Archive for February 10th, 2017

Aviation Africa ante portas


(Posted 10th February 2017)

The Aviation Africa 2017 conference, organized by Times Aerospace Ltd, and hosted by the Rwandan government will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 22nd to 23rd of February at Kigali Convention Center and Radisson Blu. RwandAir and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority have sponsored the conference in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwanda Development Board and Akagera Aviation.

This is the second time this two-day conference is being held. The first one was held in May 2015 in Dubai with over 400 delegates participating in the event. This conference and exhibition focuses on different aspects of the aviation industry and discussions will focus on the potential that the aviation sector in Africa holds and also some of the internal and external challenges it faces. There will be many exhibitors from various sectors aircraft manufacturers, MROs, Ground Handling, Training Centers, Consultants, Flight Support and many more.

Aviation players in Africa, including that of Rwanda, will be participating in this important conference. ‘Aviation being one of the major sectors Rwanda is focusing on for economic growth, this conference will be a strategic platform to showcase how RwandAir has grown in the past few years and where it is headed‘ stated John, Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.

Rwanda was chosen to host this conference because of its welcoming visa policy, its strategic geographic location, its high level of security and its large investment in the tourism, hospitality, and aviation sectors.

About RwandAir

From Kigali as its hub at the heart of Africa, RwandAir well reputed for excellent on time performance, is one of the safest airlines and operates one of the youngest fleet on the African continent. With eleven aircraft, the young airline reaches out to nineteen cities in Western, Eastern, Southern Africa and the Middle East. In 2016 RwandAir started operations to Cotonou and Abidjan and received its first two wide-body brand new Airbus A330s, East Africa’s first triple configuration and its third Boeing 737-800NG. All these new aircraft are equipped with inflight connectivity. The airline has also renewed its IOSA certification and has been ISAGO and EASA certified. In 2017 it plans to acquire its fourth Boeing 737-800NG and also to expand its wings Europe, India and the U.S.A. RwandAir is an IATA member airline.

Kenya Airways and Amadeus renew ties


(Posted 10th February 2017)

Kenya Airways seeks to boost business and leisure travel by making full range of content available via Amadeus

Travellers and travel agents around the world will continue to enjoy freedom of choice as Kenya Airways makes its full range of fares, availability and schedules accessible through the Amadeus distribution channel

Kenya Airways and Amadeus have renewed a long-term Content Agreement that sees “The Pride of Africa” facilitate consumer choice by making its full range of travel offers accessible to Amadeus’ global travel agency community.

Vincent Coste, the Commercial Director of Kenya Airways commented ‘Our long-standing partnership with Amadeus and its global travel agency community is instrumental to ensuring travellers have the freedom to access and shop from our complete offering, wherever they may be and through whichever channel they prefer. This year, KQ has turned 40 and has great offerings for its guests. This renewed distribution agreement facilitates our ability to work efficiently with our travel agency partners, while enjoying the brand exposure and growth opportunities the Amadeus distribution channel brings us‘.

Maher Koubaa, Vice-President, Airline Commercial Middle East & Africa at Amadeus then responded saying: ‘Whether for business or to enjoy the rich and vast cultural offering Kenya has to offer, we are pleased to help keep the door to one of Africa’s most exciting countries wide open. The renewed agreement with Kenya Airways is great news for travellers and travel agents as it ensures they can easily access the comprehensive content they need to enjoy transparency, comparison and choice’.

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Sheraton Kampala turns 50


(Posted 10th February 2017)

The Sheraton Kampala Hotel, one of the oldest five star Hotels in Uganda has been operating in in Uganda for the past 30 years. However the Hotel was officially opened on October 08th in 1967 and has gone through various management companies including the current operating company “Constellation Hotels & Resorts” which uses the Sheraton franchise to manage it.

It was built as Apollo Hotel, named after the then Prime Minister Apollo Milton Obote. When Obote was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, the hotel was renamed the Kampala International Hotel and following the overthrow of Amin by Tanzanian forces and the Uganda National Liberation Army in 1979, the hotel reverted to the original name Apollo Hotel.

Speaking at a media breakfast held at the Hotel “Seven Hills” Rooftop, to launch the 50 years’ celebrations, the Hotel’s General Manager Jean-Phillippe Bittencourt said that ‘Sheraton Kampala Hotel is undoubtedly one of Uganda’s proudest hospitality resource and today it still stands tall on the slopes of Nakasero Hill proudly marching towards its Golden Jubilee and still recognized as the most respected Hotel in Uganda due to its services and heritage. ‘Fifty years is a major milestone for an institution, as it is for an individual. Our celebration is not only a festivity, but also a sincere occasion to pause and look back at this fifty-year journey and a moment to look towards the future of this hotel.The National Resistance Movement, which ascended into power in 1986, liberalized the economy and Middle Eastern investors won the rights to lease the hotel from the government of Uganda and manage it for the next 25 years, starting in 1999. The investors won a franchise from Sheraton Hotels and Resorts to use the Sheraton name. The hotel then underwent extensive renovations and thus the magnificent building that stands before us which is now part of the Marriott Group of Hotels after the acquisition of Starwood. Guests who have been with Sheraton for a long time have told us, they love the Hotel and it has been part of their lives and this is because there is no place like the Sheraton Kampala. With so many new Hotels coming on the market, it is important that as industry leaders, we pioneer innovations through our products and services that will keep us ahead of the market‘ Jean-Phillipe concluded.

