African Airlines Complain of Safety Misperceptions

Airline CEOs appearing at the recent African Airlines Association (AFRAA) annual general assembly in Rabat, Morocco, touted an improving safety record on the continent and lamented what they called a misperception by the international community that paints African air transport as substandard.

Suffering no jet hull losses for two years running and following two years of no fatalities involving any airline aircraft type, Africa has demonstrated progress in the area of safety. However, the international community appears far from satisfied. According to the International Air Transport Association, only 24 African states comply with at least 60 percent of the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

“Quite simply, that is not good…

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