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Botswana’s Mack Air partners Zimbabwe’s CATS for safari ops

23.11.2021 – 16:42 UTC

Botswana’s Mack Air (MKB, Maun) and Zimbabwean charter carrier Central Air Transport Services (CATS) have announced a new codeshare partnership for the launch of a new daily safari service between Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park, both in Zimbabwe, in April 2022.

“As tourism growth continues to improve across Southern Africa in a post COVID environment, it is important for aviation charter and commuter companies to play an integral and catalytic role in assisting with the recovery of the regional tourism sector. The union between CATS and Mack Air is one of the ways we intend to try and be a part of the solution and further assist in uniting African countries by further bolstering tourism and conservation efforts across Southern Africa,” Mack Air said in a statement.

“CATS and Mack Air share a common vision and we aim to assist in bringing confidence back to regional safari travel and likewise open new destinations and continue to play a critical role within the southern region of Zimbabwe and Botswana and more specifically the…

Lufthansa joins B777X freighter talks

23.11.2021 – 13:42 UTC

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int’l) has confirmed it is in talks with Boeing concerning the as-yet unconfirmed B777X freighter, fueling speculation that the manufacturer will offer its newest widebody in a dedicated freighter variant.

“We were negotiating this morning, but there is a lot more negotiations to be done,” Chief Executive Carsten Spohr told Reuters.

The German carrier has firm orders for twenty B777-9s, which are slated for entry into service in late 2023. Spohr confirmed that Lufthansa would be the type’s global launch operator. By revealing it is in discussions about the freighter variant, Lufthansa joined another early B777X customer, Qatar Airways, in expressing interest in the proposal. The latter’s chief executive…

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