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Zuma vows govt will continue supporting embattled SAA

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 46 minutes ago The government will continue supporting South African Airways (SAA) as the airline rebuilds itself, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. "We will support SAA on its path towards renewal," said Zuma who was speaking at the launch of the KZN Invest SA One Stop Shop in Durban. 

High-tech SA firm aiming to revolutionise production of electronic components

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 A small South African high-technology company is seeking to revolutionise the production of a key category of components for aerospace electronics and radars by using additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D Printing). The company is NewSpace Systems (a finalist in this year’s Western... 

New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (Canso) Director General Jeff Poole at the recent Canso Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 in... 

Lanseria International Airport launches new control tower complex 

     16th November 2017 A new control tower and fire station complex was recently opened at Lanseria International Airport.  

Lanseria International Airport launches new control tower complex
Lanseria International Airport launches new control tower complex

Air Senegal signs MoU for two Airbus A330neo jets

By: Reuters     16th November 2017 Airbus secured a memorandum of understanding on Thursday from Air Senegal to buy two A330neo jets. The agreement was reached on the final day of the weeklong, biennial Dubai Airshow, Airbus said in statement. 

Kenya Airways completes $2bn debt restructuring

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 Kenya Airways has finished restructuring $2-billion of debt, the carrier said on Wednesday, completing a key part of its turnaround plan after heavy losses. The airline's top shareholder, the Kenyan government, and 11 local lenders converted the bulk of their debts into shares, helping to relieve... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050 – industry group

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday. To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota... 

Ethiopian Airlines interested in Boeing's proposed mid-sized jet

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Ethiopian Airlines would be interested in around 10 to 20 mid-sized jets that Boeing is studying possibly developing, the African airline's chief executive said on Tuesday. Ethiopian also ordered two Boeing 777 Freighters, and exercised options for two more, Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam... 

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) reported on Monday that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Taxi way at OR Tambo International Airport

Plans to turn SAA around 

     10th November 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about discussions between South African Airways’ new CEO and board of directors, as well as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, regarding the recently announced R10-billion bailout for the airline and its latest... 

Plans to turn SAA around
Plans to turn SAA around

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport (LIA), and planned projects around it, for the development of the north west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the recent official opening of the new Control... 

ACSA CEO to chair international organisation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO Bongani Maseko has been appointed chairperson of the world governing board of the Airports Council International (ACI), the trade representative of the world’s airports, for a two-year term. ACI serves 623 members operating 1 940 airports in 176 countries... 

Zimbabwe renames main airport after Mugabe, plans $153m upgrade

By: Reuters     9th November 2017 Zimbabwe will upgrade its main airport at a cost of $153-million in an effort to attract more visitors, state media reported on Thursday, as authorities renamed the airport in honour of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Harare International Airport will from Thursday be known as Robert Mugabe... 

New SAA leadership team promises to take airline ‘back from the brink’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has promised that there will be a clear delineation of the roles between the shareholder, the board and the CEO at embattled national carrier South African Airways (SAA), following the constitution of the new board on November 3 and the appointment of Vuyani Jarana... 

New SAA leadership team promises to take airline ‘back from the brink’
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on how the R10-billion capital injection will be paid to SAA. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Treasury says PIC will not invest in national airline

By: Reuters     3rd November 2017 South Africa has not yet identified a potential equity partner for troubled national airline SAA and the State pension fund manager PIC will not invest either, National Treasury said in a response to questions to Parliament on Friday. The Public Investment Corporation, one of the continent's... 

Treasury says PIC will not invest in national airline

Global airline association predicts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air passengers expected for this year. This projection is based on a average compound annual growth rate... 

Airbus’s A330neo type makes first flight, while Air Mauritius accepts its first A350XWB

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on October 19, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

SAA’s failure to settle its debt would have resulted in default – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the South African Airways (SAA) bailout was a crucial decision made by government because failure to settle debts would have resulted in SAA defaulting on its debts. Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces. 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG 

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Irregular expenditure by government departments and State-owned entities has ballooned by over 50% in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous financial year, topping R45-billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu revealed on Tuesday. “Irregular expenditure has increased by 55% since the previous year... 

