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Aviation News

Iata calls for simple, predictable and practical measures to ramp up international air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th November 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has just published a new policy paper. Titled “From Restart to Recovery: A Blueprint for Simplifying Travel”, it sets out the industry’s position regarding the measures that need to be... 

DTIC pledges action to ramp up operations at OR Tambo SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola has committed to facilitating strong cooperation between all three tiers of government to fast-track progress in the operation of the OR Tambo International Airport Special Economic Zone (ORTIA SEZ).   Majola visited the SEZ on... 

Boeing and Kenya Airways partner in new innovation hub

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2021 US-based global major aerospace group Boeing and Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways (which is a public private partnership) have entered into a partnership to develop the Fahari Innovation Hub, which was launched by the airline in July. The creation of the partnership was announced at the... 

Nigerian domestic airline orders A220 airliners from Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2021 Nigerian domestic airline Ibom Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for ten A220 airliners. The A220 family are the smallest aircraft in the Airbus commercial aviation portfolio, being designed for the 100-passenger to 150-passenger market segment. Ibom Air is owned by the government of Akwa... 

Air Tanzania orders four jets off Boeing in $726-million deal

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on Tuesday, at the Dubai Air Show, that Air Tanzania had ordered three passenger and one freighter aircraft from it. The aircraft comprise one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner widebody airliner, one 767-300 Freighter and two 737 MAX single-aisle airliners. The contract... 

An artist’s impression of a Boeing 787 (top), 737 MAX (middle) and 767 Freighter (bottom) flying over Mount Kilimanjaro
Photo by Boeing
An artist’s impression of a Boeing 787 (top), 737 MAX (middle) and 767 Freighter (bottom) flying over Mount Kilimanjaro

Nigerian carrier to acquire its first jet airliners from Embraer

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th November 2021 Nigerian regional airline Overland Airways is to acquire three new-build Embraer E175 small jetliners, the Brazil-based manufacturer reported on Monday. The order also includes options for three more of the type. The contract is worth, calculated using list prices, $299.4-million. The aircraft... 

Iata welcomes aviation-related outcomes from COP26 climate summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th November 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has welcomed decarbonisation commitments made by countries at the COP26 climate summit, held in Glasgow in the UK. The association also urged that aviation decarbonisation efforts be... 

Iata reports optimism in global airline industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2021 Worldwide, airline CFOs and Heads of Cargo are displaying strong optimism regarding profits and air passenger and cargo demand. This is the outcome of a survey by the sector’s global representative body, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), conducted in mid-October and published in... 

Boeing to compensate victims in Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash

By: Reuters     11th November 2021 Boeing Co agreed on Wednesday to acknowledge liability for compensatory damages in lawsuits filed by families of the 157 people killed in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash, according to a filing in US District Court in Chicago. As a result of the agreement between Boeing and the families,... 

World airlines body reports improving revenues but increasing fuel costs in the sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported, in its Airlines Financial Monitor October 2021, that the preliminary results for the third quarter of this year indicated that, in quarter-on-quarter terms, financial pressures on the world’s airlines continued to ease as countries... 

Armscor signs three-year partnership to evaluate, configure ATNS programmes

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 State-owned Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) that will see Armscor assist ATNS with evaluating and configuring projects or programmes and contract management in the communication,... 

Air travel making a moderate rebound, driven by domestic market recoveries

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) says air travel made a “moderate rebound” in September, compared with August’s performance, and was driven by recovery in domestic markets, in particular China, where some travel curbs were lifted following the Covid-19 outbreaks in August.... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2021 To help curb illegal use of explosives, AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with explosive detection patrol company Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing it with samples of explosives to assist in training its dogs. Criminal activities that involve the use of illicit explosives in... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

Southern African airlines back action against climate change, but need key issues addressed

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) supported positive actions to address climate change, AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi assured in his keynote address to the association’s virtual annual general meeting on Thursday. “Our industry does not exist in a vacuum,” he pointed out. “[W]e should... 

A photo of AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi
Photo by AASA
AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi

Southern African airlines body warns that regional recovery is slow and help is still needed

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2021 Although the Southern African commercial aviation sector was showing signs of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns and other travel restrictions imposed in attempts to counter it, there was still a long way to go and the industry still needed government help (not necessarily... 

Airbus and Boeing both report their results for January-September this year

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2021 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing have both released their results for the first nine months of this year. They also reported on the numbers of commercial aircraft that they had delivered over the same period. Airbus reported consolidated revenues for the period of €35.2-billion,... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 Zero-carbon-emission aviation technology company ZeroAvia has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jet Aviation Group (MHIRJ) to cooperate in the development of hydrogen-electric propulsion for regional airliners. ZeroAvia specialises in developing hydrogen-electric (fuel... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems
Photo by ZeroAvia
Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

Food and drink will again be served on South African domestic flights – Airlink

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink announced on Monday that it would resume serving beverages and meals on its domestic flights, with effect from Wednesday (October 27). This is the result of changes to South Africa’s biosafety regulations, which have lifted the restrictions on such... 

