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Fuel hitch forces Kenya Airways 737 to land in Mombasa

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737 that was diverted to Mombasa today due to a fuel system hitch. Photo by the Kenya Red Cross.

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-700 flying from New Delhi, India, to Nairobi was today diverted to Mombasa due to problems with the aircraft’s fuel control system. Early reports indicated that the aircraft, performing Flight KQ221 from India, was diverted to Mombasa after it ran out of fuel. The aircraft could not land in Nairobi when […]

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Fly540 says bleeding woman died while waiting for a doctor

A Fly540 Dash 8 at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Fly540 has said it did all it could for a woman who died at JKIA last Saturday. The airline says the Kenyan woman, identified as Mary Wanjiku Kamau, died while waiting for the airport doctor to show up. The death of the woman in circumstances similar to that of Ebola or Marburg virus sparked panic […]

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Sky Aero refutes rumors of crackdown by Kenya’s aviation authorities

Startup carrier Sky Aero, based at Nairobi’s JKIA, has refuted rumors that its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been revoked by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. The airline which operates a 100 seat DC-9 began flights between Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu on 22 May 2014. In an exclusive statement to our reporter, a top Sky […]

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Emirates to grow African operations by 40% in coming decade

Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, at the Africa Global Business Forum 2014.

Emirates is placing a strategic focus on Africa in the coming decade by increasing operations by over 40%, says Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. Speaking at the Africa Global Business Forum held in Dubai on 1 – 2 October, Clark said that Africa has been a great growth story for Emirates. “Today, Emirates fleet […]

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Kenya Airways 787 parked in Paris for two days takes off

Kenya Airways' first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 5Y-KZA.

A Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner that lost an access panel during flight has left Paris, France, after spending at least two days at the airport. Sources at Paris first reported on Wednesday (24 September) that the aircraft would be spending the night there. This evening after the work #Kenya Airways #Boeing787 on A5 will […]

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Kenya Airways bids goodbye to the Boeing 767

5Y-KQQ at Nairobi’s JKIA. Photo by Andrew Thomas.

As Kenya Airways received its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner today, the airline confirmed to us that the Boeing 767 has been entirely phased out of the fleet. Kenya Airways began acquiring Boeing 767 aircraft in 2001 as it phased out an older fleet of Airbus A310. Since then, the Boeing 767 has been part of […]

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Ethiopian Airlines breaks African record with 737 MAX order

Artist's impression of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing yesterday announced an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier. The 737 MAX is the next generation of Boeing’s popular single-aisle commercial jet. Design of the 737 MAX is ongoing with first delivery planned […]

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Interesting aviation data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Total visitor arrivals through Nairobi’s JKIA and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport. The purple line with blue dots represents 2013 data. The green line with red dots shows trends for 2014.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is the principal government agency that collects, analyses and disseminates statistical data in Kenya. Hidden among the vast array of numbers is some interesting aviation data. Worth noting in recent statistics is a decline in the number of passengers arriving through Nairobi and Mombasa airports. The decline in […]

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