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Air Peace Set For Johannesburg Route

Posted by Just African Aviation on  October 26, 2020
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Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest airline has announced plans to launch flights to Johannesburg, South Africa from its hub in Lagos.

The airline is looking into servicing the Lagos-Johannesburg route thrice a week once all regulatory requirements have been concluded. Initial timelines are that Air Peace can launch this service at the end of this quarter.

Stanley Olisa the spokesperson of Air Peace said “We shall continue to strategically increase existing connections to give our customers more network options while also creating more employment opportunities for Nigerians”.

Air Peace under its network expansion drive “no city left behind” has been gradually increasing its network both domestically and regionally.

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Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EgyptAir for the establishment of Ghanaian national carrier.  

The Ghanaian government has been on the market for a strategic partner in the establishment of the new national carrier. In the past the Ghanaian officials had signed a MoU with Ethiopian Airlines but the deal eventually fell out.

Ghana’s Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda speaking to Aviation Ghana said, “We were looking out for what is best for Ghana in all our engagements with the potential partners.”

The MoU is expected to facilitate the establishment of a Ghanaian national carrier, identification of routes, fleet selection and personnel provision. Local personnel will be incorporated into the airline are expected to play key roles in the process.

One of EgyptAir Airbus A220-300. Image EgyptAir

EgyptAir Airlines’ chairman & CEO Pilot Amr Abu El-Enein, added, “We are pleased with the confidence of the Ghanaian government in choosing and preferring EgyptAir among the major European, Asian and African airlines for this strategic partnership in establishing a new airlines operates from its head quarter in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and its network of lines extends throughout Africa, connecting it with countries of North and South America.”

At the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Boeing announced that, Boeing and the Republic of Ghana had signed an MoU for three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Speaking at the time Ghana Minister of Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda said, “There is a growing demand for air travel to and from Ghana and we believe the advanced 787-9 Dreamliner gives us an efficient and flexible machine to launch a regional network and eventually serve international destinations in the future.”

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Value based airline fastjet Zimbabwe will resume flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg from early December 2020.

The airline released a statement announcing the route. “Fastjet is pleased to announce the reintroduction of flights between Victoria Falls International Airport and Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport from Thursday, 03 December 2020.”

Fastjet Zimbabwe, Accountable Manager Ed Berry added, “We are pleased to be starting this route and to be working closely with Zimbabwe Tourism authorities, travel service providers and the local communities in contributing to build a post COVID-19 strong and resilient tourism sector for Victoria Falls.”

The flight will be operated by the airlines Embraer ERJ145 regional jet on a thrice weekly basis on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. According to the statement the flight will depart Johannesburg at 11:10am arriving in Victoria Falls at 12:20pm. The return flight departs Victoria Falls at 13:20pm arriving back in Johannesburg at 14:55.

Since the ease of travel restrictions in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Fastjet has gradually resumed flights across its network. To date, the airline now services all three major domestic markets in Zimbabwe.

Last week Fastjet resumed flights between Bulawayo and Johannesburg. This became the airline’s second regional route after the Harare-Johannesburg flights.

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Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Captain Gilbert Macharia Kibe has been appointed the Executive Committee Chairperson of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisations (CANSO).

Captain Kibe’s appointment was announced at the 24th CANSO Annual General Virtual Meeting. Prior to his appointment Captain Kibe served as a member of the CANSO Executive Committee for the past four years.

“I am honoured to have been selected as chair of the CANSO Executive Committee. I have great faith in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) community and all that CANSO members have delivered in terms of transforming ATM, and I relish the task of working with industry key players across the globe to deliver a safe, seamless and sustainable future for the industry,” Captain Kibe said in a statement released by CANSO.

During the AGM, CANSO also launched a new advocacy priority to help the industry navigate the current aviation crisis. The commitment is to provide the policy and framework guidance to ensure the emergence of the ATM industry from the current pandemic a stronger and more resilient industry, well placed to continue to serve the evolving needs of managing safety and efficiency in the skies.

This resolution is added to CANSO’s existing priorities of enhancing the public perception of ATM; ensuring good regulatory practices; supporting operational standards that enhance ATM performance; promoting airspace modernisation for enhanced efficiency and to accommodate challenges of new entrants and supporting a collaborative approach to industry challenges.

Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) unites 186 air traffic management (ATM) service providers and suppliers in committing to support the safe and seamless recovery of aviation through strong leadership and a new advocacy resolution.

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Uganda Airlines one of two Airbus A330-800neo is almost ready for delivery. Airbus released images of the freshly painted aircraft this week registered 5X-NIL.  

Uganda resumed flights at the beginning of October with Uganda Airlines resuming flights to select destinations across the East African belt. Currently the Ugandan national carrier operated a fleet of 4 Mitsubishi CRJ900 jets.

The addition of the A330-800NEO comes at a time the industry is facing uncertainty amid the covid19 pandemic. Currently the airline operates regional routes and is planning to extend its network to the Southern part of Africa. 

“Our plans for the African network expansion will continue and we plan to launch scheduled operations to Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Harare and Lusaka in the coming months,” reads a recent statement from the airline.

Where to for the A330-800NEO?

Uganda Airlines Cornwell Muleya speaking on the NTV Weekend Edition in Uganda revealed London, Dubai and Guangzhou as the routes the aircraft is likely to be deployed.

“It’s going to be used on the long-term intercontinental routes. We have three principal flights that we are going to go to which are London, Dubai and Guangzhou.” Muleya added, “In between we will be looking at routes to Mumbai, West and Southern Africa to complete the interconnections.”

Uganda Airlines CEO Cornwell Muleya speaking on the coming delivery of the Airbus A330-800neo.

Derek Nseko Managing Director of i-Fly Global welcomed the delivery of the A330-800neo. “The A330 NEO is scheduled to be delivered in December and will be the new flagship of Uganda Airlines. A wide body aircraft to serve the airline’s long-haul plans.”

As a start-up Nseko expects Uganda Airlines to fight off the effects of the covid19 and proceeds with plans for network expansion. He added, “However the A330 joins the fleet at a tricky time for global aviation. Travel has slumped as a result of the global pandemic and the profile of its recovery is still uncertain.”

More on the A330-800NEO

Uganda Airlines is one a few of airlines that have ordered the -800neo variant. As compared to the -900neo the -800neo has only attracted a handful of orders.   In June 2019, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer speaking to Aviation Analyst in Toulouse said he was “still confident” the manufacturer will secure “many, many more orders” for the A330-800. 

To date Airbus has only manages to sell 14 units of the Airbus A330-800neo. Both the -800 and -900neo have striking similarities. The Uganda Airlines A330-800neo passenger capacity will maximum 260 passengers in a tri-class configuration with a range of 8,150 nautical miles.

Uganda Airlines released a statement on the update of the aircraft, “over the next few weeks, a number of systems and processes will be conducted in readiness for the delivery.”

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