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Competition Commission prohibits Airlink-Safair merger, companies to challenge ruling

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2018 The Competition Commission on Friday said that it prohibited the proposed merger between SA Airlink and Safair Operations because the transaction was likely to result in a substantial prevention of competition. SA Airlink is the largest independent regional airline in southern Africa and operates... 

South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline reports record performance

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 South African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, has announced that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before interest,... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba used his maiden Budget to reinforce President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that stakes in cash-strapped State-owned companies (SoCs) could be sold to reduce their reliance on bail-outs and debt. Ramaphosa made the announcement in his response to the debate... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

New helicopters ordered for TNPA's Durban, Richards Bay ports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service the Durban and Richards Bay ports, as part of its helicopter marine pilotage service - one of only three countries in the world to... 

New helicopters ordered for TNPA's Durban, Richards Bay ports

Fireblade executive terminal at OR Tambo airport is now handling international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 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... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

Commission seeks penalty against SA Airlink for alleged predatory pricing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Competition Commission has referred regional feeder airline SA Airlink to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of alleged excessive and predatory pricing. The commission initiated an investigation into SA Airlink’s conduct with regard to the Johannesburg–Mthatha route after... 

Record performance by South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th February 2018 South African private-sector airline group Comair, operator of the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, announced on Tuesday that it had achieved a record performance for the first half of the current financial year (July 1 to December 31, 2017). Earnings before... 

Record performance by South Africa’s biggest private-sector airline
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A Boeing 737 of Comair’s low cost Kulula brand

Airline’s latest order of superjumbos significantly extends life of A380 programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The recent order of further Airbus A380 airliners by Emirates Airlines has guaranteed that the Superjumbo will remain in production for at least another decade, an Airbus spokesperson assures “Engineering News”. On January 18 it was announced that Airbus and Emirates had signed a Memorandum of... 

Iata welcomes latest African ‘open skies’ initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the launch of the African Union’s (AU’s) Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. This is intended to improve intra-African air transport links by “opening up” the skies above the continent. The initiation of the SAATM... 

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

National carrier makes changes on Johannesburg/London route

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Thursday that it was assigning its new Airbus A330-300 wide-body airliners to its Johannesburg/London route, with effect from March 25. It also announced that it was cutting the daily frequency of its flights between Johannesburg and London to one, from... 

National carrier makes changes on Johannesburg/London route
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One of SAA’s new A330-300 airliners

Embraer proclaims E190-E2 the world’s most ecofriendly narrow-body jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, has announced that flight tests have confirmed that its new E190-E2 airliner is the most efficient single-aisle airliner in the world. The E190-E2 is the first member of the group’s new... 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2018 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) announced on Wednesday that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had granted final approval for the building of the airport’s new, realigned, runway. This followed the conclusion of the DEA’s appeals process regarding the project. This is a... 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light
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Cape Town International Airport

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight
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The A321LR takes off from Hamburg on its maiden flight

AU launches single African air transport market

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2018 Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who, at the weekend, took over as president of the African Union (AU), on Sunday also announced the launch of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). The SAATM is the first AU Agenda 2063 flagship project and is aimed at creating a single unified air transport... 

Aerotropolis scheduled for launch in Q1

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 The Durban Aerotropolis, with King Shaka International Airport at its nucleus, will be launched this year with Dube TradePort as the implementing agent. Dube TradePort CEO Hamish Erskine tells Engineering News that the implementation of the aerotropolis will involve establishing the funding... 

For Airbus, 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the airliner manufacturing arm of European aerospace giant Airbus Group, has announced that last year it set a new company record for annual deliveries of aircraft. These totalled 718 aeroplanes to 85 customers and amounted to a 4% increase over the 688 delivered in... 

Airbus reports strong single-aisle aircraft demand

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier is very optimistic about the state of the global airliner market and the prospects it offer the company. “The market is still very active; the growth is, in China … still more than 10% year-on-year – on [sic] such a big market, we are having 1... 

