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Future growth of African aviation to depend on cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (IATA) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

SAA awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both business and economy class, for a sixteenth consecutive year.  

SAA awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year
South African Airways' A330-300 airbus

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

State-owned model leaves commercial airlines struggling to compete

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 South Africa has missed out on opportunities in key air travel markets, owing to its reliance on a dominant national carrier and State-owned airports, an executive of privately-owned Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg, said on Thursday. Lanseria operations deputy executive... 

SAA fills critical skills gap with key appointments

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has announced key appointments to fill the critical skills gap at the airline as it forges ahead with implementing a turnaround plan. Pumla Luhabe was appointed chief commercial officer, Bob Head CFO, Hendus Venter CIO, Mpati Amelia acting chief legal officer and... 

Trade union Solidarity believes business rescue essential to save SAA; other unions strongly disagree

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity believes that business rescue is the only way that jobs can be saved at embattled State-owned national flag-carrier South African Airways (SAA) and the company put back on a sustainable footing. This was made clear at the media briefing at the union's head office on... 

Trade union Solidarity believes business rescue essential to save SAA; other unions strongly disagree

Zimbabwe government buys Boeing planes, leases them to new airline

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister said on Wednesday, adding the planes would be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to profitability. Patrick Chinamasa said Harare had agreed with an... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders
Photo by Bloomberg
A Boeing 777 (in airliner configuration)

International airline body calls for greater cooperation within Africa regarding aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (Iata) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

ATNS offers air traffic management bursaries to matriculants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is offering bursaries to individuals who have completed their matric studies, to study towards a career in air traffic management.  

Trade union to seek to put SAA into business rescue

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity announced on Sunday that it was to start court proceedings to place State-owned and financially very troubled national carrier South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue. In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Public... 

Trade union to seek to put SAA into business rescue

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Iata reports strong global passenger demand for February

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Global passenger traffic results for February showed a rebound in traffic growth, following the slower demand experienced in January, which was owing to temporary factors such as the later timing of the Lunar New Year. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday that... 

Next-generation Boeing jets to lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

Oversight structure set up to monitor implementation of SAA’s latest turnaround plan

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2018 A formal oversight structure, involving the National Treasury, as well as executive and nonexecutive directors from South African Airways (SAA), has been established to monitor the implementation of a “revalidated” turnaround strategy at the lossmaking and heavily indebted national carrier.... 

Oversight structure set up to monitor implementation of SAA’s latest turnaround plan
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal 

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's bid to overturn his own decision to let Fireblade Aviation Oppenheimer operate a private VIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. "The minister cannot rely on his own unlawful... 

SCA dismisses Gigaba's appeal against Oppenheimers' VIP terminal
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

SAA losses mount for 2017 

By: African News Agency      27th March 2018 National carrier South African Airways made a further financial loss of R3.7-billion over the nine months to the end of 2017, as revenue dipped about R1-billion below its forecasts for that period. The figures were tabled in a briefing by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana, chairman JB Magwaza and executives... 

ExecuJet base in Lagos granted free trade zone status

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet announced on Monday that its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Lagos, Nigeria, had been designated a free trade zone (FTZ) by the Nigerian authorities. As a result, parts and services supplied by ExecuJet to its customers in Nigeria’s commercial capital... 

ExecuJet base in Lagos granted free trade zone status
Photo by ExecuJet
ExecuJet’s facility in Lagos

Comair selects Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell have announced that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Sita, Wits, Tshimologong precinct launch air travel innovation competition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 UK-based Sita Air Transport Community Foundation, in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Tshimologong precinct, has launched an innovation competition to address the question of what information, tools or technology first-time air travellers in Africa will need to... 

Cape Town International wins another award for best airport in Africa

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 Cape Town International Airport was once again ranked the best in Africa at the Skytrax World Airport Awards held in Stockholm, Sweden, the Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Thursday. It was the third year in a row Cape Town International won the award. 

South Africa’s aviation activity index shows continuing mild improvement

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 On Tuesday the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) released its composite index of aviation activity for the fourth quarter of last year (4Q17). The Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI) is created using 25 different indicators. It is designed to provide a measure of economic... 

Business model for airports under threat, globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a... 

Business model for airports under threat, globally
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Changes in passenger behaviour will require skilful management by airports

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group
Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight test development aircraft

SAA suspends CFO over disciplinary process

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) has suspended indefinitely two officials including its chief financial officer, its spokesperson said on Tuesday, over a disciplinary process at the loss-making airline. CFO Phumeza Nhantsi and the head of the airline's technical unit Musa Zwane... 

Jarana defends SAA’s poor performance, lack of turnaround

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday said it was again taking “urgent steps” to address issues raised by the Auditor-General’s (AG’s) office in its 2016/17 audit report, which was released last week. “The AG has given us a comprehensive diagnosis into key areas of our business and... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell announced on Friday that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners
Photo by Honeywell
An IntuVue RDR-4000 radar in the nose of Honeywell’s Convair 580 flying test bed

New targets for sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Airline safety in Africa and the world is getting better and better

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported “strong progress” in airline safety in Africa last year. This was part of a world-wide improvement in safety, revealed in the global airline industry representative organisation’s recently released 2017 safety performance data.  

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2018 German flag carrier Lufthansa announced on Thursday that it would start flying its new-generation Airbus A350-900 airliners on its direct cape Town/Munich route in December. The airline ordered 25 of these aircraft last year, of which the first ten will be based in Munich, flying on routes... 

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service
Photo by Lufthansa
Artwork of an A350-900 in Lufthansa’s latest livery

ExecuJet adds Bombardier Challenger 350 to its East Africa fleet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 International business aviation company ExecuJet is expanding its managed fleet in Africa with the addition of a Bombardier Challenger 350 to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.  

ExecuJet adds Bombardier Challenger 350 to its East Africa fleet
ExecuJet's Bombardier Challenger 350

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Airline body identifies five technologies that could greatly improve air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Five technologies promise to transform air passenger travel in the coming years, argues International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Al Bakri. They are artificial intelligence (AI), biometric technology, blockchain, remote sensing technology and... 

Executive aviation terminal at OR Tambo airport now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 The Fireblade Aviation Fixed-Base Operations (FBO) terminal at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handled its first international flight last week, the company reported on Tuesday. A FBO is a private air terminal, to cater for VIP and VVIP passengers, flying into, out of and within a... 

Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one-billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The global airline industry has committed itself to greatly increasing its use of sustainable aviation fuels

Airline safety in Africa getting better and better

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported “strong progress” in airline safety in Africa last year. This was part of a world-wide improvement in safety, revealed in the global airline industry representative organisation’s 2017 safety performance data, released on Thursday.... 

Airline safety in Africa getting better and better
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
There were no jet hull losses and no fatal airline accidents in Africa in 2017

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