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6.3.13 … Fly the friendly skies …

global airlines, Africa, South African Airlines, WSJ.com:  It’s a long way and its expensive.  This article puts the economics and politics of flying to and from Africa in perspective.

Not long ago, the modest Africa traffic consisted mostly of Western business people, a few Africans who could afford to fly and international aid workers. Now, seats hold rising numbers of African businesspeople and citizens with newfound personal wealth. Chinese construction firms, Australian mining giants and U.S. oil companies also fill flights.

“Next to the BRIC countries, it is a main growth market, with fast-growing economies, wealth and foreign investments from China and other countries,” says Etihad Chief Executive James Hogan. The carrier recently expanded its presence in Africa and struck deals with South African Airways Pty. Ltd. and Kenya Airways in which the carriers sell seats on each other’s flights.

via Global Airlines Jockey for Position in Africa – Wall Street Journal – WSJ.com.


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