News Listings for Air Tanzania

  • South African carriers banking on Africa liberalisation

    News | 27 Nov 2008 10:37 | Brendan Sobie

    South African carriers are seeking to add services to other African countries as they try to offset a contraction in the domestic market.
  • Mister fix-it: Khaya Ngqula, South African Airways

    News | 20 Dec 2006 00:00 | Brendan Sobie

    South African Airways chief executive Khaya Ngqula has made great strides towards reviving the troubled flag carrier. Can his business model solve the troubles besetting beleaguered carriers elsewhere?
  • SAA to end Air Tanzania interest

    News | 14 Feb 2006 00:00

    <P>The South African and Tanzanian governments have agreed to end South African Airways’ participation in Air Tanzania (ATCL), the carrier in which it took a minority stake and helped relaunch three years ago.</P> <P>Talks will begin soon to negotiate the terms of SAA’s exit from ATCL. SAA originally paid $20 million to take a 49% stake in ATCL following its partial privatisation in 2002. SAA subsequently relaunched the carrier in March 2003 in a bid to improve the airline’s fortunes.</P> <P>But the Tanzanian government was last month reported to have established a committee to investigate ending the link, as the carrier’s fortunes have failed to improve. SAA’s annual report for the year ending 31 March 2005 showed it incurred a R55 million ($8.9 million) loss from its Air Tanzania holding.</P> <P>The South African government confirms that public enterprises minister Alec Erwin has met his Tanzanian counterpart, Basil Mramba, to discuss the issue of SAA’s “disengagement” from ATCL.<
  • SAA sets sights on Senegal hub

    News | 14 Dec 2004 00:00

    <p>South African Airways (SAA) aims to build a West African hub as part of an aggressive growth strategy to deliver Star Alliance an enhanced route structure in Africa, writes Justin Wastnage.</p> <p>The Johannesburg-based carrier, which was admitted into the Lufthansa-led alliance earlier this year and is set to formally join in the second quarter of next year, says it has set its sights on Senegalese capital Dakar as the site for a mini-hub to mirror its interests in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where it acquired a stake in Air Tanzania. </p> <p>Nomfanelo Magwentshu, SAA vice-president, alliances and aeropolitical affairs, says: &quot;When SAA joins Star, we are going to be very aggressive to develop a true African network.&quot; The carrier will ask African Airlines Association (AfrAA) members to increase penetration into Dakar, which could also eventually be used to launch more routes to the Americas, she adds. </p> <p>Codeshare partners will be welcomed, says Magwentshu. &quot;SAA'
  • Turmoil at SAA as chief resigns

    News | 12 Jul 2004 23:00

    <p>South African Airways (SAA) has again been pitched into turmoil after president and chief executive Andre Viljoen resigned unexpectedly, two years before his contract was due to expire. </p> <p>The move comes as SAA's financial position remains weak, possibly forcing the South African government to provide further credit guarantees in addition to the R5.5 billion ($890 million) loss sustained in the year ending March 2003. The airline suffered a huge foreign currency loss during the year after fixing the rate at which it would buy dollars to help meet foreign exchange payments on 41 Airbuses ordered in 2002. The value of the rand subsequently rose 28%. </p> <p>Political fallout from the loss was said to have been behind the departure of chief financial officer Richard Forson - who had replaced Viljoen - although Forson insisted at the time that he had left for &quot;purely personal reasons&quot;. Sources indicate that the current CFO, Mike Bond, may leave to run Air Tanzania.</p>
  • Africa changes the guard

    News | 01 Jan 2004 00:00

    <p>The African airline industry is changing rapidly with governments ceasing to protect their national carriers against competition as new airlines emerge and some traditional carriers disappear.</p> <p>The transition was reflected at the annual general assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) held in Tripoli in December. Members elected Zoufir El Aounir, the head of one of the newer airlines, Air Senegal International, as their president rather than the chief of long-established Nigerian Airways.</p> <p>The Senegalese company has rapidly expanded and has reopened intra-African and intercontinental routes abandoned since Air Afrique went out of business. Air Senegal International is partly owned by Royal Air Maroc. Other major airlines are likewise involved with the new carriers. Kenya Airways is helping Tanzania's Precision Air Services. Staff at Libya's new airline Afriqiyah (All African Airways) came from Libyan Arab Airlines. Tunisair is providing assistance to Mali T