Connect to share and comment

Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva to seek Swiss asylum; passengers scared but safe

GENEVA - It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize something was terribly wrong. The co-pilot had locked his captain from the cockpit, commandeered the plane, and headed for Geneva, where he used a rope to lower himself out of a window, then asked for political asylum. Authorities say a prison cell is more likely.

Body found on South African Airways plane

South African Airways said Monday it has launched an investigation after a dead body was found in the undercarriage of one of its planes when it landed in Washington. The body was discovered in the wheel well of an Airbus A340-300 after it landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC last week after flying from Johannesburg via Dakar. The airline said the identity of the body has not yet been established. clr/sn/txw

Zimbabwe airline bosses arrested for fraud

Three executives of the cash-strapped Zimbabwe national airline have been arrested on fraud charges amounting to more than $8 million, police said on Friday. Suspended Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga and former chief executive officer Peter Chikumba were arrested on Thursday while company secretary Grace Pfumbidzai was nabbed on Wednesday. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba could not give details about the charges only confirming that "they were arrested on fraud charges". They are all in custody pending an investigation.

Black box found as Algeria seeks cause of deadly plane crash

Algerian search teams recovered one of the black box flight recorders of a military plane on Wednesday in their quest for clues to why it crashed killing all but one of 78 people on board. Algerians began three days of mourning for the dead from the crash of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft in the mountainous Oum El Bouaghi region of the northeast on Tuesday -- the country's worst air disaster in a decade. Officials said one seriously injured survivor was found in the wreckage.

100 Dead in worst-ever Algerian military air crash

Algiers, Feb 11 (EFE).- Around 100 people died Tuesday when a military transport aircraft crashed in Algeria's worst military aviation accident since the country became independent in 1962. About midday, a Hercules C-130 troop transport crashed in a remote mountainous zone 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Constantine, eastern Algeria's largest city.

South African Airways turns again to state for survival

Hapless and helpless, South Africa's struggling national carrier awaits news on a state cash injection vital to stay in the skies, but which shows up its inability to make money. Eighty years after its creation, loss-making South African Airways (SAA) battles with an ageing fleet and a weak national currency. "It's not a secret that our balance sheet is very weak," chief financial officer Wolf Meyer admitted. "There are currently discussions with the national Treasury, we hope that we get good news soon on the capitalisation," he said.

South African Airways turns again to state for survival

Hapless and helpless, South Africa's struggling national carrier awaits news on a state cash injection vital to stay in the skies, but which shows up its inability to make money. Eighty years after its creation, loss-making South African Airways (SAA) battles with an ageing fleet and a weak national currency. "It's not a secret that our balance sheet is very weak," chief financial officer Wolf Meyer admitted. "There are currently discussions with the national Treasury, we hope that we get good news soon on the capitalisation," he said.

South African Airways still seeking West Africa hub

South African Airways, the continent's largest carrier, is still looking to establish a hub in West Africa, its chief financial officer told AFP Thursday. Amid speculation that SAA may bid for a large stake in Senegal Airlines, Wolf Meyer said the state-backed company was looking at multiple options. "We are looking at a West Africa hub, that is currently being investigated, but there are no definite plans to acquire any share in any airlines at this point of time," he said.

South African Airways reports another loss but raises revenue

South Africa's national carrier reported a loss of 1.2 billion rand ($107 million) before tax in results for 2012 and 2013, published months late on Wednesday. "The airline reported total revenue of 27.1 billion rand ($2.4 billion) in the year under review against the previous financial year's 23.9 billion rand ($2.12 billion)," the firm said in a statement.

Air Algerie signs deals to buy Airbus, Boeing jets

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's national carrier Air Algerie signed deals on Monday to buy three 250-seat Airbus passenger jets <AIR.PA> and eight 150-seat jets from Boeing <BA.N>, company officials said. The government-owned airline announced its intention last year to buy 14 passenger aircraft ranging from 70 to 250 seats and two 13-20 tonne-capacity cargo jets, in order to renew its fleet and fend off growing competition.
Syndicate content