Airlines: Flying High Out of Africa

First-time passengers on Nairobi-based East African Airways are almost always noticeably nervous. And with reason. Emblazoned with the national colors (green, yellow, red, white, black and blue) of its three partners (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), E.A.A. planes look like a wild trip even when they are on the ground. To make matters worse, travelers in Africa are usually aware that the line's 30,000-mile network covers some of the world's roughest terrain, including bush runways plagued with mud and giant anthills that can rise up between flights. Yet for all its drawbacks, E.A.A....

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