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  • Somali warlords threaten to down planes
    30 october 2005 10:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Former Somali warlords turned cabinet ministers have threatened to shoot down any plane which obey new orders from the transitional federal government (TFG) that ordered the closure of two main airport controlled by the warlords in an effort to boost the TFG tax revenues. Full text...

  • Air Maroc to launch Togo flights 2 November
    29 october 2005 14:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), is to begin three weekly flights to Togo from 2 November, Mohamed Mjahed, the airline's representative to Togo and Ghana said here. Full text...

  • Kenyan Airways semi-annual profits climb 48%
    28 october 2005 12:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Airways weathered a fresh onslaught from Middle East carriers to post a 48 percent increase in profit over the last six months, with profits soaring from 1. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways to prop 4 African airlines' safety standards
    28 october 2005 10:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways said here Friday it plans to help smaller African national airlines meet international air safety standards and audits, which are key requirements in the airline industry, especially for code sharing. Full text...

  • Nigerians mourn victims at air crash site
    27 october 2005 13:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hundreds of Nigerians, including President Olusegun Obasanjo and four state governors, Thursday gathered at the scene of the private Bellview airline's plane crash that killed 117 people, for an inter-faith religious service in honour of the victims. Full text...

  • Nigeria police probe group's claim on plane crash
    27 october 2005 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After initially dismissing it, the Nigeria police have launched an investigation into the claim by a previously-unknown group in the oil-producing Niger Delta that it was responsible for Saturday's crash of a commercial jetliner at Lisa, near here, in which 117 people died. Full text...

  • Nigeria probes plane disaster
    26 october 2005 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Wednesday launched a multi-faceted probe into the crash of Bellview flight 210 in Lisa, near the commercial capital of Lagos, a day after President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered "a full and thorough investigation" into the cause of the crash. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian plane narrowly escapes disaster in Dakar
    24 october 2005 23:47:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A Cape Verdian airliner (TACV) carrying 38 passengers had an accident Monday at Dakar Airport in Senegal, an airline official, Joao Pereira, said Praia. Full text...

  • Data recorders from crashed plane still missing - Minister
    24 october 2005 17:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade Monday denied local press reports that the flight-data recorders from the crashed passenger jetliner, which killed 117 people Saturday, have been found. Full text...

  • Regulatory body bans radio, TV over plane crash coverage
    24 october 2005 11:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regulatory Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut the nation's foremost independent broadcast organisation, Daar Communications, over alleged unprofessional coverage of Saturday's plane crash in the country. Full text...

  • Bellview aircraft wreckage found in a village
    23 october 2005 14:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The mystery of the location of a passenger jetliner that crashed in Nigeria Saturday night has apparently been solved after the site was reported to be in Lissa Village, an hour's drive from the commercial city Lagos. Full text...

  • SAA sharply reduces domestic fares
    22 october 2005 17:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) is offering lowest fares on all its domestic routes effective 1 November, the airline announced. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways introduces automatic cargo handling system
    21 october 2005 15:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Cargo Division has launched an automated cargo tracing and tracking facility to help travellers and traders trace their goods, the airline said here Friday. Full text...

  • ASECNA delegation for talks with Mauritania junta
    19 october 2005 15:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A delegation of the Agency for the Security of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has arrived here on a three-day working visit to Mauritania, official sources announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's flag carrier slates Lagos-Johannesburg flight
    19 october 2005 14:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's flag carrier Virgin Nigeria plans to begin its Lagos-Johannesburg flight 24 November 2005, according to the airline's chief executive officer, Simon Harford. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways begins direct flights to China
    19 october 2005 11:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has commenced scheduled flights to Guangzhou in China in what company executives said was a reaction to increased demands for African products in China. Full text...

  • Cameroon, Senegal update transport accord
    18 october 2005 17:33:00
    Yaoundé- Cameroon (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese tourism and air transport minister Ousmane Masseck Ndiaye and his Cameroonian counterpart Dekole Daissala Tuesday signed an accord here updating the legal framework on air services between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ghana airport workers' strike disrupts flights
    17 october 2005 21:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ground operations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra was disrupted on Monday evening as ground handling workers went on strike following a wage dispute with their management. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pondering sub-regional airline project
    06 october 2005 15:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to set up a sub-regional airline company to facilitate the free movement of people and goods among its 15-member States, a source said here Thursday. Full text...

  • SAA to end code share with Cathay Pacific
    06 october 2005 15:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will end its code share agreement with Cathay Pacific, its partner to the Far East, once joining Star Alliance next year, the airline announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Solidarity files legal action against airlines
    06 october 2005 14:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Trade union Solidarity Thursday filed legal action against Nationwide Airlines accusing the carrier of discriminating and victimising staff members who took part in a recent strike. Full text...

  • Mozambique to modernise airports with US$60m
    06 october 2005 08:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's publicly-owned Airports company, ADM, said it would invest 60 million US dollars over the next five years on the modernisation of its infrastructure, including the Maputo International airport, the largest in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki thanks IATA for technical support
    05 october 2005 13:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has thanked the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for providing technical support to his country's aviation industry. Full text...

  • IATA official warns African carriers on industry hardships
    04 october 2005 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the face of high operation costs and ballooning global oil prices, African airlines must cut inefficiencies, reduce taxation on air tickets and work on route mergers to beat global competition, a visiting International Air Transport Association (IATA) official warned here. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways makes maiden Maputo flight
    03 october 2005 16:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Kenya Airways operated its first Nairobi- Maputo flight Sunday, promising to offer "competitive prices" to travellers subscribing to its service. Full text...

