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Kenya Airways increased network with launch of two routes in Europe

Kenya Airways has increased its route flights to Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland by launching the airline’s 4th and 5th European destinations. The introduction of these new routes is part of Kenya Airways’ network extension strategy steered towards growing its market share, increasing revenues and financial turnaround.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz stated, “These new courses will play a significant role in empowering more business and the travel industry openings and fortifying Nairobi as the top business center point. With 5 European routes and 55 worldwide from Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers Africa the best availability to the rest of the world and the other way around.” read more

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New Garden Route plant protection experience launches

Gondwana Game Reserve will launch a Fynbos Conservation Experience along the Garden Route this month.Guests will have the chance to learn about the conservation of the rare and endangered Fynbos biome, in the two- to three-hour experience, which is offered between morning and evening game drives.

The experience will incorporate a guided nature walk driven by the hold’s inhabitant botanist, with members helping specialists in the examination they lead in the distinctive checking zones of the save, learning recognizable proof, observing parameters and geo-mapping of the a huge number of Fynbos plant species found all through. They will likewise observe a portion of the vegetation that sprouts consistently, including the renowned King Protea and numerous endemic types of winged creatures, bugs and pronghorn. There are more than 1 000 plant species, 118 feathered creature species, 29 well evolved creature species, and 21 land and water proficient species existing together in the 11 000-hectare save. read more

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Experience the Warm Heart of Africa at Takulandirani 2019

In a couple of days, the 2019 release of the Malawi International Tourism Expo (MITE) will be in progress at the rambling Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Center. Having started three years prior, “Takulandirani” as it moniker goes, has turned into the Southern African nation’s greatest the travel industry occasion pulling in thousands from Southern and East Africa and past to the occasion. A year ago alone observed more than 7,000 members from in excess of 20 nations in participation. read more

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Ethiopian Airlines wins ‘African Champion of the Year’ Award

The largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, Ethiopian Airlines has been awarded the the prestigious African Champion of the Year Award at the ongoing Africa CEO Forum in Kigali which is being attended by more than 1,800 delegates.

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. The AFRICA CEO FORUM is the leading international conference dedicated to the private sector in Africa and hosts the continent’s top CEOs, international investors, experts and high-level policy makers every year. read more

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Qatar Airways to boost South Africa services from July

Qatar Airways has announced it will be increasing the number of weekly flights on its popular routes to South Africa from July. Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest metropolis, will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August.

A further two flights will be added to the airline’s winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October.

In addition, passengers hoping to soak up some sun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenic beaches will be able to take advantage of the addition of three extra flights on the Cape Town route, taking the total from seven to ten, from 27 October. read more

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Kenya Airways – History & Flight Services

Kenya Airways Ltd., is more popularly known as Kenya Airways and is the flag carrier of Kenya. Founded in 1977, the carrier’s head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995, and it was privatized in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier to successfully do so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership. The largest shareholder is the Government of Kenya (29.8%), followed by KLM, which has a 26.73% stake in the company.

Kenya Airways is widely considered as one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators; as of January 2013, the carrier was ranked fourth among the top ten ones that operate in Africa by seat capacity, behind South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. The airline became a full member of SkyTeam in June 2010, and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977.

As at March 2014, the carrier served 51 passenger destinations non-stop. At this time, they serve over 61 destinations in 47 countries. Of the many cities Kenya Airlines flies to, five of them are in Kenya, five in Asia, three in Europe (two in the Schengen Area) and one in the Middle East. Check the complete list of Destinations that Kenya Airways flies to.


There are about 134 departures everyday for the Kenya Airlines and around 3.67 million passengers are transported by this Airline annually.

Services Provided:

In-flight Service –  Multi-channel in-flight entertainment systems offering some of the latest movies, TV shows and music. In-seat laptop power points.

Seating – Lie-flat business class seats that have been consistently voted among the world’s top 10.

Check-in – E-tickets with check-in available up to 30 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight. Choosing of seats is available for online check-in. Passengers can also print out their boarding passes after online check-in.

Baggage Allowance – Allowances from about 20-30 kg per passenger for domestic flights. up to 40-46 kg per passenger for certain international destinations (as of June 2014)

Kids –  Special perks for young flyers through their Cool Kids Club.

Perks – Partner in the Flying Blue frequent flyer program. Also a member of the Sky Team alliance.

Kenya Airways operates scheduled services throughout Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Far East. Kenya Airways offers world-class standards in service delivery, product quality and operational performance. Kenya Airways “The Pride of Africa” aims to be the airline of choice, connecting the World to Africa and Africa to the World.

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Safety Records of Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopia seems to be an impoverished country surrounded by rugged terrain. Yet the record of its national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, over seven decades of operation are only three fatal events, one of them a hijacking—is exceptional. Ethiopian Airlines is one of the proudest, and arguably one of the safest airlines in the world.

