Airlines Suspend Dreamliner Operations

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have moved to ground their fleets following an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration pending safety testing of the onboard batteries. A series of incidents involving the aircraft (most recently an emergency landing in Japan) prompted the directive, with Japanese and US operators the first to suspend operations. … Continue reading

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Debuts In Africa With Ethiopian Airlines

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its African debut with the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines’ first jet in Addis Ababa. Registered ET-AOQ and dubbed “Africa First”, the new aircraft touched down at Bole International Airport yesterday morning from Washington DC with invited guests, media, paying passengers and company executives led by Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam.   … Continue reading

Middle Eastern Carriers Increase Presence At Copenhagen

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is set to receive more flights from Middle Eastern carriers. Qatar Airways is raising flight frequencies to a daily service using widebody aircraft from Doha, while Star Alliance-member EgyptAir has announced it will launch 3 times weekly services from Cairo.   Qatar Airways To Fly Doha – Copenhagen Daily Doha-based … Continue reading

Arik Air Expands International Routes

Nigerian airline Arik Air has announced 2 new international routes to the UK and USA. Beginning 26 November 2009, the airline will begin non-stop flights from Abuja to London (Heathrow), with services between Lagos and New York commencing from 29 November 2009.   Abuja-London Arik Air will fly a 2-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured with 20 Premier Class … Continue reading