Africa will need just over 1 000 new airliners over next 20 years, reports Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2021 US major airliner manufacturer Boeing has forecast that African airlines will need to acquire 1 030 new airliners, worth $160-billion, over the next 20 years. This prediction was contained in the company’s latest “Africa Commercial Outlook” report. Further, the associated aftermarket business,... 

Embraer reports that it delivered a total of 30 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st October 2021 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer on Thursday released the numbers of commercial and executive (business) jets that it had delivered to customers during the third quarter of this year (3Q21) and the totals delivered during the first three quarters of this year. During 3Q21, the... 

Numsa loses ConCourt bid to force Parliament to halt liquidation of SA Express, Denel

By: News24Wire      20th October 2021 In a blow for the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Numsa), the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot hear the union's application seeking to have Parliament decide whether State-owned enterprises can be allowed to go insolvent.  According to the apex court, the matter... 

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Airports company reports massive impact of Covid-19 on its 2020/21 results

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Tuesday its financial results for the 2020/21 financial year (which ended on March 31). It stated that the impact on aviation and tourism of the Covid-19 pandemic during that period had been “devastating”. The company had, for only the... 

Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Shell jointly seek massive increase in use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2021 Aeroengine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, airframer Airbus and fuel and energy group Shell jointly announced on Thursday that they were all working to massively increase the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), at an accelerated tempo, by long-haul commercial aviation. The use of SAF was... 

Iata launches new certification for the air transport of lithium batteries

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2021 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), on Tuesday launched a new industry certification to improve safety in the handling and transport of lithium batteries. This certification is designated the Centre of Excellence for... 

South Africa’s space and air traffic management agencies sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the State-owned national air traffic management company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday. The MoU will strengthen cooperation between the two agencies, Sansa having expertise in a... 

US-based group orders 100 business jets from Embraer

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th October 2021 Brazil-based major global aerospace group Embraer announced on Monday that it had received a further order from US-based executive aircraft and services company NetJets for up to 100 more Phenom light business jets. The deal is worth $1.2-billion and NetJets will begin to receive the new aircraft... 

ACSA rebuffs airport tariff increase accusations

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2021 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says comments made by International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general Willie Walsh earlier this week that some airports and air navigation service providers want to increase charges to recover the money that airlines could not spend with... 

Covid-19 to cost the global airline industry just over $200bn in losses – Iata

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th October 2021 At its seventy-seventh annual general meeting this week, the global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), reported that its latest calculations indicated that the world’s airlines would, over the period 2020 to 2022, suffer total net... 

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The world’s airlines commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2021 At the 77th Annual General Meeting of their global representative body on Monday, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), the world’s airlines resolved that they would achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This would be in alignment with the Paris Agreement to limit global... 

ACSA among entities publicly accused by Iata of seeking to impose steep fee rises on airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2021 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) was one of only two African airport and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to be explicitly named by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) as among those seeking to impose “outrageous” increases in the charges they levy on airlines. The... 

Airlink to launch service to Luanda, Angola; resume domestic service to Polokwane

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that it will start a new direct route between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Luanda, Angola, from October 21. The new service will be operated three times a week and tickets are already on sale. “The South Africa-Angola corridor has been... 

Brazil’s booming agricultural sector gives a strong boost to Embraer crop-sprayer sales

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2021 Brazilian-based major aerospace group Embraer has reported that, during the 12 months ending September 30, its agricultural aviation division had sold twice as many of its EMB-203 Ipanema aircraft as it had during the previous 12 months (ending September 30, 2020). Fifty of the crop-sprayers were... 

Iata relatively positive about South African commercial aviation, but still has concerns

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th September 2021 International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Kamil Al Awadhi told journalists on Thursday that he had had a constructive meeting with South African Deputy Minister of Transport Lydia Chikunga. Al Awadhi has been on a three-nation African visit and briefed... 

Unitrans Africa acquires crop-spraying drone fleet

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2021 Unitrans Africa has acquired a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones. The seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones were developed at a cost of more than R400-million. The T30 drones are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique, with results exceeding expectations in terms of spraying... 

Image of a DJI T30 Agras spraying drone
One of the DJI T30 Agras spraying drones

Air cargo continues strong growth in nearly all parts of the world, Iata reports

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th September 2021 Last month saw continued strong growth in the world’s air cargo markets, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Wednesday. (Iata is the representative body for the global airline industry.) In terms of regions, the strongest performance was recorded in Africa and the... 

SAA, Kenya Airways have long-term plan for pan-African airline group

By: Reuters     29th September 2021 South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya Airways (KQ) have signed a cooperation agreement with a long-term view to create a pan-African airline group, the two companies said on Tuesday. "It is not a merger but a partnership that seeks to re-organise KQ and SAA assets into an ecosystem that will make... 

Southern African airlines body appoints its new CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) announced on Monday that it had appointed a new CEO. He is industry veteran Aaron Munetsi and he replaces Wrenelle Stander, who is moving to Western Cape provincial tourism and economic development agency Westgro. Munetsi takes over with... 

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