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Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts

Monday, September 30, 2013

► BOTSWANA: Kalahari Airways eyes flights to New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong via its Gaborone hub.

Denis Coghlan, the chief executive officer of the ambitious Botswana-based startup, Kalahari Airways, has outlined his longterm vision for the company in which he sees the establishment of Gaborone as a regional hub for flights to Hong Kong and the United States in addition to London.

Monday, March 11, 2013

► ALGERIA: Air Algérie to retain Beijing flights following improvement in load factors; to add Conakry, Ndjamena, Lagos in Winter 2013/14.

Air Algérie logoAlgerian national carrier, Air Algérie (AH), is planning new routes to Ndjamena (Chad), Lagos, and Conakry (Guinea) during Winter'13/14 according to the airline's President and Director-General, Mohamed Saleh Bolatif.

Friday, March 8, 2013

■ TANZANIA: fastjet secures additional $23.5mln in funding from New York investment firm as 1Time's liquidation postponed until October.

fastjetTanzanian based LCC, fastjet (FN), has secured an additional USD23.5million (GBP15.68million) in funding following an agreement with Bergen Global Opportunity Fund, an institutional investment fund managed by Bergen Asset Management, LLC, a New York asset management firm. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

► ALGERIA: Air Algérie in talks to buy 787-8s, 737-800NGs and A330s as international expansion plans move forward.

Air Algérie logoAlgerian carrier, Air Algèrie (AH), in an announcement via its official Facebook page, is to forge ahead with the first stage of its previously announced renewal plan with the carrier said to be negotiating a deal for the purchase of an undisclosed number of Boeing 787-800s, that it hopes to "make concrete very soon." Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for 2017.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

► ETHIOPIA: Plans afoot for new Addis Ababa Airport as Ethiopian outlines new routes and plans.

Ethiopian
When upgrades to Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport were started in 1999 and completed in 2003 with the addition of a brand new terminal as well as a new runway, taxiway and various other structures, it was assumed that the Airport would only reach its maximum carrying-capacity in 2017 and that there would be more than enough time to plan for any future developments, should they be necessary.

Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Overview of Bole Airport (RaimondStehman)
Well, it seems they will indeed be necessary and very soon, as reports from Ethiopia show that beating all expectations, by 2010, Bole had already hit its planned maximum projected capacity (which had been increased 12-fold to handle six to seven million passengers annually from its prior capacity of 500,000 passengers) thus forcing the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) to either consider expanding Bole again,  or to build a brand new airport from scratch.

It appears they will do both.


Location for new Addis Airport
The possible location for the new airport.
Currently, Bole sees over 110 aircraft movements per day, but with statistics showing that passenger arrivals have been steadily growing at 20% per annum, the EAE has also considered the option of building a brand new airport outside the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the towns of Modjo and Meki towns on the Hawassa road; a road that will soon become an expressway.

On what would then become of Bole Airport following the new airport's completion:
"The official said the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport will be used for regional flights, VIP flights and for those who are involved in general aviation services (private airlines who provide none scheduled flights). The new airport would focus primarily on accommodating long haul international flights."

Ethiopian Airlines Routes
Ethiopians' World Network (Ethiopian)
The greatest beneficiary to all this development will obviously be Ethiopian Airlines whose own future growth plans are dependent on an efficient airport operation at Addis Ababa. With the first of their 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners set to be delivered in August and with another Boeing 777-200LR recently ordered, the airline is gearing itself up for an aggressive international expansion which will see the following new destinations and developments:
In the long term, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam stated that Ethiopian will put very "heavy emphasis" on the BRICS nations - particularly Brazil, China and India - and believes these countries will drive the "huge growth" critical to Ethiopian Airlines' Vision 2025 objectives of  flying 11 million and 1.5 million international and domestic passengers annually and generating USD$7billion in annual revenue.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

► NIGERIA: Arik Air announces Winter changes to New York; suffers two incidents in 3 hours.

Arik AirNigerian carrier Arik Air (W3) has announced changes to its Winter 2012 Lagos, Nigeria - New York route effective 29 October 2012. The route is presently served with an Airbus A340-500 wet leased from HiFly Air Transport.