Thursday, September 20, 2012

FastJet Announces Tanzania as First African Base

FastJet, Africa’s first low-cost carrier, announces today that it will establish its first operating base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The airline will commence flying in November with seats going on sale online a few weeks earlier. Fares will be available for as low as $20 one-way excluding taxes and charges.
The lease for FastJet’s first Airbus A319 aircraft has been signed with lessor BBAM and will arrive in Dar es Salaam next month. Recruitment for crew and ground staff is already well advanced.
FastJet Chief Executive 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.

source:fastjet website

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Air France adopts new exterior aircraft cleaning methods

Air France is continuing its efforts to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and is introducing an innovative new process for cleaning the exterior of its entire fleet, dividing by 100 by the amount of water necessary.

This manufacturing process, initially developed for medium-haul aircraft, is now being used for long-haul aircraft at the Company’s maintenance sites.

How does it work? 

The technique for applying the product with wipes requires a small amount of water compared with traditional cleaning and reduces water consumption used for the external cleaning of aircraft by 100. For example, the polishing of a Boeing 777, which required 10,000 litres of water before, now only requires 100 litres. This divides aircraft cleaning time by three.

The product used is over 96% biodegradable, non-toxic, non flammable and allows staff to work without individual protective equipment. It complies with all European environmental directives.

Numerous advantages for the environment 

  • The frequent exterior cleaning and polishing of the aircraft provides optimal air penetration, thus reducing fuel emissions, and consequently CO2 emissions.
  • This process significantly reduces the need for treating waste water.  
  • The impact of ground water savings has led AĆ©roports de Paris to validate the use of this product on the ramp and in areas in contact with the terminal, thus limiting the need to tow aircraft to washing stations.
Introduced in partnership with UUDS, a French company specializing in services to airlines, this system called Ecoshine® enables Air France to save more than 8 million litres of water and over 57 metric tons of CO2 per year

  source;airfrance website

Friday, September 14, 2012

Safari ya Maisha Bora Ulaya, Yamalizika Katika Hali ya Kutisha

Safari ya maisha bora ulaya imeishia hapa
Thursday, September 13, 2012 1:06 AM
Kijana mmoja aliyetarajia maisha bora nchini Uingereza na kuzamia kwenye ndege akijificha kwenye sehemu ya matairi ya ndege amefariki dunia baada ya kudondoka toka angani baada ya ndege kufungua matairi yake kabla ya kutua jijini London.
Kijana huyo alikumbana na kifo cha kutisha pale mwili wake ulipogawanyika gawanyika kama vile tikiti maji linavyorushwa toka angani na kugawanyika vipande vipande.

Wakazi wa mtaa wa Portman Avenue, Mortlake jijini London walishtushwa na kuzagaa kwa mwili wa kijana wa Kiafrika aliyedondoka toka angani wakati ndege ilipofungua matairi kujiandaa kutua kwenye uwanja wa ndege wa Heathrow.

Kijana huyo anaaminika kuwa na umri wa miaka 30 na ushee ikisemakana kuwa huenda akawa anatoka nchini Morocco.

Wakazi wa mtaa huo walielezea jinsi mwili na damu ya kijana huyo ilivyotawanyika baada ya kudondokea barabarani.

"Kichwa kilikuwa kimebondeka bondeka huku mikono na miguu ikiwa imeelekea upande tofauti na damu zake zikiwa zimezagaa umbali wa futi 20", alisema mmoja wa wakazi wa mtaa huo.

Tukio hilo lilitokea jumapili asubuhi ambapo wakazi wa eneo hilo walishtushwa na kelele kubwa za kishindo cha kijana huyo kudondoka toka angani.

Eneo la Mortlake lipo maili 10 toka uwanja wa ndege na ni juu ya eneo hilo ambapo ndege hutakiwa zifungue matairi yake kujiandaa kutua kwenye uwanja wa ndege wa Heathrow.

Polisi wa Uingereza wanaendelea na uchunguzi kugundua uraia wa kijana huyo aliyefariki dunia katika harakati za kutafuta maisha bora ulaya.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Latests from ILA Berlin Airshow



Performance advancements are driven by appropriate application of new technology throughout an engine. Success in development of new technology requires the combination of both consistent investment and opportunities for commercial application.
Two engine families have contributed significantly to the design of the LEAP engine, the CFM56 and the GE90/GEnx series of engines. The GE90/GEnx contributed the high-efficiency core architecture to minimize fuel consumption, while the CFM56 legacy drove reliability and maintenance cost design practices. At entry into service in 2017, it is estimated that the GE90/GEnx architecture will have generated 80 million flight hours of revenue service, while the CFM56 family will have over 700 million flight hours of experience. The LEAP engine family offers proven, material advantages over any other engine, with 550,000 hours of proven experience with 99.98% reliability, and 22,000 engines delivered on-time and on-spec.
The CFM LEAP pedigree ensures with confidence the ability to deliver a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, as compared to the CFM56-7BE, while maintaining the same level of dispatch reliability and life-cycle maintenance costs as the CFM56-7BE. With its simple architecture and $2 billion annual investment in technology, the LEAP engine family offers the lowest cost and highest revenue-generating ability, saving an estimated nearly $3 million per plane.
This is CFM, proven performance, low execution risk, and the application of advanced technology both at entry into service and throughout an engine’s life cycle.
source:cfm international website

