Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


Feb 7, 2010


South African regional Airlink responded to the South Africa Competition Commission's announcement regarding an investigation into possible collusion on airfares for flights during this summer's World Cup. The Commission said South African Airways divulged e-mails with "indications that the airlines might adjust airfares." In a statement, Airlink said it "has not participated in any such discussions" and that it was referenced by the Commission because an Airlink employee received an e-mail from a Comair employee "raising the issue of coordinating pricing strategies ahead of the World Cup." The e-mail also was sent to members of the Airline Sub-Working Group, a body convened by the Dept. of Transport to work on transport logistics during the tournament. Airlink said its employee did not respond to the e-mail and the airline. Comair parent British Airways, SA Express, 1Time and SAA low-cost subsidiary Mango also were named by the Commission. Feb 4, 2010


Airlink announced a joint venture with TTA of Mozambique to operate and market a six-times-weekly Johannesburg-Maputo service beginning Feb. 14. TTA will fly the route with an 83-seat, two-class RJ85 leased from Airlink. TTA plans to launch flights from Maputo to Beira, Tete and Nampula to provide feed. Feb 4, 2010

Emirates Airlines

Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates, has added an extra daily connection between its hub in Dubai and the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, bringing the total number to 21 weekly, non-stop flights. The service has been established to meet the demand for flights from both business and leisure travelers to and from Malaysia, in addition to EmiratesO deep commitment to serving the Malaysian market. For more information, visit Feb 5, 2010

Emirates Airlines

Emirates added a third daily Dubai-Kuala Lumpur frequency and increased service to Rome Fiumicino from 12-times-weekly to 14. Feb 4, 2010

Middle East Airlines

Middle East Airlines will launch seasonal thrice-weekly Beirut-Brussels service June 22 aboard a two-class A320. Feb 5, 2010

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has expanded its operations in South-east Asia, by increasing frequencies and boosting aircraft capacity on routes in the region. It has increased the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Doha service to 11 times weekly from daily previously, and now flies daily between Doha and Bali via Singapore. Prior to this, it served Bali via Kuala...

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