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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:35

Operations and Maintenance Safety Seminar








Boeing, AFRAA, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Kenya Airways are pleased to announce that they will jointly hold a seminar on Operations and Maintenance Safety from 19 – 20 August 2014 at the Kenya Airways Pride Center in Nairobi - Kenya. Among others areas, the seminar will focus on runway safety, hazard identification and levels of safety risks. 

Who should attend? Airline and Civil Aviation Authority personnel from Maintenance, Operations Quality Assurance & Safety Departments. 

Registration: Kindly reserve your seat by sending an email to Elin Bukhala This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Cc Jack Maina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Allocation of slots is on a first-come-first-served basis.


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Aviation Suppliers & Stakeholders Convention 2014 – Some Delegates and distinguished guests take a photo with the Guest of Honor after the opening ceremony of the event


The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) held a successful 3rd Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders Convention in Nairobi from 4-6 May at the Safari Park Hotel. The conference, which was convened under the theme: “Partnering for Aviation Business”, was attended by over 280 delegates from 41 countries and deliberated on supply chain management issues in Africa and how to improve service delivery.

Through convening of the Conference, AFRAA seeks to facilitate the exploitation of the growth opportunities by forging win-win business relationships and to create a platform for users and suppliers of aviation products, solutions and services to convene and discuss industry trends, network and forge beneficial partnerships with the view to ultimately improve the aviation support base in the continent. The Suppliers Convention provided an outstanding brand visibility and business opportunity for industry partners and suppliers of equipment, components, solutions and services. The conference was structured to allow for networking, exhibitions, one-to-one discussions and masterclasses facilitated by industry experts.

Speeches and Presentations

Please click on the links below to download the speeches/presentations:

Welcome address by Dr. Elijah Chingosho, AFRAA Secretary General

• Welcome remarks by Mr. Prosper Zo’o Minto’o, Deputy Regional Director - ICAO

Welcome remarks by Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, IATA Vice President  – Africa 

Official opening of the conference by Colonel (Rtd) Eng Hilary Kioko, Director General - Kenya Civil Aviation Authority representing Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Eng. Michael Kamau

From growth to profitability – How do we get there? by Mr. Bruno Carrilho, Associate Principal, Luanda, Angola - McKinsey&Co (available to delegates upon request, please contact the undersigned)

Are new entrants into the airline a threat to legacy carriers? by Mr. Cornwell Muleya, Chief Executive Officer - Air Uganda

How can airlines, airports, tourism organisations, CAAs and governments work together to ensure an attractive and competitive aviation industry? Presentation made during panel 1 by Dr. Leandro, DE SA, CEO - Lean Development Structure

Beyond the right aircraft, what do airlines need to do to succeed?  by Mr. Phil Mwakitawa, Executive and Managing Director – APG East Africa 

Fast travel trends and the impact of ICT applications by Mr. Sam Munda, Sales Director, Sub-Sahara Africa - SITA

Leveraging on the use of emerging technologies to create new business opportunities. Presentation during panel 4 by by Mr. Steve Duley, Principal: Airline Sales EMEA – Sabre Airline Solutions 



As part of the Convention, there were master classes where cutting edge ideas, industry best practices, new opportunities and practical solutions were presented and discussed. The master classes took place concurrently on Monday 05 May from 15:30 – 17:00 hrs. Key air transport topics were presented by consultants and solution experts in a lively and engaging manner and ample time will be provided for debates, case studies and group discussions. The following master classes were conducted:

1.  Best Practices in Network and Fleet Planning by Airbus

Facilitator: Olivier Cartault, Fleet & Network Planning Manager - Airbus S.A.S.

2. Can Flight Safety in Africa Rival That of Developed Nations? by Dr. Demuren and FLYHT

Facilitators: Dr. H. Demuren and Derek Taylor, Sales Director – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd and Mr. David Connolly, Sales Director for Europe and Manager, Services and Support for Europe, Middle East and Africa – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

NB: For the complete presentation, please contact the undersigned. 

3. The latest industry trends and challenges surrounding airline commercial planning and operations by Sabre Airlines Solutions

Facilitator: Ms. Annika Akerman, Solution Partner – Sabre Airlines Solutions

Presentation requests: To receive copies of the presentations which are not available as indicated above, please send your request to: Mr. Blaise Muyanda via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Event Photos: To access the shared event photos, please follow the link: or visit the AFRAA Facebook page: 


2014 Awards 

At the 3rd Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders convention, AFRAA awarded four aviation industry service providers for exceptional and exemplary service delivery to the aviation industry. The 2014 award winners included: 

• Aviation ICT Service Provider of the Year Award - SITA

• Airline Training Service Provider of the Year Award – Ethiopian Aviation Academy

• Distinguished Service Award – AFRAA Fuel Committee

• Service Provider of the Year Award - Engen

The Aviation Suppliers & Stakeholders Awards are dedicated to recognizing professional supply chain delivery and management in the industry in Africa and recognize the excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in best service providers to the African aviation industry. 



The 3rd Aviation Convention was proudly sponsored by the following industry players. AFRAA is grateful for their support that led to a successful event.

