Launching Dar es Salaam Flights on 1st DecemberNov. 20, 2017
Fly 540, East Africa's low cost airline is set to launch new routes from Nairobi - Dar es Salaam and Mombasa - Dar es Salaam, three times a week starting December 1, 2017. The flights will be scheduled on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The fares are estimated to be ranging from Kes. 10,023 to Kes. 15,557, one way.
Contact us to make your booking.
Kenya Airways Voted Africa’s Leading AirlineNov. 3, 2017
Kenya Airways has been feted as Africa’s leading airline at the 24th Annual World Travel Awards held yesterday in Kigali, Rwanda.
This is the second consecutive year the national carrier has won the coveted title, beating other nominees including South African Airways, RwandAir, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc.
KQ was also named the winner in the Business Class category for the fifth consecutive year, while Ethiopian Airlines bagged the award in the Economy Class category - winning it for the fifth year in a row.
“Winning these awards would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Kenya Airways team and the strong support from our guests. Our guests are at the heart of everything we do at the airline and these two awards confirm our undeterred commitment to them,” said KQ boss Sebastian Mikosz in a statement Wednesday.
The World Travel Awards serve to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry within each key geographical region.
Ethiopian Airline Takes Airbus A350 To GhanaNov. 3, 2017
Ethiopian Airline has planned to introduce the Airbus A350, the most modern and the most sophisticated aircraft in the world to Ghana.
The Airbus A350 was introduced last year and Ethiopian Airlines continued its tradition of being the first in Africa purchased a couple of them to serve their customers.
Ethiopian Airlines will start to fly the aircraft into Accra with the new generation ultra-modern wide body Airbus 350 from November 14, 2017.
As part of the bargain for the launch of the new aircraft- ET is offering discounted fares to Dubai and one additional extra bag allowance for both economy and business class which will be valid from now to end of November.
Also the United States fares to Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport have also been revised downward.
Mrs Genet Michael the Area Manager in Ghana said the gesture highlights the Airlines commitment to acquire the latest technologies that provides their most cherished clients with extra comfort, extra entertainment and extra convenience.
She said the Airbus 350 was one of the world newest and most modern aircraft and Ethiopian Airlines remained resolute in going the extra mile to provide a new dimension in air travel in Africa and beyond.
Improved Connectivity & Reduced FairsNov. 3, 2017
With airline passengers in Africa predicted to rise to 350 million by 2035 and a great number of multinationals already embarking on the aggressive expansion into Africa, the attractiveness of the continent for SME and entrepreneurs is growing exponentially, driven in part by improved intra-African air access.
Airfares for travel on the continent have been exponentially high when compared to other destinations. According to Flight Centre Business Travel, it is 10 times more expensive to fly to Gaborone than to New York when measured by cost per kilometre. A flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone will cost you about R5.58 per kilometre, while a flight to New York will cost 58c per kilometre.
However, limited, difficult and expensive air access is improving, as we see legacy and low-cost carriers expanding their routes across Africa. Fastjet, for example, has been making its mark on the African map this year with newly announced flights to Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The airline reportedly also has plans for expansion into South Africa.
Singapore Airlines Unveils New A380 SeatsNov. 3, 2017
The best seats aboard the world's biggest passenger jet just got better — and fewer.
Singapore Airlines on Thursday unveiled new seats for its Airbus A380, its first major cabin overhaul in a decade. The highlight, however, was the new first class: six suites, down from 12, which were redesigned to feature beds that sit perpendicular to the windows and a wall that can come down to join, should you want to, say, relax with a travel companion.
The new A380s will seat 471 people. In addition to the six suites, there will be 78 business class seats on the upper deck, and 44 premium economy and 343 regular economy class seats on the main deck.
The revamp is the latest step in an arms race to appeal to wealthy travelers who will shell out for some of the rarest real estate on board. While many carriers like Delta and United are designing their premium cabins for frequent business travelers, a few international airlines provide spacious first class suites, such as Etihad, which offers a three-room suite it calls "The Residence."
Singapore Airlines' answer to that starts flying next month from Singapore to Sydney.
Airport Upgrade Spurs 35% Uptick In Passenger TrafficSept. 26, 2017
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) public relations and communications manager, Annajulia Hungwe said that the airport, commissioned in November last year, had started recording brisk business, registering a 35% increase in passenger traffic.
Victoria Falls is poised to be the regional hub in Southern Africa so CAAZ jointly with industry players are working together to market the airport.
The airport is receiving enquiries from different airlines for a Zimbabwean air service permit.
The same also applies to Harare and even Buffalo Range airports, she said.
The multi-million airport boasts a new 4km long by 60m wide runway and associated taxiways, capable of landing long haul wide-bodied aircraft, aircraft parking area with a capacity to park three wide-bodied aircraft in the class of the B747, B777 and Airbus, A340 or equivalent.
It has a refurbished domestic terminal with a capacity of 300 000 passengers per annum, new state of the art control tower, new fire station, new car park and new access roads.
Its new international terminal has capacity to service 1,5 million people per annum.
Victoria Falls has been luring airlines after the completion of the airport upgrade.
Qatar Airways to launch new route to Adana, TurkeySept. 25, 2017
Qatar Airways has responded to increased customer demand for service to Turkey by launching direct flights to the southern city of Adana, the airline's fourth route to the country.
The new three-times–a-week service is in addition to the airline's existing flights to the capital Ankara, and services to historic Istanbul's two main airports.
From November 6th, Qatar Airways will operate an Airbus A320, with 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy class on flights between Doha and Adana Takirpata Airport.
Located at the crossroads of Anatolia and the Middle East, Adana is Turkey's fifth largest city and a major agricultural and industrial centre.
A short distance from the Mediterranean coast, it is also famous for its traditional Turkish cuisine, and boasts several historic monuments and architectural landmarks, making it an ideal starting point for holiday-makers wishing to explore historic Turkey.
Turkish Airlines' Most Profitable Route Sept. 25, 2017
When Turkish Airlines opened a direct daily route to a war-ravaged African failed state plagued by Islamist militants, industry insiders were sceptical.
According to Turkish Airlines' country manager in Kenya, Somalia is now one of our most profitable destinations worldwide because Turkish Airlines is the only international airline.
The Istanbul-based carrier is replicating the move across Africa, expanding to destinations shunned by others. The move comes as political unrest at home last year pushed the airline into the red for the first time in 17 years.
In 2011, Turkish Airlines flew to 14 African cities. By the end of this year, it will operate 52 routes from Istanbul across Africa, after launching a route to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
From January to June, just under a tenth of total passenger and cargo revenues came from Africa, according to results for the first half of 2017 that showed a net loss of $434 million (£327.47 million).
DeIta Continues To Expand Its Africa Service Sept. 25, 2017
Delta announced a new nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Lagos (LOS) starting March 24, 2018. The carrier will fly an A330-200 on the route to the Nigerian city, adding to the two other African cities (Accra and Dakar) the airline serves from New York.
Flyers will have the option of choosing from 34 lie-flat Delta One seats, 32 Delta Comfort+ seats and 168 economy seats. Delta already operates 5x weekly flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Lagos with the New York flight only operating 3x weekly.
