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Aviation News

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

China’s first home-grown commercial jetliner makes maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

‘Circular runways’ punted as way to add capacity to future airports 

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 Netherlands-based aerospace innovation centre NLR proposes that a single circular runway – its Endless Runway concept – could mitigate many take off and landing risks and improve airport efficiency as opposed to the current use of multiple straight runways in service at commercial airports... 

‘Circular runways’ punted  as way to add capacity  to future airports
CIRCULAR CONCEPT An endless runway would enable aircraft to always take off and land safely by avoiding risky crosswinds as routing can be changed dynamically according to current weather conditions

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is... 

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Cessna Super Caravan 900 of ExecuJet illustrates the lower end of the commercial aviation spectrum

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 If all else failed, National Treasury might enlist the help of President Jacob Zuma to secure the repatriation of South African Airways funds from fellow African states, Deputy Finance Minister Sifiso Buthelezi told MPs on Wednesday. Buthelezi told Parliament’s standing committee on finance the... 

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

SAA wins another air freight award

By: Keith Campbell     11th May 2017 In some good news for national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), the company’s air freight division, SAA Cargo, has been voted the Best Cargo Airline – Africa at the 2017 Air Cargo Airline of the Year Awards. The voting was done by readers of “Air Cargo News”. “We are very proud to have... 

SAA wins another air freight award
Cargo is loaded into the belly hold of an SAA airliner at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

Sansa formalises support for Africa  

     11th May 2017 The South African National Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NEPAD Agency. 

Sansa formalises support for Africa
Sansa formalises support for Africa

Kenya Airways near completing capital restructuring – chairperson

By: Reuters     10th May 2017 Kenya Airways is about to conclude its capital restructuring, its chairman said on Wednesday, edging closer to putting past financial woes behind it, the carrier's chairman said. The airline, part-owned by the state and AirFrance KLM, sank into the red four years ago after tourism slumped... 

SAA makes CFO appointment permanent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) has appointed Phumeza Nhantsi as CFO, effective May 1. Nhantsi had acted in the position since November 2015, after it was left vacant with the departure of Wolf Meyer. 

SAA makes CFO appointment permanent

SAA will get cash injection this year, says Treasury DG 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) will receive a cash injection from National Treasury during the course of the year, but the size of it was still being debated, outgoing director general of finance, Lungisa Fuzile, said on Tuesday. Fuzile told Parliament’s standing committee on finance that this much... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight
Photo by Comac
The first Comac C919 airliner

Air cargo traffic sees a strong start to the year

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that year-on-year air freight growth, measured in freight ton kilometres (FTKs), made a strong start during the first quarter of this year, amounting to an 8.2% increase. “Business surveys point to another quarter of robust annual... 

Nigeria plans to set up national airline, develop aviation capacity

By: Reuters     4th May 2017 Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure – currently seen as a barrier to economic growth – to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday. Sirika said a group of six firms including German... 

Labour Court deems SAA interim order during cabin crew strike final

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) said on Wednesday that they had successfully argued at the Labour Court to have an interim order granted during the cabin crew meal strike as a final order. About a week ago SAA cabin crew members embarked on a one day strike because they felt the $130 they were... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2017 Business aviation company ExecuJet reported on Wednesday that its African operations had enjoyed significant growth in activity during the first quarter of this year. The company, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, has Fixed-base operations (FBOs) at Lanseria International Airport (northwest... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases
Photo by ExecuJet
An aerial view of ExecuJet’s FBO at Lanseria

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) released its 'Aviation Barometer: Quarter 1/January 2017 - March 2017' report on Tuesday. This is the latest in the company’s quarterly reports on passenger flows through its nine airports. “Overall passenger growth in the first quarter of 2017 was... 

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International was the stand-out performer for Acsa in the first quarter

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 Despite operations at South African Airways(SAA) returning to normal the South African Cabin Crew Association(SACCA) said on Thursday that their legal team was working on a review of the interdict against them. On Wednesday around 200 flight attendants were gathered outside the SAA head office... 

