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Aviation News

Delta Air Lines triangular route approval a big win for the Western Cape

By: Yvonne Silaule     20th April 2022 The Western Cape government has welcomed the approval for Delta Air Lines to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, in the US, and Johannesburg and Cape Town. Government entities granted the approval following extensive correspondence and an intergovernmental dispute process relating to how... 

Sasol joins consortium to pursue carbon dioxide conversion to aviation fuel

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has joined an international consortium of industrial and academic project partners, known as Concrete Chemicals, in an effort to combine its technical knowledge with cement producer Cemex and renewable energy company Enertrag. Concrete Chemicals is focussed on... 

Kenya Airways, SAA plan investor search for pan-African carrier

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Kenya Airways and South African Airways (SAA) are planning a series of investor roadshows to help find a financial backer for a combined airline group they aim to create next year. The campaign to attract a majority investor for a holding company to be modeled on British Airways and Iberia owner... 

Iata reports that February saw a strong recovery in air passenger traffic

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 Worldwide, air passenger traffic rebounded strongly in February this year, both in year-on-year and month-on-month terms, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. Iata is the representative body of the global airline industry. 

Global air cargo demand continues to rise, but at a slower rate

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 Global total air cargo demand in February this year increased by 2.9%, year-on-year, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. International air cargo demand was 2.5% higher, over the same period. However, the rate of growth in demand decelerated in February, down from the... 

Air Belgium to operate seasonal flights in South Africa

By: Yvonne Silaule     5th April 2022 European airline Air Belgium plans to operate seasonal flights to South Africa starting in September, with up to three flights each week to Cape Town and Johannesburg. The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have welcomed Air Belgium’s plan to schedule two flights to Cape Town per week, with... 

Boeing wins another large order for its 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2022 Global major aircraft leasing group Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has confirmed an order for a further 32 Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airliners, the manufacturer announced on Monday. The order will include both the 737-8 and 737-9 versions of the MAX, although the numerical breakdown between the... 

Airbus adds Superjumbo jet to its growing list of airliners tested with 100% sustainable fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus on Monday announced that it had flown its A380 Superjumbo airliner, with one of its engine using only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The aircraft concerned was the company’s own flight test aircraft, known as MSN1. The aircraft took off from... 

Air Seychelles reports on its operational performance last year

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th March 2022 Air Seychelles, the State-owned national flag carrier for the Indian Ocean archipelagic country, released its operational report for 2021 on Friday. Operating a fleet of two Airbus A320neo single-aisle jets and five Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 19-seater twin-engined turboprop aircraft, last... 

Iata has launched industry-wide methodology to calculate airline carbon dioxide emissions

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2022 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has launched a methodology to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated per passenger during a specific flight. Called the ‘Iata Recommended Practice Per-Passenger... 

Rolls-Royce and Air bp sign sustainable aviation fuel agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2022 UK-based global major power and propulsion technology and systems group Rolls-Royce and Air bp, the aviation fuels division of global major energy group bp (previously branded BP and also UK-based), have signed an agreement under which the latter will supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the... 

Comair switches line maintenance of its airliners from Lufthansa Technik to SAA Technical

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2022 South African private sector airline group Comair has announced that, as a pre-emptive precaution, it has transferred the line maintenance of its fleet to South African Airways Technical (SAAT) from the South African operation of Lufthansa Technik. This was because the South African Civil... 

Intergovernmental dispute reinstituted to aid Delta Air Lines’ application, says Maynier

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2022 Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier says he will continue to apply the necessary pressure to secure a triangular route for US airline Delta Air Lines between Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, and Johannesburg and Cape Town. Delta had applied to operate a triangular... 

Comair air operation certificate restored and group phasing services back in

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2022 Comair will restart flight operations on Thursday, following the reinstatement of the group’s Air Operator’s Certificate by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the company stated late Wednesday night. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low-cost carrier... 

Comair grounding: Competition Commission warns airlines not to exploit passengers

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2022 South Africa’s Competition Commission has warned the country’s operating airlines against the ‘price gouging’ of passengers left stranded by the grounding of airliners operated by Comair, and so urgently seeking seats on alternative operators. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

Comair's fleet grounded indefinitely

By: Reuters     14th March 2022 South Africa's civil aviation regulator grounded Comair's planes indefinitely on Sunday over unresolved safety issues, in a move that also affects low-cost airline Kulula and British Airways, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. A spokesperson for the South African Civil Aviation Authority... 

A Kukula aeroplane

Air cargo, passenger demand slowed month-on-month in January

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2022 The International Air Transport Association has reported that the growth in both air cargo and air passenger traffic in January decelerated, in comparison to December last year. (Iata is the global representative body for the airline industry.) Regarding air cargo, globally, in January this was... 

Cape Town International Airport reporting recovery in both passenger and air cargo traffic

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2022 Public-private partnership Cape Town Air Access has reported that Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) last month registered its highest number of international air passengers since the restoration of international air travel in October 2020. A total of 125 861 international passengers passed... 

