African Air Transport (AFRAA) -
  • 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...

  • South African authorities probe helicopter crash
    06 september 2005 08:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Officials of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the National Ports Authority are investigating Saturday's Portnet helicopter crash that killed a flight engineer. Full text...

  • Nigeria shuts airport over security reasons
    05 september 2005 12:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian aviation authorities have slammed a partial ban on the Maiduguri Airport in the northern state of Borno for safety reasons. Full text...

  • Lagos flights diverted from flooded runway
    01 september 2005 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian aviation authorities Thursday diverted flights bound for the nation's gateway, Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, to the capital Abuja and the southeastern city of Port Harcourt due to over-flooding. Full text...

  • South African Airways suspends flights on local routes
    31 august 2005 19:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) announced Wednesday it was suspending flights on some local coastal routes from 1 October, because of financial reasons. Full text...

  • Nigerian body endorses flights to Trinidad and Tobago
    31 august 2005 15:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday in Abuja endorsed the bilateral air service agreement between the country and Trinidad and Tobago. Full text...

  • Tunisian airports serve 4 million passengers
    30 august 2005 15:14:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- About four million passengers used the seven operating airports in Tunisia in the first half of 2005, or 12. Full text...

  • Royal Air Maroc among the safest airlines in France
    27 august 2005 15:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Moroccan airlines, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), is cited by the Civil Aviation General Management (DGAC) in the White list of the 93 world's safest airlines that meet European security standards. Full text...

  • Passengers refuse to board Tunisian charter plane in Paris
    25 august 2005 23:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nearly 235 passengers refused to board an "Airbus 300" chartered by a Tunisian airline, Karthago to take them to Djerba holiday resort in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Nigeria fences airports to bar stray cows
    23 august 2005 18:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has embarked on the fencing of all airports in the country, in the aftermath of last month's incident in which a plane ploughed into a herd of cattle while landing at the Port Harcourt airport in southeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya, Switzeland, sign air transport accord
    21 august 2005 18:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and Switzerland signed in Tripoli Sunday a bilateral air transportation agreement to establish flights between the two countries. Full text...

  • Tunisian airline to make initial payments to crash victims' families
    16 august 2005 22:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian airline, Tuninter is to pay 20,000 Euro to the families of each of the victims and survivors of the 6 August crash involving one of its planes, the company announced Tuesday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe leases aircraft from Thailand
    15 august 2005 18:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Zimbabwe said Monday it had leased a Boeing 767-300 passenger jet from Thailand for use on expanded international routes in Asia and the Middle East, while its own underwent a major overhaul. Full text...

  • Air India back to Mauritius 20 years after
    12 august 2005 22:06:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian company, Air India will resume flights to Mauritius from 31 October after the Mauritian government agreed to grant it the '5th freedom' rights, an airline official affirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways to help stranded BA passengers
    12 august 2005 16:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Friday announced it would assist thousands of stranded passengers in East Africa affected by fight cancellations by the British Airways, whose workers are on strike. Full text...

  • Airfares to rise as oil prices increase, says KA
    12 august 2005 13:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The steep rises in world oil prices has sparked fears of immediate increases in airfares across a number of destinations in Africa, with Kenya Airways saying they have introduced surcharges to counter the oil hikes. Full text...

  • Growth noted in KA's West Africa operations
    08 august 2005 12:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has announced a 22 percent increase in the number of passengers it ferried along its West African route during the first quarter of 2005. Full text...

  • Tuninter crash toll mounts to 13
    07 august 2005 13:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The latest toll from the crash of a plane belonging to Tuninter airline that occurred on Saturday off the coast of Sicily has reached 13 dead, 3 missing and 22 survivors, most them suffering from various injuries, CEO Moncef Zouari reported here. Full text...

  • African aviation industry must strategise to compete well - Expert
    02 august 2005 21:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African aviation operators must strategise and form alliances with major stakeholders in the world to withstand global competition, Christian Folly-Kossi, Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • SAA pilots pass no confidence in management
    02 august 2005 15:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) pilots have passed a motion of no confidence in the chief executive officer and his team of SAA. Full text...

  • South African Airways workers end pay strike
    29 july 2005 13:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Cabin crew and ground staff of South African Airways (SAA) returned to work Friday after a seven-day pay dispute strike that crippled the airline's operations forcing cancellations of regional and international flights. Full text...

  • African Airlines Association boss to visit Ghana
    28 july 2005 20:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Nairobi-based African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Christian Folly-Kossi, begins a three-day working visit to Accra on Sunday to meet officials in the aviation industry in Ghana. Full text...

  • Strike-bound SAA losing millions daily
    27 july 2005 13:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A strike by South African Airways cabin crew and ground staff that started last Friday following a deadlock over wage negotiations is costing the airline a considerable amount of revenue losses daily. Full text...

  • Libya, CAR agree to enhance co-operation
    26 july 2005 18:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR) have agreed to establish a direct air liaison between the two countries and the opening of a branch of the Sahel-Saharan investment and trade bank in Bangui. Full text...

  • Nigeria to shut airport runway for repairs Tuesday
    25 july 2005 21:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following a series of accidents at Lagos airport, Nigeria's main gateway due to a bad runway, the Federal Airports Administration has decided to close the runway Tuesday for emergency repairs. Full text...

  • S. African Airways strike drags on, passengers stranded
    25 july 2005 18:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew and ground staff continued their strike for the fourth day Monday running as the airline's management and unions agreed to seek the intervention of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CC0MA). Full text...

  • British Airways avoids Lagos airport over bad runway
    25 july 2005 12:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- British Airways Sunday diverted its Lagos flight to the Nigerian capital Abuja following a spate of accidents at the Lagos airport blamed on poor conditions of the only functioning runway, industry sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Strike grounds SAA's regional, international flights
    23 july 2005 16:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all international and regional flights till further notice following industrial action by the airline's cabin crew and ground staff which started on Friday, the airline confirmed on Saturday. Full text...

  • North African routes boost Kenya Airways cargo earnings
    23 july 2005 10:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways cargo division has reported improved revenue of 974 million shillings in the first four months of this year, a 28-percent increase over the 762 million shillings posted in the corresponding period last year. Full text...

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