Heavy increase in irregular expenditure in South Africa, now pegged above R45bn, says AG
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport, and planned projects around it, for the development of the north-west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the new Control Tower and Fire Station... 

PIC head says needs bigger role in governance of State firms

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC) needs to play a bigger role in improving governance in State-owned companies, its chief executive officer Daniel Matjila said on Tuesday. The PIC, which manages government employees' pension money, is the biggest investor in State-owned firms'... 

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Global aviation industry faces Renaissance, creating openings for South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The global aviation industry continues to be a rapidly growing sector, far from reaching maturity. This was stressed at the recent International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) open session at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria by US National Aeronautics and... 

Global aviation industry faces Renaissance, creating openings for South Africa
Photo by Nasa
Nasa Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Dr Jaiwon Shin

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now underway. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, “big data”, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has acquired four dual-seat Mirage F1 fighter aircraft to enhance its existing pilot training capability.  

South African aerospace and defence company extends aircraft training with new fighter jets
MIRAGE F1 Paramount Group bought four Mirage F1 fighter jets from the French Government to assist in pilot training

Equity partner to be sought for State airlines as SAA gets another R10bn bail-out

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says government will pronounce on a plan to consolidate the State’s aviation assets and bring in a strategic equity partner after he meets with the new board of South African Airways (SAA), which was unveiled on October 19. Delivering his maiden Medium-Term Budget... 

Equity partner to be sought for State airlines as SAA gets another R10bn bail-out

International airline body forecasts air passenger traffic to double by 2036

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that 7.8-billion people will travel by air in 2036. This will amount to a nearly 100% increase over the figure of 4-billion air passengers expected for this year. This projection is based on an average compound annual growth rate... 

International airline body forecasts air passenger traffic to double by 2036
Photo by IATA
IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Maimane says govt must stop bailing out SAA

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, said on Monday that government could not afford to “throw billions” of rand at the loss-making national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), while four children a day die of starvation in the country. “Why keep subsidising the comparatively wealthy... 

Maimane says govt must stop bailing out SAA
Photo by Duane Daws
DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The first development aircraft in Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus’ new A330neo (new engine option) family made its maiden flight on Thursday, from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The aircraft took off at 09:57 local time and landed at 14:10, having flown for four hours and 13... 

Latest Airbus airliner type makes first flight
Photo by Airbus
The first A330neo, an A330-900, takes off for the first time

Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2017 The life of former African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Reginald Tambo was commemorated on Thursday with the unveiling of a new statue of the former anti-apartheid struggle stalwart at international arrivals at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma... 

Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration
Photo by Duane Daws
Jacob Zuma, members of the Tambo family & government officials

Mango strike continues, Solidarity and airline resume wage talks

By: African News Agency      18th October 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Wednesday return to the negotiating table with South African low-cost carrier, Mango Airline amid an ongoing pilots’ strike over wage hikes. Mango airline’s flight crews downed tools at 5 am on Monday morning after wage negotiations with Solidarity collapsed.... 

Mango airline pilots go on strike

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 Mango airline’s flight crews downed tools at 5 am on Monday morning after wage negotiations collapsed. Solidarity, which represents 95% of the pilots at Mango airline, said wage hike talks with Mango’s management on Sunday collapsed. As a result the union, which also represents flight captains... 

African airlines to incur $800m loss for 2017

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 Although the global airline industry is expected to post a $31-billion net profit this year, African airlines will once again incur losses of up to $800-million. Southern African Development Community airlines are expected to incur a combined $350-million loss, of which about $100-million will be... 

Africa’s State-owned airlines underperforming

By: Anine Kilian     13th October 2017 State-owned airlines in Africa are not operating at the capacity they should be, says Boeing sub-Saharan Africa MD Miguel Santos. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s forty-seventh annual general assembly, in KwaZulu-Natal, he noted... 

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