African Briefs


Air France launches Abuja flights  

Air France has continued its expansion in West Africa with the launch of a new service to Nigeria’s capital Abuja. The new direct daily service from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport builds on Air France’s existing Nigerian flights to Lagos and Port Harcourt. Like the other two destinations, Abuja will be served using Air France’s three-class Airbus A330-200 with 208 seats – 40 in business class,  21 in premium economy and 147 in economy. 

Travelport seals South African LCC content 

Travelport has signed a new full content agreement with South African low-cost carrier, Through the new global agreement, Galileo-connected travel agencies in Southern Africa will have full access to all kulula’s fares an inventory, including promotional fares. The airline has also opted for enhanced functionality, including IATA ticketing which will also become available to Travelport-connected travel agents. 

Air Nigeria to offer iPad 3 to passengers

Air Nigeria has signed a new deal with IFE Services that will see the airline offer the new iPad 3 to passengers. Available on the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A330s, passengers in business class will be offered a complimentary iPad 3 on which to watch movies and TV shows. Economy class passengers will continue to be offered main screen entertainment. Air Nigeria is the first African carrier to offer the iPad 3 to passengers as an in-flight entertainment option. 

South Africa to host IATA events 

South African Airways (SAA) will be the host airline for the 2013 IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event will be held at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre from 2-4 June 2013, gathering leaders from the global aviation industry. This will mark only the third time that events have been held in Africa following Cairo in 1946 and Nairobi in 1991. This year’s event in Beijing attracted 750 industry leaders representing IATA’s 242 member airlines. 

Coastal Aviation adds Mozambique flights  

Tanzania’s Coastal Aviation has launched a new service to Mozambique. The company now operates three weekly flights between Tanzania’s largest city Dar es Salaam and Mocimboa da Praia, the coastal town in northern Mozambique. Flight will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The company said the flights would offer fast connections with British Airways’ London-Dar es Salaam flights.
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