Schedule (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday):
DL415 New York (JFK) 10:50pm Departure - Lagos (LOS) 2:05pm (+1) Arrival
Schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday):
DL215 Lagos (LOS) 10:30pm Departure - New York (JFK) 5:30am (+1) Arrival
Kenya Airways Seeks State Protection To Ward Off RivalsSept. 25, 2017
Kenya Airways is seeking government protection to ward off competition from African and Middle East air carriers flying into Nairobi.
In a press conference on the 21st Septemer, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said the state subsidies extended to carriers such as Ethiopian, RwandAir, and Gulf airlines like Etihad meant that they were not competing on an even field.
“Everybody wants an airline, the question is; are we all playing the same rules?” asked Mr Mikosz.
Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph said they had been in discussions with the government and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) on the matter prior to the elections and that the negotiations were expected to continue after this political season.
“We need to have a bit more aggressive strategies from the government in protecting our airline and our airport,” said Mr Joseph.
He said that all of Kenya Airways' “serious competitors” in Africa, all of them state-owned, are merely “marketing arms of their countries”.
This implies that the carriers do not have to operate on the same survival logic as KQ as they are guaranteed state support.
He added that some of the airlines could and would undercut Kenya's national carrier because “they don't care”.
KQ, however, did not provide specific details about the kind of protection it would want from the state.
Oman Air, Kenya Airways Sign Code-share DealSept. 7, 2017
Oman Air announced it has signed a code-share agreement with Kenya Airways in a deal that will cover services between Muscat and Nairobi effective August 28, 2017.
The deal will allow connectivity to Kenya Airways customers in accessing Muscat directly from Nairobi. Oman Air launched flights to Nairobi in March this year.
Oman Air said the code-share comes as trade between Kenya and Oman grows, while Kenya Airways said the deal will help increase competitive offerings.
RwandAir Grows It's Route Network In West AfricaSept. 6, 2017
RwandAir, the national carrier of the republic of Rwanda, announced that effective 30th September 2017, it will commence three weekly operations to Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Dakar (Senegal) from its new hub in Cotonou (Benin).
This is in addition to the three destinations, Libreville (Gabon), Brazzaville (Congo), and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) that are already served from Cotonou effective 30th August. The new Cotonou hub will be synchronized with the existing operations from Kigali allowing seamless connections to the rest of the RwandAir destinations, which are growing fast on the African continent and beyond.
Dakar, Bamako, and Conakry are some of the largest cities in West Africa, and are home to a vast multicultural heritage and rich history with museums and ancient mosques dating back from the time of the great African empires. Some of the attractions include the house of slaves on the island of Gorée in Dakar, the National Museum of Mali, and the Conakry Grand Mosque, which is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Qantas To Launch Third Longest Non-Stop Flight Next Year Sept. 6, 2017
Australia's national airline, Qantas is planning to re-route its Sydney to London A380 service via Singapore from Dubai to capitalise on the fast-growing Asian market.
The new deal will see Australia’s national airline also upgrade its existing Melbourne to Singapore flight from an A330 to an A380 from March 25.
This will give Qantas passengers the choice of hubbing through Perth, Singapore or Dubai with Emirates on trips to Europe.
Perth passengers will be able to fly non-stop to London on the Qantas 787 from March or via Singapore to connect with the Qantas A380 or to Europe on a code-share flight with Emirates via Dubai. This will be the third longest non stop flight.
Qantas had already announced that it was replacing its Melbourne to Dubai to London service with its ultra-long-haul Melbourne to Perth to London Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights.
Qantas passengers will still be able to fly to Europe via Dubai using Emirates’ 77 weekly services to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Perth and Sydney. These include seven daily A380 flights.
Nairobi Records Rise in Domestic Air TravAug. 19, 2017
International arrivals in Africa have continued the positive performance of the second half of 2016 into 2017, welcoming an increase of 14.0% in 2017 year to July 2017. Longer haul arrivals from the Americas and Asia Pacific, and the Middle East performed better than intra-Africa international arrivals and European arrivals into Africa; the latter two flows grew below the overall international growth
However Nairobi is the only city in Africa whose airports are recording higher growth for domestic capacity than that of international capacity, with a 22% boost, according to a new report by ForwardKeys. The firm compares Nairobi’s trend to most of the other top 10 African Airports ranked by total scheduled capacity for August to December 2017, which are seeing more growth in international than in domestic capacity.
The report, whose special focus is on the East African Community (EAC), further indicates that Nairobi airports have a total scheduled capacity (August to December 2017) of 18% in domestic seats, 31% in long-haul international seats, and a 51% capacity in intra-Africa international seats. Of these, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s scheduled capacity is 13% and 5% long-haul and intra-Africa international seats respectively within the same period under review.
Kenyans To Get New e-Passports From SeptemberAug. 19, 2017
Immigration Department of Kenya
In March 2016, the Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC) launched the East African Electronic Passport. In August 2017 the Kenyan Immigration Department has announced that it will start to issue citizens with e-passports beginning next month ahead of the predicted January 2018.
According to the Immigration Department, the upgrade is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and will apply to new applications/renewals before the current passport is phased out.
Each member nation of the EAC will have up to December 2018, to phase out their national passports.
The difference between the current passport and the e-Passport is that the e-passport will have a chip that stores the passport holder’s biometric information, said the department. However the procedure and costs for applying for the Kenyan Passport have not changed.
Visit the government portal https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/ to apply for your passport.
Ethiopian increases Vienna/Brussels service from Dec 2017Aug. 11, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines plans to adjust operational frequency in December 2017 on Addis Ababa – Vienna – Brussels routing, currently served 4 times a week. A 5th weekly rotation will be added from 12DEC17, which sees the airline operating daily service to Brussels once again. Boeing 787-8 aircraft operates this route.
ET724 ADD0045 – 0515VIE0620 – 0835BRU 788 x37
ET725 BRU1905 – 2110VIE2200 – 0550+1ADD 788 x37
Rwanda signs $818 mn deal for new international airportAug. 11, 2017
Bugesera International Airport
Rwanda has signed a deal with the African division of Portuguese construction firm Mota-Engil to build an international airport at a cost of $818 million, the company and government officials said.
They said the first phase of the airport, which is part of a push to attract more tourists and boost Rwanda as a conference destination, would cost $418 million and is expected to start in June next year and be completed by December 2018.
Rwanda’s plans for the new Bugesera International Airport date back to 2011 when it first announced it was seeking bids from the private sector to design, build, finance, maintain and operate the airport through a 25-year concession.
“The first phase is for 1.7 million passengers (per year) capacity and it gets all infrastructure associated for $418 million,” Mota-Engil Africa Chief Executive Officer Manuel Antonio Mota told reporters late on Thursday after signing an agreement with government officials.
Rwanda said in a statement that Mota-Engil would operate the airport for 25 years, with an option to extend another 15 years.
Rwanda and Benin To Set Up Joint AirlineAug. 3, 2017
Rwanda has been granted seventh freedom rights by the Government of Benin. This gives RwandAir the rights to carry passengers or cargo between Benin and other countries without any continuing service to Rwanda.
