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Seychelles and France sign new Air Service Agreement

NEW BASA SET TO IMPROVE AIR CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN SEYCHELLES AND FRANCE

(Posted 28th June 2017)

(Picture courtesy of Seychelles Nation)

A new bilateral air services agreement, in short BASA, was signed last week in France between the Seychelles’s head of the Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Gilbert Faure and his counterpart from the French Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Michel Lamaille.
Mr. Faure was notably accompanied to France by Mr. Alan Renaud, Air Seychelles’ General Manager for Alliances, Aero Political and Public Affairs.
Air France has for some time been codesharing on Air Seychelles flights between Paris and Mahe and both airlines are now permitted up to seven weekly frequencies for passenger flights and unlimited cargo services.
The deal is part of a wider French engagement in the Indian Ocean to improve connectivity to and within the group of islands known as ‘Vanilla Islands‘ which include the French regions of Reunion and Mayotte and the independent islands of Mauritius, Madagascar and the Comoros besides Seychelles itself.
France is presently the Seychelles’ number two source market after Germany has again taken the lead during the first half of 2017 and ties between the two countries are warm and friendly as French is one of three national languages spoken in the Seychelles besides Creole and English.

Added destination information can be sourced via www. seychelles.travel

Air Mauritius names new CEO as higher profits are confirmed

SOMAS APPAVOU NAMED AS NEW AIR MAURITIUS CEO

(Posted 28th June 2017)

Air Mauritius

For the year ended 31 March 2017 did the Air Mauritius Group and the airline itself record profits of Eur 27.6 million and Eur 26.9 million respectively as compared to profits of Eur 16.5 million and Eur 15.4 million for the previous year. The number of passengers carried went up by 6.9% to reach a record level of 1,602,632.The number of seats offered increased by 6.1% and the Passenger Load Factor increased from 78.7% to 79.6%. Operating revenue increased by 1.3% from Eur 488.3 million to Eur 494.8 million whereas the operating expenses increased slightly by 0.8% to reach Eur 447.3 million.

Consequently, the gross profit increased from Eur 44.4 million to Eur 47.5 million.

During the year, the Company pursued its growth strategy and as such the overall capacity went up by nearly 6%. Moreover, a third ATR72-500 joined the fleet in July 2016 to further consolidate the services to Rodrigues and Reunion.
Air Mauritius also embarked on a major fleet modernization initiative. The first two A350-900 will join the fleet in October 2017 and November 2017 whilst major cabin retrofitting will be carried out on the six existing aircraft during January to June 2018.
Together with Air France/KLM will flights to Amsterdam be introduced as of October 2017. The Amsterdam operation will allow the Company to target the Dutch market as well as the European markets, particularly the Nordic countries where KLM has a strong foothold. Moreover, seasonal operation to Geneva is planned between November 2017 and February 2018.

Meanwhile has the airline also confirmed the appointment of Mr. Somas Appavou as new Chief Executive Officer, effective 14th of July.
Somas Appavou began his career in the Planning Department at Air Mauritius before joining Airbus, where he held a number of positions including Head of Supply Chain in Hamburg, Regional Sales Director for Subcontinent India and Regional Sales Director for Africa. Since 2009 he held the position of Senior Sales Director Middle East and Africa based in Dubai.
There he was responsible for establishing Airbus’ presence in the markets for which he is responsible, growth of established airlines and assist in the development of new airlines in Africa. Said Somas when his appointment was announced: ‘I am very happy and honored to have been chosen to lead the national [airline] company at a decisive turning point in its history.
I would like to thank the Governing Body for their confidence. I am very aware of the expectations and hope for my appointment. The collaboration and support of all is indispensable for continuing the work already accomplished by all the teams. Bringing together all energies will be a priority so that the company can continue its development for the benefit of its clients, employees, shareholders and the country
‘.

Two inaugural flights for Tanzania this weekend

PRECISION AIR SET FOR ENTEBBE WHILE SAFARILINK ADDS ZANZIBAR

(Posted 28th June 2017)

Precision Air is, prior to their Saturday launch of services between Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro to Entebbe, now stepping up commercial activities in Kampala.
In the morning will the airline host 100 travel agents at the new Golden Tulip Hotel to provide Uganda’s key agencies with updates on not just the new four times a week flights but also the airline’s wider network options.
Precision Air, out of Dar es Salaam, serves a number of domestic destinations including the Spice Island of Zanzibar and flies from its hub in Dar es Salaam to Tabora, Musoma, Mtwara, Kigoma, Bukoba, Mwanza, Arusha and Kilimanjaro while also offering four flights a week to the heart of the Serengeti National Park, using the Seronera airfield.
Besides Entebbe, which launches on the 01st of July, does Precision Air also fly to Nairobi / Kenya.
Using a fleet of nine ATR turboprop aircraft, all acquired brand new, does the airline operate five ATR72-500, three ATR42-500 and one ATR42-600.

