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Best African Airlines in 2023



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The African continent has continued to make progress towards the development of swift air transportation, which is a catalyst that enhances business opportunities and engineers’ growth on the continent.

A case study of South Africa, extensive investment in Aviation infrastructure and services over the last 22 years was a key catalyst for economic growth and investment.

According to a world economic forum report, it revealed that in 2019, Africa had about 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity.

The African continent has been predicted to become one of the fastest-growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%.

While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, the industry is riddled with the challenges of weak infrastructure, poor quality standards, poor connectivity, and lack of liberalization amongst several other challenges.

Amidst all of these, some Airlines on the African continent have been remarkable in delivering quality services to passengers.

If you find yourself on the shores of Africa and you are thinking about which airline to fly either domestically or Internationally, Investors King has put together a list of the top 10 best Airlines in Africa in 2023.

Here is a list of the top 10 best Airlines in Africa in 2023

10.) Air Seychelles Airlines

Established in 1978, Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. Its head office is located at Seychelles International Airport on the island of Mahé and it operates inter-island and international flights and charter flights.

The airline serves numerous cities in a wide range of countries in Africa and Central/Eastern Asia. Air Seychelles commenced long-haul services in 1983, offering international flights to major African, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern destinations.

Air Seychelles has won four major awards, including the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline‘.

9.) Fastjet Airlines

Launched in 2012, Fastjet is an African low-cost airline based in Zimbabwe. The airline is based at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport (HRE), Harare, and flies to a small number of destinations throughout Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fastjet is certified as a 3-Star Low-Cost Airline for the quality of its airport, onboard product, and staff service. The airline connects the three major cities in Zimbabwe by flying between Harare & Victoria Falls and Harare & Bulawayo.

Since commencing operations, fastjet has flown over 3.6 million passengers and has established itself as a reliable African airline brand, with a range of value-added products and services.

Its awards include Leading African Low-Cost Carrier World Travel Awards 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and Skytrax World Airline Awards Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2017 and 2019, and the top ten finalists for 2022.

8.) Fly Safair Airlines

Established in 1965, Fly Safair is an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The airline specializes in flying domestic flights within South Africa, flying to more than five different destinations across the country

It also operates one of the world’s largest fleets of civil Lockheed L-100 Hercules cargo aircraft.

Safair assists aid and relief agencies such as the United Nations, World Food Programme, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to stricken regions on the African continent as well as other areas in the world where such assistance is required.

In September 2022, FlySafair Airlines was named the Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa by Skytrax, a United Kingdom–based consultancy that runs an airline and airport review.

7.) RwandAir Airlines

Founded in 2002, RwandAir Limited is the flag carrier airline of Rwanda. It operates domestic and international services to East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, from its main base at Kigali International Airport in Kigali.

Operating from Kigali, Rwanda, as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent, which is well reputed for excellent on-time performance, operates to over 20 cities spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

In September 2022, The African carrier won the award for ‘Best Cabin Crew in Africa’ and ‘Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa’.

6.) Egyptair Airlines

EgyptAir is the state-owned flag carrier of Egypt. The airline is headquartered at Cairo International Airport, its main hub, operating scheduled passenger and freight services to 81 destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Since 2008, EgyptAir has been a member of Star Alliance which meant that the airline could able to connect more passengers from Europe to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and even the Far East.

The airline has received awards such as Africa’s leading airline- Business class 2011, North Africa’s leading airline 2005, and North Africa’s leading airline 2004.

5.) Air Mauritius Airlines

Founded in 1967 and began operating flights in 1972, Air Mauritius is the flag carrier airline of Mauritius. The airline is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius, with its hub based at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

The flag carrier is the fourth largest carrier in sub-Saharan Africa, which flies to many destinations including Perth, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong, Banglore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Nairobi, Antananarivo, Kuala Lumpur, etc.

In June 2019, Air Mauritius won the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airlines and four other accolades at the 26th Annual World Travel Awards held at the Sugar Beach Hotel, Mauritius.

4.) Kenya Airways

Founded in 1977, Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier airline of Kenya.

Kenya Airways is a leading African airline flying to 56 destinations worldwide, 46 of which are in Africa, and carrying over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet, with its 36 aircraft being some of the newest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Frequent travelers give the airline an average rating of 7.5/10, which is above the general average.  Kenya Airways was named Africa’s Leading Airline in 2022, Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2022, Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2022, and Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2022 (Msafiri).

The multiple wins are a recognition of the airline’s demonstrated commitment to delivering world-class service with an African touch.

