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SAA urged to consider its Airbus options

4th June 2013 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says local carrier South African Airways (SAA) will need to move faster if it wants to order Airbus’ most modern jetliner, the A350 XWB. Airlines from around the world, including British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air France, have already placed a total... 

Qatar Airways accuses African governments of protectionism

4th June 2013 Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has lashed out at African governments, claiming that they prevent his airline from securing landing rights in their countries. “It’s very important that the authorities revisit this. This closed-door policy is not in the interests of the African people,” he told a... 

Rwanda looks to become aviation hub

4th June 2013 Despite tight conditions in the airline industry, Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, is expanding rapidly into Africa, with Canadian-manufactured Bombardier as its chosen aircraft. RwandAir, which flew to six African destinations in 2008, now serves 15 destinations, and will add another three... 

Aviation industry reaches agreement to manage carbon emissions

3rd June 2013 Airline CEOs and experts from around the world, meeting at the International Air Transport Association (Iata) annual general meeting, in Cape Town, have agreed on a global approach aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the airline industry. The 240 Iata member airlines have endorsed a resolution,... 

Tough times continue for the global airline industry

3rd June 2013 The price of fuel and a fragile world economy have impacted heavily on the global airline industry over the past year, with marginal improvement expected for the year ahead. Last year, the airline industry generated $7.6-billion in net post-tax profits on revenues of over $680-billion. This year,... 

Compliance, regulation top the list of biggest power-sector risks

31st May 2013 Senior executives from 110 power and utility companies around the world have flagged compliance and regulation as the biggest risks facing the power and utilities sector. The executives, who were surveyed for Ernst & Young’s Business Pulse Power and Utilities report, indicated that the tightening... 

African Development Bank head urges region to push for even higher growth levels

24th May 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa has been growing steadily over the past few years, but needs to push up its growth rate to 10%, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Donald Kaberuka believes. 

Investment underlines Western Cape global call centre status

17th May 2013 Cape Town is becoming a hot destination for the call centre sector, with an announcement of further investments and the creation of many more jobs. Capita, one of the Western Cape’s largest call centre operations has announced that it has invested R500-million into the regional economy. It has... 

Compliance, regulation top the list of biggest power-sector risks

15th May 2013 Senior executives from 110 power and utility companies around the world have flagged compliance and regulation as the biggest risks facing the power and utilities sector. The executives, who were surveyed for Ernst & Young’s Business Pulse Power and Utilities report, indicated that the... 

Eskom CEO calls for ‘super grid’ to power up sub-Saharan Africa

14th May 2013 The CEO of South African power utility Eskom, Brian Dames, said on Tuesday that countries in sub-Saharan Africa should work together to establish a “super grid” to boost electricity supply in the power-starved region. Dames told several thousand delegates at African Utility Week, under way in... 

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