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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft News Africa / Middle East) Jan 8, 2012

Aviation Safety Network ASN: Aviation safety improves in 2011. Last year there were 507 aviation fatalities as a result of 28 fatal accidents, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) said in a report released Dec. 27. According to ASN, 2011 was the second safest year by number of fatalities and the third safest year by number of accidents. Also, last year was the longest period without a fatal airliner accident in modern aviation historyN81 days and counting as of Jan. 2. The number of fatalities for 2011 is lower than the 10-year average of 764 fatalities, ASN said. According to the report, the worst accident took place Jan. 9, 2011 when an Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed while on approach to Orumiyeh, Iran, killing 77. ASN data has revealed that seven of the 28 accidents involved airlines on the European Union (EU) "blacklist" as opposed to six out of 29 the year before. The EU added nine airlines to its "blacklist" and removed three airlines based on improved safety records. In 2011, Africa accounted for 14% of all fatal accidents while the continent only accounts for 3% of departures. Jan 4, 2012

Qatar Airways Qatar Airways Ends 2011 with Top Accolades at Business Traveler USA Awards. Qatar Airways has received top accolades at the prestigious Business Traveler magazine awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Readers voted the Five-Star airline Best Airline for International Travel for the third consecutive year at Business Traveler Magazine's 23rd annual Best in Business Awards. Qatar Airways was also awarded Best Business Class airline to the Middle East. The awards recognized 35 different travel service providers in 54 categories. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline's winning streak can be attributed to its high standards of quality and customer service. "Everything we do and provide, from personalized treatment and customer service, to in-flight duty free and onboard cuisine, is Five-Star and based on superior attention to detail and customer satisfaction," said Al Baker . "I am very proud that our Business Class product has again been recognized, as well as our long-haul international services by US-based travelers, and our willingness to target diverse and underserved markets where others dare not venture into. "During 2011, Qatar Airways was honored with several other awards from around the world, including the ultimate last June when we were named Airline of the Year 2011 by the prestigious Skytrax organization at their annual awards. "These accolades demonstrate the years of hard work that have gone into making us what we are today [ETH] the best in the skies." The awards follow two other accolades from Business Traveller sister publications around the world; Best Business Class Airline by Business Traveller Middle East and Best Airline in the Middle East and Africa by Business Traveller Asia Pacific. Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 103 aircraft to 110 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe , Middle East , Africa , Asia Pacific , North America and South America . The airline plans to serve 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013. Jan 3, 2012

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority 2011 ends with less air accidents in Tanzania. A source close to the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the recently-ended year of 2011 saw less civil air accidents in spite of more flying being recorded compared to the year 2010. Last year, only 12 air accidents were recorded in Tanzania, compared with 13 a year earlier, and only one fatal accident among them, although two aircraft were completely destroyed as a result of their respective crashes. In 2010, air accidents caused 2 fatalities and left 10 more with serious injuries, while a total of 4 aircraft had to be written off. The improvement in these statistics is according to the source attributed to closer oversight, more intense training, and adherence to airworthiness directives and maintenance requirements. Flying in Tanzania, for tourists in particular, is of growing importance to cover the often vast distances from one game park to the next, while Tanzanians themselves also depend on scheduled and charter flights to go about their business when they have to travel to the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the capital Dodoma, or other key towns across this sprawling East African country. Good news that flying in Tanzania got safer and an incentive that is for more and more people taking to the air. Jan 5, 2012

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