To celebrate this milestone, Sheraton Kampala Hotel has lined up different activities to engage with the public. These activities are to not only participation of the customers but also give a chance to clients to share their memories of Sheraton Kampala and the General Manager of Sheraton Kampala Hotel confirmed that the best participants will win various prizes as he encouraged everyone to participate in the campaign of the 50th anniversary year.

It was also learned that since it is a year of celebrations, a couple of events have been lined up to mark this milestone in the hotel’s history and these include: Art exhibitions, Food & Cultural festivals, the Vintage Car Show as well as special days of the calendar like Orthodox Christmas which was recently celebrated, Valentine’s day that is coming up next week, Easter Sunday, Eid Al Fitr, Mothers’, Women’s and Fathers’ days, the Cuban Night and the Oktoberfest among others.

The climax of the celebrations will be held in October, when H.E The President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to be the chief guest at the half century gala night.

Safety conscious Precision Air renews IATA certifications


(Posted 10th February 2017)

Tanzania’s only publicly traded airline at the Dar es Salaam stock exchange, Precision Air Services, has successfully renewed its IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Precision Air has so far been able to renew its IOSA certification for 6 years consecutively.

Precision Air has received their renewal certificate after undergoing an extensive safety audit which is usually conducted every two years for all IATA members, now a mandatory part of remaining an IATA member.The IOSA program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline and it is mandatory for International Air Transport Association membership.

The current certificate will be valid till 22nd September 2018 when the company will undergo another safety audit.

Commenting on the success, Precision Air’s Managing Director and CEO Ms. Sauda Rajab said that ‘Precision Air Air is committed to provide safe and reliable services to its customers, while the safety of the passengers and equipment remain the number one priority. Successful renewal of the IOSA certificate is a milestone for Precision Air and the aviation industry at large in Tanzania. It is proof of the excellent level of aviation services in Tanzania provided by a domestic company‘,

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing about 240 airlines which transport about 84% of total air traffic. IATA is also providing support in various areas of aviation and help to formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

Precision Air is a locally owned Airline operating daily flights to nine domestic and regional destinations. Operating from its main hub in Dar es Salaam Precision Air flies to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Kigoma, Tabora, Musoma, Mwanza, Bukoba. Zanzibar and regionally, to Nairobi.

Lillian Gaitho’s weekend thought focus, what else, on Valentine’s Day

As a sworn Valentine’s enemy I better not start shooting my mouth off here …

Valentine Gift Ideas for the Plugged-in Lover

The month of February is a close replicate of the just ended festive season; a month to celebrate love, giving and a second chance to extend special treats to our special someones. If you happen to be the tech savvy type, or your loved one happens to be the ultimately plugged in geek, then, here is a list of Valentine treats suggested by like-minded adventurers from Jumia Travel that will definitely tickle their fancy.

Smart Suitcase for the super sleek

A suitcase is almost a core part of any journey, soup it up with USB charging ports, trackable devices, inbuilt scale while maintaining super-lightweight and durable shell – and you have a winner! This urbane travel piece comes in different colors, but never failing on the original purpose; travel light, keep safe and stay connected.

Drones, for the airborne lover

Sometime, a camera is not enough to capture vast memories of beautiful rolling dunes of Sossusvlei Namibia, neither is it enough to record the changing landscape of the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. In such instances, a drone will come in handy. Find one with a flight range that fits your bill and expectations and ascertain that it’s obstacle avoidance is good enough to overcome any occurring barriers.


This is a winner, mostly because it’s so easy to find yourself lost in the wilderness with only the sun as your primary source of energy. It’s size allows it to fit superbly as part of your keychain, while maintaining its role with no hindrance.

Portable Projector for progressive entertainment!

Just like the drone, go for one sizable enough to fit in your designated carriage. This way, the projector will fit nicely in your carry-on, and easily enable you to share your travel photos effortlessly. In this age of in-room entertainment, the portable charger comes in handy for video watching on live stream and connects easily with to your smartphones and other paired gadgets.

Portable Humidifier for the dry spell

Hotel rooms can be pretty dry, add such conditions as irritability or sinuses and your stay becomes nightmarish. This could also happen at home, or even in a tented camp. An ideal portable humidifier comes with its own compact bag, and is easy to refill from a water bottle. Just attach a note to the receiver on the need to use distilled water, to avoid minerals collecting at the base.

Fitness tracker for wellness

Exercise enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in keeping track of their physical activities know how lax we all get during vacations. Find one that with a splash-proof, secure and durable case to allow you peace of mind when you go about your regime.

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