Business aircraft movements at Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria have more than doubled from a year ago to an average of 15 daily movements. Flights arriving at the African FBO are predominantly coming from Europe as business executives enter Nigeria. Arrivals from the Middle East are also increasing, it added. Driving the growth is expansion of the oil and gas energy industries, which have attracted renewed interest from European companies.
Two pilots and two passengers were killed and seven others injured when a Let L-410 turboprop twin crashed on takeoff from the Ngerende Airstrip in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve on August 22. The 19-seat Kenyan-registered aircraft, operated by Mombasa Air Safari, was destroyed in the accident.
Nairobi, Kenya-based air charter operator Phoenix Aviation achieved Wyvern Wingman status after successfully completing an on-site audit. It is also one of the first fixed-wing air charter companies in Africa to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification under the scope of supply for provision of domestic, regional and international charter flights, aircraft maintenance and worldwide medical air ambulance charter for both UK and U.S. accreditation.
At the ERA annual conference in September, SuperJet International CEO Carlo Logli reported a dispatch reliability rate of 96 to 97 percent recorded by SSJ100 launch customers Armavia and Aeroflot.
Kenya Airways has finalized the contract for the acquisition of 10 Embraer E190s, the airline announced last month. The agreement completes contract negotiations following the signing of a letter of intent during June’s Paris Air Show. The deal also includes purchase rights for 16 of any type from the E-Jet series.
U.S.-based aviation services provider Tempus Jets has partnered with the government of Rwanda to establish a stronger private aviation presence in the region. The Newport News, Va. company announced plans to establish FBO services at Kigali International Airport as well as position a number of turbine-powered aircraft there for on-demand charter use.
At least 53 people were killed when a Boeing 727 operated by Hewa Boro Airways crashed at Kisangani Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 8. The accident happened at around 2.30 p.m. local time as the airliner tried to land in reported bad weather after a flight from Kinshasa, the capital of the central African country.
Middle East-based flight operations group Nexus is moving into Africa with plans to establish a flight operations center (FOC) in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Nexus has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the project with the Rwanda Development Board.
The Gulfstream V that had been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since February 4 has been released along with the remaining flight crew and passengers, according to Arcadia Aviation, which manages the aircraft. The aircraft has returned to the U.S. On March 15, the co-captain and flight attendant were allowed to leave.
Business aviation flew to the rescue of several thousand people fleeing Egypt during protests that led to the overthrow of long-standing President Hosni Mubarak last month. But prospects for continued business aviation growth in the country are now largely dependent on the extent to which Egypt's political revolution affects its economic life.