  • Atlantic FuelEx
  • ATNS
  • Ilyushin Finance
  • Kenya Airports Authority
  • Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
  • McKinsey & Co.
  • MTU Maintenance
  • NAS Servair
  • Sabre Airline Solutions
  • SOGETI High Tech
  • TCR 
  • NAHCOAviance.


Exhibition of aviation products and services

30 suppliers and/or service providers benefited from the outstanding visibility, networking and direct sales opportunities by displaying their products and interacting with delegates at the conference. The exhibitors included: ACS, APG, AVIANET Network Management, Avmax Spares East Africa Limited, AXE s.r.l., Atlantic FuelEx, ATNS, CANSO, Chatsford Inflight Products, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Flightline Training Services, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, Hadid International, Sight and Sound Computers Ltd, I & M Bank, Kenya Airways, MTU Maintenance, NAHCOAviance, Rockwell Collins, Sabre Airline Solutions, Servair, Sogeti High Tech, African Aerospace, Spectrum Aviation Personnel, Tunisair Technics, TCR International, UAS International Trip Support and Wirecard.


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Friday, 23 November 2012 17:10


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The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) held its 44th Annual General Assembly from 18 – 20 November 2012 at the Sandton Convention Center in the South African commercial hub, Johannesburg. The Assembly was convened at the kind invitation of South African Airways.

Convened under the theme: Business Together in the Era of Growing Opportunities, this annual African air transport summit and conference brought together the largest gathering of airlines Chief Executives Officers (CEOs) and other top aviation executives and decision makers across Africa, Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. As in previous events.

Every year, the AFRAA Assembly brings over 300 high profile aviation players and stakeholders under one roof, to review the state of the industry, assess the performance of African airlines and make decisions to further consolidate the growth of air transport across Africa and beyond. This is arguably the most prestigious aviation event in Africa. 

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IATA and ICAO in partnership with AFRAA, ASECNA, AASA, AFCAC, ACI Africa, CANSO, IFALPA, Boeing and Airbus convened AFI 2012 Aviation Safety Summit from 14 to 16 May 2012 to develop an AFI Strategic Improvement Action Plan to be implemented from 2012 to 2015, in order to strengthen regulatory oversight and enhance safety performance of the Region.

 AFI safety summit
                                                           Executives present at the AFI Safety Summit.

The Safety Summit agreed the following AFI Strategic Improvement Action Plan, the report which will be submitted for endorsement to the African Union Ministerial Meeting on Aviation Safety planned in 2012. The Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG), whose Chairman endorsed this Action Plan, will use its mechanism to ensure the implementation of the Action Plan.

In order to significantly improve safety in Africa by end of 2015, the Summit focused on five (5) achievable tasks. These tasks are a result of an analysis of accidents in Africa carried out by IATA and ICAO for the 2006-2010 period.

In the analysis, it was observed that the main influencing factors of accidents are lack of effective Regulatory Oversight, lack of implementation of Flight Data Analysis (FDA) and Safety Management Systems (SMS). Implementation of these processes/tools could have identified precursors to the two major accident types, namely Runway Excursions (RE) and Loss of Control (LOC).

The following five (5) recommendations will not exclude other aviation safety related programs under way and/or being conducted by any aviation organization:

1) Adoption and implementation of an effective and transparent regulatory oversight system

The analysis of the accidents identified weak regulatory oversight as the most significant contributing factor to accidents involving African air carriers. This situation set up latent safety risks in operational environment.

The root cause of weak regulatory oversight is lack of, or weak primary legislation and inadequate financial and human resources available to the regulators.

The solution lies in pooling together the existing scarce resources at the regional level. In Central America, ACSA is considered as one of the most advanced and successful Regional Safety Oversight Organization (RSOO), particularly in terms of its financial sustainability.
Effective regulatory oversight will not only remove unsafe latent conditions in the operational environment in the Region but increase credibility leading to the removal of international restrictions imposed on African airlines.

The Action Plan therefore includes:
Short term:
States in the AFI region continue their efforts to enhance primary Aviation Laws, Regulations and Procedures.
Enforce strict compliance with ICAO SARPs and related guidance material.
Mandate the implementation of IOSA to all airlines in AFI Region.
ICAO to facilitate implementation of bilateral or multilateral agreements where appropriate Article 83 bis of the Chicago Convention (1944) by AFI States needing assistance for safety oversight.
RSOOs be strengthened to become fully operational in providing Regulatory Safety Oversight on behalf of their member States.
RSOOs and States make use of the AFI Cooperative Inspectorate Scheme (AFI-CIS) in order to optimize the use of resources.

Long term

Other AFI COSCAPs be strengthened and transformed into RSOOs in order to support member States and;
Recommend industry audit programs such as ISAGO, to ensure the implementation of industry best practices.

2) Implementation of runway safety measures

Runway excursions, which mainly occur during the landing phase represent approximately 25% of the accidents in Africa.

A common single factor in landing excursions is an unstable approach and an associated human factor (failure to go-around, CRM). Weather and in particular, rain and tail winds are the other main contributors to runway excursion.

