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  • Air France awards Malian travel agency
    27 march 2006 19:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Air France on Saturday awarded the Malian travel agency "Azur Voyages" for the quality of its service and dynamism, an official at affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Virgin Nigeria's maiden flight to Dakar suffers setback
    18 march 2006 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thursday's scheduled maiden flight to Dakar by the national flag carrier Virgin Nigeria did not make it to the Senegalese capital after a technical problem forced the pilot to make an air return, the airline's spokesman Larry Agose said Saturday. Full text...

  • Panel suggests ways to save Nigeria's ailing aviation industry
    17 march 2006 17:46:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian presidential task force on aviation Friday recommended the establishment of two special funds to save the ailing industry. Full text...

  • Virgin Nigeria launches Dakar route
    17 march 2006 08:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- National flag carrier Virgin Nigeria operated its maiden flight on Thursday to Dakar, Senegal, signalling the commencement of its foray into Francophone West Africa, airline spokesman Larry Agose confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda accuses Belgian airline of discriminating its nationals
    28 february 2006 14:45:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan minister for foreign affairs and regional cooperation Charles Muligande has accused the Belgian air company Brussels Airlines (SNBA) of practising racism against Kigali's nationals during transit in Nairobi on their way to Belgium. Full text...

  • World Bank grants Nigeria $20 million for air safety
    23 february 2006 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has secured a grant of US$20 million from the World Bank and some other international donors to modernise its aviation infrastructure, local press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana plans international airport for second city Kumasi
    19 february 2006 19:52:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) plans to begin the construction of a second international airport in Kumasi, the West African country's second largest city, in the next six years. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways launches Nairobi-London express cargo service
    13 february 2006 16:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Monday announced the introduction of a new cargo service on the Nairobi-London route, which will expand with time to other routes. Full text...

  • South African Airways welcomes fuel increase at Heathrow
    11 february 2006 16:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) on Saturday cautiously welcomed the increase in its fuel allowance at Heathrow Airport near London. Full text...

  • Malawi aviation workers cut working hours in protest
    07 february 2006 16:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Airlines operating to and from Malawi have been forced to reschedule most of their flights following a partial strike action by air traffic controllers at the country's two international airports in demand of "overtime allowances". Full text...

  • Ghana imports aviation fuel from Cote d'Ivoire
    06 february 2006 21:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana said on Monday that it is importing aviation fuel from its western neighbour, Cote d'Ivoire as the Tema Oil Refinery has not been able to meet demands for the past few weeks. Full text...

  • South African Airways blames Hampstead fire for fuel shortages
    01 february 2006 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday said it is determined to find a solution to fuel shortages in London, which are causing extensive delays on its European routes. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways records rise in passenger carriage
    31 january 2006 16:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The 605,441 passengers which Kenya Airways conveyed in the third quarter of 2005 amounted to a 17- percent rise in passenger traffic compared to a similar period in the previous year when the airline carried 518,844 passengers. Full text...

  • US airline may commence direct flight to Nigeria May
    31 january 2006 10:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A US airline, North American Airlines, could commence direct flights between Lagos and New York in May 2006 following assurances of support for the plan by Nigerian aviation authorities. Full text...

  • Corsair is second French carrier in Mauritius
    30 january 2006 22:23:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Corsair has been designated as the second French carrier to fly between France and Mauritius alongside Air France by the General Management of the French Civil Aviation, a Mauritian official said Monday here. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation workers oppose sale of Abuja airport
    30 january 2006 11:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian aviation workers, under the aegis of the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), have stated their opposition to the sale of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja, the federal capital. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways plans flights to Paris in July
    25 january 2006 21:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways announced it would begin direct flights to the French capital, Paris in July as apart of its New Year route expansion strategy but played down pressure to shift to French aeroplane makers Airbus. Full text...

  • Engine failure grounds SAA plane in Ghana, disrupts flights
    25 january 2006 08:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An engine failure has grounded a South African Airways (SAA) plane in Accra, Ghana, and disrupted flights to and from Johannesburg, an official of the airline has said. Full text...

  • South African Airways flight makes emergency landing in Accra
    24 january 2006 19:01:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A South African Airways flight on Monday night made an emergency landing at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra after developing a technical problem shortly after take-off. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways employs sniffer dog unit in anti-drug drive
    24 january 2006 18:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Tuesday unveiled a Sniffer Dog Unit in a bid to shore up its anti-drug trafficking preparedness, the company disclosed here. Full text...

  • Cape Town divers recover pilot's body in chopper crash
    19 january 2006 13:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police divers on Wednesday afternoon recovered the body of a trainee pilot killed when his helicopter crashed Tuesday into the sea off Cape Point. Full text...

  • China donates jetliner to Zimbabwe
    19 january 2006 11:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- China on Thursday donated a 50-seater aircraft to Zimbabwe to help the southern African country boast its aviation services, Transport minister Chris Mushohwe disclosed here. Full text...

  • Search continues for crashed chopper, pilot's body
    18 january 2006 10:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police divers Wednesday resumed the search for the body of Cape Town businessman Marthinus Erasmus along the Cape coast after his helicopter nose-dived and crashed into the sea Tuesday. Full text...

  • France unbans Mozambican Airline
    17 january 2006 19:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The French aviation authorities have lifted the ban they imposed last August on Mozambique Airlines, LAM, from flying over French territory. Full text...

