Archive for April 10th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


South African Airways Vacations® introduces Family, Culture and Safari package for summer travel
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Africa’s first Radisson RED hotel to open in V&A Waterfront Silo District Creamer’s Media Engineering News
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East Africa: EAC Passport for Release Next Year AllAfrica
Issuance of international passports for East African Community (EAC) has been re-scheduled to early next year, the same time the African Union also intends to release its travel …. Read more>>

Air Europa and Ethiopian Airlines sign open codeshare deal


(Posted 10th April 2017)


Effective by midnight tonight, 11th of April 2017, will an open codeshare agreement between Air Europa and Ethiopian Airlines go into effect.
The new partnership is a free sale codeshare agreement, thereby allowing the partner airlines access to each other’s network by creating smooth connection at their respective hubs.

Mr. Busera Awel, Chief Commercial Officer Ethiopian Airlines, said when the announcement was made: ‘We are pleased to optimize our collaboration with Air Europa through this instrumental code share agreement. As a customer focused airline, we always strive to meet our customer’s ever growing demand, availing critical connectivity options. This strategic collaboration will enable our esteemed customer’s reach multiple destinations in Europe through one point check-in at point of origin. Reciprocally, Ethiopian vast African network is an added advantage to customers of Air Europa; connecting 53 major cities in Africa with minimum layover at our Addis hub‘.

Imanol Pérez, Commercial Deputy Director of Air Europa, also expressed his satisfaction for the agreement reached with Ethiopian Airlines as it allows Air Europa to have presence in the African continent and offer its passengers a wider choice of travel destinations.

In addition, Air Europa also provides Ethiopian Airline´s passengers with excellent connectivity with other European, Spanish and American destinations where Air Europa flies to from its Madrid hub.

Ethiopian currently serves more than 90 global destinations across five continents with over 240 daily departures; operating the youngest and most modern fleet with an average fleet age of less than five years.

Air Europa has operates to 51 destinations all round the world, of which 21 are domestic, 11 are European plus to the city of Tel Aviv, 18 long haul destinations in North America, South America and the Middle East. Air Europa will launch flights to Honduras this month and in June to Boston.

Fastjet adds fourth Harare to Victoria Falls flight


(Posted 10th April 2017)

Fastjet Zimbabwe over the weekend launched their fourth weekly flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, according to the airline due to growing demand for seats on the route.
The airline, which previously operated three weekly flights on the route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, has added a Friday flight from 07th of April to provide passengers with a convenient weekend get away service.

Tickets for the additional flights are on sale, with fares starting from R570 one-way, inclusive of all relevant taxes. Fastjet advises passengers to book at least 21 days in advance of their intended departure date to take advantage of its lowest priced fares.

Our low-cost business model allows us to keep fares low for everyone, and rewarding passengers who book early with even lower fares, is just another way that fastjet is working to make flying even more affordable‘ said Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Fastjet on the occasion.
The Fastjet flights on this route depart Harare International Airport at 16.15 hrs landing at Victoria Falls International Airport at 17.25 hrs. The return flight takes off from Victoria Falls at 17h50, landing back in Harare at 18h55 each sector taking just over an hour.

The expanded schedule will result in providing passengers with more convenient travel options between the two cities – especially a weekend getaway option – at affordable fares. Fastjet also offers double daily flights each day of the week between Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Harare International Airport from R1,331.

Fastjet Zimbabwe recently celebrated flying more than 125,000 passengers on 1,678 flights, with an impressive 94% on-time performance, establishing the airline as a punctual, reliable, and affordable low-cost carrier.

Four Points by Sheraton now open as Best Western Premier brand dumped by owners


(Posted 10th of April 2017)

The rebranding of the former Best Western Premier into a Four Points by Sheraton in Nairobi’s Hurlingham suburb is now complete and the hotel opened its doors today with, as before 96 rooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, pool and gym.
Given this correspondent’s visit to Nairobi over the past few days could a life report been filed from on site but instead this has to take place from my own lakeshores outside Kampala as I flew back from Nairobi to Uganda last night.
Mr. Vivek Mathur, who also managed the hotel under the former Best Western Brand, reportedly said on opening this morning: ‘By introducing a Four Points property, we expect to attract travelers familiar with this popular global brand and everything it has to offer. We are confident that the hotel will emerge as a preferred choice for travelers looking for stylish accommodation and a relaxing atmosphere whether they are on business or on leisure‘.

According to information sourced from elsewhere is it understood that a second Four Points by Sheraton will open in due course along the airport highway in Nairobi and also, as reported here before, additional properties in Dar es Salaam and Arusha will come on line later this year. Brand conversions will take place after the two hotels in Tanzania have undergone substantive refurbishments and modernization while the Nairobi hotel is a brand new development.

Brand owners Marriott, which merged with Starwood Hotels last year – Four Points by Sheraton is a Starwood brand – is also in the early stages of constructing a JW Marriott in Nairobi which is due to open around 2020.

