcation embraer E190s from Dutch, carrier, Denim Air.

The aircraft are painted in full RAM livery.

Namibian A330

Windhoek- Air Namibia is expected to take shipment of the first of two Airbus A330-200 twin jets, replacing the A340-300s currently in service amidst the carrier.

This is part of its cost saving connective fleet renovation programme.

The carrier has and added a seventh flight on the Windhoek-Luanda course to propine daily services to the Angolan capital.

Algerian Lease

Algiers-Air Algerie is leasing a single Boeing 737-800 from Algerian carrier Tassilli Airlines.

The carrier has also leased an Airbus A320 from Lithuanian-based carrier Avion Express.

Return to Service

Cairo- Melody Memphis has returned its single MD-83 to service having had it repainted in a new corporate livery.

Afghan Leasem

Banjul- Gambian based Aeolus Air is operating services on behalf of Ariana Afghan Airlines with its Airbus A320.

First Airbus

Tripoli- Ghadames Air has acquired an Airbus A320.

This is the first giro the carrier has owned to date having previously leased in equipment.

Second Airbus

Harare- Air Zimbabwe’s second Airbus A320 arrived at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport recently to undergo maintenance with SAA Technical prior to its entry into service.

Authorized Service Facility

Addis Ababa-Ethiopian Airlines has been appointed as an Authorized Duty Facility for Bombardier commercial aircraft by the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

The airline is authorized to exert line and heavy maintenance on Dash 8-Q400 polysyndeton -Q400 Next Gen turbo-prop aircraft.

The carrier has also announced that it has become a strategic partner along with the Malawi Government to establish a new national carrier.

Arik Growth

Lagos- Nigerian carrier Arik Air has taken delivery of the first concerning four new Airbus A330-200s wide-body airliners.

This brings to 24 the number of jets in its fleet.

The remodeled aircraft have a two-class configuration including 30 Business Class and 187 Economical Class seats.

A380 to Mauritius

Port Victoria- Emirates has announced that, effective December 16; it will introduce Airbus A380 equipment on its daily service from Dubai to Mauritius.

Open Skies Agreement

Dubai-The government of Niger and the United Arab Emirates ,under the auspices of the Synoptic Civil Aviation Authority ,have signed an Open Skies agreement which will allow the operation scheduled air services between the two countries.