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UAVs in Kenya: The experience of a film maker

A Helicam multi-rotor UAV mounted with a camera.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are increasingly getting used for commercial and recreational purposes in Kenya. UAVs can do things that would be too expensive or risky for a manned aircraft. Kenya has not been left behind in the global UAV revolution. A film maker in the country is among people who […]

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Jambojet: Is there need for consumer education?


Its slightly over two weeks since Jambojet – the Kenya Airways low cost subsidiary – began scheduled flights. Reports from the press, mainstream media and from casual conversation however suggests that Jambojet needs to conduct consumer education to explain how travellers can qualify for the lowest possible fare. I am traveling to Mombasa with Jambojet […]

Kenya Airports gets final insurance payout for JKIA fire

Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Lucy Mbugua (right) receives a cheque from top managers of APA Insurance. The cheque marks the final payment arising from the August 2013 fire at JKIA.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) today received a KSh1.4 billion (US$ 16.2 million) compensation cheque from APA Insurance, fully settling claims from the August 7, 2013 fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Today’s payout brings the total compensation by APA Insurance to KSh1.97 billion ($22.7 million). In December 2013, APA gave KAA an […]

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KCAA building own headquarters to comply with ICAO recommendations

Artistic impression of KCAA's new office complex.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) today launched the construction of a new headquarter complex that will enable it comply with recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The complex will have a unique view of aircraft on final approach into JKIA. Construction of the head office complex is financed through a Ksh833 million […]

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Kenya Airways first 787 Dreamliner lands in Nairobi

5Y-KZA, the first Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner touches down at Nairobi on completion of its delivery flight from the United States. Photo by @kenya_airports.

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Kenya Airways touched down in Nairobi today after a 16 hour non-stop delivery flight from Everett, USA. The aircraft, registration 5Y-KZA, landed at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11:29am. The aircraft’s 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) delivery flight from the United States took it over Canada, Greenland, the […]

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Kenya’s first 787 Dreamliner arrives today

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

Boeing and Kenya Airways are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft departed Paine Field in Everett on Friday 4 April 2014 for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) nonstop flight to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Arrival in Nairobi will be today, Saturday 5 April, between 11am and 12 noon. […]

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IATA warns against hasty adoption of black box streaming


The still unresolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has led to calls that black box streaming systems be installed on commercial aircraft. If implemented, such systems would use satellite links to continuously transmit data from the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder to secure servers. Accident investigators will no longer require the physical […]

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Jambojet becomes a reality as flights begin today

A Jambojet Boeing 737 at Mombasa's Moi International Airport after making the airline's first flight to the port city.

Low cost carrier Jambojet took to the skies for the first time today. The carrier’s first flight was to Kisumu this morning followed by the first flight to Mombasa shortly afterwards. At Kisumu, airport staff were at hand to welcome passengers of the latest entrant into Kenya’s air transport sector. Jambojet begins flight operations on […]

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