Serving as CEO is Ms. Sauda Rajab, well known to the Ugandan market for her stint as Kenya Airways country manager some years ago before advancing to the position of KQ’s Regional Manager Kenya, Regional Manager Europe, Americas and Asia and finally as General Manager of Kenya Airways Cargo before moving to Dar es Salaam to manager Precision Air.

With her on the senior management team are Mr. Robert Owusu as Commercial Director, Mr. Gennaro Sicurezza as Technical Director, Captain Ngambi Mamuya as Director Flight Operations and Ms. Christine Cyprian as Director Ground Handling Services, among other senior staff.
Chairman of the company is founder Mr. Michael Shirima who together with partner Kenya Airways remains the largest single shareholder of the company which is the only airline listed on the Dar es Salaam stock exchange.
A member of IATA is Precision Air since 2006 compliant with the organization’s IOSA regulations, short for IATA Operational Safety Audit.
Notably does the airline also offer a frequent flyer programme known as PAA Royal.

Also launching this weekend will be the flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Spice Island of Zanzibar, when Safarilink will launch the route using a Bombardier Dash8 aircraft. Safarilink will serve the route initially with four flights a week.
This will be Safarilink’s first regional destination beyond Kenya after serving all the key national parks with schedule services, at times twice a day. Safarilink also serves Lamu, Ukunda / Diani and Vipingo at the Kenya coast and offers scheduled flights to a number of upcountry destinations like Kitale, Nanyuki and Lodwar.
Safarilink is East Africa’s first ever carbon neutral airline company through their support programme for the Mount Kenya Trust tree planting programme but is also engaged in other conservation programmes. The airline supports the Colobus Conservation in Diani, giving a fixed amount for each passenger landed and uplifted in Ukunda while doing a similar scheme with the Lewa Conservancy which receives a percentage of the value of each ticket sold to that destination.
Repeatedly named as ‘Eco Warrier ‘ by EcoTourism Kenya has Safarilink all the green credentials one can wish for.
Through a dedicated secure access lounge can Safarilink board their passengers directly from their departure lounge, where travelers can enjoy free WiFi while waiting for their boarding announcement.

Safarilink operates a fleet of 9 Cessna Grand Caravans (up to 13 passengers) and one each Bombardier Dash 8-100 (37 passengers) and Dash 8-315 (52 passengers).
Notably does Safarilink also offer a frequent flyer programme known as ‘Safari Bonus’ giving loyal passengers a wide range of additional benefits.

The two additional services to Zanzibar and on the Entebbe Kilimanjaro Dar es Salaam route are expected to bring not only more tourists to these destinations but also facilitate business travel. This applies in particular for the flights between Uganda and Tanzania which over the past one year have signed a number of major economic agreements including for the building of an oil pipeline from Uganda’s oil fields to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga.

Happy Landings to passengers, crews and aircraft.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

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RwandAir widens credit card use for ticket and other purchases

RWANDAIR NOW ACCEPTS MORE CREDIT CARDS REFLECTING ON GROWING INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

(Posted 27th June 2017)

RwandAir today announced that it has enabled Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB credit cards for online tickets payments.
The four payment methods are adding up to the existing SmartCash, VISA and Master cards. The airline’s Internet Booking Engine (IBE) also allows payment by Mpesa, the mobile-phone based money transfer service.
This is part of RwandAir’s IBE upgrade project that started earlier this year which includes the selection of Wirecard AG, one of Europe’s leading specialist for payment processing service, as RwandAir’s online ticket payment processing provider.

RwandAir continues to introduce some of the latest industry solutions in order to meet the needs of our customers, for flexible, secure, varied and efficient online payment methods as well as better position itself in this highly competitive industry‘ said Chance Ndagano the Acting Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.
A mobile application and more mobile-based payments, are planned to be introduced with the aim to offer innovative and convenient services to the airline’s customers.
The move was no doubt prompted by the widening international network of the airline, which besides Mumbai now also serves London and is adding Brussels to their destination list in mid July. A broader range of customers with a greater variety of payment cards needed to be facilitated and that has now happened.