The joint airline will operate Abidjan, Brazzaville, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar and Conakry routes, according to Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the RwandAir deputy CEO for corporate affairs.
RwandAir launched its new hub in Cotonou on Tuesday, August 1. The launch of this hub will improve air transport on the continent as RwandAir will be able to enter new markets in West and Central Africa with better connections and frequencies.
Ethiopian Airlines Begin Flight Operations On Kaduna RouteAug. 3, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday commenced flight operations to Kaduna, Nigeria with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which landed at the Kaduna International Airport from Addis Ababa at noon carrying 17 passengers on board.
The flight also departed for Addis Ababa at 1:30 p.m. with 10 officials of Kaduna State Government on board and other passengers.
The inaugural flight marked the airport becoming a fully fledged international airport. This new route will enable people from 100 different destinations to access the state.
86 VIP On Luxury Cruise To KenyaJuly 24, 2017
Crystal Aircruises - Hong Kong based luxury airline operator has set course for Kenya. The flight costing 4.6 million per ticket will leave Hong Kong bringing 86 VIP tourists to the Maasai Mara for the wondrous wildebeest migration.
The Boeing 777 aircraft with a commercial carrying capacity of 380 trades seating space for premium quality in a paired formation stretching across two aisles.
It offers passengers flatbed seats come with 24-inch screens, noise-resistant Bose headphones, personal iPads and complimentary WiFi and on-board cuisine provided by South African chef Francois Van Zyl.
The Hong Kong firm boasts having “the world’s only twin-aisle private plane”, accommodating just 86 guests.
Enhanced screening for U.S. Bound Flights July 19, 2017
United States Department of Homeland Security
The United States Department of Homeland Security have put in place additional screening measures for customers flying on international flights to the United States, effective July 19. Travelers are to anticipate additional screening at the departure gates after check - in.
We encourage our customers flying to the U.S. from an international airport to:
• Plan to arrive at the international departure airport at least three hours prior to departure.
• Move quickly to the departure gate for additional screening
Be informed that the screening process may involve use of sniffer dogs and advanced technology.
Amex Taps Virtual Cards for Business Travel ExpensesJuly 14, 2017
American Express Business Travel Account
American Express has announced the launch of its enhanced Business Travel Account (BTA), which gives companies greater control and more visibility into their business travel expenses. The addition of Virtual Account Numbers in the refreshed product centralizes more types of business travel spending into a single account. The virtual account feature works with the existing booking processes of Travel Management Companies through support from Conferma¹, a leading virtual service provider, and now allows for booking of hotels and low-cost airlines¹.
The enhanced Business Travel Account also features:
The flexibility to set usage dates and pre-authorize spending limits at the time of booking, helping reduce fraud and encourage compliance with company travel policies.
Improved traveler experience by providing options for more types of business travelers, including large groups, employees who do not have corporate cards and non-employees, such as job applicants and consultants.
A simplified reconciliation process thanks to improved data files that capture reference fields defined by the customer, such as employee identification numbers and cost centers – available at no cost through the American Express @Work® platform. New global data files provide more visibility into both billed and unbilled content.
“We understand that corporate travel is a major expense for many companies and can be a time consuming and difficult process to manage,” said Gint Balodis, Vice President, Global Product Management, American Express Global Commercial Payments. “Our improvements in the enhanced Business Travel Account further centralize control into one account, making the process of purchasing, tracking and reconciling travel expenses easier than in the past.”
The enhanced BTA is now available in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. For additional details on enrollment please contact your designated travell consultant.
American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and EtihadJuly 14, 2017
After heated rhetoric used to describe the Gulf Airlines by American Airlines, it comes as no shock that American Airlines (AA) has broken off code-share agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad. AA came to this decision on 29th June 2017 citing a longstanding dispute over whether the Persian Gulf carriers use government subsidies to compete unfairly.
That was only a week after AA mentioned Qatar Airway's intent to purchase a large stake in American Airlines. However the decision will hurt some of American’s customers, who rely on Qatar and Etihad to fly them to destinations North American and European carriers don’t serve.
Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian Laptop Ban LiftedJuly 14, 2017
Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian
Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian passengers can now take laptops in the cabin on US-bound flights.
The laptop ban had been put in place by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this year, covering flights from ten Middle Eastern airports to the US, including Qatar Airways’ Doha base.
The announcement follows the dropping of the ban on Qatar and Etihad flights.
Royal Jordanian, which flies to three US cities from Amman, the Jordanian capital, lifted the ban after new security measures were implemented for US-bound flights.
State-owned Kuwait Airways, which flies from Kuwait to New York via Ireland, said the ban was lifted after US officials inspected security measures on its flights.
The latest announcement leaves Egyptair, Royal Air Maroc and Saudi Arabian Airlines as the remaining airlines with the ban.
Electronic Ban Lifted On Etihad, Emirates, Qatar & Turkish AirlinesJuly 7, 2017
Etihad, Emirates, Qatar & Turkish Airlines
We are pleased to announce to you that you can now now use your personal electronics as you travel to the US on these select airlines:
~ Turkish Airlines
~ Qatar Airways
The electronic ban that was imposed by the US Government in March on Laptops and other large electronics has been lifted for the 4 airlines. This will allow passengers going through Abu Dhabi, Hamad, Dubai and Istanbul airports to board aircrafts with their personal electronic devices.
However Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are still waiting to have the ban lifted.
Ethiopian Airlines Adds Wings To The SkiesJune 27, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline group in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development to its fast expanding long-haul route network.
Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease. Today’s order tops-up the Addis Ababa-based carrier’s fleet, enabling it to pursue its growth strategy and objectives over the coming years.
Ethiopian Airlines’ A350-900s are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being.’
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable customer features in cabin is one of the four pillars in their 15 years strategic road map, vision 2025, and “this order placement for additional A-350s is one component of this strategy.”
GebreMariam added: “The performance, operational and cost inefficiencies we have achieved with our initial A350-900s have resulted in these additional ten aircraft order placement and thereby suffice our ever-expanding global network. We will deploy the additional aircraft on our long haul routes connecting Addis Ababa with destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” he said.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy, added that Ethiopian Airlines’ repeat order was a resounding endorsement of the A350, its suitability, flexibility and unmatched economics. “We are delighted that the innovative aircraft -the A350- is closely associated with the world’s fastest growing and profitable carriers,” Leahy said.
The A350 features the latest aerodynamic design and materials, including its carbon-fiber fuselage and wings. It is powered by new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Together, these advanced technological features translate into unrivaled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions in addition to significantly lower maintenance costs.
Oscars of The Aviation IndustryJune 27, 2017
Qatar airways faces its best and worst times in a single breath.
At the Paris Air Show on the 20th of June, 2017, Qatar Airways was recognized as the "Airline of the Year", by the international survey and ratings group, SKYTRAX
The award comes as the Doha-based airline struggles to deal with an attempt by Qatar's neighbors to isolate the country.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations and closed their airspace to Qatari flights, forcing the cancellation of 52 routes and adding hours of flying time to others, according to Qatar Airways' chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
The airline has become a global player in aviation by aggressively opening long and ultra long routes with a new fleet of airliners. It also offers fliers extravagant lounges and state-of-the-art business seating.