IATA and ICAO in conjunction with other industry partners have developed Runway Excursion Risk Reduction (RERR) toolkit. The implementation of this toolkit will improve safety in Africa.

The Action Plan therefore includes:
Short term:
State Regulators to undertake to comply with ICAO SARPs, runway safety program and other guidance material pertaining to runway safety.
Increase level of awareness on runway excursions incidents and accidents, by providing training on RERR Toolkit to all technical staff:
       - RERR toolkit practices and recommendations to be included as requirements during crew and Approach/Tower Air Traffic Controllers initial and refresher training, as well for all Aerodrome Operational Managers and aerodrome landing surfaces maintenance staff.
Conduct workshops for stakeholders (Regulators, airline operators, ANSPs and Aerodrome officials) on the runway safety toolkit and runway excursion prevention system.
PBN approaches to be developed in the Terminal Management Areas (TMAs) in line with AFI Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Regional Roadmap, and Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) to be consistently implemented.

Long term

ANSPs to continue developing PBN procedures at airports.
Airlines to continue CDOs as part of PBN procedures in TMAs.

3) Training on preventing Loss of Control (LOC)

Loss of control has been the most significant fatality risk in aircraft accidents for many years in AFI region as well as worldwide.

Almost 30 % of fatalities involving 111 Africa hull loss/fatal accidents were due to loss of control. This situation calls for rigorous actions from manufacturers, regulators and operators to mitigate the risk associated with Loss of Control.

Procedures, training and development of practical and cost effective technology is required to mitigate LOC risks.

Regional Aviation Safety Group AFI (RASG-AFI) has been established for AFI Region last March, 2012 in Kampala,

The Action Plan therefore includes:
Short term:
RASG AFI establishes a LOC Team that would review all the relevant initiatives, and develop for each one a Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP).
RASG implements the LOC DIP with specific Key Results Area with a very specific time frame.

4) Implementation of Flight Data Analysis (FDA)

ICAO has mandated FDA for all operators.

IATA requires that all it members comply with the FDA requirements through IOSA and therefore all IATA members are 100% compliant with ICAO requirements. This is not the same with non-IATA members.

There is a need to have AFI regulators ensure all other operators in the region fully comply with ICAO requirements to improve the safety culture. The experience from IATA's Implementation Program for Safe Operations in Africa (IPSOA) and lessons learned would immensely benefit the region.

The Action Plan therefore includes:
Short term:
All State enforce FDA requirement across all their AOC holders
All AFI carriers effectively implement FDA to enhance safety culture development in operations.

Long term:

All AFI carriers shall participate in safety data sharing.

5) Implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS)

ICAO safety management requirements include those calling for implementation of the State Safety Programme (SSP) as well as safety management systems (SMS).

The adoption of Annex 19, anticipated in 2013, will facilitate implementation by providing States and industry stakeholders with a consolidated reference of safety management provisions.

A revised version of the ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM) will provide more detailed guidance on the phased SSP and SMS implementation.

SMS On-Site Assistance by IATA has resulted in SMS implementation in operations of 15 airlines in three (3) steps program:
• Step one, conduct in-house SMS workshop;
• Step two, perform SMS gap analysis;
• Step three, implement the required programs to bridge the gaps.

The Action Plan therefore includes:
Short term:
Regulators to ensure SMS requirements for operators are embedded in State regulations and that a regulatory framework is established for aerodrome certification:
        - Identify suitable qualified inspectors for the assessment of SMS implementation;
        - Launch a program to assess compliance and effectiveness of SMS by its Operators.
On-site assistance for SMS implementation through various associations (AFRAA, AASA, Professional Committee of Air Operators in DR Congo – CPTA, Kenya Association of Air Operators – KAAO, etc.) air navigation service associations such as CANSO and airport operators associations such as ACI Africa with the APEX Program.

Long term:

All CAAs should follow the SSP implementation plan, as per ICAO Annexes and guidance material.

IATA, ICAO, AFRAA, ASECNA, AASA, AFCAC, ACI Africa, CANSO, IFALPA, NCAA, Boeing and Airbus agreed and concurred with the above recommendations.

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Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Calendar of Events 2016




Route Network coordination Committee Meeting 

01 – 02 April

Marrakesh, Morocco 

169th Executive Committee Meeting (EXC169)

18 April

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Aviation Stakeholders Convention

08 – 10 May

Kigali, Rwanda

Safety Management Systems Implementation & Control course

25 – 27 May AFRAA headquarters, Nairobi-Kenya

Airline Document System & Control course

21 – 24 June AFRAA headquarters, Nairobi-Kenya

Accident & Incident Investigation course

18 – 22 July AFRAA headquarters, Nairobi-Kenya

170th Executive Committee Meeting (EXC170)

01 August 

Tunis, Tunisia

 Emergency Planning & Response Management for Airlines course

16 – 19 August AFRAA headquarters, Nairobi-Kenya
AFRAA Cargo Task Force Meeting   29 - 30 September   The Boma Hotel, Nairobi

171th Executive Committee Meeting (EXC171)

20 November Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

  48th AFRAA Annual General Assembly 

 20 – 22 November 

 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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