Aerotropolis market access to foster economic growth

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 A successful aerotropolis has to ensure that the benefits associated with international air connectivity, such as market access and attractiveness for investment, will support economic activity, says consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV’s subsidiary Netherlands Airport Consultants... 

Ekurhuleni unlocks investment opportunities

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 With globalisation causing more reliance on air commerce to trade goods and services, the speed and agility that aviation offers become key differentiators for firms and cities that want to stay competitive, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon environment and planning... 

Digital transformation in sight

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has decided to transform from being an airport business that operates technology to a digital business that manages airports. ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko says the implementation of the five-year digital strategy began in 2016 and the company has already piloted... 

Plans in the pipeline for new ATNS development

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 As part of the City of Ekurhuleni’s aerotropolis framework project, South Africa’s air traffic management agency Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) plans to relocate and consolidate its divisions to the ATNS campus in Isando, Ekurhuleni. Construction is expected to start in July. “We want... 

ORTIA IDZ development gaining traction

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 Development of the OR Tambo International Airport Industrial Development Zone (ORTIDZ), worth an estimated R400-million, is gaining traction, with the zone’s first phase targeted for completion before the end of 2018. The company mandated with the responsibility of developing and operating... 

Flights to encounter increasing turbulence in the future, study shows

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 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... 

Airbus executive see bright future for airliner sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier is very optimistic about the state of the global airliner market and the prospects it offers the company. “The market is still very active; the growth is, in China … still more than 10% year-on-year – on [sic] such a big market, we are having 1... 

Airbus executive see bright future for airliner sector
Photo by Airbus
Fabrice Brégier

Airbus reports that 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the airliner manufacturing arm of European aerospace giant Airbus Group, announced on Monday that last year it had set a new company record for annual deliveries of aircraft. These totalled 718 aeroplanes to 85 customers and amounted to a 4% increase over the 688... 

Airbus reports that 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries
Photo by Airbus
The Airbus range: from front to back: the A320neo, the A330, the A350-900 and the A380

Global air travel passenger demand growth strengthens

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 The International Air Transport Association said in a statement on Thursday that global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showed continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometres rose 8% compared with November 2016 – the fastest growth rate in five months – and up from a 7.3%... 

Lanseria International Airport expansion plans 

11th January 2018 Privately-owned Lanseria International Airport has significant development plans for the next few years. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Lanseria International Airport expansion plans
Lanseria International Airport expansion plans

SAA, TAAG sign code-share agreement

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) and Angola State-owned airline TAAG Angola Airlines on Wednesday announced a code-share agreement for flights between Luanda and Cape Town or Johannesburg. “SAA will code-share with TAAG on direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and between... 

UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it would resume flights to Tunisia after an exchange of security information, resolving a row over a ban on female Tunisian passengers. A statement by the foreign ministry on state news agency WAM said the decision was taken in light of extensive... 

UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

South African Airways denies procuring bottled water, fuel at premium

By: African News Agency      29th December 2017 Cash-strapped national carrier South African Airways on Thursday rejected as false reports that it was paying more for its bottled water and fuel than the market price. “We took note of comments on social media platforms suggesting that we procure at premium commodities such as bottled water and... 

South African Airways denies procuring bottled water, fuel at premium

Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

By: African News Agency      27th December 2017 Emirates airline says it has stopped flying to Tunisia as of Monday after the North African country said it had banned flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier, Reuters reports. Emirates announced the move on Sunday two days after Tunisian government officials accused the United Arab... 

Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

Star Alliance, Plug and Play partner to develop start-ups

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th December 2017 Global airline alliance Star Alliance has teamed up with start-up accelerator and innovation centre Plug and Play to identify and support relevant start-ups that are developing disruptive technologies in the travel and hospitality industry. The partnership will see the pair “accompany” the... 

South African regional operator orders two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

SAA, Mango rationalise and revise local schedules

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2017 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost subsidiary Mango are planning to rationalise their route network to improve efficiencies, provide more diverse offerings and unlock optimal aircraft use. The two airline brands will ensure seamless implementation of the revised schedule,... 

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