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JKIA belly landing is latest accident for Skyward International Aviation

Aerial view of the Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

The belly landing of a Fokker 50 at Nairobi’s JKIA yesterday is the latest in a string of accidents affecting the aircraft’s operator, Skyward International Aviation. The F-50 did an almost perfect belly landing after the landing gear reportedly failed to deploy. The F-50 was said to be on a flight from Wajir. There was […]

Mini air show to be held in Machakos on 31 December

Mark Ross, flying a Pitts Special aerobatics aircraft, performs aerobatic maneuvers at the Tusker Air Show.

First the good news: A mini air show will be held at the Machakos Peoples’ Park as part of a three-day New Year concert. The air show will consist of sky diving and aerobatic performances. Next comes the bad news: The mini air show will only take place tomorrow, 31st December. Contrary to previous advertisements, […]

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Is Skyaero a sham airline?

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Launched with little fanfare last May, Skyaero airline fizzled out within four months. Recently, it was reported that the airline’s sole DC-9 had been leased to an operator in Somalia. Information from an industry source suggests Skyaero’s style of management was not properly optimized towards commercial viability. Currently, the remaining staff are demoralized but hanging […]

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Training firm to launch Airport Trauma Care Courses in 2015

A section of participants at a 2Gether 4Safety Seminar organized by AviAssist.

Aviassist Foundation, a training firm specializing in aviation safety, is to launch an Airport Trauma Care Course (ATCC) in eastern and southern Africa from 2015. The course will be held in collaboration with UMCG Ambulance Services of the Netherlands. ATCC will be a three-day course aiming at teaching a simple, systematic approach to the management […]

Are air traffic controllers on a “go-slow”?

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A union has claimed that air traffic controllers in Kenya are on a go-slow, saying that flights will be delayed until their grievances are addressed. “Airlines should expect serious delays during this time,” reads a statement by the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Union. The statement was circulated via social media. The union says air traffic […]

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Airport firm says workers treated fairly, refutes blogger’s allegations

Staff of Tradewinds Aviation in one of the company's minivans used to shuttle them around the airport.

“The stories about staff being mistreated caught everybody at Tradewinds by surprise. None of the staff knows who sent the document. We all saw it for the first time on social media.” Hellen Wafula, a marketing executive at Tradewinds Aviation recalls the day in mid November when the company was caught up in a social […]

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Photos: JKIA receives first of new airport buses

The first of new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority seen here at Nairobi's JKIA airport in December 2014.

The first of five new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority has arrived at Nairobi JKIA. The Cobus buses will be used to shuttle passengers and staff across the vast airport grounds. Check out photos below of this new type of bus at our airports.       According to a Kenya Airports Authority […]

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How ground handling companies help airlines cut costs

A tug operated by a ground-handling company pulls a British Airways Boeing 747.

The cleaning crew at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) boarded the Boeing 737 soon after the last of the passengers disembarked. Timing is everything. “We are expected to spend not more than 7 minutes cleaning the entire aircraft,” said the cleaning crew’s supervisor. “If we exceed the time set for us, the airline will […]

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