Thirty-five airlines attended the 47th Annual General Assembly of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) in Brazzaville, Congo, which drew to a close earlier in the week. More than 300 delegates had made their way to the Congolese capital, where in his welcoming address President N’Guesso told members: “One of the great merits of your association is the awareness that unity is strength and that in your industry, salvation lies in the need for solidarity, in sharing essential resources, and in vital synergy. Your association pursues ambitions and goals that are in perfect harmony with the African Union.”
During the event, both EC Air and Kenya Airways held talks behind closed doors to discuss a closer cooperation between the two carriers, confirmed by outgoing AFRAA President and CEO of EC Air Fatima Beyina-Moussa when she said: “I am also pleased to announce that Kenya Airways and ECAir have decided to collaborate closely in the near future. I would like to thank my colleague, Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze, CEO of Kenya Airways.”
EC Air held the rotating presidency of the African Airline Association for the year 2014/15 and handed it over to Air Zimbabwe’s Edmund Makona. Zimbabwe’s resort town of Victoria Falls was confirmed to host the next 48th AFRAA Annual General Assembly from November 20-22, 2016.
Mr. Edmund Makona, Chief Executive of Air Zimbabwe, has been elected as the new President of AFRAA, the African Airline Association which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He succeeds EC Air’s Fatima Beyina-Moussa, who took over at the Algiers assembly last year.
Zimbabwe’s national airline will subsequently welcome AFRAA in November 2016 to the resort town of Victoria Falls where the 48th Annual General Assembly (AGA) will be held from November 20-22.
Zimbabwe’s aviation and tourism stakeholders have promptly welcomed the news and will over the next twelve months promote the annual conference and pre- and post-AGA packages to visit some of the country’s famous game parks and the ancient ruins of Zimbabwe.