Fastjet leads on-time performance in Africa

Fastjet's on-time performance continues to lead all other African regional airlines. In August the carrier achieved a 90% average network on-time performance; exceeding the 90% mark for its sixth month. Considered one of the most consistently punctual airlines in the world, Fastjet counts amongst...

21 Sep 2018

Ettore Bilotta redesigns Turkish Airlines' uniforms

Italian haute-couture designer Ettore Bilotta has updated Turkish Airlines' uniforms in celebration of its 85th anniversary. Bilotta crafted the uniforms in line with the traditional patterns found in artisanal Turkish glassware, as well as local ceramics and calligraphy, before combining these with...

21 Sep 2018

Emirates expands daily flights to Riyadh

Emirates introduced an additional daily flight to Riyadh. The inclusion of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving the Saudi capital to 28. The Boeing 777-300ER services the flight in a three-class configuration. Emirates has been serving the...

10 Sep 2018

Flight Centre app aims to simplify travel

The Flight Centre Travel Group has launched a new app, which will allow users to local and international flights. The app will also allow users to plan a holiday as it provides tools that will enhance travel during a trip, including a built-in navigation system and an activities exploration feature....

5 Sep 2018

Swiss wants to know if there's a doctor on board

Swiss International Air Lines has introduced Lufthansa Group's special 'Doctor on Board' programme to its passengers. The programme identifies registered doctors on the passenger list and discreetly contacts them in the event of an in-flight medical emergency. The programme is aimed at ensuring...

4 Sep 2018

FCM Kenya extends Travelport technology partnership

FCM Travel Solutions Kenya has extended its technology partnership with Travelport with the inclusion of its Universal API technology. With Travelport's API technology, FCM's new in-house agency booking system will now benefit from intelligent, fast, and accurate search of high-quality content from...

24 Aug 2018

Play Like Mum reckons British Airways is the best family-friendly airline

British toy company Play Like Mum named British Airways as the Best Family-Friendly Airline. The company had compared 20 international airlines on how easy they make the travel experience for families. Play Like Mum praised the airline for offering families pre-boarding, giving children their...

16 Aug 2018

kulula.com launches special queue-skipping offering

Local low-cost airline kulula.com has introduced kulula Q-Jump. This new service provides passengers with the ability to speed through the boarding process and gives their baggage very important bag status. Q-Jump is payable when booking online, through the contact centre, or at airport ticket...

15 Aug 2018

Air Mauritius to introduce flights to Thailand

Air Mauritius will operate two weekly flights to Thailand per week from 31 October 2018. The flights will be operated by a mix of A330-200/-900neo aircraft. The flights will comprise a direct flight to Bangkok on Saturdays and a flight via Singapore to Bangkok on Wednesdays.

14 Aug 2018

Lufthansa flies SA to New York

German airline Lufthansa offers a daily flight from Johannesburg to New York and five weekly flights from Cape Town to New York. The flights are both operated via its Frankfurt hub

6 Aug 2018

SAA to operate new direct flights to Maldives

Starlight Holidays will offer packages to the Maldives after it was appointed as the sole general service agency (GSA) for the new direct non-stop flights between South Africa and the Maldives. The Air Tour Operators, South African Airways (SAA), and the Maldives Ministry of Tourism recently signed...

2 Aug 2018

Lufthansa Group reports revenue surge in first half of 2018

Despite the implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standards' (IFRS) 15 accounting standard, German airline Lufthansa recorded a 5.2% increase in its revenue in the first half of 2018. The airline's adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin is at 6% in comparison to...

1 Aug 2018

Emirates will now fly to Toronoto five times a week

Dubai-based airline, Emirates will be adding two more flights to its Toronto weekly service, creating a total of five flights a week to the location. The extra flights will be introduced on 18 August 2018 and will operate on Saturdays and Sundays. The flights are to be operated by the Emirates...

1 Aug 2018

Travelstart, Pep launch Pay@Pep

Customers may now pay for their flights booked on Travelstart at 600 Pep Stores nationwide. The online travel agency and the retailer have partnered up to launch Pay@Pep. Customers who wish to use Pay@Pep may follow the usual steps when booking flights on Travelstart.co.za and select 'Pay@Pep'...

25 Jul 2018

Kenya Airways achieves African first through Boeing partnership

Through a partnership between Boeing and Kenya Airways, the airline looks set to become the African carrier to use Boeing's consumable and expendable services. Boeing will deliver materials, offer innovative services, and understand the needs to keep maintenance operations running at optimum...

