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Royal planes: Swaziland's national airline is owned by the ruling house, with a network spanning half of the African continent.(Royal Swazi National Airways)

Swaziland's national airline is owned by the ruling house, with a network spanning half of the African continent

MANZINI-Swaziland is one of the few kingdoms left in the world. The 6,000-sq.-mi. country, smaller than New Jersey, is little known outside southern Africa, but its 400-year-old royal house is one of the continent's last ruling dynasties.

People in neighboring South Africa who are aware of its existence tend to associate Swaziland with casinos and places of entertainment long banned in their own country.

But one of the possessions of the Swazi royal family is Royal Swazi National Airways, with Prince Matamazela Diamini as chief executive. With a route network extending over half the length of the continent from Entebbe and Nairobi in the north to Cape Town in the south--the airline has done more to publicize the nation than any other entity. …

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