A Fokker 50 freighter bound for Mogadishu, Somalia, crashed July 2 shortly after takeoff from Runway 6 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Kenya. The twin turboprop came down in a residential area just over a mile northeast of the airport at approximately 4:15 a.m. All four crewmembers on board were killed in the accident. No casualties were reported on the ground. The aircraft was believed to have been carrying a narcotic plant called Khat.
Trip support specialist UAS is continuing its ambitious plans to expand its global service network with the opening in March of a new regional headquarters for Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then at last month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, UAS co-founder and executive president Mohammed Husary confirmed plans to open a regional headquarters in China next year.
In response to rising business aviation traffic across Africa, trip support group UAS has opened a new regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility is being managed by Wynand Meyer, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa, who has joined UAS from Boeing’s flight planning subsidiary Jeppesen, where he oversaw its ground handling network for Africa, the Middle East and India.
A large fire caused “serious disruption” to operations and temporarily closed Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Wednesday. Authorities partially reopened the airport to cargo and domestic flights from the cargo terminal by mid-day Kenya time; international flights remained suspended.
On a continent where an underdeveloped transportation infrastructure has long hindered economic growth, a virtual constellation of airports in Central East Africa might well warrant some reason for optimism. A 600-mile-long “Equator Cluster” of airports around Lake Victoria, in Entebbe, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; and Kigali, Rwanda, all support the growth of aviation traffic in the East African region.
During the first quarter of this year, Air Charter Service saw overall growth of 12 percent, with 20 percent year-over-year growth in its executive jet division. The London-based charter brokerage was founded in 1990 by chairman Chris Leach and now includes 17 offices on five continents. Annual revenue is more than $420 million.
GHS Aviation, an international consulting, auditing and training company, signed a deal August 2 with Nairobi-based Kenya Airways to open an African office. The McLean, Va.-based auditor provides systems-based airline safety and security solutions, as well as IATA Operational Safety Audit services.
Nairobi, Kenya-based air charter operator Phoenix Aviation achieved Wyvern Wingman status after successfully completing an on-site audit. It is also one of the first fixed-wing air charter companies in Africa to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification under the scope of supply for provision of domestic, regional and international charter flights, aircraft maintenance and worldwide medical air ambulance charter for both UK and U.S. accreditation.
Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
Kenya Airways has finalized the contract for the acquisition of 10 Embraer E190s, the airline announced last month. The agreement completes contract negotiations following the signing of a letter of intent during June’s Paris Air Show. The deal also includes purchase rights for 16 of any type from the E-Jet series.
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