Qatar Airways serves worldwide routes with a fleet of 174 planes, according to its website. The fleet includes a mix of Boeing and Airbus planes, including the super jumbo A380, the world's largest airliner.
The carrier's fast growing fleet is contributing heavily to the economies in Europe and the U.S. It is the largest customer for the Airbus A350 and one of the biggest buyers of U.S.-made Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Qatar Airways has gained attention for its first class facilities. The A380 flights include 26-inch entertainment screens, seats nearly 2-feet wide and privacy partitions. It has just rolled out a new business class seat called the Q Suite designed for privacy or in-flight business meetings.
'Oscars of the aviation industry'
In 2016, Emirates won "Airline of the Year" and Qatar snagged the Skytrax award for "Best Business Class."
Skytrax's annual World Airline Awards -- based on surveys filled out by millions of airline passengers -- are described as "the Oscars of the aviation industry."
The show has become a regular event during the Paris Air Show, which is held every two years at Le Bourget Airport, and at the Farnborough International Air Show in the U.K.
Other Skytrax winners announced Tuesday include:
World's Best First Class: Etihad Airways
World's Best Economy Class: Thai Airways
World's Best Low-Cost Airline: AirAsia
Best Business Class Airline Seat: Singapore Airlines
Best Economy Class Airline Seat: Japan Airlines
Best Airline in Asia: Singapore Airlines
Best Airline in Northern Europe: Finnair
Best Airline in Western Europe: Lufthansa
Best Airline in Southern Europe: Turkish Airlines
Best Airline in Eastern Europe: Aeroflot
Best Airline in Africa: Ethiopian Airlines
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa: fastjet
World's Best Regional Airline: Bangkok Airlines
World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness: EVA Air
World's Best Cabin Staff: Garuda Indonesia
Most Improved Airline: Saudi Arabian
World's Best Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Source: CNN Money
KLM Cool Blue OffersMarch 16, 2017
Threatened Industrial Action – 3rd March 2017Feb. 28, 2017
British Airways cabin crew have announced seven days of strike action in the long-running dispute over pay.
Union members of its mixed fleet crew will walk out on March 3 to March 9.
The latest strike announcement follows a four-day stoppage, which ended Saturday.
British Airways customers will however be able to fly to their destinations, despite seven further days of proposed industrial action, which represents one of their 5 cabin crew fleets.
British Airways said once contingency plans had been finalized it would publish more details next week.
New Parking System - Wilson AirportFeb. 28, 2017
Kenya Airport Authority
Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) has installed a new parking and access management system at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi so as to facilitate easy access for customers and visitors.
The access to the Airport will be through the main entrance - off Lang'ata Road and the administrative block next to the chief's camp.
Please note these changes for ease of access.
7 New Destinations To Be Launched By Ethiopian Airlines in 2017Jan. 18, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines is the fasted growing airline group in Africa. They plan on maintaining this growth in the year 2017 by launching 7 new destinations in first two quarters of the year. This will mark one of the greatest leaps for Ethiopian Airlines in its ambitious history.
These destinations include Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore). To be anticipated between February and June.
Not only is this a benefit for Ethiopian Airlines and its frequent fliers but also reinforcing Addis Ababa Bole International Airport as Africa’s Hub of air travel serving 98 different cities across the world.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said: “Africa’s share of the Global Aviation is the smallest which is only around 3%. As the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned on the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record expansion to enable Africans enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity both within the continent and between the continent and the rest of the world.
Looking beyond the current economic slowdown especially in the oil export dependent economies of Africa, we firmly believe that the continent will become the magnet for foreign direct investment, trade and tourism, which are the engines of air travel growth and in turn efficient air connectivity also drives socio economic development and we are happy to contribute our share in the 21st Century African Transformation.”
At the end of the year 2016, new flights to Moroni (Comoros), WindHoek (Namibia) and Newark (United States) were launched, as well as three cities in Ethiopia: Hawassa, Kebridahar and Dembidolo. The Ethiopian national carrier is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and are expanding their wings every year.
Ethiopian Airlines envisages to reach 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025. 98 down, 22 to go!
MORE FLIGHTS TO INDIA THANKS TO KQNov. 23, 2016
On November 16th Jet Airways expanded its existing codeshare pact with Kenya Airways which will allow the African carrier to fly more passengers into India. According to the press release by Jet Airways, the pact will allow for Kenya Airways to place its flight code (KQ) on Jet Airways’ seven daily flights between Mumbai and New Delhi, five daily flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and five daily flights between Mumbai and Hyderabad for travel into India.
Jet Airways has 19 code share pacts with other international airlines besides having over 100 interline partners. This extended pact with Kenya Airways will allow passengers to enjoy seamless transport to Indian – Kenyan destinations. The Indian diaspora in Kenya are the main beneficiaries of convenient access to more destinations in India.
“At the same time, Indian travellers can continue enjoying the opportunity to explore more of Kenya and East Africa via our international codeshares," Jet Airways Chief Commercial Officer Jayaraj Shanmugam said.
The arrangement continues to include Jet Airways' code (9W) on Kenyan's double daily flights on the Mumbai-Nairobi route, allowing Jet Airways' guests to connect to other onward destinations in Africa, the Jet Airways release added. "The expanded partnership will enable customers of both carriers to derive maximum benefit from this cooperation. It will enable us to offer our customers seamless connections to three Indian cities. We see a lot of demand into domestic India from Kenya and East Africa, with passengers travelling mostly for business, leisure or health tourism," said Kenya Airways' Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze.
MORE FLIGHTS THROUGH THIS FESTIVE SEASONS ON JAMBOJETNov. 23, 2016
Jambojet has announced additional flights to all destinations across its network, providing customers with more flight options to and from Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi, Ukunda and Mombasa ahead of the festive season.
“We are cognizant of the increased demand for flights during the festive season as people go on holiday or travel back home. We want to ensure that we provide our customers with value for money, greater choice as well as flexibility with the additional frequencies,” said Willem Hondius, Jambojet CEO.
The low-cost service will increase its flights to Mombasa from 22 weekly to 31 flights a week, while the flights to Kisumu, Eldoret and Ukunda will have a total of 20 flights per week each. Flights to Malindi will increase to 16 from the current 13 weekly.
“Jambojet has seen its passenger numbers grow year on year having increased by 18%. Increased demand on all our routes has seen the number of round trips grow from 2,522 to 3,312 for the financial year ending March 2016. Increased demand for domestic travel has seen Jambojet contribute 25 percent passenger growth in the domestic market since it started operations,” said Willem.
Currently, Jambojet serves Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Malindi, Ukunda and Lamu and has been credited for promoting local tourism as well as enhancing economic growth in business hubs across the counties
THINKING OF STARTING BUSINESS IN SIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA COME 2017?Nov. 23, 2016
The Netherlands flag carrier airline, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) has confirmed that they would start operating their flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia at the start of the new 2017 summer schedule.
According to the company, the new operation would serve to further expand their African network, adding that with the two new additional destinations, they would be serving thirteen destinations in the continent in 2017.
“With the addition of Freetown and Monrovia, KLM will be serving thirteen destinations in Africa in 2017. In this way, we will strengthen our position in Africa considerably and offer our passengers an even greater choice,” KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers.