  • Nigeria grounds local airline over deficiencies
    16 january 2006 21:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday grounded the local EAS airlines over some deficiencies in its operations, the regulatory body said. Full text...

  • SAA joins forces with United Airlines
    16 january 2006 13:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has introduced a code-share agreement with United Airlines, its Star Alliance partner to the Americas, an official of SAA said Monday. Full text...

  • Moroccan airline registers 68% growth in African market
    13 january 2006 19:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) earned 150 million euro in revenue from its operations Africa last year, an increase of 68 percent compared to the 2004 financial year, a senior airline official, Saâd Azzouzi, revealed here. Full text...

  • New Route Africa to focus on promotion of air services
    06 january 2006 13:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The first New Route Africa forum, to promote air services at African airports, is scheduled 5-7 March in Casablanca, 100 km south of Rabat, a source close to organisers said on Friday. Full text...

  • ICAO to audit Nigeria's aviation sector
    01 january 2006 12:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is scheduled to carry out a technical audit of the Nigerian aviation sector this year, following a series of fatal air crashes and incidents in the country last year, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • RAM announces creation of Air Gabon International
    29 december 2005 23:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced here Thursday the formation of a new airline in Gabon, named Air Gabon International in which it will hold majority shares, as part its expansion programme in Africa, informed sources told PANA in Rabat. Full text...

  • General Electric to power Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Dreamliner
    29 december 2005 08:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Airlines has selected GEnx engines manufactured by General Electric (GE) to power its Boeing 787 Dreamliner series due to be delivered in 2008, the airline said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria aviation regulatory body gets new boss
    28 december 2005 22:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The new head the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Harold Demuren, formally took over from Fred Onyeriri at a short ceremony at the NCAA office here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan, German firms set up airline
    28 december 2005 13:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three Moroccan private companies have teamed up with German travel agents TUI, to set up an airline in Morocco, industry sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's aviation body may re-certify local airlines
    26 december 2005 19:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may re-certify all local airlines operating in the country after a spate of accidents that have claimed over 200 lives in the past two months. Full text...

  • Libya, CAR sign aviation accord
    26 december 2005 19:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR) Monday signed an accord here in the air transport sector, a step in launching regular flights between the two countries. Full text...

  • Royal Air Morocco spreads wings across Africa
    23 december 2005 21:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Morocco (RAM)'s weekly flights across Africa from its Casablanca base have more than doubled, from 55 to 106 percent, between 2004 and 2005, RAM said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria lifts ban on airline
    23 december 2005 12:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The presidential task force set up to enforce safety checks on local airlines has lifted the ban on Chanchangi Airlines, one of the three local airlines grounded in the aftermath of a spate of air crashes that have claimed over 200 lives, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria grounds 4th private airline
    21 december 2005 19:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's presidential task force on aviation Wednesday grounded a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by the private Fresh Airlines because of worn-out tyres. Full text...

  • Maghreb airline pilots to open head office in Casablanca
    20 december 2005 20:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan city of Casablanca will host the Union of the Maghreb Airline Pilots (UMPL)'s head office, the UMPL said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans third airline
    20 december 2005 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The special task force set up to carry out safety checks on planes operated by local airlines in Nigeria has grounded Bellview Airlines, following Monday's incident in Accra in which one of its planes made an emergency landing at the Kotoka international Airport. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans some B737 models from flying
    18 december 2005 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has slammed an immediate ban on some models of the popular Boeing 737 airplanes being used by most of the local airlines, dealing a serious blow to the nation's domestic air operations. Full text...

  • Morocco, European Union sign new aviation pact
    16 december 2005 20:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Morocco and the European Union have signed a new agreement in the aviation sector, official sources indicated in Brussels Friday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to inaugurate Nigerian aviation Task Force Monday
    15 december 2005 20:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will Monday inaugurate a government Task Force on the aviation industry as part of efforts to enhance air safety in the country, presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo said here Thursday. Full text...

  • ASECNA boss speaks on plane crashes
    14 december 2005 22:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director General of ASECNA (Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar), Youssouf Mahamat, on Wednesday said no plane crash has been imputed to the responsibility of the agency he heads. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius opens engineer training institution
    14 december 2005 21:59:00
    Plaisance- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius has opened a training centre for aeronautical engineers, built in Plaisance in collaboration with Air New Zealand. Full text...

  • Obasanjo shrugs off call to sack aviation minister after crashes
    14 december 2005 20:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ignoring calls by the Nigerian parliament to sack Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade in the wake of recent deadly air crashes, President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday directed the Minister to move speedily to implement newly-approved measures to boost air safety in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian lawmakers demand aviation minister's departure
    14 december 2005 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's bicameral national assembly has passed separate motions calling for the removal of Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade in the wake of incessant air crashes in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss condoles Nigeria over plane crash
    13 december 2005 21:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has condoled Nigeria over Saturday's plane crash in Port Harcourt in which 107 persons died, an ECOWAS statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Port Harcourt airport reopens after crash
    13 december 2005 21:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Port Harcourt Airport in Nigeria's southern Rivers state has re-opened for normal flight operations following Saturday's crash of the private Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 jetliner, which killed 107 people, according to state-run Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Full text...

  • Obasanjo suspends two local airlines
    13 december 2005 16:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday suspended two local airlines, including the one involved in Saturday's crash that claimed 107 lives. Full text...

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