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Lufthansa B747 crash in Nairobi 40 years ago

D-ABYB, the ill-fated aircraft, seen here in 1970.

40 years ago today, a Lufthansa Boeing 747 crashed soon after takeoff from Nairobi Airport. This was the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 747, a new model back then. The crash of Lufthansa Flight LH 540 has all but faded from memory. Four years after the accident, Nairobi Airport moved into a brand new […]

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Fly540 says bleeding woman died while waiting for a doctor

A Fly540 Dash 8 at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Fly540 has said it did all it could for a woman who died at JKIA last Saturday. The airline says the Kenyan woman, identified as Mary Wanjiku Kamau, died while waiting for the airport doctor to show up. The death of the woman in circumstances similar to that of Ebola or Marburg virus sparked panic […]

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Kenya Airways bids goodbye to the Boeing 767

5Y-KQQ at Nairobi’s JKIA. Photo by Andrew Thomas.

As Kenya Airways received its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner today, the airline confirmed to us that the Boeing 767 has been entirely phased out of the fleet. Kenya Airways began acquiring Boeing 767 aircraft in 2001 as it phased out an older fleet of Airbus A310. Since then, the Boeing 767 has been part of […]

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Interesting aviation data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Total visitor arrivals through Nairobi’s JKIA and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport. The purple line with blue dots represents 2013 data. The green line with red dots shows trends for 2014.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is the principal government agency that collects, analyses and disseminates statistical data in Kenya. Hidden among the vast array of numbers is some interesting aviation data. Worth noting in recent statistics is a decline in the number of passengers arriving through Nairobi and Mombasa airports. The decline in […]

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Precision Air moves Nairobi departures to JKIA Terminal 1A

A Precision Air ATR 42 at Nairobi's JKIA.

Tanzania’s Precision Air is moving its flights in Nairobi to the new Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The airline will begin using Terminal 1A for departing flights from Monday, 8th September. Precision Air mostly flies to Tanzanian destinations. Flights that will begin departing from Terminal 1A are those going to Dar […]

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New hotel bets on JKIA growth as it targets more travellers

The 67 Airport Hotel, Nairobi.

Surrounded by middle class homes and a rolling grass plain within sight of Nairobi’s JKIA, the hotel’s environment is far removed from the busy atmosphere at the airport. It won’t be long before the views across the plains are obscured by apartments but the location of the 67 Airport Hotel puts it closer to the […]

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Jomo Kenyatta Airport has shaken off trauma of 2013 fire

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A year ago, a fire at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) destroyed the international arrivals terminal. In the weeks after the fire, passengers were served from tents because airport buildings were damaged. Today, JKIA has undergone such an amazing transformation that last year’s fire seems almost like a blessing in disguise. The fire on […]

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U.S. Transportation Security Administration visits JKIA for security audit

T.S.A. Representatives, Kenya Airports Authority management and security officers pose for a photo at yesterday's meeting in Nairobi.

The United States Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) was in Nairobi this week assessing airport security at J.K.I.A. The audit is part of Kenya government efforts to get J.K.I.A. approved for direct flights to the U.S. Yesterday, T.S.A. officials ended a week-long security audit by meeting senior management of the Kenya Airports Authority and top security […]

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