The KLM flight operation to Freetown and Monrovia would be Airbus 330-200s, which can seat 267 passengers. Flight KL0511 will departs on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 14.35 from Amsterdam and arrives in Freetown at 19.30, local time.
After a short layover, it will continue on at 20.40 to Monrovia and arrives at 21.55, local time. The return flight will departs from Monrovia at 23.20, local time, and arrives in Amsterdam at 8.10, local time.
The Royal Dutch Airlines plans to expand its African network and will compete with Brussels Airlines, who are considered to be the specialized and dominant European flights in the continent and the Belgium based airline is already flying more in Monrovia and Freetown from home Zaventem.
The new schedule will see KLM flies in Windhoek (Namibia), Luanda (Angola), Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Entebbe (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Accra (Ghana), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia).
EMIRATES WELCOMES NEW GENERATION A380 AND BOEING 777 AIRCRAFT TO ITS FLEETNov. 23, 2016
On 15 November 2016 – Emirates has begun taking delivery of its new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will feature enhanced Business Class seats which recline to 180-degree fully flat beds of 78 inches in length, an in-seat minibar and the largest inflight entertainment screen in Business Class at 23 inches.
The aircraft will also have an upgraded seat configuration with two additional seats in Economy Class taking the total capacity in economy to 306. The number of seats in First and Business Class will remain the same at 8 and 42 seats respectively.
These new aircraft reflect Emirates' continued investment and commitment to flying a modern, environmentally –friendly fleet and providing its customers with a superior level of comfort and safety.
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Corporate Social ResponsibilitySept. 8, 2016
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Our Travel Manager Rachael Mohamed and our Sales & Marketing Executive Vivian Omollo teamed up with our partners Amadeus for a CSR Activity at the Angels Center for abandoned children.
The event took place on Saturday August 27th, 2016 - where they got to interact and spend time with the adorable children. At the end of the day, we did share with them gifts in the form of clothing, food items, among other things. Amadeus and Express Travel Group are partners in the travel industry and we are at the forefront of providing cutting edge, competitive, and leading innovative solutions to our clientele.
Ethiopian Airlines increases its route Network to NamibiaSept. 8, 2016
Dear Travel Partners,
Ethiopian Airlines increases its route Network to Namibia from October 6, 2016, with an initial 3 flights weekly.
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Did you know that Windhoek is the cleanest Capital in Africa?
Did you also know that Windhoek is the largest city of Namibia?
Did you know that the National and Cultural Institutions of Namibia are found in Windhoek?
Don't miss this opportunity to travel to Windhoek and experience the charm of this city which lies in its harmonious blend of African & European Cultures and the Friendliness of its people.
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KLM extends African network to NamibiaAug. 24, 2016
According to Aviation Tribune, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its scheduled service in Africa to include Windhoek (Namibia). The flight schedule for the three existing flights to Luanda (Angola) will be adapted slightly to make it possible to fly on to Windhoek and back after a short stopover. The flights to Luanda and Windhoek will be operated using an Airbus 330-200, offering 243 seats. Flight KL0575 will depart on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 22h45 from Amsterdam and arrive the next day in Luanda at 07h30. At 08h45 it will continue on to Windhoek, arriving at 12h15. The return flight, KL0576, will depart on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays from Windhoek at 17h40 and land in Luanda at 19h15. From there the flight will depart Luanda at 20h40 and arrive in Amsterdam the next day at 05h20. Windhoek is KLM’s 12th destination in Africa. The Dutch airline already flies to Luanda (Angola), Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Entebbe (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana) and Cairo (Egypt).
Ethiopian Airlines | Launch of three weekly flights to New York, USA. From July 3rd, 2016May 20, 2016
Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce the commencement and launch of three weekly flights to New York, USA starting from July 3rd, 2016. They will be operated by B787 State of Art modern Aircraft.
Departure ET508 ADD 0930 ARRV 1915 NEW YORK- EWR on Days 2/4/7
Departure ET509 NEW YORK- EWR 2115 ARRV ADDIS 2115 on Days 2/4/7
New York is a City that never sleeps and is vibrant too. The new flights to New York will offer better connectivity and more convenient mobility between East/West, Southern Africa and the entire Continent of Africa.
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Emirates increases free baggage allowanceApril 15, 2016
Emirates increases free baggage allowance
Starting today (15 April), all Emirates customers travelling in any of the airline’s three cabin classes on outbound African flights will benefit from the increase in free baggage allowance based on the piece concept (individual piece of luggage).
Economy class customers will get a new baggage allowance of two bags weighing up to 23 kilograms each, taking the current weight allowance from 30 kilograms to 46 kilograms.
Business class increases to two bags of 32 kilograms each, taking the current 40 kilograms to 64 kilograms.
First class customers will get a baggage allowance of two bags weighing up to 32 kilograms each, up from the current 50 kilograms to 64 kilograms. In addition, infants will be entitled to one piece of luggage up to 23 kilograms.
The baggage allowance will be applicable for all return Emirates flights commencing from Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Irrespective of the point of sale, the piece concept will apply for the entire journey.
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MACHINE READABLE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (PASSPORTS) TO SOUTH AFRICAApril 1, 2016
South Africa's Home Affairs
As notified by Kenya Airways
South Africa’s department of home affairs has advised that it will no longer accept Non-Machine Readable Travel Documents (passports) except in the case of a bona fide emergency situation.
The department has also taken a decision that MRTDs (passports) that have been manually extended will not be accepted for travelling purposes to/from South Africa.
Extending validity of MRTDs (passports) by pasting a Machine Readable extension into the passport on a page other than the bio data page will not be acceptable.
In view of the above, Airlines that convey holders of such passports to a port of entry will be subjected to an administrative fine of R15,000 (Fifteen thousand Rands)
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Kenya comes in second best African stand at ITB 2016March 23, 2016
It was a new game this year at ITB when the award winners for Best African Stand were revealed at the end of the world’s largest tourism trade show.
In the past did winners regularly come from Eastern Africa, at one stage taking all top three positions, but this year did Egypt steal the show with an impressive stand and a great performance of their staff. Egypt needed such a ‘win‘ as the country’s tourism industry over the past years stumbled from crisis to crisis and the award for best stand will hopefully translate in more tourist visitors again.
Closer to home though did Kenya come in an impressive runner up in second place, validating the efforts made by the Kenya Tourism Board and the private sector to put on a show of confidence. Here too will no doubt this accomplishment be seen as a pointer towards better days ahead as Kenya’s tourism industry is set for a full scale revival this year.
The presence of Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala – his media conference was hailed as the best of its kind during this year’s ITB – who came with a bag full of goodies in form of incentives for airlines and tour operators, also made a lot of difference as his experience on the international stage was fully utilized.
Third came Tunisia, also a country which tourism sector has been struggling following several terrorist attacks last year and where the tourism board too saw ITB as a great platform to restore market confidence.
Other East African countries at ITB were tight lipped over their performance, perhaps in part for not performing up to their own high standards set and failing to bring home a trophy to show that they generated added value for their investment to exhibit.
