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African and global air freight and passenger traffic rose in February

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 The growth in demand for air freight, measured in freight-tonne-kilometres (FTKs), in Africa increased by more than 10% in February, in comparison to February last year. African air passenger traffic, measured in revenue-passenger-kilometres (RPKs) jumped 7.1% over the same period. This has been... 

New versions of major airliner designs make first flights on same day

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 March 31 was a red-letter day in commercial aviation when two new versions of major airliners made their first flights. They were – in alphabetical order – the Airbus A319neo and the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. The two flights took place from Hamburg, Germany and at North Charleston in South... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

Printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, a shift that the Norwegian three-dimensional (3-D) printing company said would eventually shave $2-million to $3-million off the cost of each plane. The contract announced on Monday is a major... 

South African Airways awarded 4-Star ranking for 15 years in a row

     3rd April 2017 South African Airways (SAA) the leading airline on the African continent, has yet again confirmed its place amongst the top airlines in the world with a 4-Star ranking, in both economy and business class, for the 15th consecutive year. “SAA is proud to have maintained quality levels on all the... 

Laptop bomb threat is real and expect restrictions to go global

By: Keith Campbell     31st March 2017 Just about 15 months ago, on February 2, 2016, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb onboard an Airbus A321 airliner of Daallo Airlines some 15 to 20 minutes after it took off from Mogadishu Airport. The bomb blew a roughly one square metre hole in the aircraft’s fuselage. Fortunately, it had been... 

Rand Airport – Joburg’s first hub of civil aviation

By: Jade Davenport     31st March 2017 Since it was established  in 1886, the city of Johannesburg has been at the forefront of much of the economic, industrial and infrastructure development in South Africa and the broader African continent. However, there is one notable exception to that general historical and ongoing trend, and... 

Rwanda's airline to start flights to London from May 26

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 Rwanda's airline will start three weekly flights to London's Gatwick airport on May 26 and it expects to exceed one million passengers on all its routes in the next three to four years, CE John Mirenge said on Monday. The London route, which will be served by two newly acquired Airbus A330s, will... 

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 With interest in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes), or drones, increasing, seemingly unhindered by their high costs, Cape Town-based RPAS sport organisation Drone Racing Africa (DRA) has introduced a basic drone flying course.  

Airline safety improves further in 2016

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 The aviation industry’s all accident rate, measured in accidents per one-million flights, improved to 1.61 in 2016, from 1.79 in 2015. The latest data published by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Friday, further showed that the major jet accident rate, measured in hull... 

Cradle of South African aviation

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2017 The birth of South Africa's aviation industry cannot be pinpointed to one location or date or to a single individual. While East London may boast the status of hosting the first flight in South Africa, the first aerodrome, along with the first flying school, was, in fact, established in... 

Despite headwinds, Oppenheimer sees business aviation picking up again

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Business aviation can and does play an important role in supporting certain key industries in parts of the world that are under-serviced by scheduled commercial airline operations. In Africa, the best example of this is the mining sector. “The role of this type of aviation in supporting mining in... 

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Status change for Kenya airport opens way for direct flights to the US

By: John Muchira     10th March 2017 Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has been granted Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), paving the way for airlines to operate direct flights between JKIA and airports in the US. This followed a meticulous assessment by the FAA and other US agencies. 

Potchefstroom brothers continue aviation development with launch of new glider 

By: Dylan Slater     7th March 2017 Following in the tradition of brothers making their mark in the aviation industry, Potchefstroom brothers Professor Attie Jonker and Uys Jonker have launched a new addition to the domestic glider industry – the JS3.  

Aviation company refutes security claims about its base at OR Tambo

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear at a... 

Ethiopian Airlines receives backing for big growth plan

By: John Muchira     3rd March 2017 Plans by Africa’s fastest-growing carrier, Ethiopia Airlines, to double its size by 2025 have received a major boost in the form of a $159-million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund its fleet expansion efforts. The loan, which is backed by the African Trade Insurance Agency... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year, the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a military academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

     24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

US group unveils its new-generation oversized cargo aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first example of the commercial version of its C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter. The civilian model is designated the LM-100J and it was built, and the roll-out ceremony took place at, the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of... 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Treasury agrees, in principle, to substantial capital injection for SAA

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 The National Treasury on Wednesday announced it had agreed, in principle, to a substantial capital injection into troubled South African Airways (SAA); however, it could not confirm the amount or timeline for the capital injection. Treasury confirmed in the National Budget that, during 2017/18,... 

A380 airliner restored to the Johannesburg route by Emirates

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, recently reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand. Previously, the airline had operated the A380 on its Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but the market had... 

African and global airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth last year

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Last year, African airlines experienced their strongest year of passenger growth since 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Passenger numbers on international flights within, and to and from, the continent, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs),... 

The first powered flight in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     17th February 2017 The field of aviation achieved a new milestone last week with the safe passage of the world's longest commercial flight. That Qatar Airways plane travelled a distance of 14 535 km between the Qatari capital of Doha,  and Auckland, New Zealand, in one continuous stretch – a journey that covered... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South African company Fireblade Aviation has stressed that the international arrivals and departures section of its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, will be totally under the control of the relevant government agencies. This was made clear in a... 

Comair posts solid H1 results despite low occupancy levels

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 The domestic aviation industry continues to have surplus capacity, resulting in occupancy levels that remain low by international standards, says JSE-listed Comair. The company, nevertheless, grew its revenue by 6% for the six months to December 31, as a result of a recovery in yields, but... 

Airports company reports good increases in passenger numbers in 2016

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed on Tuesday when it published its latest 'Aviation Barometer' report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from... 

TNPA launches newest tug, the Ukhozi

By: Shirley le Guern     13th February 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on Monday launched a fifth new tug, the Ukhozi, in Durban. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told guests at the launch ceremony that the nine-tug R1.4-billion project was 81% complete and was progressing on schedule and within... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

SA regional airline aligns fleet modernisation with growth plan

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 South African private-sector airline Airlink and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer have jointly announced that the carrier was leasing five of the manufacturer’s twin-engined E-Jet family airliners. The aircraft, three E170s and two E190s, will be obtained from ECC Leasing, which is a... 

Aeroderivative gas turbines seen offering stable accompaniment to renewables

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 Aeroderivative gas turbine technology could provide an economical and efficient alternative to wind, solar and tidal power generation, particularly as these technologies depend on unpredictable weather. Global engineering firm Siemens sub-Saharan Africa power and gas executive VP Andreas Pistauer... 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) believes that focused applications of the aerotropolis concept in South Africa will attract business and make domestic airports a preferable link in the value chain. 

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

Solar power plants planned for all domestic airports

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) plans to build solar power plants at all six of the South African airports its owns and operates by November this year. 

Puma Energy’s Richards Bay fuel storage facility operational

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2017 Independent fuel distribution company Puma Energy’s new fuel storage facility in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has become fully operational and the company has started supplying aviation fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. Puma Energy established its newest storage... 

Regional airlines flock to Zim as it opens its skies

By: News24Wire      24th January 2017 RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the... 

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