The so-called Arab Spring political upheaval across North Africa and parts of the Middle East has also been a significant disruptor of airline business in the region. The most seriously impacted were Libyan carriers Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, which had aircraft destroyed or damaged by NATO air strikes against the former government of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
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For ATR, 2011 is already a record year for sales of its regional airliners, but the European manufacturer could have more business to announce soon.
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.
Nigeria now has what claims to be the West African country’s first purpose-built FBO, with the recent opening of the EAN Jet Centre at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The 160,000-sq-ft facility was built by local company Evergreen Apple Nigeria and offers business aircraft operators a secure and private alternative to the airport’s main terminal.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has launched a three-year plan to realign activities with member carriers’ business imperatives. Developed by new AFRAA secretary-general Elijah Chingosho, the plan aims to transform the association into “a pulsating airline association” for Africa.
No one can say where, when or how the rolling political crisis in North Africa and the Middle East will end, but it already seems clear that it doesn’t spell good news for the air transport industry.
Embraer and EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering have signed a five-year agreement designating the MRO an authorized service center for the Embraer E170/190 series. The Cairo-based carrier was already an established Embraer flight-hour pool program customer. Under the terms of the agreement the MRO will provide routine checks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for EgyptAir Express and third-party E-Jets.
A single Dutch child out of 104 occupants survived this morning’s crash of an Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 in Tripoli, Libya, the airline confirmed today. The Airbus, operating scheduled service as Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg to Tripoli, crashed short of the runway on approach at about 6 a.m. local time.
An Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 crash landed this morning at around 6 a.m. local time in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Libyan airline and Airbus confirmed this morning. Flight 8U771, arriving from Johannesburg, carried 93 passengers and 11 crewmembers. Afriqiya said that authorities have completed the search-and-rescue mission and have moved casualties to various hospitals. It gave no word on fatalities.
At face value the contents of the European Commission’s latest so-called safety blacklist of airlines and national civil aviation authorities (CAA) are fairly predictable. Despite the presence of both North Korea and Iran, it is not so much an “axis of evil” as it is an “axis of the feeble” in terms of aviation safety regulation.