Uganda notably came 10th in the rankings of best stands, giving both the Uganda Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism fodder for thought why the country dropped that low from much better rankings during past ITB attendances.
Congratulations to Jacinta Nzioka – and her team – who as AG CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board was overall responsible for putting up the Kenyan stand and the country’s performance in Berlin.
Emirates flies Boeing 777 to ZambiaMarch 18, 2016
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Emirates recently introduced the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Zambia route, on which it offers seven flights per week.
First class private suites are equipped with electronically operated doors, flat bed seats, a mini-bar and work desk, while business class features sleeperettes. Across all cabins the aircraft is fitted with Emirates’ ICE entertainment system, which offers customers over 2,000 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, TV shows, music, audio books and games.
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KENYA HOSTS POPE FRANCIS - Major Roads to be ClosedNov. 24, 2015
ROADS THAT WILL BE BLOCKED ON 26TH AND 27TH NOVEMBER 2015
Information at hand indicates that there could be some traffic and significant transport disruptions between Wednesday and Friday when His Holiness the Pope is visiting Nairobi.
Several roads in Nairobi are expected to be affected and clients need to plan accordingly especially relating to JKIA were there may be flight distruptions and delays on Mombasa road. Please click on the attached link for further information on expected closures.
Wednesday November 25
The stretch of the road from the exit of JKIA all the way down through Mombasa Road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue to State House will be affected in the evening.
After the State House meeting, the Pope will head to the Nunciature. Part of Uhuru Highway onto Waiyaki Way and James Gichuru Road will be affected.
Thursday November 26
Inbound vehicles which will be coming from Mombasa road will terminate at Bunyala Roundabout. The movement of the vehicles that will be accessing the CBD or to the Mass area will be stopped at Bunyala Roundabout.
Inbound vehicles from Ngong Road will not go beyond the Kenya National Library Service building. Inbound vehicles using Valley Road either from Mbagathi or Ngong Road will not be able to pass after Silver Springs Roundabout since Kenyatta Avenue will be reserved for the occasion of the day.
Any other road in between Silver Springs, Kenyatta Avenue and Uhuru Highway will be blocked including 5th Ngong Avenue. Vehicles intending to use Dennis Pritt Road will also be blocked just near the State House gate D. Part of Lenana Road down to Milimani will also be blocked so that people do not access Valley Road at State House Avenue/Kenyatta Avenue intersections. Vehicles that intend to use Arboretum road will end up near Kileleshwa Petrol station on Ring Road-Kileleshwa road.
Vehicles from western direction normally using Waiyaki way will be blocked just after Kempinsky hotel. They will not be able to access University Way roundabout from that place. The overpass and the underpass at Ojijo towards Riverside will also be blocked. Vehicles from Central, Eastern and North Eastern regions that will be using Thika Superhighway will be blocked at Forest Road. Vehicles from Thika Superhighway that uses Murang’a Road will be blocked at University Way near Lillian Towers.
Uhuru Highway will also be blocked along Kenyatta Avenue just about near GPO. Posta Road will also be blocked and also the slip road towards City Hall way. Parliament roundabout will not be accessible from Uhuru Highway since it will be blocked just after the Intercontinental Hotel. Haile Selassie Avenue will not be accessible from Upper Hill area near NHIF past the roundabout towards Moi -Haile Selassie Roundabout. Parking Areas Identified: Vehicles from Eastern direction (Coast and Eastern region) will be parked at Nyayo Stadium, Capital Centre, Police Pavilion (South c) and Don Bosco Catholic Church. Cars approaching the CBD from Ngong Road will also park at the same venues.
Vehicles from Waiyaki Way will park at Saint Austin, Lavington Primary, Nairobi School, Strathmore and Consolata Shrine (for the priests).Vehicles from Thika Road and Jogoo Road will park St Peters Clavers Primary School, Highridge College, Aga Khan School, Jamia Mosque Parking area near Globe Interchange, Premier Academy, Nairobi University School of Law at Parklands.
Other areas include KICC grounds, parking spaces opposite Laico Regency hotel, Geology College and Chiromo parking area.
In the evening when the Pope will be going to the UNEP headquarters, Limuru Road all the way to UNEP headquarters will be affected.
Friday November 27
The Pope will be headed to Kangemi area from his residence at the Nunciature in the morning, Waiyaki Way and parts of James Gichuru Road will be affected. Later on as he heads to Kasarani Stadium, the stretch all the way from Waiyaki Way to Forest Road and Thika Road will be affected.
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World's super-rich rate Hemingways fifth best in AfricaOct. 5, 2015
Nairobi’s Hemingways hotel is the fifth best hotel in Africa and the most frequented by the world’s multi-millionaires in East Africa, reveals new survey.
A market survey by South African based neworldwealth.com said the world's super-rich preferred the Karen-based 45-room facility for its serenity and location.
Morocco dominated the top five rated hotels with Marrakech's La Mamounia the most popular in Africa and Royal Mansour also in the same city being third.
Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater Lodge beat Kenya's Hemingways to second place.
Even though South Africa dominated the top ten list with four hotels, its top most hotel the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town was the fourth popular among the world's millionaires visiting the continent.
The last twelve months saw 32,000 multi-millionaires visiting different cities in Africa, with Nairobi receiving a large chunk of investors while others made a stopover on their way to other African cities proving Nairobi’s growing status as a connecting hub.
Multi-millionaires visiting Kenya said they came for business in Nairobi while others came as tourists and ended up at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Nairobi’s future looks bright, said the report, especially the hospitality industry as investments in gas, oil and infrastructure are a crowd puller for investors and other professionals tasked with implementation of the multi-billion projects.
TOP TEN HOTELS
Other hotels in the top ten category include Zambia’s Royal Livingstone, Egypt’s Four Seasons in Sharm El Sheikh, and South Africa’s Oyster Box, Umhlanga, Lost City and Sun City, and North West and Cape Grace.
Newworldwealth.com provides consultancy and information services for luxury goods companies, private banks, family offices, real estate professionals, asset managers, and high net worth individuals.
Nairobi's Hemingways has been rated the fifth most popular hotel in Africa among the world's globe trotting super-rich who visit the continent on business and/or leisure. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
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Former Ambassador: Look Beyond Garissa Attack to See Progress in KenyaApril 8, 2015
Scott Gration is the former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and served with the U.S. Air Force as a Major General.
If the media coverage on Kenya is all about terrorism, the terrorists win
At 9:50 p.m. on June 25, 1996, a powerful blast collapsed buildings and shattered windows in our compound at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. That terrorist bomb claimed the lives of 18 men under my command and wounded me. Fifteen years later, I was working in the Pentagon when a commercial airliner under control of terrorists slammed into our building a few hundred meters away from me, killing 184 innocent people.
I’ve lived through the pain and sorrow associated with the indiscriminate acts perpetrated by amorphous groups and faceless cowards who believe they can achieve their objectives by using fear, intimidation, and murder of innocent people.
On Thursday, April 2, I watched as television reporters unveiled another terrorist event at Garissa University College. Al-Shabaab gunmen shot their way into a quiet university campus, killing students in dormitories where many were still sleeping. In the end, 147 innocent people were gunned down and 79 were wounded in a cowardly effort to terrorize East Africans over Kenya’s support to the African Union’s fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who lost family and friends and those who were injured and traumatized by this heinous act of terrorism.