South African airlines welcome re-establishment of country’s essential air services councils

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th March 2022 The announcement that the South African government had appointed new air services councils was welcomed by the local commercial aviation sector on Thursday. There were two such councils, the International Air Services Council and the (domestic) Air Services Licensing Council. These councils were... 

Concrete progress on historic fighter restoration project with building of workshop structure

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2022 The project to rebuild South Africa’s only Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft has reached an important milestone, with the erection of the structure for the new workshop required to reconstruct the aircraft. This was marked with a small celebration held on Saturday, March 5, which was the 86th... 

The newly erected structure of the restoration workshop
Photo by Creamer Media's Rebecca Campbell
The newly erected structure of the restoration workshop

Kenya Airways sees Russia’s invasion inflating air ticket costs

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2022 Kenya Airways said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will result in airlines increasing ticket prices after crude oil surged, while uncertainty may reduce demand for travel. “We have started seeing many of the airlines taking action on this to ensure that they are able to keep on flying,” commercial... 

Airlink announces new domestic route

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th March 2022 South African private sector regional airline Airlink has announced that it is to inaugurate a new service, linking two of South Africa’s coastal cities. The route will be operated every day except Saturdays and will provide a direct link between Durban and Gqeberha (previously, and better known... 

Iata reports improved commercial aviation safety last year

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has announced that the safety performance of the world’s commercial airline industry had improved strongly in several areas last year, in comparison to 2020. Iata is the representative body for the global airline industry and it released the its... 

War in Ukraine unlikely to cause long-term disruption to air travel recovery, says Iata

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, does not believe that the current Russia-Ukraine War was likely to affect long-term growth in the commercial aviation sector. “In general, air transport is resilient against... 

Cabinet welcomes conclusion of purchase and sales agreement for SAA

By: News24Wire      24th February 2022 Cabinet has welcomed the conclusion of the sales and purchase agreement for South African Airways by the Department of Public Enterprises and Takatso Consortium. Cabinet said in a statement on Thursday that the next step in the deal to sell 51% of the government's stake in SAA was left to... 

South African Airways plane

Sale process for Takatso's majority stake in SAA is done, regulatory approval now needed

By: News24Wire      24th February 2022 The sale and purchase process of a majority stake in South African Airways (SAA) has now been concluded and signed by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and its strategic equity partner for the airline, the Takatso Consortium. According to a statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday,... 

South African Airways plane

Progress made in disposal of stake in airline SAA

By: Reuters     24th February 2022 The South African government said on Thursday that further progress had been made in the disposal of 51% of shares in national airline South African Airways to the Takatso Consortium. A cabinet statement read: "The Sales and Purchase process has now been concluded and signed by the Department of... 

Minister reiterates ‘tough love’ approach to SOE fiscal dependence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has reiterated his commitment to clamp down on State-owned entities (SOEs) that are draining the fiscus with bailouts. Delivering his Budget 2022 speech on February 23, he pointed out that more than R308-billion had been directed towards bailing out failing SOEs. 

An SAA aircraft

Kenyan operator becomes launch customer for new Airbus freighter aircraft conversion

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2022 Kenya-based specialist air cargo operator Astral Aviation will be the first carrier to operate the Airbus A320P2F freighter aircraft. The suffix P2F means ‘passenger to freighter’ and means that the aircraft are standard airliners which are being converted into dedicated freighters. The P2F... 

Tourism, cargo to benefit from United Airlines' increased flights to Cape Town

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th February 2022 The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape have welcomed US airline United Airlines' decision to provide year-round flights between New York and Cape Town from June. The airline's flights between the two destinations had previously been on a seasonal basis. 

Rolls-Royce partners with Luxaviation to pursue electric air mobility ventures

By: Donna Slater     14th February 2022 Vehicle propulsion systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce and luxury jet and helicopter service provider Luxaviation Group have agreed, through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to collaborate on developing advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions. Both companies share a vision of AAM solutions,... 

An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility
An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility

Lufthansa introduces brand new leisure airline to the South African market  

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th February 2022 The Lufthansa group has introduced a new leisure airline Eurowings Discover to the South African market. The new airline will start direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to the Kruger National Park, from November. 

Iata launches online portal to help standardise aircraft ground handling

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2022 The representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has launched an online platform to help airlines more efficiently implement the Iata Ground Operations Manual (IGOM). This manual is the globally recognised standard for ground handling of... 

Africa’s transport sector to strongly benefit from AfCFTA

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2022 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is expected to increase intra-African trade in transport services by nearly 50% by 2030, the latest estimates by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) show. The estimates contained in the ‘Implications of the AfCFTA for demand for... 

US carrier extends its direct service between New York and Cape Town

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2022 Major US carrier United Airlines has announced that it will expand its current seasonal direct service between New York and Cape Town to a year-round service. Provided it receives government approval, it will offer three flights a week between the two cities, starting in early June. The airline... 

A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Photo by United Airlines
A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Regional airline to restart services between Durban and Mbombela

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2022 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will restart its scheduled service between Durban and Mbombela (Nelspruit) on April 4. The service will be operated by the company’s Embraer regional jets (Airlink operates both the ERJ135 and ERJ140 models). “Mbombela and Durban... 

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