News

28 January 2013

Fast jet to start Joburg route

Fastjet to open Johannesburg route Fastjet has announced a proposal to launch regional flights to three new destinations, including Johannesburg. In a statement, the airline, which started flying from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro in November last year, said it expected to announce regional routes to Johannesburg as well as Entebbe in Uganda and Moroni in the Comoros in the next few weeks. But a sensitive negotiation process has delayed  the UK based air…

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28 January 2013

Airlink to fly to Kasane & Vilanculos

Airlink will start a scheduled direct service to Kasane (Botswana) and Vilanculos (Mozambique) from March 22. Johannesburg-Kasane flights will operate initially on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing ORTIA at 11h45 and arriving back in Johannesburg at 15h50. Flights will be operated by one of Airlink’s 12 Embraer 37-seat ERJ 135 regional jets. Daily services will be introduced in August.   Johannesburg-Vilanculos will operate initially on Mondays, Wednesda…

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25 January 2013

Emirates expands Tanzania route

Good news for Dar Route Following the announcement that BA will cease flights to Dar on March 31st, Emirates have in turn announced that they have added more than 1400 seats a week on their Dar es Salaam-Dubai route with the introduction of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft effective from 1 February.The larger aircraft replaced the Airbus 340-500, giving a 40% boost to seat capacity. Emirates carried 148 000 passengers on flights to and from Dar es Salaam in 2012. With the new Boeing 777 s…

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21 January 2013

Safarilink Aviation-Kenya

SAFARILINK AVIATION TURNS 9 WITH GREAT PLANS FOR THE FUTURE When Safarilink started operations in January 2004, a total of 7 staff worked with CEO John Buckley, including Anu Vohora who was tasked with selling and marketing the new airline’s services. That month Safarilink flew 29 passengers with two leased aircraft but 9 years down the line and going into the 10th anniversary year, it is a very different picture. John now has 77 staff, Anu still being at the core of things as it wa…

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21 January 2013

BA to suspend flights to Tanzania

 British Airways Tanzania In a surprising statement released this week in Dar es Salaam, BA have announced that they will suspend all flights to Dar es Salaam after March 31st 2013. The statement states that BA flights which were operating three times a week are being suspended because they don't make a profitable contribution to business. "Dar es Salaam was not performing well from a commercial perspective so we have taken the decision to suspend the route. Customers booked to f…

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17 January 2013

News from Zambia

Update from Atta member Norman Carr Safaris CURRENCY Zambian Kwacha, our currency, has been ‘re-based’. Government decided to remove three zeros from the currency to make it easier for people to understand and to avoid having to carry around large carrier bags full of money. It is not a ‘devaluation’ and the currency and economy remain stable. The Kwacha now sits at around 5 to the US dollar. It will fluctuate a few points each way over the months but you …

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11 January 2013

Zambia bans hunting of big cats

Zambia bans hunting of big cats Zambia has announced a ban on hunting lions and leopards, saying the numbers of big cats are decreasing too quickly.Lions are found in all of Zambia's major parks, but their numbers are limited. Sylvia Masebo, the country's tourism minister said they did not have enough of the cats for hunting purposes."The cats are gone, and no amount of convincing from any sector or group will convince me otherwise," she said She said that Z…

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09 January 2013

East Africa welcomes UK's private navy

Britain’s first private navy in 2 centuries will sail this spring to protect shipping off the East Coast of Africa The UK's first private Navy in almost 200 centuries has been set up by a group of pioneering businessmen, former marines and retired captains and soldiers to defend shipping off the coast of east Africa from the threat of pirates. Although considerable success has been achieved against piracy in the Indian Ocean by the  Royal Navy, NATO, the European Union…

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09 January 2013

Airline updates Mozambique & Namibia

   LAM Mozambique carrier expands State owned airline LAM has recently added two more aircraft to its fleet, a Boeing 737-500 and an Embraer 190.With 9 seats in Business Class and 85 seats in Economy Class, the E190 has the same two-cabin configuration found on LAM’s Boeing 737s.  In the first quarter of 2013, two Embraer 145s will be acquired. According to LAM's CEO Marlene Manave these new aircraft will be operated by its subsidiary MEX-Mozambique Expresso,…

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08 January 2013

SAA and Charley Boorman

From Atta's Lead Sponsor SAA Follow in the footsteps of Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure. On Wednesday, 9th January at 8pm, seasoned traveller Charley Boorman takes to our screens on Channel 5 in his new TV show, Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, sponsored by South African Airways. The four-part series sees Charley traverse over 6,000 miles of this beautiful country on his motorcycle. South African Airways flew Charley and the TV crew on their adventure to fil…

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