Witnessing the aftermath of the 2013 terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall and several other terrorist incidents in Kenya, I’ve drawn several conclusions.
First, these events have revealed many heroes — leaders who stepped up to the challenge, security forces who responded with calm and courage during the attack, and men and women who made us all proud. We have seen the true character of Kenya. Bystanders disregarded their own safety to care for the wounded, and the Kenya Red Cross responded quickly to save lives. Kenyans joined the long lines to donate blood — there was no thought of nationality, ethnic origin, or religion.
Second, Kenya is improving its national security and capabilities to respond to terrorist events. While senior security leaders fumbled the response to the Westgate Mall attack, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his new security team handled the Garissa attack with a bold, decisive, and expeditious action. The coordination among the police, the Kenya military forces, and their leaders was significantly improved. This trend must continue.
Third, Kenya is beginning to deal with the underlying enablers of terrorism in the country. While it still has a long way to go, Kenya has begun to crack down on corruption and loopholes that allow terrorists to circumvent the law and pass through security safeguards. Last week, President Kenyatta asked five cabinet secretaries to step aside until allegations of corruption against them are cleared. Legal actions are pending against many other politicians and senior leaders who have been accused of corruption by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. While the final outcome of this initiative is yet to be determined, this decisive and strong action against corruption in government is welcomed and will improve security and the economy.
Terrorism can happen anywhere — New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Tunis, Mumbai, Nairobi. Terrorist acts and the media attention they receive often obscure the real story and stimulate overreactions. Kenya is more than the news story about terrorism and the images portrayed in overly cautious travel warnings.
Kenya is a country with a bright economic future; it has so much potential. Its citizens are smart, well educated, and hard working. Kenya has a great location with breath-taking landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and perfect weather. This country is blessed with magnificent mountains; beautiful valleys, rivers, and lakes; valuable natural resources; precious national treasures. It’s a paradise for tourists.
If the media coverage on Kenya is all about terrorism, the terrorists win. That is their objective.
Seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and many believe Kenya is the “new front door” for the continent. Investors who know Africa are bullish on Kenya.
While the tragedy in Garissa is heartbreaking and the scourge of terrorism is a major challenge that we all must unite to defeat, the real story in Kenya is its demonstrated resilience, beauty of this country, and its bright economic future. By focusing on economic delivery though an integrated strategy and plan, the society will be transformed, and terrorists will lose their foothold in the region. We all must make this happen.Source
By Scott Gration, April 3, 2015
Hemingways Nairobi ranked fifth in Africa's most luxurious hotelsMarch 5, 2015
Over 400 global multi-billionaires made business trips to Kenya last year and stayed at two Nairobi hotels.
International consultancy firm New World Wealth, which offers insight into trade opportunities across Africa and the Middle East, said the visitors opted for Hemingways Nairobi Hotel.
New World Wealth head of research Andrew Amoils said all the super-rich unanimously agreed that the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a must-visit destination for anyone coming to Kenya.
The top hotels for the super-rich-Africa focus also gives a line-up of Africa’s 10 best hotels, where Hemingways ranks fifth. Other popular attractions include Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the gorilla safaris in the Virunga Mountains.
New World Wealth ranking, which is now in its third year, observed that interest among the rich in investing in Kenya and the rest of Africa, was growing. The consultants’ benchmark for a multi-millionaire is an individual with net assets equivalent to at least Sh900 million.
Kenya’s status as a high-end destination received notable mention last year with the opening of a luxurious leisure resort in the Maasai Mara by billionaire Richard Branson.Read More Here
The Lamu Yoga Festival - March 12th-16th, 2015Feb. 20, 2015
The Lamu Yoga Festival - March 12th-16th, 2015
This unique festival blends yoga and meditation with the characteristics of Lamu island, offering the opportunity to practice various forms of yoga under the guidance of experienced and inspiring yoga teachers from all over the world. Practice yoga at the sea-side or yoga in one of the local venues.
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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Kenya rated the fifth best airport in Africa. Feb. 18, 2015
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA) has been rated the fifth best airport in Africa.
Airports Council International (ACI) recognized JKIA for its excellence in customer service in the prestigious 2014 Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality ( ASQ) Awards.
"This recognition is a testament to the airport's on-going commitment to service excellence," partly reads a statement from Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). The recognition comes months after the opening of the airport's new Terminal 1A. The terminal, which has 3 floors and includes duty free shops, a food court, customer lounges, a mini market among other facilities, has a capacity to handle one-way peak hour traffic of 1,500 passengers. It has also improved the customer experience at JKIA, besides guaranteeing operational efficiency, boosting security and improved quality of service to airport users.
KAA Managing Director Lucy Mbugua noted that the recognition was timely following an ongoing major upgrading and modernisation works set to stamp its position as a regional hub. "The stature of JKIA has grown significantly in recent years with the increased passengers and cargo traffic into and out of the facility. We expect even further growth going forward as more capacity is unlocked by on-going works, which will improve level of service, security and controlled access to meet international standards, thus taking advantage of its strategic location of JKIA to position it as the premier aviation hub of Africa," said Mbugua.
The leading airport is found in Mauritius followed by Durban, Cape Town then Johannesburg in South Africa. The on-going works at JKIA include the construction of Terminal 2; expected to be opened at the end of this month.
The new prefab terminal has a capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers annually and will cater for both international and domestic departures and arrivals. The additional capacity injected by the new terminal brings the capacity of JKIA to 7.5 million passengers annually.
JKIA at the moment handles an estimated 6.5 million passengers annually, the completion of Terminal 2 is a huge step forward in the concerted efforts made to expand and modernize JKIA.
All Kenya Airways International Flights to Depart from Terminal 1AFeb. 11, 2015
All Kenya Airways International Flights to Depart from Terminal 1A
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 –All Kenya Airways international flights will depart from Terminal 1A from Wednesday 11th February 2015.
80% of all International flights migrated to the new Terminal 1A in 2014 while the other 20%
flights to West Africa and Central Africa remained in Terminal 1C.
The state of the art terminal was finished last year and is exclusively used by Kenya Airways and its partner airlines.
Flights to the following destinations will now depart from Terminal 1A; Douala, Yaoundé, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Ndola, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Abuja, Lagos and Dakar.
Domestic flights remain in Terminal 1D.
British Airways - On Business Company TravelFeb. 9, 2015
British Airways - On Business Company Travel
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Benefits for On Business Company Travel Program.
- Earn points on every qualifying flights.
- Spend points on flights and upgrades for qualifying flights.
- Earn triple points on the first six flight sectors that your company takes on qualifying flights in your first twelve months of joining.
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Important Changes in Netherlands visa application procedure as of 1 March 2015Feb. 6, 2015
International Travel News
Important Changes in Netherlands visa application procedure as of 1 March 2015
Effective 1st March 2015 all visa applications submitted at the Embassy in Nairobi will be sent to the Regional Service Organization (RSO)
in Pretoria for further processing. From then on processing of a visa application will take at least ten working days after which the
passport can be picked up at the embassy in Nairobi.