3.) South African Airways

Founded in 1934, South African Airways is the flag carrier airline of South Africa, which is headquartered in Airways Park at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

South African Airways has been a trusted passenger and cargo airline in South Africa for decades. The airline continues to pride itself as one of the leading airlines in South Africa, offering world-class service for local and international passengers.

South African Airways has created a popular low-cost airline called Mango (flymango) that remains one of the leading airlines for cheap local flights in South Africa.

Over the years the Airline has racked up an impressive 14 Skytrax Awards and became the first 4-star airline in Africa, setting the standard for aviation service on the continent.

2.) Royal Air Maroc Airlines

Founded in July 1953, Royal Air Maroc, more commonly known as RAM, is the Moroccan national carrier, as well as the country’s largest airline. RAM is wholly owned by the Moroccan Government and has its headquarters on the grounds of Casablanca-Anfa Airport.

RAM operates both medium-haul and long-haul flights and flies to over 100 destinations worldwide, including countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

The Moroccan airline is one of the most child-friendly around, with a special onboard service for kids between the ages of 0 and 12, called Magic Universe.

The airline recently upgraded its Economy cabins, offering more space and comfort for passengers.

In 2021, Royal Air Maroc was voted the best airline in the African continent by the Global Traveler magazine. Also in April 2022, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) was awarded the Network Development Award at Brussels International Airport

1.) Ethiopian Airlines

Sitting in the number one position is Ethiopian Airlines. Founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8 April 1946, Ethiopian Airlines, formerly Ethiopian Air Lines, is the flag carrier of Ethiopia, and is wholly owned by the country’s government.

Ethiopian Airlines is Certified as a 4-Star Airline for the quality of its airport and onboard product and staff service. Product rating includes seats, amenities, food & beverages, IFE, cleanliness, etc, and service rating is for both cabin staff and ground staff.

Ethiopian Airlines offers the most African destinations to passengers and is one of the largest African airline companies. It has been named ‘Best Airline in Africa’ by Skytrax for 3 years in a row since 2017 and has been servicing passengers for over 70 years since 1946.

The airline is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers.


Chivita Crowned “Outstanding Juice Brand of the Decade” at MarketingEdge Excellence Awards



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Chivita, Nigeria’s beloved fruit juice brand, emerged victorious as it clinched the highly sought-after title of “Outstanding Juice Brand of the Decade” at the esteemed MarketingEdge Brand and Advertising Excellence Awards.

The prestigious award ceremony, held recently, celebrated Chivita’s remarkable journey to becoming a beacon of excellence in the Nigerian fruit juice market over the past ten years.

The recognition underscores Chivita’s unwavering commitment to superior quality, innovation, strategic engagement, and unswerving dedication to consumer satisfaction.

The organizers of the MarketingEdge Brand and Advertising Excellence Award heaped praise on Chivita for its unparalleled contribution to the juice industry. In their words, this award is a testament to Chivita’s transformation into the gold standard for premium quality fruit juices in Nigeria.

“We also know that Chivita has been at the forefront of enlightening the public and promoting the benefit of daily fruit juice consumption for everyday wellness for over forty years, ensuring that everyone has a Chivita. This has not gone unnoticed,” they noted.

Mrs. Toyin Nnodi, the Marketing Director of CHI Limited, the parent company of Chivita, expressed her gratitude to the award organizers and the brand’s loyal consumers. She highlighted the relentless pursuit of innovation and the commitment to producing high-quality products as the driving force behind Chivita’s success.

“At CHI Limited, we have dedicated years of innovation and commitment to high-quality products with the ultimate goal of consumer preference and satisfaction. The ‘Outstanding Fruit Juice Brand of the Decade’ award to Chivita is proof that our efforts are appreciated by consumers,” she stated.

Chivita’s product lineup includes a wide range of fruit juices, juice nectars, and fruit-flavored drinks, such as Chivita 100%, Chi Exotic, Chivita Active, Chivita Ice Tea, Chivita Happy Hour, and Chivita Smart Malt. These offerings come in a variety of variants and different pack sizes and packaging formats, catering to the diverse desires of consumers for healthy and great-tasting juices.

As Chivita basks in the glory of this remarkable achievement, it continues to stand as a testament to the power of unwavering dedication to quality, innovation, and consumer satisfaction. The brand’s journey to becoming Nigeria’s outstanding juice brand of the decade is indeed a story of resilience, excellence, and an unyielding commitment to providing refreshing moments to every Nigerian, one Chivita at a time.