😍 One month to go until World Ranger Day + meet The Crash Kids 😍

Save the Rhino News Updates

June round-up, stories from the field, and superstar supporters!
What did june hold for rhinos?
In good news, a new location has been announced for establishing a much-needed back-up population for the Javan rhino, all surviving animals currently live in one fragile ecosystem on the island of Java, vulnerable to natural disaster, human encroachment, and disease. Find out more about the most mysterious rhino species here.

We’re also celebrating success in Viet Nam, where more than 30 businesses pledged zero tolerance to wildlife crime as part of their corporate social responsibility policies at a training workshop held by our partner, TRAFFIC.

Less promising events in South Africa have seen the long-awaited trial of alleged poaching kingpins Hugo Ras and Dawie Groenewald delayed yet again due to the country’s recent lift on its ban on domestic horn trade.

And, in light of a dehorned rhino recently killed by a hippo in a confrontation at a waterhole, the debate about dehorning is back on the radar. Get the lowdown on the factors that need to be considered in our thorny issue special on the subject.

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STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE
31 July 2017 is World Ranger Day. Our CEO Cathy recently went on a live-fire drill with rangers in Kenya to experience their work first-hand, and find out how they prepare in the event of making contact with armed poachers…
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In our second update from the Dog Squad, we hear about how your funds are helping Kenya’s canine units not only to protect rhinos from poachers, but they’re also solving crimes across the area, including cases of theft…
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In a further post from our CEO’s field trip to Kenya, in Laikipia, whilst helping to develop Kenya’s black rhino strategy for the coming five years, Cathy meets a young conservationist eager to help rhinos…
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Meet The Crash Kids Against Poaching

Azaria and Ashton learned about rhinos and the threat they face from poaching at school in South Africa. Now they’ve formed a fundraising and awareness group named after their favourite animal: The Crash Kids Against Poaching!

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Tourism’s future lies in emission reductions

UNWTO COMMITS TO CARBON NEUTRAL FUTURE

(Posted 27th June 2017)

Under the title ‘Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth opportunities’, industry leaders and policy makers have convened in the Kazakh capital city of Astana to discuss the contribution of the tourism sector to reducing carbon emissions. The Conference is a joint initiative of Astana EXPO 2017 and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.

The event is held in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and aims to advance the commitment of the tourism sector to the global climate change agenda.

Discussions were focused on how to implement mitigation and adaptation measures in transport, accommodation and destinations in the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

One of the fastest-growing economic sectors nowadays, tourism represents 10% of the world’s GDP, 7% of global exports and 1 in every 10 jobs. But with growth comes responsibility as we work towards building a better future for a people and planet of prosperity and peace‘ said UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai before adding: ‘Tourism is estimated to account for 5% of global atmospheric CO2 emissions. We need to move towards a truly green tourism economy where growth is decoupled from environmental or cultural degradation‘.

Tourism is a priority for Kazakhstan. Tourism is a driver of socio-economic development and we plan to increase the share of GDP from 1% to 8% by 2025‘ said Askar Mamin, First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, who requested UNWTO’s support to construct a sustainable tourism sector.

The Prime Minister defined tourism as one of the pillars for the modernization of the national economy‘ said Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.

The Chairman of the Board of EXPO 2017, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, said: ‘The Expo is a unique opportunity to introduce Kazakhstan to the world and provide an impetus for comprehensive development of tourism‘.

Curbing emissions, energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and sustainable practices were underlined as key to ensure tourism’s contribution to the Paris Agreement. The Conference concluded on the need to:

  1. Secure the commitment of all actors at national and local level (public and private sectors)
  2. Develop policies and strategies at local level (cities and destinations)
  3. Strengthen knowledge of how to change energy use patterns to generate investment opportunities
  4. Move towards a green economy where growth is decoupled from the use of natural resources and creates green jobs
  5. Fight climate change along the entire tourism value chain (transport to and within destinations, hospitality industries and activities)
  6. Improve measurement for better management at global and local level
  7. Adapt and act fast knowing there is no “one-fits-all” solution
  8. Engage all stakeholders including local communities, staff and tourists and ensure the benefits of low-carbon growth are distributed to all
  9. Build links with other sectors
  10. Develop tourism products with low-carbon impact that can create jobs, especially for women and youth

Additional information:

Programme and Presentations of the Conference

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Hotel Energy Solutions

Nearly Zero Energy Hotels

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