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Aviation News

Ethiopian Airways plans to rule Africa’s skies

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 10 minutes ago Ethiopian Airlines has signed joint venture agreements and business partnerships with at least 14 countries on the continent as part of its Vision 2025 growth plan, under which the carrier hopes to become “the leading aviation group in Africa”, the East African reported. From Zambia and Malawi in... 

Budget airline continues to refine its service and aircraft mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve consistent profitability. “As a... 

SA Express airline cleared to fly again

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2018 Small, State-owned South African airline SA Express confirmed on Thursday that it would restart its operations on August 23. This announcement followed a statement by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday that the carrier... 

SA Express airline cleared to fly again
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ700 of SA Express

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2018 The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association, to partner to improve aviation safety, it was announced on Tuesday. The MoU will allow the two sides to jointly establish a framework for the employment of... 

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety
Photo by Creative Commons
Kigali International Airport, Rwanda

Ethiopia plans to build new airport in Oromia region – Fana

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new airport with annual capacity of 80 million passengers in Bishoftu, about 48km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, State-affiliated media said on Tuesday. Fana Broadcasting Corporation quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam saying that... 

Embraer’s new-generation airliner demonstrated in Africa, including South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron tells “Engineering News”. From smallest to biggest, the E2... 

Low cost airline Fastjet makes further changes to its market offering

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, it reported on Monday. The aim is to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve... 

EU asks WTO to certify it has removed Airbus subsidies

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 The European Union has asked the World Trade Organization to certify that it has complied with WTO rulings on its subsidies for planemaker Airbus, attempting to forestall-billions of dollars of US sanctions, a document published by the WTO showed on Monday. The legal move is the latest step in a... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil airspace in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Aerospace giants win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at airshow

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, in the UK. Boeing announced 673 “orders and commitments” for airliners and freighters, worth (at list prices) $98.4-billion. The group... 

Boeing predicts strong global airliner and services demand until 2037

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Global aerospace giant Boeing has predicted that 42 730 new jet airliners, worth $6.3-trillion, will be needed to meet demand over the next 20 years. This forecast was unveiled in the group’s “Commercial Market Outlook”, released at the recent Farnborough International Airshow in the UK. This... 

Union welcomes appointment of Siza Mzimela as acting SAX CEO

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 The National Transport Movement (NTM) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of Siza Mzimela as acting chief executive of beleaguered airline, SA Express (SAX). In a statement, NTM described Mzimela's appointment as an "excellent choice".  

Control of SAA transferred back to public enterprises – Treasury

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 Control of South African Airways (SAA) administration has been transferred back to the public enterprises minister from the finance minister, Treasury said on Wednesday. In a statement, Treasury said a proclamation signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa giving effect to the transfer was gazetted on... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron told Engineering News Online on Friday. From smallest to... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater/Creamer Media
The E190-E2 demonstrator at the Embraer Training Centre/Airlink Hangar complex at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

South Africa authorities clear SA Express to resume limited flights

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has cleared state-run airline SA Express to resume flights again, with two of its planes permitted to fly for now, the regulator said on Thursday. Citing safety concerns, SACAA in May grounded all 21 aircraft operated by SA Express, which has lost... 

Strong growth in smaller airliner segment predicted by Brazilian aerospace group

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s top two regional jet manufacturers, has forecast a global demand for 10 550 new airliners with capacities of 150 seats or less, over the next 20 years. This prediction was released at Farnborough in the UK on the day before the start of the... 

African countries are rapidly expanding their use of UAVs, but South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/unmanned aerial systems (UASes) in Africa was increasing rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the recent Southern African Transport... 

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th July 2018 Africa will need 29 000 pilots over the next 20 years, US aerospace group Boeing has forecast. The continent will also need 28 000 technicians and 29 000 cabin crew. These predictions were made in the group’s 2018 “Pilot & Technician Outlook”, released on Tuesday. The report divides the world... 

Strong demand forecast for pilots, technicians and cabin crew in Africa and globally
Photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt/GNU
A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Ethiopian Airlines

Kenyan carrier becomes first in Africa to sign parts and services deal with Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2018 Kenya Airways has become the first airline in Africa to contract US aerospace giant Boeing for its Consumable & Expendable Services package. The deal has a duration of five years and will initially cover more than 18 700 parts. In subsequent phases, the number of parts covered by the agreement... 

