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Aviation News

'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... 

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... 

African airlines switching to more economical regional jets

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the recent 27th African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by... 

Uganda is reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the recent 27th African... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the recent 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin.  

SAA chief executive dismisses calls for business rescue

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 South African Airways (SAA) chief executive Vuyani Jarana on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the airline being placed under business rescue. "We believe we are already executing a recovery plan. We don't believe the plan [from business rescue practitioners] is going to be significantly... 

Iata, Deloitte publish Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance document

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and Deloitte have published a Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance booklet to assist governments considering public–private partnership (PPP) or privatisation programmes for airport infrastructure development. With the increasing demand for... 

ACSA launches campaign to rename four South African airports 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has called for public comments and proposals for the renaming of four national and international airports in South Africa. As part of the government’s Transformation of the Heritage Landscape programme, Cape Town International Airport, East London... 

Despite rising costs, airlines showing strong profits

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The rising costs within the aviation industry have not dampened an expected year of solid performance, despite triggering a downward revision in forecasts and a slow downward trend in profits at the operating level. Despite accelerating costs, particularly fuel and labour costs, and an upturn in... 

Iata, Afraa in MoU deal to advance aviation in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the African Airline Association (Afraa) have teamed up to pave the way for further development in the African aviation sector. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Sydney, Australia, this week deepens the cooperation between the... 

Denel Aeronautics acting CEO was in charge at SA Express when irregular contract signed – union

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity claimed on Wednesday that the reported fuel purchase contract, which failed to follow prescribed tender procedures, placed by State-owned airline SA Express with a little known company, EML Energy, had been placed while Victor Xaba had been acting CEO of the airline. Xaba... 

Denel Aeronautics acting CEO was in charge at SA Express when irregular contract signed – union
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Victor Xaba

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday 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... 

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet of SA Express, before the airline was grounded

ExecuJet Nigeria bolsters services for West Africa with Izy Air alliance

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 International business aviation company ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance for maintenance services between its Lagos-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and Nigeria-based Izy Air. This forms part of ExecuJet’s ongoing... 

First complete landing gear change for Emirates A380 aircraft executed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on the first Emirates Airbus A380 to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time. The process of changing all the landing gears was completed in 14 days. For the duration of the... 

First complete landing gear change for Emirates A380 aircraft executed

SAA, partner airlines assist stranded SA Express passengers

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) and its partner airlines Mango and SA Airlink have put in place replacement capacity to support South African (SA) Express passengers. This comes after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Thursday suspended SA Express’ flights after an audit uncovered... 

African airlines switching to more economical regional airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the twenty-seventh African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) on Thursday... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin on... 

Consortium to study feasibility of turning waste biomass into aviation fuel

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 A consortium comprising enterprise development specialist Fetola, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and SkyNRG is launching the Waste to Wing project to determine the feasibility of using waste biomass to produce sustainable aviation fuel in South Africa.  The consortium will... 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Uganda reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the 27th African Aviation... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 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... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

SKA to cost South African airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the... 

Africa offers great opportunities for business aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2018 There are significant growth opportunities for business and charter aviation in Africa. Already, there are 481 registered private jets in Africa and the continent's year-on-year business aviation growth is 44%. So highlighted ExecuJet Aviation Group GM: Flight Operations Philip du Preez at the... 

UK airline to launch direct Durban–London air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has announced that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is located... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 A briefing by South African Airways (SAA) to Parliament's finance committee was called off on Wednesday after MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed on whether the meeting should be closed to the public. Acting finance committee chairperson... 

 SAA briefing to Parliament cancelled after political parties clash

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout 

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The Solidarity trade union will continue with its court application to place State-owned flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue, despite another government bailout for the airline, the union announced on Friday. This follows a statement on Thursday by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana... 

Solidarity union to continue with SAA business rescue plan despite latest bailout
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A340-600 wide-body airliner

SAA to get R5bn capital injection after plea for cash – CEO

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 South Africa has promised another R5-billion ($400-million) capital injection to help its struggling state airline meet urgent financial obligations, the CEO of South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday. SAA has not generated a profit since 2011 and has already received State guarantees... 

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday petitioned Parliament to hold a debate in the House of Assembly on the State-owned flag-carrier airline, South African Airways (SAA). The union also urged the Government to support Solidarity’s application to place the airline under business rescue and to stop... 

Union urges Parliament to debate SAA

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official 

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 State carrier SAA requires a R5-billion cash injection in the current financial year to help it meet its financial obligations, a senior treasury official said on Tuesday. National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane told parliament the cash injection could however not come from government,... 

SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat – treasury official

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2018 The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone announced on Tuesday that the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA), is to introduce a direct route between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. The new service will commence on October 29. (King Shaka is... 

Direct Durban-London air link to be launched by UK carrier
Photo by Dube TradePort
An aerial view of King Shaka International Airport

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