International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler has said that over the past decade the aggregate safety results for airlines adhering to the association’s Operational Safety Audit standard are superior to those of carriers that do not use the system. His remarks came at last week’s annual African Airlines Association general assembly in Mombasa, Kenya. Tyler also said in 2012 there was not a single hull loss of a Western-built airplane by any of IATA’s 25 African member airlines.
Geography of Africa
Flight planning and support group Hadid International Services has expanded its network in Africa with the appointment of supervisors in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Congo. In addition to providing handling supervision and arranging payment for airport fees, the Dubai-based company’s local staff can arrange ground transportation and hotels.
Somalia might conjure images of pirates and Blackhawk Down, but the northern autonomous region and former British protectorate of Somaliland remains a peaceful, although economically depressed, place. Last month the international airport at the capital, Hargeisa, “re-opened” following renovations and modernization, funded to the tune of $10 million by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.
South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) plans to hold a seminar called “Integrating Human & Systems Performance in Aviation Safety” from January 28-30 next year in Johannesburg. The event will be organized in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria and Ergonomic Society of South Africa. Organizers hope to stir interest among students and academia for the aviation industry, while also creating networking opportunities that link academia and business to the emerging African aviation industry.
During the first quarter of this year, Air Charter Service saw overall growth of 12 percent, with 20 percent year-over-year growth in its executive jet division. The London-based charter brokerage was founded in 1990 by chairman Chris Leach and now includes 17 offices on five continents. Annual revenue is more than $420 million.
Business aviation traffic at Lagos International Airport has increased almost three-fold over the past couple of years, according to Evergreen Apple Nigeria, which opened the west African country’s first purpose-built FBO in 2011. According to managing director and CEO Segun Demuren, average monthly movements numbered 82 in 2011, but that number this year stands at 220. Now the company competes with ExecuJet Aviation, which opened its own facility at the airport last year.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has been selected by Sharjah, UAE-based aviation business services firm Avjet Routing as its preferred ground handler in Nigeria, with principal services being provided at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The agreement, which was ratified last month, means that all private and business aviation traffic from Avjet Routing passing through Lagos will be handled exclusively by Evergreen Apple Nigeria.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN), the first private FBO facility in Nigeria, is reporting a steady increase in operations since it opened last year. From July to December 2011, the facility at Murtala Mohammad International Airport in Lagos handled 478 movements. That total rose to 976 movements between January and June. To meet that growing demand, the facility has increased staff to 39 from 11.
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.
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