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Are air traffic controllers on a “go-slow”?

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A union has claimed that air traffic controllers in Kenya are on a go-slow, saying that flights will be delayed until their grievances are addressed. “Airlines should expect serious delays during this time,” reads a statement by the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Union. The statement was circulated via social media. The union says air traffic […]

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Airport firm says workers treated fairly, refutes blogger’s allegations

Staff of Tradewinds Aviation in one of the company's minivans used to shuttle them around the airport.

“The stories about staff being mistreated caught everybody at Tradewinds by surprise. None of the staff knows who sent the document. We all saw it for the first time on social media.” Hellen Wafula, a marketing executive at Tradewinds Aviation recalls the day in mid November when the company was caught up in a social […]

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Photos: JKIA receives first of new airport buses

The first of new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority seen here at Nairobi's JKIA airport in December 2014.

The first of five new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority has arrived at Nairobi JKIA. The Cobus buses will be used to shuttle passengers and staff across the vast airport grounds. Check out photos below of this new type of bus at our airports.       According to a Kenya Airports Authority […]

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How ground handling companies help airlines cut costs

A tug operated by a ground-handling company pulls a British Airways Boeing 747.

The cleaning crew at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) boarded the Boeing 737 soon after the last of the passengers disembarked. Timing is everything. “We are expected to spend not more than 7 minutes cleaning the entire aircraft,” said the cleaning crew’s supervisor. “If we exceed the time set for us, the airline will […]

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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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