IN BRIEF

767 Freighter Conversion

As part of efforts to become a major cargo hub in Africa, Royal Air Maroc has entered into an agreement with Boeing to convert a single 767- 300ER into a freighter. This will help triple its cargo capacity. Out of the carrier’s fleet of 54 aircraft, it operates four 767-300ER passenger jets along with five 787-8s and a single 737-300 freighter. Guy Martin

Losses for African Carriers

Airlines across Africa are expected to post a combined $100 million loss in 2017 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). However, passenger demand is expected to grow by 7.5% and ten of the 20 fastest growing markets will be in Africa. IATA said rebounding commodity prices have helped African airlines, but high taxes, higher than average fuel prices, a strong dollar and tough competition, especially from Gulf carriers, continue to have an impact. Guy Martin