Leading Developments in Africa’s Aviation Sector

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African airlines are fast expanding and their growth potential is becoming increasingly noticeable. From declaring new direct flights to acquiring new jets, the African aviation industry is buzzing from various projects, plans, and investment announcements.

Footprint2africa editors are summarizing monthly development news in the aviation industry. Here are a few of the most popular aviation news over the past month:


Ethiopian Airlines Buys Jet-engines worth $1.5 billion

To cope with its fast expanding long route flights, Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 10 Rolls-Royce engines of type Trent XWB. This British turbofan jet engine is believed to be the world class large aero engine. In short span of time, since its inception in 2010, around 40 customers are using these engines. Read more:


Direct Flight to China’s Chengdu by Air Seychelles

In order to increase tourism awareness to the island of China, Air Seychelles in collaboration STB (Seychelles Tourism Board) has announced direct non-stop flight to Chengdu. Roy Kinner, of Air Seychelles, has said that with these charter flights Seychelles tourism will see increased number of tourist from China. Read more:


FlyDubai to Start Third Direct Route to Tanzania

Because of increase in passengers’ demand, FlyDubai has announced flights to Kilimanjaro of Tanzania. This is third routes to Tanzania and 12th route to Africa. The airline will also increase flights to Zanzibar from 3 to 8 weekly flights. The company has seen 3.5% growth in the arrival of passengers from both UAE and Africa. Read more:


Jambojet (of Kenya Airways) Acquires New Aircraft

A subsidiary of Kenya Airways, Jambojet, has Acquired Dash 8 Q400 planes to boost its regional market share. The aircraft, 78 passenger seats, is believed to be a milestone because of its short-takeoffs, low operating cost, and best passenger experience. With this development, Jambojet has demonstrated its commitment to increase business by providing more choices, quality, and comfort to passengers. Read more:


Kenya Airways to Start Direct Flights to Cairo from Nairobi

As per codeshare agreement with EgyptAir, Kenya Airways has announced to start direct flight to Cairo. The agreement will eventually cover six routes (namely Cairo, Mombasa, Istanbul, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Lusaka). It is primarily aimed at improving connectivity between African countries and passenger traveling across the North Africa region. Read more:


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