African Air Transport (AFRAA) -
  • 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...

  • Plane wreckage spotted on DRC's border with Uganda
    01 may 2006 14:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme and a South Africa-based aircraft operator have said that searchers aboard a UN helicopter on Sunday located wreckage of an aircraft in a mountainous area on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • SAA abandons Accra stopover to US
    26 april 2006 14:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will move its United States stopover from Accra, Ghana to Dakar, Senegal as of 1 May, the airline announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • SAA introduces Johannesburg-Washington route
    25 april 2006 15:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Tuesday announced the introduction of a daily service on its route between Johannesburg and Washington-Dulles International Airport and will therefore discontinue its daily service to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways adds temperature sensitive cargo service
    25 april 2006 15:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's national carrier, the Kenya Airways, has introduced a new service in its cargo division dedicated to temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products. Full text...

  • Arab bank funds expansion of Mali's Kayes airport
    18 april 2006 21:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) has given Mali a US$13 million loan (about 7. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation authorities blame weather for plane crashes
    14 april 2006 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Citing interim reports, Nigerian aviation authorities have blamed the two deadly plane crashes in the country late last year on heavy winds and other "natural causes". Full text...

  • US shareholders sue Ghana authorities in airline row
    12 april 2006 14:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- US shareholders in Ghana International Airlines, a joint venture between the Ghana government and a US consortium, have taken court action to reverse last Friday's controversial dismissal of the airline's chief executive, Brian Presbury. Full text...

  • Kenyan pilots threaten strike over hiring foreign aviators
    11 april 2006 13:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan airline pilots on Tuesday threatened to go on strike over the national carrier Kenya Airways' plans to hire foreign pilots to work for the airline. Full text...

  • Minister denies sacking Ghana Airline CEO
    10 april 2006 21:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Kwadwo Mpiani, Ghanaian Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, explained here Monday that it was the Board of Directors of the Ghana International Airlines Limited (GIAL), that terminated the appointment of the airline's Chief Executive Officer, Brian Presbury on Friday. Full text...

  • Star Alliance welcomes South African Airways membership
    10 april 2006 16:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Star Alliance, an airline network, on Monday welcomed South African Airways (SAA) as the 18th member of the alliance. Full text...

  • Govt sacks 4 top managers of new Ghana airline
    10 april 2006 10:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana government has dismissed four top management staff of Ghana International Airlines (GIA), a joint venture between the Ghana government (70%) and a US consortium (30%). Full text...

  • Ghana airline hits turbulence
    10 april 2006 09:07:00
    Accra- Ghana ((PANA) -- Ghana International Airline (GIA), a joint government/private venture born after the demise of the state- owned Ghana Airways Corporation, appears to have hit turbulence, less than six months after taking off. Full text...

  • Malawi's aviation boss resigns
    07 april 2006 13:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's acting director of Civil Aviation Department, Justin Mkandawire, has resigned from his post following an air traffic controllers' strike in February that saw the officers abandon their posts during working hours. Full text...

  • Local air fares go up 20% in Nigeria
    06 april 2006 15:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Local airlines in Nigerian have raised fares by 20 percent because of high operational costs, the umbrella Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • First African Airlines Forum for Bamako Thursday
    05 april 2006 21:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A two-day international forum on air transport in Africa dubbed "First African Airlines Forum" opens Thursday in Bamako, involving public and private air transport operators as well as industries depending this sector. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to improve aviation services
    03 april 2006 22:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is planning an investment of some 100 million US dollars to further improve facilities at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to meet growing demands, George Muhoho, Kenya Airports Authority chief executive, said here Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean airline flies into Boston
    31 march 2006 09:44:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verdean airline co-mpany, TACV, has begun regular direct flights between Praia, the islands' capital, and the American city of Boston, in the State of Massachusetts, the airline announced. Full text...

  • Ethiopian airline plans regional aviation academy
    30 march 2006 14:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In view of the rising need for aviation professionals in Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopian airline announced Thursday that it was taking steps to expand its Multinational Aviation Training Centre here to a regional academy. Full text...

  • EU African airlines ban attracts criticism
    29 march 2006 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – African Airlines Associati-on (AFRAA) Wednesday termed the banning of certain African airlines from European skies as damaging the African airlines business and paints a negative picture of all scheduled flights from the continent. Full text...

  • SA security probes multi-million-dollar airport robbery
    28 march 2006 19:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has emphasised that the robbery that took place at Johannesburg International Airport on Saturday took place after all passengers had left the aircraft for the terminal. Full text...

  • SA opts to keep African airlines on board
    28 march 2006 12:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will not follow the European Union's decision banning from its airspace African airlines it labelled death traps, a transport department official has said. Full text...

  • 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...

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