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  • Libya's "Afriquiyah" airline orders 12 Airbuses
    19 july 2006 10:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Libyan airline "Afriquiyah"- has ordered 12 Airbuses, and made a "takeover bid" on eight other planes, the Airbus manufacturing company said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US resume direct flights
    18 july 2006 11:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A North American airlines jetliner took off Monday from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to New York, as Nigeria and the US resumed direct flights suspended about three years ago. Full text...

  • SAA resumes flights to Dakar
    14 july 2006 10:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will resume its normal scheduled operations to New York and Washington from Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal, after strike action in this country was resolved. Full text...

  • Wade announces Senegal-Brazil air link
    13 july 2006 10:44:00
    Salvador- Brazil (PANA) - – Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade announced here Wednesday that a direct air link would be established between his country and Brazil. Full text...

  • Fuel shortage in Dakar affects SAA flights
    13 july 2006 09:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has added a fuel stopover in the Cape Verde islands on all its American operations, following a shortage of fuel in Dakar, Senegal due to strike action. Full text...

  • South Africa to launch new air freight carrier
    10 july 2006 19:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A new dedicated air freight operator, Imperial Air Cargo (IAC), will hit South Africa's skies 1 August, the operators have announced. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways increases its Boeing fleet
    08 july 2006 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has added a Boeing 767–300 to its fleet in a move to boost passenger and cargo capacity on the West African route, the airline said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Airline introduces new route to tap COMESA market
    05 july 2006 18:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tanzanian carrier, Precision Air, has introduced new direct flights to Pemba in Mozambique and Entebbe in Uganda in a fresh bid to increase its connections within the East and Central African region, airline executives said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU lifts flight restrictions on Libyan airline
    04 july 2006 19:21:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan private airline company "Buraq" announced that the European Commission has removed its name from the list of companies facing flight restrictions in European airspace. Full text...

  • ASECNA to hold 45th meeting 7 July in Bamako
    02 july 2006 19:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Council of Ministers of the Agency for Security of Aerial Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will hold its 45th meeting on 7 July in Bamako. Full text...

  • South African plane crashes in southern Mozambique
    01 july 2006 14:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A South African light aircraft crashed on Friday evening in the southern Mozambican tourist resort of Vilankulo, injuring all three persons on board, the Maputo daily newspaper "Noticias" reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Belgian-Cameroonian consortium buys CAMAIR
    01 july 2006 11:48:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The First Delta Air Services consortium has bought the government-owned Cameroon Airlines (CAMAIR), thus completing its liquidation process. Full text...

  • SAA declares hypodermic needles 'dangerous items' on planes
    29 june 2006 23:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The chief of Civil Aviation in South Africa has designated hypodermic needles as 'dangerous items' when it comes to prohibited articles on passenger aircraft by the chief of Civil Aviation. Full text...

  • SAA wraps baggage to fight pilferage
    29 june 2006 21:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has introduced a new method of wrapping bags to fight baggage pilferage, the airline announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Bujumbura airport authorities demand fair competition
    28 june 2006 21:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Airport authorities in Burundi have denounced "a bad taste advertisement" from Rwanda Air Express according to which the international airport of Bujumbura, which is bracing to accommodate the prestigious Belgian company, SN Brussels, did not meet the security standards for a smooth landing. Full text...

  • Libyan civil aviation chiefs end training in Morocco
    24 june 2006 13:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 12 Libyan civil aviation chief executives have ended one-month training in conventional radio-navigation systems in Morocco, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Africa's 2005 share of e-tickets is 10 per cent
    09 june 2006 21:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Africa's 2005 share of e--tickets stands at 10% of the entire world issue, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) experts' study published in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Direct Nigeria-US flights start 29 July since 2003
    07 june 2006 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US-based North American Airlines will launch direct commercial flights between Nigeria and the US 29 July, marking the first such flights between the two nations since 2003, the private Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday, quoting Nigerian Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade. Full text...

  • AFRAA: Africa must comply with air security standards
    06 june 2006 12:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Secretary General Christian Folly--Kossi of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) says, "Africa can not bargain on air security". Full text...

  • South Africa to train Mauritian pilots
    04 june 2006 13:48:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian airline company, Air Mauritius, this week signed an agreement with a South African training school known as 43 Air School to train 20 pilots, two of them women, an official source in Port-Louis has said. Full text...

  • West Africa expects new regional airline in 2007
    03 june 2006 13:36:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) – The new West African airli-ne company, whose creation was announced in Dakar in 2005 will be operational in 2007, according to Gervais Djondo, chairman of the board of directors of SPCAR (society for the Promotion of a regional air transport company). Full text...

  • Kenya Airways earns higher profits in Q1
    31 may 2006 18:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Wednesday announced a pre- tax profit of Ksh 6. Full text...

  • ANC dislikes how airlines treat disabled persons
    31 may 2006 18:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) - – The parliamentary caucus of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has expressed dismay at the perpetual mistreatment and harassment of persons with disability and the gross violation of their rights by airline companies. Full text...

  • Fund, investment agency proposed for air sector in Africa
    30 may 2006 15:13:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Delegates attending the Tunis meeting on air transport in Africa have recommended the establishment of a Fund and an Investment Agency in order to promote investments in the sector. Full text...

  • Congo sues for subregional African airlines
    29 may 2006 18:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Congolese Transport and Civil Aviation Minister and chairman of the African Transport Ministers conference, André Okombi-Salissa, said Monday in Tunis that Africa has no alternatives but to create regional airline companies. Full text...

