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  • 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...

  • 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...

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