Friday, 31 January 2014

PICS: Harare International Airport


PIC: Malawi Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 Arrives in Lilongwe

Kenya Airways Initial Boeing 787 Schedule

As of 31JAN14

Kenya Airways has outlined its initial Boeing 787-8 operational schedule. The airline plans to begin 787 operation from 14APR14 with flights to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, although this remains subject to change. By June 2014, the Dreamliner begins long-haul service. Planned Boeing 787-8 operation as follow. Note additional changes remains possible and additional routes being added is also likely.
eff 14APR14 Nairobi – Mombasa 4 weekly (until 28MAY14)
KQ900 NBO0730 – 0830MBA 788 13
KQ904 NBO1430 – 1530MBA 788 13
KQ901 MBA1100 – 1200NBO 788 13
KQ905 MBA1800 – 1900NBO 788 13
eff 15APR14 Nairobi – Dar es Salaam 4 weekly (until 29MAY14)
KQ910 NBO0900 – 1025DAR 788 24
KQ912 NBO1655 – 1820DAR 788 24
KQ911 DAR1255 – 1420NBO 788 24
KQ913 DAR2050 – 2215NBO 788 24
eff 01JUN14 Nairobi – Paris CDG operational frequency varies. Daily service from 01JUL14 to 07SEP14
KQ112 NBO2245 – 0620+1CDG 788 D
KQ113 CDG1055 – 2025NBO 788 x2
KQ113 CDG1100 – 2030NBO 788 2
The configuration of Boeing 787-8 is C30Y204, with 2-2-2 layout in Business Class, 3-3-3 in Economy.

Source: Airlineroute

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

SA Express Apply for Bulawayo Route

SA Express have officially applied for 3 weekly flights on the Johannesburg (OR Tambo) - Bulawayo (Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo) route. The application was submitted and the end of 2013 and if SAX is granted rights on this route, it will join SA Airlink and Air Zimbabwe which both operate daily flights between the two cities. A recent article stated that the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) have teamed up in-order to market the airport amid fears the facility could become a white elephant. We will be keeping you up-to-date regarding developments on this possible route.    

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

OAG Top 100 Airlines by Number of Flights

As of: 27/01/2014
Ranking Airline Code Airline NameFrequency
1UAUnited Airlines33,767
2DLDelta Air Lines31,969
3AAAmerican Airlines24,254
4USUS Airways20,554
5WNSouthwest Airlines20,314
6CZChina Southern Airlines11,975
7MUChina Eastern Airlines10,973
8ACAir Canada10,476
9LHLufthansa German Airlines10,296
11NHAll Nippon Airways7,519
12CAAir China7,352
13TKTurkish Airlines7,236
14AFAir France6,796
15BABritish Airways6,482
16G3VARIG-gol Airlines6,387
18JTLion Air5,837
19ASAlaska Airlines5,699
20ADAzul Airlines5,665
21JJTAM Linhas Aereas5,331
22B6JetBlue Airways Corporation5,257
23SKSAS Scandinavian Airlines5,213
24QFQantas Airways5,196
25JLJapan Airlines5,004
26LALan Airlines4,504
28HUHainan Airlines4,205
29ZHShenzhen Airlines3,863
30KLKLM-Royal Dutch Airlines3,842
31SUAeroflot Russian Airlines3,837
32VAVirgin Australia International3,665
33SVSaudi Arabian Airlines3,656
35NZAir New Zealand3,639
36GAGaruda Indonesia3,639
37MFXiamen Airlines Company3,621
38MHMalaysia Airlines3,565
399WJet Airways (india) Ltd3,488
426EIndiGo Air3,168
45ABAir Berlin2,993
46AZAlitalia 2,990
47AIAir India2,863
48DYNorwegian Air Shuttle2,842
49KEKorean Air2,794
50SASouth African Airways2,717
523USichuan Airlines2,704
54WFWideroe's Flyveselskap2,624
55QRQatar Airways2,607
56VNVietnam Airlines2,592
57SCShandong Airlines2,455
58CMCopa Airlines2,400
607HERA Aviation2,347
61FLAirtran Airways2,296
62GSTianJin Airlines2,288
635JCebu Pacific Air2,256
64PCPegasus Airlines2,132
65OZAsiana Airlines2,120
669KCape Air2,115
67JQJetstar Airways2,109
68OSAustrian Airlines AG dba Austrian2,003
69TGThai Airways International1,959
70ARAerolineas Argentinas1,922
72CXCathay Pacific Airways1,859
73TPTAP Portugal1,838
74NKSpirit Airlines1,814
78FDThai AirAsia1,734
79FMShanghai Airlines1,733
80VYVueling Airlines1,679
81SQSingapore Airlines1,624
82EIAer Lingus1,614
84S7S7 Airlines1,593
85JDBeijing Capital Airlines1,530
86EYEtihad Airways1,487
87W6Wizz Air1,482
88HAHawaiian Airlines1,451
89SJSriwijaya Air1,450
90F9Frontier Airlines Inc.1,443
91SNBrussels Airlines1,329
93UTUTair Aviation1,303
94LOLOT - Polish Airlines1,294
95DDNok Air1,248
96ETEthiopian Airlines1,238
98QZIndonesia AirAsia1,208
99UXAir Europa1,206
100CIChina Airlines1,184