ANA 787 suffers hydraulic leak before takeoff 

The world's first operational Boeing 787 was forced to return to the gate at Okayama after a leak in a hydraulic pump located in its port-side engine nacelle.
The All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787, bearing registration JA801A, was taxiing before take-off on the Okayama-Tokyo route this morning when the pump failed, ANA said.
The issue came to the pilots' attention when cockpit instruments alerted them to a rapid hydraulic pressure fall. They shut down the port-side engine and taxied to a gate using the aircraft's starboard engine.
A Rolls Royce spokesman clarified that the pump is not part of the Trent 1000, though the engine drives the pump.
There were 88 passengers, six cabin crew and two pilots aboard at the time of the incident. All disembarked safely via an air bridge.
Media reports from Japan suggested that white smoke was seen coming from the engine. ANA attributed this to the heating of engine parts near the pump leakage.
On 22 July, ANA grounded five of its 11 Boeing 787s after the airframer notified the carrier of a possible gearbox defect in the Trent 1000 engine.
All five aircraft returned to service within days after gearbox supplier Hamilton Sundstrand shipped replacement parts to ANA.
source:flight global international

Sunday, September 9, 2012

SMILE TO BE HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Airplane maintenance

"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some squawks submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.

(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement

(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough

(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid

(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit

(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear

(S) Evidence removed

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud

(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield

(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent

(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative

(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick

(S) That's what they're there for

(P) Number three engine missing

(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny

(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious

(P) Target Radar hums

(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics

BA pilots’ punch-up in Rio bar booze-up 


TWO British Airways pilots have been reprimanded for brawling at a Rio bar on boozy stopovers between flights.

A third pilot scrappped with a steward during a separate drink-fuelled overnight stay.
In the first incident, the captain and first officer had been niggling each other after a turbulent landing at the Brazilian city.
Then punches were thrown as the crew unwound at the hotel bar. One of the pilots was immediately suspended by BA bosses.
The second incident last month involved a first officer drinking at a hotel bar in Hong Kong.
The pilot, who earns up to £100,000 a year, is believed to have thought a steward called a female flight attendant “a prostitute”.
He chased him and then punched him in front of colleagues. The woman later told the pilot she had been joking with her cabin crew pal.
A BA source told The Sun: “Staff are encouraged to enjoy themselves and relax in rest times but pilots attacking each other and other stewards is a big no-no.”
A BA spokesman last night confirmed both the pilot in Rio and the one in Hong Kong had been suspended.

source:The Sun



11 to 16 September 2012,ILA Berlin Air Show

don't stay far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Huge challenges remain for SAA and southern Africa's airlines

If Southern Africa is a rising star of the global economy, the same might not yet be said for its airlines. In the past decade, growing prosperity has led to the emergence of a middle class keen to fly, but the largely state-owned airline sector is still beset by creaking infrastructure, ageing fleets, protectionism, inefficiency and (in parts of the region) a worrying reputation for patchy safety oversight.