  • SAA launches flights to Livingstone in Zambia
    02 october 2005 18:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) on Sunday launched flights to Livingstone, Zambia's tourist capital on the shores of the Zambesi River. Full text...

  • Airlines, experts meet on halon control
    29 september 2005 10:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Airlines and airport authorities from developing countries have met to consider long-term options in managing dwindling stocks of 'Halons' used for onboard and ground fire protection, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • S. African air company strike ends without agreement
    27 september 2005 08:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A strike by 320 cabin staff at Nationwide airline in South Africa ended on Monday night, but members of the trade union Solidarity are furious that the company has refused to negotiate. Full text...

  • Union favours US firm to run Air Gabon
    25 september 2005 14:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Union of Air Gabon Workers (SYPAG) has sent a letter to President Omar Bongo Ondimba to ask him to choose the US firm, International Trading Service Centre (ITSC), as a "strategic partner" in the privatisation of the troubled Air Gabon. Full text...

  • SAA aborts Mauritius flight for technical reason
    24 september 2005 19:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African Airways (SAA) flight bound for Mauritius was called off Saturday morning due to technical reasons, the airline confirmed. Full text...

  • SAA, Austrian Airlines enter partnership
    23 september 2005 22:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways passengers are now able to add Vienna to their dream destinations as the airline has partnered with Austrian Airlines in preparation of becoming a member of Star Alliance. Full text...

  • Tunisia buys UK-made flight simulator
    23 september 2005 20:18:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia has acquired a multi-million euro flight simulator to train pilots of the A320 aircraft family from a Sussex-based company with support from the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), the UK official export agency announced Friday. Full text...

  • S. African trade union calls for inspection of flights
    23 september 2005 18:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hours before the beginning of a strike, South Africa's trade union Solidarity has written to aviation authorities asking them to inspect Nationwide flights scheduled for the weekend. Full text...

  • Strike looms at South African airline
    22 september 2005 15:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African airline Nationwide could face a crippling strike Friday as hundreds of its cabin crew and other staff threaten to stop work over a pay dispute. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's new airport to start operations soon
    21 september 2005 22:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The second airport in the Cape Verdean capital, Praia, starts commercial airline operations on 6 October, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Maputo-Nairobi flights resume in October
    21 september 2005 21:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Representatives of Kenya Airways met in Maputo Wednesday with local travel agents to discuss the new Maputo-Nairobi route that Kenya Airways will operate, in a code sharing arrangement with Mozambique Airlines (LAM), as from 2 October. Full text...

  • Passengers injured as Belgian airliner skids off Cameroon runway
    20 september 2005 17:26:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A dozen passengers were injured after a Belgian SN Brussels airline plane skidded off the runway while landing at Cameroon's Douala International Airport Monday, aviation sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways to launch flights to Maputo via Harare
    20 september 2005 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Tuesday announced plans to commence flights from Nairobi to Maputo, Mozambique via Harare, Zimbabwe, 2 October. Full text...

  • Congo to ban Antonov 24s by July 2006
    19 september 2005 08:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Russian-made Antonov 24 passenger aircraft used by Congolese airline companies will no longer fly in the country's air space starting from July 2006, aviation officials have said in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso, Cape Verde sign air deal
    17 september 2005 20:05:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Burkina Faso and Cape Verde have signed an air transport agreement allowing airline companies from both countries to operate freely between their capitals, officials said here. Full text...

  • France bans CAMAIR flights
    16 september 2005 19:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has slapped an indefinite suspension on all flights by Cameroon Airlines (CAMAIR) for safety reasons. Full text...

  • Air Gabon resumes flights to Paris
    16 september 2005 10:26:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The management of Air Gabon, which has lacked wide-bodied passenger planes for several months, announced here Friday that the airline would resume flights to Paris on 26 September. Full text...

  • United Airlines, SAA enter code-share agreement
    13 september 2005 11:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- United Airlines has announced that it has reached a code-share agreement with South African Airways (SAA) to expand international destination options for customers of both carriers. Full text...

  • South African Airways pilot dies at Airshow
    11 september 2005 15:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) pilot Gabriel Ndabandaba died Saturday at the Vereeniging Airshow in the Gauteng province. Full text...

  • Antonov crash kills 13 passengers north of Brazzaville
    10 september 2005 13:04:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Thirteen people, including four crewmembers, died Friday when an "Antonov 26" aircraft on its way to Kinshasa in the DR Congo crashed at Ignié located 45 km north of Brazzaville, eye-witnesses told journalists Saturday. Full text...

  • Air crashes tarnish Africa's image - AFRAA
    07 september 2005 14:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Angola and DR Congo accounted for 40 percent of all air crashes that occurred in Africa between 1994 and 2003, a senior executive of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has said. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts international forum on airport safety
    06 september 2005 20:37:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An international colloquium on airport safety and crisis management entered its second day in Casablanca, 100 km south of here, with about 50 Moroccan and foreign experts brainstorming on ways to further improve air travel worldwide. Full text...

  • Nigerian minister identifies obstacle in African visions
    06 september 2005 16:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Lack of commitment has been a major obstacle in the realisation of Africa's visions, Nigeria's Aviation minister Babalola Borishade told an aviation and allied business leadership conference here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rising fuel prices hurting African airlines
    06 september 2005 12:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), an autonomous consultative body of the African Union (AU), has been challenged to explore ways of saving African airlines from collapse as a result of skyrocketing fuel prices. Full text...

  • International conference on airport safety underway in Morocco
    06 september 2005 11:32:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An international conference on airport safety and crisis management is underway in Casablanca, some 100-km south of Rabat, the Moroccan news agency, MAP reported Tuesday. Full text...

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