The region of the world with the worst reputation by far is sub-Saharan Africa, where scores of small companies operate without anywhere near the oversight or resources of airlines in the west. But even then the statistics can be misleading. It’s important to make the distinction between mainline African carriers and lower-tier cargo and nonscheduled operators. Flying on South African Airways or Ethiopian Airlines, for example, which have perfectly respectable records, is not the same as flying aboard some ad-hoc Congolese cargo runner or a Guinean charter outfit. Africa’s “dangerous” airlines are not even airlines as most people think of them.

They are also the first airline to bring jet service to Africa and now are the first to bring this game -changing environmental leader, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to the continent. Ethiopian also provides the maximum flight services to various locations within the continent.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group made a record high profit of 3.15 billion birr in the 2013-2014 fiscal year that ended in June 2014.

The net profit is the highest the airline made in its 69 year history and surpassed the net profit it bagged last year by 53 percent. Last fiscal year the airline made a net profit of 2.3 billion birr. According to information obtained from the airline, the national flag carrier generated 46.5 billion birr operating revenue, up by 21 percent.

Internationally, Ethiopian flies to a number of major cities in Europe including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Stockholm; to Bangkok, Beijing, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Mumbai across Asia; to numerous destinations in the Middle East; to Washington D.C and Toronto in North America.

From its hub at Addis Ababa, Ethiopian serves 83 international and 20 domestic destinations. View all the destinations Ethiopian Airlines operates to on their website.



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General Information & Review of Egyptair

Egyptair is the largest Airline is Africa, second only to the South African Airways. Unparalled in its History, the origin of this longest surviving Airline in Africa can be traced back to the 1930s. For this reason alone, the flag carrier of Egypt has enjoyed the leading position despite a few setbacks over the years.

The Airline also runs two subsidiary Airlines which are the Air Sinai and the Egyptair Express. It is a state run airline but does not enjoy any special privileges from the government. It primarily operates from the Cairo International Airport in Egypt, which is the second busiest airport in Africa and handles over 65 airlines. The fleet of Egyptair has over 80 Aircrafts flying to 80 destinations in about 60 countries and leads the airline business in Africa, Middle east and Europe.

The logo of this Airline is the Horus, the Egyptian God or Deity of the sky. A creature with the body of a man and the head of a Falcon, the Egyptian Airline adapted this Winged god of the Sun as their logo.

The services the airline offers are of the highest standard and quality. This treasured brand is the seventh in the world to have joined the IATA, the second Airline in Africa to join Star Alliance and the first in Middle east & Africa to be IOSA certified. Baggage is an important part of the Passenger experience with Egyptair and it has always strived to provide the best for its travellers. Continuously developing programs to highlight the importance of baggage to both its staff and passengers, this Airline is reputed for providing maximum luggage allowance for the economy class passengers.

A new advantage for its passengers flying in the Airbus 330-300, is using their personal mobiles and enjoying Wi-Fi internet onboard. Their Business class also provides full-flat bed seats and personal TV screens for all. The In-flight services by the Airline is also the best suited for passengers of all cultures and religion, for instance the meat on the Muslim flights are Halal and special meals for passengers with allergies can also be arranged by the catering experts.

Safety rating : 7/7

Based on the following questions – Is the airline IOSA certified? Is the airline on the European Union (EU) Blacklist? Has the airline maintained a fatality free record for the past 10 years? Is the airline FAA endorsed? Does the country of airline origin meet all 8 ICAO safety parameters? Has the airline’s fleet been grounded by the country’s governing aviation safety authority due to safety concerns? Does the airline operate only Russian built aircraft?

Product rating : 4/7

Based on the following factors – Seat pitch. In Flight Entertainment. Website information. Beds. Meals. Blankets and pillows

Low cost and regional airlines cannot be compared with full service airlines as they offer an entirely different product on typically far shorter routes where the frills do not matter as much.

Whilst reviews strives to consistently provide the most up-to-date information on the in flight product one can expect to experience, unforeseen circumstances can unfortunately result in differences. Airlines at certain times of the year such as peak season may lease aircraft off leasing companies or other airlines which may offer a different in flight product resulting in such things as a lack of personal in flight entertainment or a different seat pitch to that airline’s typical offering. Thus it is better to be well informed about the flight facilities while booking and the travel experts at Flights to Africa can help you get the best experience with the Airline each time.

Enjoy your travel with Egyptair and let us help you book your flight tickets to Africa right away.

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Know More About the South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates from Johannesburg, South Africa, to 38 destinations worldwide. SAA’s international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 10 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, and Sao Paulo.

The history of South African Airways dates back to 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways. The airline was renamed South African Airways (SAA), and fell under the control of the South African Railways and Harbour administration. The outbreak of World War II resulted in SAA being divided into two wings: a defence wing controlled by the Department of Defence and a commercial wing controlled by the Administration. read more

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Air Botswana Begins Frequent Flyer Programme

Air Botswana says it officially launched the “TEEMANE CLUB” during a breakfast event at Gaborone Sun in Botswana recently.

The airline notes that the TEEMANE CLUB is Air Botswana’s fully automated Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) designed to reward customers for their loyalty. According to the airline, some of the general benefits of the TEEMANE CLUB include convenience and personalized service whenever customers fly Air Botswana.

The company also mentions that joining the TEEMANE CLUB is free

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