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Kenya Airways supports the Technical University of Kenya’s aviation programme


(Posted 10th April 2017)

Aerospace and Aviation Engineering programme students at Technical University of Kenya (TUK) can now afford hands-on training on a high-tech CF6-80A2 aircraft engine that powers Airbus A310 and Boeing 767 courtesy of national airline Kenya Airways, which as often before has put their money where they mouth is, given the statements of support towards building local capacity and identifying local talent.

The CF6-80A2 engine manufactured by General Electric ( along with aviation maintenance training books, training aids, reading materials, used aircraft parts and aircraft manuals were donated today by Kenya Airways (, GE and Boeing as a joint initiative to enable capacity building in aviation training schools in the region.

Speaking during the handover ceremony held at the Technical University of Kenya, Kenya Airways, Strategy and Performance Management Director Thomas Omondi said, ‘Our donation today further strengthens our commitment to ensure a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge, skills and more experience to aviation technicians and engineers even as they prepare for job market either with us or elsewhere. We are extremely happy to support the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers‘.

On his part, Regional Sales Director for GE Aviation in Africa Dr. Rajiv Bissessur said, ‘As Africa’s aviation industry continues to grow, the need for skilled aviation professionals in the region is also on the rise, and GE Aviation is proud to play a role in the skill development efforts underway at the Technical University of Kenya. The donated CF6 engine will enable aeronautical engineering students to experience hands-on learning with one of the most popular wide body aircraft engine in service today and increase the pool of talented aviation experts that will be needed to service the needs of the airlines in Africa and around the world‘ Rajiv then added.

Receiving the training equipment’s, Vice Chancellor Technical University of Kenya Prof. F.W.O Aduol hailed the partnership and said, ‘This donation will provide the much needed practical and research orientation to our technician and engineering students and thus increase their competitiveness. This will make us the University of Choice for aspiring aviation professionals in the region‘.

TU-K is one of the three universities in sub-Saharan Africa that offers Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering.

Carlson Rezidor’s Park Inn Nairobi counting down to opening day


(Posted 10th April 2017)

(Seen here from right to left are Mercy Njiru, Marketing and Communications Manager,
Ruth Mwalwa, Sales Manager and Eric Muiruri, F&B Manager of the new Park Inn Nairobi)

A flying visit to Nairobi over the past few days allowed for a closer look at one of Nairobi’s latest additions to the hospitality industry, the new Park Inn Nairobi Westlands by Carlson Rezidor.
Ready to open its doors to guests in the space of the next couple of days are only final touches being put on the new property’s public areas like the rooftop bar, the lobby and the ground floor restaurant with the outdoor terrace but the meeting rooms, all five of them, and most important the 140 rooms, are ready.

(Bedroom and bathroom impressions of the new Park Inn Nairobi Westlands)

The hotel has a total of 140 rooms, 130 of them well sized and equipped standard rooms while 10 Executive Rooms offer an even larger space for those who need to spread out and work in a more generously appointed room.
The bathrooms are well designed and for a hotel in this category best described as large. And, reminiscent of the mood lighting on modern aircraft like the Boeing B787 can the room lights around the bed also be changed by the touch of a finger on the bedside panel, something which may hopefully inspire what guests need inspiring for.

(The added workspace in the Executive Rooms are no doubt welcome and the settee can fold out into another bed)

High speed WiFi connects throughout the building, rooms, meeting rooms, lobby, restaurant and terrace, even the gym if someone needs to check messages while on the treadmill and right to the rooftop swimmingpool with a view over the Westlands area of Nairobi.

(Westlands as seen from the Park Inn’s rooftop where not just the pool but also a bar and out/indoor restaurant awaits guests)

The fresh, imaginative colour scheme is novel for Nairobi, with bright variations and the rooms alternating from floor to floor between green and purple.
The same bright colours also impress on the ground floor where a small lobby lounge allows for some informal meetings while the adjoining bar, the indoor and outdoor terrace restaurant – in part under a translucent roof – gives guests that contemporary feeling, further underscored by the unconventional uniforms for the staff, again set alight by colours rather than the ‘regular‘ dull grey or black suits.

(Outdoor or indoor, the theme is contemporary casual to have guests relax in an informal atmosphere with no ‘jacket and tie’ dining room rules)

The menu presents itself with a range of starters, main courses, desserts but also snacks, available throughout the day and if the soup I was served is anything to go by I certainly look forward to a full meal when in due course returning to the Park Inn after it has formally opened its doors.

As mentioned are there five meeting rooms of different sizes with state of the art equipment for remote light dimming and audio visual connections via laptop to project presentations on the wall mounted screen.

(Visible here and available throughout the building are braille codes for vision impaired guests)

(As a special gesture is the Park Inn serving flavoured water to guests in the conference rooms but it is also available in the two restaurants)

Underground parking is ample and a available for guests who come to the hotel for workshops or conferences or those inhouse who prefer to hire their own four wheels instead of opting for the city’s Little Ride, UBER or regular cab services.

Caught up in pre-opening sales activities and with all hands needed on deck for the final few days to get everything in ship shape I was doubly impressed by the Park Inn staff to take their time and show me around the hotel.
I only wish the already soft opened Pullman Nairobi by Accor could take a leaf from such a welcoming attitude, which will no doubt put the Park Inn into the good books of local and international clientele.

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