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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

Troubles at SAA helping to drive local businesses to budget airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Business travel sources have reported that troubled State-owned national carrier South African Airways (SAA) has slashed the discounts it gives to corporations for business travel. Furthermore, the airline’s cutbacks on certain routes have also adversely affected major businesses. The consequence... 

Consolidation of global airliner sector continues as Boeing and Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer jointly announced on Thursday 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... 

Consolidation of global airliner sector continues as Boeing and Embraer announce JV
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E 190 airliner of South African airline Airlink

Freight capacity growth continues to outstrip demand growth – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Global air freight capacity growth outstripped demand growth for the fourth month in a row in May, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reports.  

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer announced on Tuesday that it had signed a multi-year spare parts and support deal, known as a Pool Programme Agreement, with South African-based Sahara Africa Aviation (Sahara). The agreement covers more than 500 components for two Embraer ERJ 145 50-seater... 

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator
Photo by Sahara Africa Aviation
An Embraer EMB 120ER of Sahara Africa Aviation

Major South African airports score well in international on-time rankings

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2018 South Africa’s three main airports have each been awarded four-star ratings for flight punctuality, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has announced. The rankings were awarded by global flight information provider OAG. The maximum number of stars that can be awarded in the OAG On-Time... 

Major South African airports score well in international on-time rankings
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Embraer ERJ-145 airliner of Airlink taxiing at ACSA’s OR Tambo International Airport

Airliner manufacturer predicts strong demand for turboprop aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR on Monday released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimated the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional... 

Airliner manufacturer predicts strong demand for turboprop aircraft
Photo by ATR
An ATR 72-600 airliner of Mandarin Airlines

Inaugural aviation awards launched

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2018 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will be launching the inaugural Civil Aviation Industry Awards, with the aim to recognise individuals and companies for their contribution to the country’s aviation safety and security record. Civil aviation director Poppy Khoza said on Monday... 

Airbus, Bombardier airliner deal now operational

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Europe-based major global airliner manufacturer Airbus announced on Sunday that its deal with Canadian aerospace company Bombardier (part of the wider Bombardier group) to take a majority share in the latter’s C Series airliner programme had come into effect. The C-Series comprises two models:... 

Airbus, Bombardier airliner deal now operational
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A320neo (left) with a Bombardier CS300 (right)

Airbus to support Côte d’Ivoire’s aerospace industry development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 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... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain
Photo by Airbus
A computer-generated image of an Airbus A330-200 in Iberia livery

Kenya Airways to restart hedging to counter oil price volatility

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Kenya Airways' immediate biggest challenge is oil price volatility, and the airline will restart price hedging, its chief executive officer said on Friday. "The volatility of the oil price has been really tremendous. Addressing this is of utmost concern," Sebastian Mikosz told a news conference... 

Most airlines see profit rise, but share prices fall, in first quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 The profitability of the global airline industry improved during the first quarter of this year (1Q18) in comparison to the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. The prime driver of this improvement was a turnaround by European airlines. On... 

Airbus, Côte d’Ivoire sign agreement to develop country’s aerospace sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire government has... 

Union wants answers as gaps left by SAX grounding are plugged

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has created an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found... 

WWF calls on airline industry to help stop the trafficking of wildlife

By: Kim Cloete     14th June 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on airlines and airports to work together to stop widespread wildlife trafficking.   “Wildlife trafficking is a global challenge. The very existence of wildlife is being threatened,” WWF private sector engagement team director Afsoon Namini, told... 

ACSA continues to work with African partners in developing airports 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it is working with its counterparts in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana on the commissioning of airports. ACSA COO Fundi Sithebe says the company is assisting the Zambian government in commissioning its Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as... 

African airlines boost routes but fare poorly financially

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 African airlines have notched up an encouraging number of new routes, but are still in a poor financial position overall, the Aviation Development Conference, AviaDev, has heard. In a keynote address on the outlook for the industry, Embraer Commercial Aviation sales director Gad Wavomba, said... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

Investec Aviation Finance assists SA Airlink in its fleet renewal strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Investec Aviation Finance has completed its first transaction with privately-owned airline SA Airlink, for the acquisition of three E170 aircraft.  

Investec Aviation Finance assists SA Airlink in its fleet renewal strategy

South African Airways' catering unit plans to cut 118 jobs – union

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 South African Airways' (SAA) catering arm plans to lay off 118 workers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said, as the struggling airline implements a turnaround strategy to restore profitability. Numsa said it had received notice of the layoffs from the catering arm,... 

SAA adds six flights a week to Johannesburg–East London route

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has added additional flights to the Eastern Cape to cater for business travelers between East London and Johannesburg.  

SAA adds six flights a week to Johannesburg–East London route

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Supplier expanding its tools range
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana is of the opinion that placing the airline under business rescue would not lead to a radically different recovery plan for the deeply indebted and heavy loss-making national carrier. He was answering a question from FlightComm editor and aviation... 

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