Source: OAG Absolute Aviation Advantage

Emirates and Proflight Zambia Sign Global Ticketing Agreement

HARARE, ZIMBABWE, January 28, 2014: Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and Proflight Zambia, has signed an interline agreement that will make it easier for international passengers to reach domestic destinations throughout Zambia. Popular Zambian attractions such as the Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – can now be accessed with a single ticket purchase and smooth connections from any of Emirates destinations worldwide. Safari-goers for example will be able to book straight through to Mfuwe for the world renowned wildlife haven of South Luangwa National Park, while business customers can travel direct from Lusaka to the Copperbelt city of Ndola on scheduled Proflight services timed for smooth transfers with in-bound and out-bound Emirates flights in Lusaka.
“Our new partnership with Proflight Zambia opens up a wide range of Zambian destinations
for Emirates customers, making exploring Zambia more easy and convenient than ever before. What’s more customers will enjoy even better value for money when they purchase their Emirates and Proflight Zambia flights together,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice-President for Latin America, Central and Southern Africa. “Emirates is one of the most admired airlines in the world, with an extensive global network. This agreement will undoubtedly provide new travel opportunities for their customers, as well as put Proflight and Zambia firmly on the international aviation map,” said Captain Philip Lemba, Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs.
Under the new agreement, customers will be able to purchase joint Emirates-Proflight Zambia itineraries and will be issued with a single combined ticket. This will enable seamless connections to and from Proflight’s eight domestic destinations: Ndola, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Solwezi, Lower Zambezi, Chipata, Mansa, Kasama and Mongu, as well as the local airline’s two international routes, Lilongwe in Malawi and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, with Emirates’ daily Lusaka service. Customers will also enjoy a range of added benefits, including special fares to domestic destinations and the same baggage allowance for Proflight customers connecting from Emirates flights. 
EK 713 departs Dubai every day at 0925hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 1435hrs. The service departs Lusaka at 1605hrs, arriving in Harare at 1710hrs. The return flight leaves Harare at 1850hrs, arriving Lusaka at 1955hrs. It departs Lusaka at 2140hrs and lands in Dubai at 0650hrs the next day.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Emirates to Connect Fans to Rugby World Cups 2015 and 2019

HARARE, ZIMBABWE, January 27, 2014: Emirates, a global connector of people and places that flies daily from Harare, and Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL), today announced a sponsorship agreement for Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019 which will be held in England and Japan respectively. Emirates also extended its sponsorship of the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) match officials until the end of 2019, which includes for the first time in Rugby World Cup (RWC) history the rights to brand the shirts of match officials on the field of play during the tournament. Since the inception of RWC in 1987, no brand has ever featured on the playing kits of players or match officials.

“Rugby is a core part of Emirates’ sports sponsorship portfolio. We’ve supported rugby around the world for more than 20 years, and we are glad to have helped connect hundreds of thousands of passionate rugby fans from around the globe through these events. Rugby is an international sport that reaches an international audience, many of whom are Emirates customers. The 2011 tournament in New Zealand was the most widely-broadcast Rugby World Cup ever, and we anticipate the next two Rugby World Cups will only be more spectacular. For Emirates, it was a natural decision to be the first Worldwide Partner of both the England and Japan tournaments, and as official airline we look forward to flying fans to experience the event for themselves,” said Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. 