Kenyan carrier becomes first in Africa to sign parts and services deal with Boeing
Photo by Mark Harkin/Creative Commons
A Boeing 787-8 airliner of Kenya Airways

ExecuJet becomes maintenance provider for Honeywell TFE731 engines

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation group, is now the provider of major maintenance on Honeywell TFE731 engines in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI). ExecuJet’s Johannesburg-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility was awarded the rights by Honeywell... 

ExecuJet becomes maintenance provider for Honeywell TFE731 engines
ExecuJet MRO services executive VP Graeme Duckworth

SAA in talks with other airlines to strengthen its business

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2018 Troubled State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) has reported that it is in talks with other airlines on renewing or creating new commercial partnerships. SAA stressed, in its statement, that these discussions were only about “commercial agreements such as interline,... 

SAA in talks with other airlines to strengthen its business
Photo by Stock image
An SAA Airbus A340-300 at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

Rival aerospace majors win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at show

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, currently under way in the UK. (The trade days being from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday the public days.) Boeing announced... 

Rival aerospace majors win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at show
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A320neo (left) with an A220-300 (right, still in Bombardier colours)

Global airliner-maker consolidation continues as Boeing, Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer have jointly announced that they had signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to create a commercial aviation joint venture (JV). Boeing will hold 80% of the JV and Embraer the remaining 20%. The deal has still to be approved... 

Demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years – Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 European-based aerospace giant Airbus recently published its forecast for new airliner and freighter aircraft demand for the next 20 years. The Group’s “Global Market Forecast 2018-2037” predicts a need for 37 390 new passenger and freighter aircraft over this period, taking the global fleet of... 

SAA gives assurances to union about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a recent media briefing, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Aerospace group Boeing expects strong global airliner and services demand until 2037

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th July 2018 Global aerospace giant Boeing has predicted that 42 730 new jet airliners, worth $6.3-trillion, will be needed to meet demand over the next 20 years. This forecast was unveiled in the group’s 'Commercial Market Outlook', released at the Farnborough International Airshow, currently under way in... 

Aerospace group Boeing expects strong global airliner and services demand until 2037
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Boeing 737-800 of South African budget airline Kulula

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project
Photo by UK Ministry of Defence
An artist’s impression of a “Team Tempest” design aircraft in flight

Brazilian aerospace group predicts strong growth in smaller airliner segment

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s top two regional jet manufacturers, has forecast a global demand for 10 550 new airliners with capacities of 150 seats or less, over the next 20 years. This prediction was released on Sunday at Farnborough in the UK, the day before the start... 

Brazilian aerospace group predicts strong growth in smaller airliner segment
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 aircraft of South African airline Airlink

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Denel Dynamics Seeker military UAV (with a Casspir mine-protected vehicle in the background)

Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

Solid demand forecast for turboprop aircraft amid growth in regional routes

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR has released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimates the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional connectivity,”... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ 700 of SA Express, before the airline was grounded

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Africa is expanding rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the Southern African Transport Conference in... 

African countries rapidly expanding use of UAVs, while South Africa lags
Photo by CSIR
An unidentified CSIR research team member making adjustments to a CSIR-designed modular UAV

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana confirmed on Wednesday that a Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) would be sought for the airline. He was addressing the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria. "The government has pronounced, last year already, that there would be private... 

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th July 2018 In a letter to trade union Solidarity, and released by the union at a media briefing on Tuesday, South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has given a number of assurances about the plans for the future of the beleaguered State-own national flag carrier. The letter followed a meeting between... 

Solidarity trade union reports SAA assurances about its future plans, including privatisation

Airbus forecasts demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Europe-based aerospace giant Airbus published on Friday its forecast for new airliner and freighter aircraft demand for the next 20 years. The group’s “Global Market Forecast 2018-2037” predicts a need for 37 390 new passenger and freighter aircraft over this period, taking the global fleet of... 

Airbus forecasts demand for 37 390 new airliners and freighters over next 20 years
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350-900 airliner
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