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Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo
ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo

Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2019 The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. "SAATM is a very... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 With State-owned entities (SOEs) posing very serious risks to the fiscal framework, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said that National Treasury was “taking very serious steps to fix the fiscal position and SoEs”. With funding requests from South African Airways (SAA), the South... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs

Comair continues to perform well, despite setbacks in Q1 of FY19

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Despite the technical recession in the first quarter of its financial year, South African aviation group Comair performed well to deliver a record 12% increase in revenue for the interim period ended December 31, 2018. However, the company said on Tuesday that the revenue growth was offset by... 

Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

SAA in talks to roll over $650m of debt

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned airline is in talks with lenders about rolling over $650-million of debt due next month, its finance chief said on Monday, a move that would give the struggling company breathing space to push through a turnaround plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting ailing... 

SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will not be broken up into three separate entities, but does plan to change its operating model, according to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.  Tlali was responding to a news headline stating CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Monday the cash-strapped airline... 

 SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

By: Reuters     18th February 2019 Struggling State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA) will reorganise into three business units as part of a revamp plan that could also involve the partial sale of its catering unit, its chief executive officer said on Monday. Vuyani Jarana said during a briefing that South African Airways... 

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and would be complete by the end of 2020. The R4.5-billion mixed-use Phase 1 development would... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb
OR Tambo's Western Precinct Phase 1

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area manager Kaven Naidoo told Engineering News Online on Thursday. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
The LEMU twin-fuselage air vehicle

Demand in global air freight market grew by 3.5% – Iata

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Wednesday released its 2018 full year data for global air freight markets, which showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), had grown by 3.5% year-on-year. This growth, the association said, was significantly lower than... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Boeing enters partnership to develop supersonic business jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is partnering with much smaller US aeronautics company Aerion to accelerate and complete the design, development and production of the latter’s AS2 supersonic business jet. The partnership includes the making of a “significant” investment in Aerion... 

Boeing enters partnership to develop supersonic business jet
Photo by Aerion
An artist’s impression of the Aerion AS2

Iata highlights key industry topics at summit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 International Air Transport Authority (Iata) director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac on Tuesday indicated the need for smarter regulations, to contend with growing regulatory challenges within the aviation industry. In a speech delivered at the Centre for Aviation Aeropolitical and... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

King Shaka airport, Dube cargo terminal report growing international use

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The King Shaka International Airport and the Dube TradePort Cargo Terminal, in La Mercy, in KwaZulu-Natal, have recorded growth in international flights and airfreight volumes over the past year, Dube TradePort Corporation CEO Hamish Erskine said in a statement on Thursday. The Cargo Terminal... 

SA Express says it has been vindicated after protracted dispute with Solenta Aviation

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 A Gauteng high court ruled in favour of SA Express following a protracted contractual dispute between the airline and charter operator Solenta Aviation in an arbitration hearing on Monday.   Solenta Aviation applied for the liquidation of the airline over an unpaid R87.3-million it owed the... 

SAA hopes to resume Blantyre flights by the weekend 

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th January 2019 National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) hopes to reinstate flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Malawi) on this coming Saturday (February 2). The route has been suspended since January 18 due to Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport having being found to have serious safety... 

Government keen to see SAA debt restructured soon 

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Government would like to see South African Airways' (SAA's) debt restructured as soon as possible, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande told Reuters on Monday. 

Government keen to see SAA debt restructured soon

Mthatha airport downgrade forces flights cancellations for SA Express

By: African News Agency      25th January 2019 SA Express on Friday announced that it was canceling its flights to Mthatha with immediate effect because the airport there has been downgraded. The Civil Aviation Authority has downgraded the Mthatha airport effective from Friday, 25 January 2019, following a negative audit finding against it. 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

SA’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African airspace, the Ministry of Science and Technology has announced. Space... 

FBO goes international at OR Tambo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 Privately-owned company Fireblade Aviation is the first fixed-base operator (FBO) to cater for arriving and departing international travellers, operating at OR Tambo International Airport. An FBO is an aviation facility within or close to an airport, usually owned and managed separately. Globally... 

FBO goes international  at OR Tambo
COLOURFUL FLIGHT All the aircraft share a common paint scheme as seen on the Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Major upgrades to  start at six airports
UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS Realignment of the runway at Cape Town International Airport is expected to start this year

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight
Photo by Boeing
Boeing’s PAV prototype hovering during its first flight

Comair, Numsa reach wage agreement

By: African News Agency      24th January 2019 Comair and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) reached a wage settlement on Wednesday, the airliner said. “I am pleased to advise that Comair and Numsa have reached a two-year wage settlement,” said Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair’s Airline Division. 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 South African national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that it was extending its cancellation of flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi. The extension means that the flights to and from Blantyre scheduled for Wednesday January 23 have now been cancelled.... 

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

Agrizzi shows inquiry video of Bosasa bosses counting money for ACSA tender bribe

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday showed the commission probing state capture a video in which businessman Gavin Watson counted money allegedly used to pay a bribe to secure a R14 million a month contract from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). Continuing... 

SAA appoints former prosecution chief to its group executive 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2019 Embattled State-owned flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that Advocate Vusi Pikoli had been appointed as the airline’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. He will take up the post on February 1. Pikoli is currently an advisor to the Minister of State Security. He was,... 

International passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport grow by 9.6% in 2018

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 Last year, 2.6-million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9.6% growth from 2017 despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. "This growth came from long-haul carriers from... 

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