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Rival aerospace majors win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at show

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, currently under way in the UK. (The trade days being from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday the public days.) Boeing announced... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2018 Flying car manufacturer Terrafugia has announced that its first production vehicles will come to market in 2019. Newly added and/or improved features in the 2019 Transition production vehicle – a two-seater car and aircraft – will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor and flight... 

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... 

Global airliner-maker consolidation continues as Boeing, Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer have jointly announced 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 approved... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2018 United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will use this week’s African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) Forum in Washington DC to initiate “exploratory talks” with African governments on a possible trade model that could be implemented when the unilateral programme expires in... 

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... 

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... 

German funding to back oil, gas exploration in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Gravionic, a specialist in the development of complex sensor systems, was awarded a €376 000 grant from the German government to mount its gravity and magnetic surveying equipment on to a gyrocopter for the first time.  

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... 

Drone tech first for Kumba Iron Ore a ‘game changer’ at Sishen mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore has worked through two years of complex legal, governance and logistical challenges to earn an operating licence to fly its own remote aircraft systems, or drones, which have already become a ‘game changer’ at its Sishen mine, near Kathu,... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

Uganda puts down deposit for six aircraft

By: John Muchira     15th June 2018 In a significant step towards reviving its defunct national carrier, Uganda has paid deposits for six aircraft – four Bombardier CRJ900 and two wide-body Airbus A330-200 jets. jretsThis comes after the East Africa nation made an initial cash deposit of $1,2-million for the purchase of six... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

Sikorsky Continues Customer Support Focus with New Parts Supply Site and S-92 Blade Repair Capability

8th June 2018 Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and... 

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... 

Plans for second runway at Kenya’s main airport in the balance

By: John Muchira     8th June 2018 Plans to construct a second runway at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are hanging in the balance, following an announcement by government that it was reviewing the economic viability of the project. Despite the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) floating tenders for the project,... 

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... 

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... 

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an... 

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