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Lufthansa B747 crash in Nairobi 40 years ago

D-ABYB, the ill-fated aircraft, seen here in 1970.

40 years ago today, a Lufthansa Boeing 747 crashed soon after takeoff from Nairobi Airport. This was the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 747, a new model back then. The crash of Lufthansa Flight LH 540 has all but faded from memory. Four years after the accident, Nairobi Airport moved into a brand new […]

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Boeing will not profit from the 787, says report

G-TUIB, the second Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Thomson Airways.

A recently published report says that Boeing will never make a profit from the 787 Dreamliner. The report published by the International Institute for Strategic Leadership (IISL) says competing products such as the Airbus A330, A330 NEO and A350 XWB will, “keep downward pricing pressure on the 787 for decades.” The report mimicks sentiments expressed […]

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Dutch planespotter visits Kenya to fly classic jets

Andre Alders disembarking from a Fly540 DC-9 during his visit to Kenya.

Andre’ Alders developed a passion for aviation in the fields outside Amsterdam, Netherlands. From the family home, Andre would watch aircraft climbing out of Schiphol Airport, one of the world’s major air transport hubs. Today, Andre travels all over the world to fly in rare aircraft and write about it. Andre was recently in Kenya […]

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East Africa plans to cut air transport costs

Mustwafa Muran (left), Astral Aviation Route Network Coordinator and D. Rajdev, Director of Operations at ALS, during a discussion held on 22 October 2014 on reducing the cost of air travel.

Transport officials and the aviation industry in East Africa are exploring ways of cutting the cost of air travel. The discussions follow complaints from East Africa’s political leadership that the cost of air travel is uncompetitive and is impeding free movement among the region’s inhabitants. From discussions held so far, it is emerging that while […]

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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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