With financial and operational help from Royal Air Maroc, Gabon’s new flag carrier Air Gabon International has launched. While this isn’t huge news for you (unless you’re flying quite a bit to Gabon), it’s part of a larger trend that’s good for African aviation. African airlines have been notoriously under-funded and poorly run, leading to an unacceptable number of crashes. However, in the past couple of years partnerships such as this one (Air Sengal’s partnership with Royal Air Maroc, for example) are bringing first-world safety and operational standards to the region. This will benefit everyone, whether you travel quite a bit in Africa or you’re there for a once in a lifetime trip.