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Dangote Group Reigns Supreme as Nigeria’s Most Valuable Brand



The Dangote Group has proudly asserted its position as Nigeria’s most valuable brand, achieving a remarkable aggregate score of 86.2 percent on the Brand Strength Measurement (BSM) Index, a meticulous evaluation conducted by Top 50 Brands Nigeria as part of its comprehensive 2023 Top Brand Perception Assessment.

During a much-anticipated media briefing held in Lagos on Wednesday to unveil the 2023 Top 50 Brands Nigeria list, the organization lauded Dangote for its unwavering commitment to excellence, which has solidified its stature as a premier brand within the nation.

The conglomerate revealed that MTN, a formidable contender in the market, secured a closely contested second place, boasting an impressive 85 BSM index score.

This year’s rankings saw Airtel Nigeria and Globacom securing the third and fourth positions, both earning significant BSM index scores of 77.9 and 77, respectively.

BUA Group made its inaugural appearance in the Top 10, capturing the attention of industry observers with a noteworthy BSM Index score of 70.8.

The illustrious list of the Top 10 brands further includes Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Coca-Cola, GTCO, and First Bank, each of which has maintained its exceptional reputation and resonance within the Nigerian market.

Commenting on the outcomes of this year’s assessment, Taiwo Oluboyede, CEO of Top 50 Brands Nigeria, said, “A brand is akin to a person, embodying all the traits that define its personality to the audience. When you hear a person’s name, you’re likely not merely recalling their appearance or attire, but rather who they genuinely are and the significance they hold for you.”

Oluboyede continued, “One may profess to be the best in the world and may even invest in extensive advertising to attract attention. However, the true perception of that individual is ultimately shaped by one’s personal experience. Likewise, the perception of a brand can evolve from favor to disfavor, or vice versa. This dynamic holds true for both individuals and brands alike.”

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SnackFix From Bühler Adds Value to Local Grains in Nigeria and Boosts Food Security



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The SnackFix small-scale cereal bar production system from Swiss technology group Bühler is the ideal solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to add value to locally produced grains in Nigeria and assist the country to address food security, says Manuel Murrenhoff, Managing Director, Bühler Nigeria.

On-the-go snacking consumption in Nigeria is rising steadily, presenting opportunities for SMEs to enter the market. “In terms of bars, fruit, and sweet snacks alone, this market segment is expected to exceed half a million tonnes by 2025,” says Murrenhoff. The main driver is the burgeoning population, estimated at 223.8 million in 2023, a 2.41% increase over 2022, and expected to grow to 377 million by 2050.

“The economically active part of the Nigerian population is quite sizeable and very mobile, which is boosting on-the-go snacking consumption,” says Murrenhoff. In addition, with half of the population living below the poverty line, there is more than ever the need to drive consumption of the full range of locally grown grains to keep final product prices in check.

“With the price of wheat projected to rise to record heights, Nigeria cannot possibly feed the growing population by importing wheat and other products. On the one hand, there is a shortage of forex and on the other hand, prices are escalating globally. That is where innovation, using local grains, plays an important role in food security, especially as these can be successfully incorporated into ready-to-eat foods,” says Murrenhoff.

Iyore Amadasun, Sales and Channel Business Manager at Bühler Nigeria, says that Bühler’s Snackfix, designed for food producers seeking a share from the on-the-go snack segment, promotes the processing of locally sourced grains for snacks while maintaining the highest food safety standards.

SnackFix is a multi-grain solution that allows SMEs to innovate across the spectrum of locally produced grains in Nigeria. The technology presents an entry-level, plug-and-play solution that is compact, cost-effective, and easy to commission and operate.

SnackFix includes a continuous mixer, a cooling tunnel, and a cutting system, all in one – everything needed for quality production. The combination allows SMEs to manufacture a huge variety of cereal bars at a volume of up to 130 kg per hour.

Customers benefit from Bühler’s experience in product development using a wide range of locally produced grains including, for example, sesame seeds, cashews, and peanuts. “We can help newcomers in the market achieve the best recipe to satisfy functional and indulgence consumer requirements in this segment and then supply them with a customised solution,” says Amadasun. In addition, Bühler has an innovation centre and laboratory in Switzerland to assist with different formulations and product development.

“The ready-to-eat market is of strategic importance to Nigeria, as it can adapt local grains for snacking consumption, promote healthy eating habits, and at the same time assist with Food Security,” says Amadasun.

With offices in Lagos and Kano, Bühler Nigeria is a leader in grain and food processing and offers solutions for grain drying and storage, flour milling, rice milling, cacao and chocolate processing, wafer and biscuit, pasta and noodles, feed, and aqua feed milling. Bühler Nigeria also provides support in the form of solutions for ink and coating applications and flexible packaging systems.

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