  • Heavy fog stops SAA, Air Malawi flights from landing
    28 may 2006 16:23:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Persistent fog in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, has since last Tuesday prevented Air Malawi and South African Airways (SAA) flights from landing, a senior airline official confirmed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Africa must develop air transport to speed up integration
    28 may 2006 13:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- There is a need to develop and improve air transport in Africa as "a new sector" that, in the longer term, will attract an important share of the traffic and markets currently dominated by foreign carriers, Christian Folly-Kossi, secretary general of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), told PANA here on Sunday. Full text...

  • UAE Etihad Airways expands flights to Khartoum
    28 may 2006 10:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, the UAE's national airline, will begin a thrice-a-week service to Khartoum on 5 July 2006, official airline sources announced here. Full text...

  • SAA voted Best Airline in Africa
    26 may 2006 14:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has been voted as the Best Airline Based in Africa at the Official Airline of the Year Awards held recently in the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Nigeria sacks 'drug trafficking' airport security chiefs
    26 may 2006 08:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has fired two top officials in charge of the nation's airports for allegedly colluding with drug carriers to escape scrutiny at the airports, media reports said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria aviation minister sounds weather warning
    25 may 2006 10:20:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Relying on reports from Nigeria's meteorologists, Aviation minister Babalola Borishade has warned of adverse weather along the West African coast this year and urged airline pilots to take great caution while flying in the area. Full text...

  • Nigeria stipulates new capital base for airline operators
    24 may 2006 23:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently to forestall a repeat of the deadly accidents that plagued the country's aviation sector last year, the Nigerian government has stipulated new compulsory capital base for airline operators in the country as part of the ongoing changes in this key sector. Full text...

  • Four die in Sao Tome after aircraft crashes into sea
    24 may 2006 20:59:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- An Air Sao Tome aircraft crashed into the sea Tuesday night, killing four people, including a Gabonese crew member. Full text...

  • Controversy over presidential jet continues despite sale
    23 may 2006 22:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The controversy surrounding the 1999 acquisition of a presidential jet for Ghana continues seven years on despite the aircraft having flown out this week under a deal with a Chinese company. Full text...

  • Ghana opposition questions sale of presidential jet
    22 may 2006 23:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament on Monday questioned the mode of disposal of the controversial presidential jet by the government and said the deal raised more questions than answers. Full text...

  • Reported plane crash near KwaZulu-Natal still unconfirmed
    22 may 2006 15:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Mystery surrounds a reported aircraft crash in the sea off Port Shepstone on South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. Full text...

  • Ghana sells off controversial presidential jet
    21 may 2006 18:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has sold its Gulf Stream GIII presidential jet to a Chinese firm, the government said Sunday in Accra. Full text...

  • Nigeria approves new aviation handling company
    17 may 2006 22:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal cabinet Wednesday approved the licensing of a Swiss firm as a ground handling company for airlines operating in Nigeria and the nation's airports. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's pilot suspended
    17 may 2006 22:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operation licence of the pilot who flew President Olusegun Obasanjo three weeks ago for not adhering to safety precautions before he aborted take-off during a trip from the capital city of Abuja to Lagos. Full text...

  • Local airline sues Kenya Airways over debt
    17 may 2006 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African International Airlines based in Nairobi has sued Kenya Airways, claiming non-payment of $2,084,507 debt. Full text...

  • Nigeria's presidential jet loses cabin pressure, returns to base
    16 may 2006 22:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's newly-acquired, state-of-the-art presidential plane, a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), lost cabin pressure mid-air while ferrying President Olusegun Obasanjo and his entourage to Paris Tuesday, forcing the pilot to make an emergency return to Abuja. Full text...

  • Russia to set up aviation training centre in Ghana
    16 may 2006 21:48:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Russia is to establish a sub-regional aviation training and helicopter servicing centre for West Africa in Ghana, a senior Russian military officer announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda Air Express announces Bujumbura-Johannesburg direct flight
    14 may 2006 20:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Rwanda Air Express on Sunday announced a Bujumbura-Johannesburg direct flight to South Africa, with a reduced fare. Full text...

  • Plane crash-lands on freeway in Nigeria
    08 may 2006 08:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Brazilian-registered light aircraft with three crew members on board crash-landed on a busy Nigerian freeway Sunday, but no life was lost in the accident, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo launches new presidential jet
    07 may 2006 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has taken delivery of a new presidential jet, a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), with President Olusegun Obasanjo due to launch it Sunday with an inaugural flight from the capital Abuja to the economic capital of Lagos, state houses sources has said. Full text...

  • 3 bodies found in WFP crash wreckage in Uganda
    06 may 2006 19:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – At least three bodies hav-e been found in the wreckage of a small plane chartered by the UN food agency WFP, which crashed in the Rwenzori Mountain of western Uganda after going missing last week in restive eastern DR Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 3 bodies found in crashed WFP-hired plane
    06 may 2006 12:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – At least three bodies hav-e been found in the wreckage of a small plane chartered by United Nations food agency, WFP, which crashed in the Rwenzori Mountain of western Uganda, a week after the air plane went missing in restive eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Major African airlines seek alliances to cut airfares
    05 may 2006 22:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Heads of Africa's top airlines have called for a collaborative strategy to enable successful airlines share resources and expertise with the commercially viable airlines to accelerate economic development across the continent. Full text...

  • El Barrak opens Tripoli-Rabat line
    03 may 2006 12:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Libyan airline company, El Barrak, will on Wednesday open a new air link between Tripoli and Rabat, an official source said in the Moroccan capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopian marks 60th anniversary in the sky
    03 may 2006 12:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Crew and ground staff loyalty, combined with a high standard of professionalism and work ethics, have enabled Africa's first airline not only to extend its wings across the globe but also to remain in the skies for six decades. Full text...

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