African Airline News September 2013

Around-up of airline news briefs as below,

Comair Machinery

Johannesburg- Comair has taken emphasis concerning the first of four Boeing 737-400 airliners.

The aircraft bequeath be replacing the Boeing 737-300s currently in service with the airline .Reports also indicate the carrier is looking a adding the Boeing 737-800 to the British Airways fleet to ensure fleet commonality with budget affiliate

New Fast Jet Stake

London-Fast Jet has announced that owner and licensor of the Fast Jet brand, Easy Group Property Ltd, the private investment vehicle of Sir Stelios Haji-loannou, has elected to take freshly issued fast jet shares in place of all share and consultancy payments due to Easy Group up to December 31, 2013.

These payments relate to the Brand Authorize conciliation announced on May 9, 2012 .Following this transaction, 110334 156 newly issued fast jet shares at 1p will be issued to Easy Aggregation thereby increasing Easy Groups holding in steadfast jet from under 3% to 5,81%.

MDS Acquired

Johannesburg- Africa Charter Airlines has presented the first regarding two MD-83s to its agile of aircraft.

Libya Anabiosis

Tripoli-Libya carriers Air Libya and Afriqiyah Airways continue to normalize their operations following a brutal civil war.

Air Libya has taken delivery of a brand new Airbus A330-200 while Afriqiyah has returned fresh of its stored Airbus A32Os to services clientele extensive maintenance.

Niger Carrier

Niamey- Air Niamey is a new Niger-based carrier that instructions operate regional passenger flights with an Airbus A320.

Comoros Revival

Moroni-A new Zealand-based energy consortium, GaAfo Energy, is reportedly in the process of setting boost a parochial carrier.Gafa Air, to maneuver scheduled services from the Co mores Capital to regional destinations including Johannesburg, Khartoum, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

The carrier will initially operate a single Boeing 737-300.

Meanwhile, Air Austral is also said to be in the process of setting up its own Co mores-based operation, called Ewa, in partnership with local investors.

Provisional plans convoke for regional passenger services to begin in November.

Third Airbus

Abidjan-Air Cote d’Ivoire is adding a third Airbus A319 to its fleet.

The carrier ditto plans to gain two Bombardier Dash8-Q400s beside which to commence domestic services.

MD Freighters

Nairobi-Astral Aviation has ordered three MD-83SF cargo aircraft for delivery as from the last quarter of this year succedent completion of their freighter conversion. The company once operates a two of DC-9-34 CF freighters.

ATR Equipment

Lome-West Africa Cachet will replace its ageing DC-9 and An-12 freighters including two ATR 72-200 freighters.

LAM Renewal

Maputo-Lin has Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) according to field sources will acquire a fourth Embraer E190 parochial jet being well pro re nata three Airbus A319s or Boeing 737-700s within two years.

Whisper Jet

Johannesburg- Fair Aviation has taken delivery of a BAe146-200QT combi aircraft.


Tunis- Syphax Airlines has become the launch customer for Airbus A320neo narrow body airliner past signing an order for three of the aircraft.

The order is in addition to three A320ceo drone already on order.

The carrier, meanwhile, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 wide-body airliner and has yet leased an Airbus A320 from Croatia Airlines for domestic and regional hitchhiker flights.

Boeing Replacement

Kigali- RwandAir Express has replaced its pair of Boeing 737-500s with two modern Boeing 737-700s as part of a continued fleet renewal programme.


Casablanca- Royal Air Maroc is wet leasing two embraer E190s from Dutch, carrier, Denim Air.

The aircraft are painted in full Hit livery.

Namibian A330

Windhoek- Air Namibia is expected to take delivery of the first of two Airbus A330-200 twin jets, replacing the A340-300s currently in service with the carrier.

This is part of its go for careful and fleet renewal programme.

The carrier has also added a seventh flight on the Windhoek-Luanda route to afford daily services to the Angolan capital.

Algerian Lease

Algiers-Air Algerie is leasing a single Boeing 737-800 from Algerian porter Tassilli Airlines.

The carrier has moreover leased an Airbus A320 from Lithuanian-based carrier Avion Express.

Return to Service

Cairo- Air Memphis has returned its part MD-83 to service having had it repainted in a new corporate livery.

Afghan Leasem

Banjul- Gambian based Aeolus Air is operating services on behalf of Ariana Afghan Airlines accompanying its Airbus A320.

First Airbus

Tripoli- Ghadames Air has acquired an Airbus A320.

This is the introductory aircraft the carrier has owned to date having once leased in equipment.

Second Airbus

Harare- Air Zimbabwe’s second Airbus A320 arrived at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport recently to undergo maintenance with SAA Technical anteriority to its entry into service.

Authorized Service Facility

Addis Ababa-Ethiopian Airlines has been appointed as an Authorized Service Facility for Bombardier commercial helicopter by the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

The airline is authorized to perform line and heavy conservation on Vim 8-Q400 and -Q400 Next Gen turbo-prop aircraft.

The truck has also announced that it has become a strategic partner along with the Malawi Government to establish a new federal carrier.

Arik Growth

Lagos- Nigerian flattop Arik Air has taken delivery of the first of four new Airbus A330-200s wide-body airliners.

This brings to 24 the number of jets in its fleet.

The new giro have a two-class configuration with 30 Business Rank polysyndeton 187 Economy Class seats.

A380 to Mauritius

Port Victoria- Emirates has announced that, adequate December 16; it will introduce Airbus A380 equipment on its daily service from Dubai to Mauritius.

Open Skies Agreement

Dubai-The government of Niger and the United Arab Emirates ,under the auspices about the General Civil Aviation Authority ,have signed an Open Skies agreement which will allow the overseeing scheduled air services between the two countries.