Siza Mzimela Billypix
SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela is determined to steer a turnaround at the airline
South Africa has by far the biggest and most developed aviation market in the region, with a number of independent airlines and the only network carrier in South African Airlines. However, even the Star Alliance member is facing pressure in the face of rising fuel costs, a weak rand and increased competition on its long-haul routes into Africa from Gulf-based airlines. After two years of profitability, it will post a loss this financial year. CREDITOR PROTECTION
Elsewhere, the owner of South Africa's 1time Airline, which operates a domestic and regional network with 10 Boeing MD-80s, has filed for creditor protection as it attempts to reduce its debt. And in the wider region, Air Zimbabwe suspended most of its services earlier this year and appears near collapse.
Chris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa - which represents 17 of the flag carriers and domestic airlines in the Southern African Development Community area - admits that, while long-term prospects for the region's airlines are strong, there remain many obstacles to growth. "Each country wanting to have its own airline is a challenge for sustainability, as many of them don't have the volumes of business," he says. "Dollar costs make for a high cost structure and landing fees, tourism taxes and security charges levied by each state all add to the cost pressures." Fifth freedoms - which allow airlines to carry passengers between two foreign countries - are also rare, he notes.
On the plus side, strengthening economies and growing numbers of tourists, investors and specialists coming into the region will push traffic up from a low base, he says. The African airline network is still concentrated around a few network carriers and hubs in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Lagos - often making it necessary for a round trip of thousands of miles to travel between neighbouring capitals. However, "some city pairs are beginning to appear", says Zweigenthal.
With most of the airline market focused on South Africa, the country's recent economic troubles have hit the sector. Double-figure growth in traffic "hit a huge dip" in 2009, he says. "We are going through a tough time in 2012 with the problems in the eurozone, but we are expecting 3% growth in traffic in 2013 and 2014. Zimbabwe will recover. Botswana is strong. Angola and Mozambique are starting to blossom thanks to oil and gas," he says.
SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela is determined to steer a turnaround at the airline, but says the fundamentals of SAA are strong and this year's financial loss will be almost entirely down to the rise in fuel costs. The state-owned airline is going through an efficiency drive, trimming costs and increasing utilisation of its 24 long-haul Airbus A330 and A340 widebodies by deploying them on African routes.
SAA is also focusing more on Africa, says Mzimela. The airline flies to 26 destinations on the continent but plans to open a hub in West Africa - possibly Ghana - to offer more east-west city pairs. "We want an even stronger presence on the continent, driving intra-African routes," she says. A switch from some traditional markets, such as the UK, to Asia and South America is also on the cards.
While SAA has dropped its largely leisure-driven London to Cape Town route, it has launched services to Beijing and increased frequencies to Asia and Latin America. Mzimela wants to position Johannesburg as a convenient hub for travellers going between South America and parts of Asia. "On a smaller scale we are doing what the Middle Eastern airlines are doing in creating a global hub," she says.
SAA intends to increase its long-haul fleet in the next five years to 30 aircraft, with a decision on types by the end of the year. The airline has been all-Airbus on widebodies since retiring its last Boeing 747-400s in 2010, with a mix of A330s and A340s - although its 17 A340s are likely to be replaced. But while its 13 Boeing 737-800s are also being phased out to leave it with an all-Airbus short-haul fleet too, Mzimela says SAA has "no intention to move out of Boeing" and the US manufacturer is still very much in contention when it comes to its future long-haul fleet.
Source:Flight global International

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kenya Airways announces successful completion of Voluntary Early Retire Programme and Staff rationalization Exercise

Kenya Airways announces successful completion of Voluntary Early Retire Programme and Staff rationalization Exercise
Thursday, September 6, 2012…National carrier, Kenya Airways has announced the completion of its staff rationalization programme that will see the airline save close to Sh1.2 billion annually in labour costs as it embarks on its ambitious expansion programme.
According to the Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director Dr. Titus Naikuni, the staff rationalization program has been a success with 126, or 21 per cent, of the estimated 600 members of staff that will leave the airline volunteering to take up the company’s attractive layoff package.
 “We followed the labour laws to the letter, and looked around at what is happening in the marketplace in Kenya and Africa and packaged the best and most fair deal for our employees,” said Dr. Naikuni. “Our programme is generous to those affected from both a severance and provident perspective. Those leaving the business will have an estimated average pay-out of up to Ksh. 2 million.”
Kenya Airways is also offering job and business training services to all those affected at company cost to ease their transition into new jobs or self-employment.
The airline, which is one of the most successful carriers in Africa, plans to more than triple the number of its aircraft from the current 35 in the next 10 years. The company said it will also take bank loans to finance the 10- year expansion plan that will cost $3.6 billion in the first five years.
“The Company also recognizes the need to rationalize the current business in order to create a platform for the planned growth of network and fleet”, said Dr. Naikuni. 
Dr. Naikuni said that having considered the business environment, the Board approved a Voluntary Early Retirement Programme, and a staff rationalization exercise to address internal inefficiencies, and reduce the employee cost base of Sh13.4 billion by 10-15 per cent.  
“Over the last few months the company has revisited cost structures, reviewed processes, increasing efficiencies in order to mitigate decline in profitability, whilst maintaining and growing customer satisfaction,” he said. 
Though the airline industry enjoyed a good ray of sunshine in the immediate aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and 2009, the last two years have been particularly tough as the effects of the Eurozone debt crisis and recession have reduced travel demand globally. The high level of political risk in the Middle East last year pushed fuel costs to unsustainable levels. Local interest rates have also risen dramatically during this period adding to a potent mixture of rising labour, energy and finance costs which has reduced the earnings outlook for the global airline industry. 
“It is in this context that Kenya Airways’ cost base has grown disproportionately to our revenue generation,” said Naikuni, “Our employee cost/person has doubled in five years due to salary increases linked to union awards and job evaluation.”  
Naikuni said the employment costs doubled over the last 5 years, having risen from $71.5 million in the year 2007 to $160 million in 2012. He said the number of Kenyan employees has grown from 3,729 to 4,170, -of which 46 are Kenyans working abroad,- during the same period, while the number of overseas employees,- mainly nationals of their respective countries,- rose from 425 to 664, bringing the total number of employees at the airline at 4,834 at the end of the last financial year.  

SOURCE:KQ website press release