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Aviation news: ATR snubs East Africa for now

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Geza Ulole

    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Aviation news: ATR snubs East Africa for now


    By Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN | Oct 19, 2010

    The French aircraft manufacturer ATR has reportedly decided to turn down overtures from Eastern Africa for the establishment of a training base for the African continent. According to reports from Johannesburg, ATR decided to create this facility in South Africa, in spite of several airlines in East Africa like Fly540 and Precision Air flying various ATR models as their workhorse fleet aircraft.

    Precision, in fact, just took delivery of their 7th brand new ATR72-500 a few weeks ago with ATR representatives present at the ceremony. There was growing speculation that a pilot training and simulator facility could be established in either Tanzania or Kenya, but alas, that was apparently not to be.
    It was learned that the newly-established ATR training center in South Africa will provide courses for all current ATR models of the various ATR42 and ATR72 makes.

    No reasons could be ascertained as to what prompted ATR to opt for South Africa, but there is some level of hope left that a full ATR maintenance base with manufacturer support could still be established somewhere in Eastern Africa to spread their presence out a little more, rewar' their East African customers, and create capacity in this part of Africa, too, along with much in-demand jobs for technicians and engineers in the process.

    Tanzania Aviation news: ATR snubs East Africa for now - eTurboNews.com
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    good news but bad news for capt na crews wanted to go france,
    it will minimize cost for the compny,,
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    nomasana JF-Expert Member

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    prescision air and fly540 should order from a different aircraft maker the next time they order airplanes just to show atr they too can play hardball.
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    Preta JF-Expert Member

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    good news
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    in East Africa we don't have proper influstructure to have such facilities, so untill then, for now let sit back and just observe.
  6. Akwaba

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    what do you mean we don't have good infrastructure. What kind of infrastructure do you need other than a runway, electricity and some equipment. ATR is probably just scared of putting money in East Africa.

    On a side note Ethiopia already has one such facility run by Ethiopian airlines and they expanding it.
    Ethiopian Pilot Training School - The Best Pilot School in Africa
    Ethiopian Airlines Purchases 10 Pilot Training Jets and a Simulator » Ethiopian News - Everything that Happens!
    Ethiopian | Aviation Academy Home | Pilot Training School

    To pour some salt on the wound Ethiopia's GDP per capita is @$400. Kenya $1000, Tanzania $550, Uganda $500.
    Salt disinfects :)
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    This (red)is not of good vision to speak in public!

    Hata Roma ilianza kujengwa taratibu!
    Unless if you havent understood the content, but it says that the ATR Company has a plan to establish a trainning base in Africa!...Why do you doubt the infranstructure a big company like ATR?

    The thing HERE is, these guys have discovered a very large potential of a market to their products!
    Infact the ATRs have proved to be very efficient to small Airlines like Precision from the fact that they are economical in operating with regard to fuel and spare-parts.
    If this project takes-off, then it has a diversity of advantages to the country in question.
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    Lakini lets be fair. Hawa ni wafanyibiashara..watapeleka na ku-allocate infrastructure na facilities kule ambako kunalipa zaidi...au kuna risk ndogo. Watu pekee wa ku-argue nao ni hao wanunuzi wa ndege zao (kama kuna direct advantage). Laa sioni tatizo.

    BTW, bongo tuna matatizo ya umeme, especially kwene reliability. Hata mie kama nina mradi mkubwa na unategemea umeme kwa 100% nitafikiria mara mbili ku-invest bongo.