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Lufthansa to fly to Nairobi again

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) starting on October 27 will resume flying to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The airline will utilize Airbus A340-300s to fly between Frankfurt and Nairobi four times a week in winter 2015/16 and five times a week from December 11. Flight LH 590 will leave Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub every morning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (and on Fridays from December 11, 2015 to the end of January 2016) and will reach Nairobi in the evening after a journey of more than eight hours.

The return aircraft will take off from Nairobi as a night flight in the late evening and lands the morning of the following day at Frankfurt Airport.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 D-AIFF (msn 447) approaches the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Lufthansa aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Kenya Airways is losing revenue every day due to the Nairobi terminal fire

Kenya Airways‘ (Nairobi) CEO Titus Naikumi estimates the airline has already lost around $4 million due to the August 7 fire that gutted the international arrival building at Nairobi’s Airport. The airline is suffering long delays and cancellations due to the damage. The airport has erected tents as a makeshift terminal according to this report by Reuters. Kenya Airways is currently operating at around 90 percent of its normal capacity.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2U8 ER 5Y-KQS (msn 33683) prepares to depart from London (Heathrow) bound for Nairobi.

Kenya Airways: AG Slide Show

FastJet plans to start operations in November from Dar es Salaam

FastJet Plc (FastJet.com) is the holding company for African airline Fly540 (Five Forty Aviation) (Nairobi), which operates from four bases in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola.  Fly540 currently has 10 aircraft serving around 25 domestic and regional destinations, carrying approximately 750,000 passengers per year with a strong emphasis on safety, security and reliability.

According to the new airline, “following an intensive consultancy assignment by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup focused on determining the feasibility of launching a European-style low-cost carrier in Africa, we are now preparing for the launch of FastJet, Africa’s first low-cost carrier, flying a modern fleet of jet aircraft based on the Fly540 platform of licences and routes. First flights under the FastJet brand are expected to take place in November 2012, bringing an entirely new flying experience to the African market.”

first operating base will be in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam.

The ambitious low-cost carrier is also planning to set up in Nairobi, Kenya, once the A319 aircraft is approved for use from the airport.

The group has already signed a lease for its first Airbus passenger jet, which will arrive in Dar es Salaam in October.

In a statement, the carrier made the following points:

Recruitment of crew and ground staff is already “well advanced”.

The company plans to become Africa’s leading budget carrier by offering flights for as low US$20 one-way, excluding taxes and charges.

CEO Ed Winter said: “Our initial focus will be on East Africa with the airline’s first base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the A319 aircraft has already been approved by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.

“This will be followed by a second base in Nairobi, Kenya, once the A319 is approved there.  We look forward to bringing a great, reliable and affordable service to the people of East Africa.”

Once established in East Africa, FastJet has plans to launch in Accra, Ghana and Luanda and Angola.

The business is being developed with the help of easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who is both a shareholder and director of the company.

The eventual aim is to create an airline carrying 12 million passengers a year using the low-cost blueprint patented in Europe.

It is an undertaking that will require a 40-strong fleet, but which would create a US$1 billion turnover business.

City analysts say the combination Haji-Ioannou and 73.7 per cent shareholder Lonrho (LON:LHRO) ticks all of the boxes required to run a successful no-frills airline in the region.

Lonrho brings the African knowledge; the new management under Ed Winter brings hands-on operational experience of running a low cost carrier; and Stelios brings credibility and supplier relationships and Fly540 provides a developed platform.

The market it addresses is also potentially huge and currently underdeveloped.

Africa is the fastest growing continent in the world, but airline capacity is just one seat per year per 13,000 people.

The US has 2.5 seats per person, while for the African market to grow to the size of Europe’s would require an extra 1.7 billion seats.

Image: FastJet.

Kenya Airways starts a staff restructuring plan

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) on August 1 started a staff restructuring plan to reduce its staff costs which ballooned in the last few years.

Read the full statement from the carrier: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw. Boeing 737-3U8 5Y-KQD (msn 29750) taxies to the runway at the Nairobi base.

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EgyptAir’s flight MS 849 leaves the runway at Nairobi, Airbus A320 SU-GBG gets mired in the dirt

EgyptAir‘s (Cairo) flight MS 849 from Cairo to Nairobi, Kenya left the runway on landing at Nairobi yesterday (June 6) morning forcing the closure of the airport and diverting some flights. The flight with 123 passengers and crew members slipped off the right side of the runway on landing and all of the gear of the Airbus A320-231 SU-GBG (msn 366) got mired in the soft ground. There were no injuries.

Read the full story from Capital FM News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Sister aircraft SU-GBB taxies at Milan (Malpensa).