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Safe Air (K3, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has wet-leased two A321-200s from Bulgaria’s Fly2Sky (F6, Sofia) for the entire Winter 2022/23 season to operate services out of Dubai Int’l.

While the ACMI contract officially started on November 1, 2022, so far, neither of the two A321s – LZ-MDF (msn 1451) and LZ-MDI (msn 3378) – has been ferried to the UAE.

Safe Air operates charter flights out of Dubai, mostly connecting the city with destinations in the Horn of Africa. Fly2Sky said the two aircraft would remain available for ad-hoc charter and wet-lease flights for other carriers when not operating for the Kenyans.

The two A321s are Fly2Sky’s only units of the type. The Bulgarian ACMI/charter specialist also operates three A320-200s, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. In turn, Safe Air’s fleet comprises one B727-200, two B727-200(F)s, and three Fokker 50s. In the past, it used to wet-lease Fly2Sky’s A320s, among other aircraft.

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Kenya reopens airspace to Somalia

Ending a month-long feud, Kenya has re-opened its airspace for flights to/from Somalia in what Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has termed a sign of goodwill to boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

“The Government of Kenya has taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to re-open Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia,” Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Somalia later welcomed the resumption of flights and reiterated its commitment to restore and accelerate diplomatic, trade, and people-to-people relations for the prosperity of both nations.

This followed after Kenya, on May 11, 2021, banned all commercial passenger and cargo flights from Somalia without giving an official reason. The move was widely regarded to relate to a long-standing row between the countries over the import from Kenya to Somalia of miraa/khat, a leafy green plant with psychoactive properties. Somalia’s Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) had announced that imports of the stimulant remained prohibited despite Somalia on May 6 having restored diplomatic ties with its neighbour following mediation…

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