23 Jul 2018

Skytrax reckons SAA has the Best Airline Staff

The 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards bestowed South African Airways (SAA) with the Best Airline Staff in Africa award. The award acknowledges service excellence across a range of front-line customer service touch points. The awards rate customer satisfaction across staff service efficiency,...

19 Jul 2018

Skytrax names Mango 2018's Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa

The 18th Skytrax World Airline Awards has named Mango as the Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa of 2018. Travellers across the world vote in the airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners; more than 100 customer nationalities participated in the survey with 20,36 million eligible...

19 Jul 2018

Skytrax awards Emirates for inflight entertainment, staff service

Dubai-based airline Emirates received two accolades at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline was presented with the World's Best Inflight Entertainment award for the 14th time in a row along with the service excellence award for best airline staff service in the Middle East. The...

19 Jul 2018

Fastjet adds Harare-Bulawayo route to network

Fastjet will add daily flights between Zimbabwean cities Harare and Bulawayo to its network from 20 July 2018. This flight addition makes Fastjet the first affordable airline to operate the Harare-Bulawayo route. With the addition of the Harare-Bulawayo route, Fastjet's network in Zimbabwe...

12 Jul 2018

Swiss International Air Lines sees passenger growth first half of the year

Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) has transported 8,520,186 passengers for the first six months of 2018, which is a 5.9% increase in comparison to the same period in 2017. The airline also operated 69,932 flights for 2018's first half, which is a 1.2% increase in comparison to 2017's first...

11 Jul 2018

Emirates to operate 33 additional flights for Hajj season

Emirates will operate 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from 6-31 August 2018 to adequately meet the demand for the number of pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj. The additional flights will run parallel with Emirates' regularly scheduled services to Jeddah...

6 Jul 2018

Emirates, Dubai Parks and Resorts team up for special offer

Emirates and Dubai Parks and Resorts have joined forces to offer the airline's customers a special bundle offer at the theme park destinations in the region. Emirates customers that purchase a two-day entry pass will have access to Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai, and...

4 Jul 2018

Emirates to meet demand for Dubai-Prague route

Emirates has implemented a second daily flight between Dubai and Prague to accommodate for the increasing demand for travel on the route. A Boeing 777-300ER with a capacity of 360 seats will operate the flights for the route. The new flight will accommodate three classes on board, with eight...

3 Jul 2018

Airbus' A330neo to fly to Mauritius

Airbus will fly its new A330neo aeroplane to Mauritius for the first time. The flight is part of the final phase of test flights leading to the Type Certification of its latest mid-size widebody airliner. The aircraft will arrive at 12.50am on 30 June at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International...

29 Jun 2018

Ethiopian Airlines launches new flight services to Barcelona

Ethiopian Airlines is to launch new flight services to Barcelona on 1 July 2018. The airline will deploy the B787- 800 Dreamliner for the destination. Barcelona is Ethiopian Airlines' second destination in Spain and the 13th city in its European network.

20 Jun 2018

Fastjet increases flights between Harare and Victoria Falls

Fastjet will increase its flights between Harare and Victoria Falls with two additional flights from 2 July 2018. The additional flights will see the airline now serve the route with twice-daily frequency, six days a week, with the only exception on Saturdays where the schedule remains unchanged...

19 Jun 2018

Turkish Airlines adds new East African flight to network

Turkish Airlines has added Moroni to its network and will fly to the city three times a week from Istanbul. Moroni is Turkish Airlines' 304th destination and 53rd in Africa. The flights will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

19 Jun 2018

Mango Airlines wins Generation Next award

Mango Airlines has been named the coolest low-cost airline brand by the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards. The Generation Next awards started in 2004 and is now the leading annual youth brand preference and consumer behaviour survey. It polls 12,000 youths aged between eight and 23....

18 Jun 2018

Ethiopian Airlines starts services to Chicago

Ethiopian Airlines has added Chicago to its global network list. The inaugural flight to Chicago was announced at a ceremony held at the VIP Salon of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The flight is the airline's fourth destination in the US and the seventh in the Americas.

13 Jun 2018

Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways enter reciprocal agreement

Kenya Airways and Air Mauritius have expanded on their existing codeshare by engaging in a reciprocal agreement. In addition to its codeshare on the thrice-weekly flights operated by Air Mauritius to Nairobi and vice versa, Air Mauritius will now codeshare on all Kenya Airways operated flights...

11 Jun 2018

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