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East Africa to Canada in Business Class $1,886 RT, Uber flat rate packages, Norwegian new routes from Bergen, Air France invests in Air Côte d’Ivoire

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MightyTravels 2017-03-08 at 9.39.03 AM

– Ethiopian Airlines and Air Canada have posted cool fares from Dar Es Salaam to most Canadian cities for $1,886 Round trip

This is is usually a pretty expensive route with Business Class tickets selling for $5,000 or more. Ethiopian Business Class isn’t great but quite an improvement on Economy and you can get a decent Air Canada transcon thrown in as well.

MightyTravels 2017-03-08 at 9.56.02 AM

– Uber is back with the packages deals for L.A. and San Francisco

These can be a great deal if you dislike public transport in both cities (I’d completely understand) and need a daily ride. You will need to do a good amount of commuting to recoup your cost.

– Norwegian has announced yet another new route – this time from Bergen, Norway to the their new East Coast ‘hubs’

It’s a good idea to check for their lowest prices right now before those limited seats sell out (this sounds like an advertisement but it’s just such a great deal).

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Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, today announces the launch of its fourth nonstop Scandinavian destination with two new routes from Stewart International Airport and T.F. Green Airport to Bergen Airport Flesland beginning this July. These new routes will operate on the new Boeing 737 MAX, which has significantly lower environmental emissions than comparable aircraft thus making transatlantic flights even less expensive.

“We are pleased to launch these two new routes from New York and Rhode Island to Bergen so that thousands of Americans and Norwegians can fly cheaply and comfortably between the east coast of the United States and the west coast of Norway,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian. “Travelers can opt for short weekend jaunts or longer stays giving an economic boost to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic. These new routes would not have been possible without the strong support from Stewart International Airport, T.F. Green Airport and the local authorities in New York and Rhode Island.”

MightyTravels 2017-03-08 at 9.51.58 AM

– Air France is investing into Air Côte d’Ivoire to help build the airline

This is likely a more defensive move as Western Africa is suddenly up for grabs after the demise of Arik Air. Asky, the Ethiopian subsidiary is busy building market share in this undeserved region of the world.

I’m surprised Air France has so much money to play with given its constant cost cutting measures.

Air France currently holds a 20% stake in the Ivorian carrier, while the remainder is the hands of the government and private investors. After a successful 2015, Air Côte d’Ivoire announced its intention to boost its capital from XOF25 billion (USD40 million) to XOF65 billion (USD105 million) in the first quarter of 2016, and XOF200 billion (USD322.5 million) by year’s end.

Janaillac highlighted that Abidjan is the only African city which Air France flies to twice daily. His comments confirmed his commitment to developing a West African hub, saying that the airlines will work together to expand their service offerings from an Abidjan hub. Janaillac is now set to meet with the management of Air Côte d’Ivoire to confirm an action plan.

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