 "We are excited to be renewing our long-standing and highly-successful partnership with Emirates. Emirates is a strong champion of rugby worldwide and the reappointment of a globally renowned brand and a world leader in the airline industry further underscores the enormous prestige of Rugby World Cup in the global sporting and business marketplaces," said Brett Gosper, IRB Chief Executive and Rugby World Cup Limited Managing Director. "We look forward to building on our strong collaboration with Emirates to further enhance the promotion of rugby and the world's top referees as we build towards and beyond what promises to be an exceptional England 2015 tournament that will engage and inspire new fans and participants the length and breadth of the host nation and around the world," he added. 
In terms of the agreement, Emirates will be an official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World

Cup 2015 and 2019, as well as the official airline. The familiar ‘Fly Emirates’ logo will adorn the shirts of match officials, and Emirates will have its branding displayed around all stadiums in England and Japan where matches will be played during the six-week long tournaments. The announcement of Emirates as a Rugby World Cup Worldwide Partner has also been welcomed by the Rugby World Cup 2015 and Rugby World Cup 2019 organising bodies. Debbie Jevans, CEO of the Organising Committee for England 2015 added: “We are delighted to welcome Emirates as the official airline of Rugby World Cup, a company that has a longstanding partnership with the sport of rugby. We look forward to working closely with them in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015.” "Rugby World Cup 2019 is a first for rugby in Japan and Asia. We are excited that Emirates will be official airline of the tournament. Rugby World Cup will contribute greatly to further develop and grow rugby in Japan, and with so many visitors expected it will also deliver significant tourism and trade benefits," said Kojo Tokumasu, Japan 2019 General Manager. RWC 2015 kicks off on 18 September at Twickenham Stadium in London; with hosts England taking on a yet-to-be decided qualifying national team from the Oceana 1 region. So far 13 countries have qualified for the tournament, with the remaining seven teams to make up the final 20 to be decided through qualifying matches over the coming months. Emirates is well positioned to connect fans to the host countries. It currently offers over 100 flights per week into the UK, of which 42 are serviced by its flagship A380 aircraft, while serving Japan with 21 weekly flights, once daily each to Haneda and Narita in Tokyo, and Osaka. 

VIDEO: First A380 to King Shaka International Airport

Monday, 20 January 2014


LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Proflight Zambia has welcomed news of a planned new air service from Dar-es-Salaam to Lusaka by Tanzania-based no-frills airline Fastjet. While the two airlines will both fly the same route, Proflight services a different market, offering a fully inclusive, high-quality service to business travellers on its three-times-a-week service from Lusaka to Dar-es-Salaam, as well as a boutique leisure service through to Zanzibar. The new service from Tanzania domestic operator Fastjet will bring additional traffic in and out of Zambia, helping to feed Proflight Zambia’s domestic network.
“The Fastjet business model is very different from the Proflight model and we feel there is demand for the affordable prices that a low-cost carrier such as Fastjet can offer,” said Proflight Zambia Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba. Proflight Zambia, which launched its service to Dar in October last year, will continue to offer a fully inclusive service to business travellers, and with its interline agreement with Precision Air it plans to continue with specials fares to Zanzibar, Arusha and other destinations in Tanzania.
“Competition in any industry is good as it forces standards to be kept high in products and services. We respect Fastjet’s move to provide a cheap service for budget travellers, and their affordable fares should be good news for the Zambian travelling public,” said Capt. Lemba. Proflight’s fares include airport taxes and are fully inclusive of the booking service, a free baggage allowance of 23kgs checked baggage and 5kgs hand baggage, snacks and refreshments on board, and the airline’s popular Mbasela frequent flier programme. Proflight also offers a much-needed service for unaccompanied minors as well as child discounts.
Proflight operates its 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft on the Lusaka-Dar route, enabling fast turnarounds, disembarkation and immigration procedures on arrival. “Our pledge to our customers is to continue offering a high level of service with safety, reliability, efficiency and friendly service as our guiding values. The service we offer allows for ease of booking using a number of distribution channels and interline partners as well as Airtel money, and a comprehensive website,” added Capt. Lemba. Proflight’s return fares from Lusaka to Dar start from K1,782, including taxes, baggage, refreshments and administration.