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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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Precision Air moves Nairobi departures to JKIA Terminal 1A

A Precision Air ATR 42 at Nairobi's JKIA.

Tanzania’s Precision Air is moving its flights in Nairobi to the new Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The airline will begin using Terminal 1A for departing flights from Monday, 8th September. Precision Air mostly flies to Tanzanian destinations. Flights that will begin departing from Terminal 1A are those going to Dar […]

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Fastjet partners with unnamed individual in fresh Kenya plan

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Low cost carrier Fastjet has partnered with an unnamed Kenyan entity and applied for an Air Service License (ASL) from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). Fastjet has long been interested in launching flights in Kenya. In its announcement yesterday, Fastjet says it has incorporated a new company to be known as Fastjet Kenya. 51% […]

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New hotel bets on JKIA growth as it targets more travellers

The 67 Airport Hotel, Nairobi.

Surrounded by middle class homes and a rolling grass plain within sight of Nairobi’s JKIA, the hotel’s environment is far removed from the busy atmosphere at the airport. It won’t be long before the views across the plains are obscured by apartments but the location of the 67 Airport Hotel puts it closer to the […]

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Ebola: Is Kenya Airways doing the right thing?

Kenya Airways CEO, Titus Naikuni.

Kenya Airways announced last evening that it will continue regular flights to four west African countries currently in the grip of an Ebola epidemic. Is the airline making the right decision? Kenya Airways is facing public pressure to suspend flights to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. Cases of Ebola have been reported in those […]

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Passengers stranded because Jambojet pilot could not fly

A Jambojet Boeing 737-300.

Passengers aboard a Jambojet flight recently found themselves stranded in Eldoret town after a pilot declared he could not fly to Nairobi. Flight KQ8865 was scheduled to leave Eldoret at 7:15pm on 24 July 2014. Passengers were hurriedly shoved into one of Jambojet’s Boeing 737s and pleasantly surprised to be told they would be leaving […]

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Jomo Kenyatta Airport has shaken off trauma of 2013 fire

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A year ago, a fire at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) destroyed the international arrivals terminal. In the weeks after the fire, passengers were served from tents because airport buildings were damaged. Today, JKIA has undergone such an amazing transformation that last year’s fire seems almost like a blessing in disguise. The fire on […]

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