In addition the supporting documents, including invitations from The Netherlands, should be originals.
Please take this term into consideration when planning visits to The Netherlands and contact our travel desk for more information.
Kenya Airways will begin flights to Hanoi (Vietnam) from 30 March.Feb. 2, 2015
Kenya Airways will begin flights to Hanoi (Vietnam) from 30 March.
The East African carrier will offer three flights per week in a Boeing 787.
Hanoi is home to around seven million people and is a rapidly growing municipality.
KQ will work closely with SkyTeam partner Vietnam Airlines, whose hub is Hanoi, in order to provide further travel options into Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.
In the last year, the airline has deployed its new fleet of six B787 Dreamliners for commercial service, mostly on routes to Asia and Europe. Most recently, the Dreamliner took its inaugural flight to London, one of KQ’s most prominent routes. Three more Dreamliners are scheduled to arrive in 2015.
- See more at: http://www.businesstravellerafrica.co.za/news/kq-to-fly-to-hanoi#sthash.VGmgX2mR.dpuf
Another major airline moves into JKIA’s new Terminal 1AJan. 26, 2015
KLM has completed their move from the former Unit 2, now Terminal 1C to the brand new Terminal 1A, following partner airline Kenya Airways which had started the migration last year and progressively shifted all their regional and international departures to their new ‘home’.
The switchover by KLM, which flies in codeshare with Kenya Airways on the route to Amsterdam, was long expected and has now finally materialized, bringing both airlines again under one roof. Other SkyTeam partners flying to Nairobi will reportedly also move to the new terminal in due course.
Premium passengers of KLM, as do premium passengers of other SkyTeam member airlines, are now able to use a dedicated separate entrance into the terminal, can enjoy the service at the premium check in counters and also fast track through immigration and security. The two Kenya Airways lounges Pride and Simba are then available for KLM business class passengers and holders of frequent flyer cards which give the holders access to the lounges.
Lusaka will be RwandAir’s 17th destinationJan. 26, 2015
Rwanda’s national airline has just confirmed that come 29th of March they will launch their 17th destination, Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.
The airline will fly three times a week from Kigali to Lusaka, traffic days still to be confirmed, in conjunction with their flights between Kigali and Johannesburg.
RwandAir will use their B737NG’s for the flights, which according to information received earlier on will route Kigali – Lusaka – Johannesburg – Lusaka – Kigali, with traffic rights on all sectors.
A source close to the airlines said when passing the information a few minutes ago: ‘It is the fifth freedom rights between Lusaka and Johannesburg which make the route viable. There is growing demand in East Africa for direct connections to Zambia. RwandAir is well positioned to offer such connections via Kigali, which has become a transit hub after our airport was expanded and modernized. We will be able to offer flights to Lusaka, where COMESA is headquartered, from our entire network in Eastern Africa and Western Africa. In turn will Zambians be able to reach our destinations as far as Dubai, and at fares which people can afford’.
Launch fares will be announced in due course when the full marketing campaign goes underway. Meanwhile check www.rwandair.com for information on schedules, fares and the airline’s frequent flyer programme ‘Dream Miles’.
Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across the region and beyond.
Arriving soon in Addis Ababa – Ethiopian’s Dreamliner #11Jan. 26, 2015
Ethiopian Airlines is set to take delivery of their 11th B787-8 Dreamliner before the end of January, it was learnt yesterday. The aircraft with the manufacturers’ serial number MSN 36111, according to information sourced, took to the air for the first time on the 12th of January and has been registered as ET-ASG. Powered by two GEnx-1B engines will the aircraft help boost the airline’s capacity to increase frequencies and destinations served by this aircraft type.
One of the new routes to be served by the B787-8 will be Addis Ababa – Dublin – Los Angeles from June onwards, reportedly with traffic rights on all sectors. This will allow ET to offer the Irish market another option to reach the West Coast of the United States nonstop out of Dublin. It is also the only nonstop connection from Ireland to Africa. Other new destinations in Europe, China and the Far East have recently been announced too, including Tokyo Narita which will be served via Hong Kong, making Ethiopian the number one African carrier to the South and Far East.
Founded on the 21st of December 1945 will the airline turn 70 years in late 2015, making it a pioneer in African aviation. The company reported the highest ever number of passengers carried with over 6 million last year, as well as record turnover and profits for the last financial year.
The arrival of the 11th Dreamliner will boost the fleet to 69 passenger aircraft besides a fleet of 9 freighters.
Britain to face the coldest night, commuters warned of road safetyJan. 21, 2015
Britain will face its coldest night expected so far with widespread frost and ice setting the temperature to dip well below zero.
The mercury will fall to -10C to -15C in the rural areas of Scotland and Ireland.
Warnings have been issued for drivers and commuters on the hazardous road conditions as freezing fog patches will cause low visibility and will also make the roads slippery.
London will record a -1C and the south coast, -3C in the southwest and Wales -2C in the Midlands, -3C in the North and -5C in urban areas of Scotland.
Since the last three years cold snaps have been the worst in the UK. -15.6C was recorded in Lincolnshire in February 2012.
The government will be taking special measures to assist the homeless to stay somewhere in the cold weather as sleeping outdoors may cause serious health problems for them.
The government has advised all to take care of the elderly members of the house and to make sure that they have easy access to food and fuel amid risky travel conditions and to check that hot water and heating appliances are working.
The freezing climatic conditions are being carried down from the Arctic and travelling way down to the south. The cold snap will continue till the next week as strong steams from Atlantic that brought milder and wetter weather has weakened.
The met department said that temperatures in the north will remain between 2C to 5Cin the South. A band of sleet and snow will be carried on to eastwards from the west during the day.
Europcar Kenya launches new fleetDec. 17, 2014
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Europcar Kenya is proud to announce the addition of 23 new vehicles into its fleet. 14 of the
vehicles were officially launched on 9th December 2014 at Hemingways Nairobi in a function that
was graced by the Directors of Hemingways Holdings and Express Travel Group. Also present
were senior sales officials from Simba Corporation and Hyundai Holding East Africa. This 70 million
shilling investment comprises of selected vehicles that cover the full spectrum of Europcar Kenya’s
deployed fleet and include compact saloons, intermediate SUVs and large SUVs.
Choose Europcar Kenya as your Kenyan car hire and airport transfer services provider.
‘2014 Africa’s Leading Car Rental ‘ – World Travel Awards
New LodgeDec. 17, 2014
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Situated within the Lake Nakuru National Park, on a range of hills that
form the Western border, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge is accessible by an
all-weather road twenty one kilomenters from the main park entrance
and seven kilometres from the Naishi airstrip.
The sixty tastefully-decorated and spacious guest rooms feature
generous en-suite bathrooms and private balconies inviting guests to
fully appreciate the panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings.
Contact us for your booking and reservations.
Mpesa payment optionNov. 24, 2014
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At Express Travel Group you can now pay for your travel services through Mpesa pay bill No. 542542
Contact us for more details.
Kenya Tourism AwardsNov. 3, 2014
Express Travel Group won the Best Corporate Travel Agent award in this year’s Inaugural Tourism Awards held on 23rd June 2011 at the Carnivore grounds.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.