Ethiopian Airlines will have to put its best foot forward or be prepared to wear a set of boxing gloves if it’s going to maintain dominance of the African airspace.
At least 4 other airlines are in deliberation seeking to form an alliance that may very well steal Ethiopia’s piece of the African air space.
The pact may be entered as early as March of next year by Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Air Mauritius and RwandAir. These 4 are already formidable foes and a union will only serve to beef up their muscles.
Representatives of the alliance to be say the move is only meant to provide customers the best possible options. They want to see affordable quality service made readily available for the growing African middle class.
That be the case, it is also common knowledge that business has been tough for most African based airlines due to various factors least of which not been competition from Arab carries.
Though Tanzania is not yet in the pact, but notably, the country recently suspended Fastjet operations following irregularities by the carrier.
Africa For Africa Airlines?
Following continued flight cancellations, earlier this month, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) gave Fastjet Tanzania a 28 days notice to ‘get its act together or else…’
Tanzania has recently purchased several Dreamliners flying the Air Tanzania flag and that have now brought about unexpected competition to fastjet. However, only a couple of months down the road and it looks like competition from
In our detailed report earlier this month, The Exchange wrote: Reviews into fastjet’s fast exit of the Tanzanian market site “Recent changes in the competitive landscape in Tanzania’ and ‘the associated impact on the Tanzanian airline…have been significant.
Money troubles with fastjet Tanzania have been public for months now but even though as far back as September this year, the company had point blank mentioned chances of exiting the Tanzanian market1,
Yet as of Sunday (16.12.18) fastjet was still trying to keep a lid on things tweeting that flight delays are due to ‘technical problems’ and that the company is ‘…doing everything we can to make sure our flights are back in air soonest possible.’
‘Fastjet Tanzania would like to advise its customers that delays experienced today are due to technical problems. Safety remains our top priority and we are doing everything possible to minimize disruptions. We apologize for any inconvenience’ – @fastjet
‘Dear customers fastjet apologizes for the flight delay we are doing everything we can to make sure our flights are back in air soonest possible. Thank you Fastjet Management – @fastjet