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FRA-NBO Approach to Nairobi Video!

NEW VIDEO: MD-11 Approach to Nairobi NBO

One of the routes that has been in the network of Lufthansa Cargo for ever is the Frankfurt-Nairobi-Johannesburg-Nairobi-Frankfurt service. Except for Dakar and Cairo, these are the only destinations in Africa that the airline serves on a regular basis. Departure from Frankfurt to Kenya is in the early morning right when the airports opens at 5 am. It then takes about seven hours to reach the Kenyan capital city and its main airport Jomo Kenyatta Intl. (NBO/HKJK). Approach to Nairobi The approach to Nairobi starts from the north-west, as we are coming in over the border to Ethiopia and then proceed via Lodwar towards the south. The descend takes us … Continue reading

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NEW VIDEO: Bush flying in Kenya – on board the Cessna Grand Caravan

According to Wikipedia, Bush flying is defined as “aircraft operations carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. Bush flying involves operations in rough terrain where there are often no prepared landing strips or runways”. This is most definitely true for large parts of Africa with its huge savannas and dense jungles, where air transport is often the only possibility for people to get to places without having to travel for hours or days. Kenya The East African travel industry heavily relies on air transportation to get tourists from the major airports to all those little lodges, hotels and national parks that are scattered throughout the region. Kenya has … Continue reading

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The Dark Continent

It was dark already, when we got to the airport in Johannesburg and for the next two flights, we would not see much of the sun. The aircraft had arrived a bit late, but our ground staff at OR Tambo International Airport was once again able to turn around the aircraft quickly and we went off block 10 minutes ahead of time. The wind was coming from an easterly direction with 15 knots and runway 21 was in use. That meant that the wind was coming from behind, but aircraft usually take-off and land facing the wind. It is not so much of an issue with very calm winds, but … Continue reading

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Nairobi to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

After a short 24-hour stay in Nairobi it was time to hit the road again to fly further south to Johannesburg. After a little row at security control we cleared passport control and a second security check-point easily and as we stepped out of the terminal, our aircraft was already taxiing past us  – perfect timing! As always we were ahead of the schedule and left the parking position some 10 minutes early. The airport was quite busy and we had to give way to a South African Airways Boeing 737-800 and a Kenya Airways Embraer, before we could position ourselves on runway 06 for take-off. After departure we turned … Continue reading

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Jambo Nairobi!

I got up at 2.30 am, quickly washed my face and put on my uniform and off I was to the airport. I just made it to the briefing room in time, where my captain was already chatting to one of our dispatchers. It was a cold and rainy day in Frankfurt, but where I would be going, the weather would be just right – Nairobi! The rotation from Frankfurt to Nairobi and further to Johannesburg is one of my favourite trips in the network. I love Africa and Nairobi is such an interesting place to be with a surprisingly high number of excellent restaurants! Even though I had to … Continue reading

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