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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

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,... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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... 

Move to single-pilot operation would undermine air safety, says aviation expert

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 Proposals that airlines could move single-pilot operation, in place of the current system of pilot and co-pilot (more formally, Captain and First Officer), in order to reduce costs, are most ill-advised, affirmed Comair crew resource management specialist Michael Bowyer (himself a pilot). He was... 

Two pilots are safer than one – aviation expert 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Proposals that airlines could move single-pilot operation, in place of the current system of pilot and co-pilot (more formally, Captain and First Officer), in order to reduce costs, are most ill-advised, affirmed Comair crew resource management specialist Michael Bowyer (himself a pilot) on... 

Comair shows strong profit growth in tough conditions

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Comair issued its annual financial results on Tuesday, reporting a 54% increase in profits to R297m and a 28% increase in cash generated by its operations. Comair operates under its low-cost airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways... 

Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA 

7th September 2017 The weak South African economy is affecting the local airline sector. Keith Campbell reports on how one local airline group, Comair, is meeting the challenge. 

Comair reports its diversification strategy is working

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 South African airline group Comair Limited’s strategy of countering the weak local air passenger market by diversifying its business is proving successful, reports company CEO Erik Venter. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our non-airline businesses and we’re... 

Local airline group Comair reports its diversification strategy is working 

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2017 South African airline group Comair Limited’s strategy of countering the weak local air passenger market by diversifying its business is proving successful, company CEO Erik Venter told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. “It’s working very well. About 20% of our profits are coming from our... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

SAA cancels flights to Nigeria airport 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 South African Airways (SAA) and a number of other airlines have cancelled flights to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital Abuja due to the dangers posed by the state of disrepair of the runway. SAA cancelled flights for six weeks, as repairs on the runway began on... 

ACSA starts with new strategy while reporting good results

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has started to implement elements of its new operational strategy, says chairperson Skhumbuzo Macozoma. "It's very important to have sound corporate governance in a company like ACSA," he said at a briefing on Friday. "I'm happy to announce we've finalised a... 

Comair FY profits down in tough climate

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2016 JSE-listed airliner Comair on Tuesday posted a 12% dip in profit after tax to R193-million for the year to June 30. Headline earnings a share for the year under review declined to 36.5c, from the prior year’s 47.9c, while earnings a share decreased from 47.8c in 2015 to 41.5c in 2016. 

South Africa's main two airports to expand capacity again

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2016 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is planning to start work on new or expanded domestic passenger terminal facilities at both Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in the near future. ACSA CEO Bongani Maseko conveyed this information to... 

The aliens are coming

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th July 2016 The other day, more than usual calls on my cellphone were being dropped. The Internet was erratic and that DStv was often on the blink. An increase in electromagnetic jamming always precedes an attack. The question is: From whom? I considered the options and worked out that it had to be aliens.... 

Melrose Arch precinct welcomes luxury apartments and penthouse office suites

4th May 2016 Recognising the demand for more luxury living and office space within the stylish and centrally located Melrose Arch precinct, Amdec has responded with the development of both upmarket apartments and exclusive rooftop office space. The latest phase of Melrose Arch, the striking R2 billion One on... 

FlySafair: We are not for sale to Comair

By: News24Wire      13th April 2016 Amidst continued speculation in the SA aviation industry about the Comair acquisition deal underway, low-cost airline FlySafair has vehemently denied that it is for sale. Kirby Gordon, FlySafair's vice president of sales and distribution, told Fin24 on Wednesday that, although the Comair... 

Comair gears up for first Saint Helena flight with another Boeing acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2016 JSE-listed airliner Comair is gearing up for the opening of an historic new route to the south Atlantic island of Saint Helena with a $47-million acquisition of a new Boeing 737-800. Saint Helena, which has just over 4 000 inhabitants and is best-known for having been the place where Napoleon... 

Melrose Arch is the new business address of Eversheds

9th February 2016 Iconic new urban development, Melrose Arch, has become the new home of some of South Africa’s top legal minds. International law firm Eversheds has relocated its offices to the well-positioned precinct. Surrounded by world-class hotels, luxury apartments and the best local and international... 

My journey to England

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th February 2016 Over the Christmas break, I went to England for my daughter's wedding. Since I hate flying overseas for long, cramped hours, I bought myself a business class ticket on British Airways (BA). On the aircraft, I was asked what I wanted to eat and I said nothing. I was asked what I wanted to drink... 

Goodbye, blue sky

By: Riaan de Lange     4th December 2015 "You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." This quote is attributed to Frank Zappa, an American musician. 

‘Aggressive’ new market entrants reverse Comair’s revenue growth in H2

By: Natalie Greve     14th September 2015 The entry of two “aggressive” competitors in the second half of the 2015 financial year has dragged on aviation group Comair’s second-half earnings, reversing the revenue growth experienced in the first half of the year, as the airline returned savings on the price of fuel to its customers by way... 

South African low-cost airline set to have the youngest fleet in region

By: Keith Campbell     14th August 2015 The delivery of the last of the six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft ordered by South African low cost carrier kulula.com (kulula) in 2009 will give the carrier the youngest airline fleet in Southern Africa, the company has reported. Part of the Comair group, kulula (the company spells the name with a... 

Transforming SAA hasn't been easy, says Dudu Myeni

By: News24Wire      13th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni says bringing about transformation at the airline has earned her names such as “untouchable”, “power hungry” and “number one’s favourite girl”. Opening up for the first time in an exclusive interview with News24 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in... 

New Melrose Arch executive apartments brought to market

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2015 Further luxury residential accommodation has been brought to market in mixed-use property development Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Gauteng, to keep up with the demand for residential space that is being experience within the precinct, said real estate agency Pam Golding CEO Dr Andrew Golding. He... 

Nedbank to finance R2.1bn deal for four new Comair aircraft

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2015 Banking giant Nedbank announced on Tuesday that it would provide a R2.1-billion boost for airliner Comair’s ongoing fleet upgrade programme over the next year. The bank would finance the next four Boeing 737-800 aircraft set for delivery in tranches from August to October this year, and February... 

International airlines brace for SA's new travelling with minors rule  

By: News24Wire      27th May 2015 As the new requirement for unabridged birth certificates for all children travelling in South Africa comes into effect on June 1 2015, major international airlines say they’ve done all they can to inform those affected. However, Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) chairperson... 

FlySafair: Airlines should not have to go to court to preserve competition

By: News24Wire      7th May 2015 A competitive market is a healthy one and FlySafair says its entry into the low-cost domestic market is proof of this. Surveys indicate that local travellers have been given access to wider choice and better airfare pricing since the arrival of Skywise and Flysafair dented the dominance of Mango... 

Comair's challenge to SAA bailouts continues 

By: News24Wire      6th May 2015 Comair's challenge to the legality of government's bailouts of South African Airways (SAA) will continue in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. Comair, which is a franchise partner for British Airways, argued on Tuesday that instead of going into business rescue, the technically... 

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