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

SAA granted interdict against striking cabin crew

By: News24Wire      26th April 2017 The Johannesburg Labour Court has granted South African Airways (SAA) an interdict against striking SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) members. Michael van As, for SAA, appeared briefly in the court before the matter was postponed until June 23. 

SAA pleads with customers to ‘bear with it’ as cabin crew strike intensifies

By: African News Agency      26th April 2017 South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday pleaded with its customers and stakeholders to “bear with it” amid operational delays and flight cancellations due to industrial action by members of its cabin crew. Around 200 flight attendants have gathered outside the SAA head office in Kempton Park in... 

African and global air freight and passenger traffic rose in February

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 The growth in demand for air freight, measured in freight-tonne-kilometres (FTKs), in Africa increased by more than 10% in February, in comparison to February last year. African air passenger traffic, measured in revenue-passenger-kilometres (RPKs) jumped 7.1% over the same period. This has been... 

Brown supports secondment of Victor Xaba as SA Express acting CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Denel Aerostructures deputy CEO Victor Xaba has been seconded to serve as acting CEO of South African Express (SA Express), effective April 10. This follows after extensive consultations between the boards of Denel and SA Express, as well as the Department of Public Enterprises, and has the... 

African airline capacity up 2.3% y/y in February

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 African airlines achieved strong growth in passenger traffic of 7.1% year-on-year in February, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Thursday. This mainly reflected the upturn on the key route to and from Europe, offsetting struggles in the region’s biggest economies, Nigeria... 

SAA losses climb to R4.5bn 

By: African News Agency      27th March 2017 The losses of the already cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) has rapidly increased to R4.5-billion, documents submitted to Parliament’s standing committee on Finance revealed. “This new figure of R4.5-billion is significantly higher than the R3.5-billion revealed ten days ago and the... 

New air and ground urban transport concept pops up

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled at the recent 87th Geneva... 

Airline safety improves further in 2016

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 The aviation industry’s all accident rate, measured in accidents per one-million flights, improved to 1.61 in 2016, from 1.79 in 2015. The latest data published by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Friday, further showed that the major jet accident rate, measured in hull... 

Despite headwinds, Oppenheimer sees business aviation picking up again

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Business aviation can and does play an important role in supporting certain key industries in parts of the world that are under-serviced by scheduled commercial airline operations. In Africa, the best example of this is the mining sector. “The role of this type of aviation in supporting mining in... 

Frankfurt Airport seeks to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the recent 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG’s executive board member and... 

Safeguarding cargo not sole responsibility of police, ACSA – CEO

By: African News Agency      9th March 2017 Companies dealing with handling cargo with valuables at airports should have their own security measures in place apart from those provided by the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), its CEO Bongani Maseko said. He said although cargo security was a... 

Outa, pilots association want SAA chair declared a ‘delinquent director’  

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) have filed a court application seeking to declare South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni a “delinquent director”. Outa filed the application at the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled on Tuesday at the... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept
Photo by Airbus
This image shows a passenger capsule coupled to a ground module and a second passenger capsule coupled to an air module

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2017 South African airports occupy two of the top three places for major airports in the Africa region in the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, Airports Council International World (ACI World) announced in Montreal, Canada, on Monday. In this category, defined as airports handling more than... 

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards
Durban’s King Shaka International Airport ranked second in the Africa region in terms of airport service quality last year

Aviation company refutes security claims about its base at OR Tambo

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear at a... 

Boeing establishes offices in South Africa, Kenya

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Boeing Company has opened two new offices in Africa, one in Johannesburg and another in Nairobi, Kenya. The offices will be managed by Boeing International sub-Saharan Africa MD and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Africa international sales director Miguel Santos, in Johannesburg, and market... 

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

US group unveils its new-generation oversized cargo aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first example of the commercial version of its C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter. The civilian model is designated the LM-100J and it was built, and the roll-out ceremony took place at, the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG chief operating officer Anke Giesen.... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa
Photo by Fraport
Anke Giesen

Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 The National Treasury on Wednesday announced it had agreed, in principle, to a substantial capital injection into troubled South African Airways (SAA); however, it could not confirm the amount or timeline for the capital injection. Treasury confirmed in the National Budget that, during 2017/18,... 

Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA
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