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Aviation News

SAA losses climb to R4.5bn 

By: African News Agency      27th March 2017 The losses of the already cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) has rapidly increased to R4.5-billion, documents submitted to Parliament’s standing committee on Finance revealed. “This new figure of R4.5-billion is significantly higher than the R3.5-billion revealed ten days ago and the... 

New air and ground urban transport concept pops up

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled at the recent 87th Geneva... 

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... 

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... 

Frankfurt Airport seeks to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the recent 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG’s executive board member and... 

Safeguarding cargo not sole responsibility of police, ACSA – CEO

By: African News Agency      9th March 2017 Companies dealing with handling cargo with valuables at airports should have their own security measures in place apart from those provided by the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), its CEO Bongani Maseko said. He said although cargo security was a... 

At least 17 firms express interest to operate Botswana national airline

By: Reuters     9th March 2017 At least 17 companies have expressed an interest in operating Air Botswana as the government embarks on its latest drive to privatise loss-making state companies. The transport department invited expressions of interest last month, saying it was open to proposals on various forms of privatisation... 

Outa, pilots association want SAA chair declared a ‘delinquent director’  

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) have filed a court application seeking to declare South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni a “delinquent director”. Outa filed the application at the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled on Tuesday at the... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept
Photo by Airbus
This image shows a passenger capsule coupled to a ground module and a second passenger capsule coupled to an air module

Nigeria to open up government airports to private investment

By: Reuters     7th March 2017 Nigeria will open up its government-owned airports to private investment, the minister of aviation said on Monday, as the capital's airport prepares to close for repairs after years of neglect. All government-owned airports will be offered to investors who have "the wherewithal, the know-how, the... 

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2017 South African airports occupy two of the top three places for major airports in the Africa region in the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, Airports Council International World (ACI World) announced in Montreal, Canada, on Monday. In this category, defined as airports handling more than... 

South African airports rank highly in Africa in service quality awards
Durban’s King Shaka International Airport ranked second in the Africa region in terms of airport service quality last year

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... 

Boeing establishes offices in South Africa, Kenya

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Boeing Company has opened two new offices in Africa, one in Johannesburg and another in Nairobi, Kenya. The offices will be managed by Boeing International sub-Saharan Africa MD and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Africa international sales director Miguel Santos, in Johannesburg, and market... 

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... 

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... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG chief operating officer Anke Giesen.... 

Frankfurt Airport aims to increase its business with South Africa
Photo by Fraport
Anke Giesen

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,... 

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

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),... 

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... 

Fireblade Aviation rejects security claims about its base at OR Tambo International Airport
Photo by Duane Daws
Nicky Oppenheimer

Court rules in favour of Comair in SAA case

By: News24Wire      15th February 2017 Comair advised shareholders on Wednesday that the South Gauteng High Court has ruled in its favour in a case Comair initiated against South African Airways (SAA) 14 years ago in respect of the national carrier's anti-competitive travel agent incentive schemes. According to Comair the scheme was... 

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... 

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... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million  LTI-free hours achieved
MEANINGFUL ACHIEVEMENT The achievement of over a million lost-time injury free hours by AECOM allowed the team to fulfil its goal of ‘no injuries under my watch’

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... 

Airbus A400M may have won $2bn Indonesian order – reports

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

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... 

Emirates returns the A380 airliner to its Johannesburg route

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 Major international airline Emirates, based in Dubai, on Wednesday 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... 

Emirates returns the A380 airliner to its Johannesburg route
Photo by Emirates
Emirates’ A380 Superjumbos at Dubai International Airport

Stronger rand drives Comair’s interim earnings higher

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th January 2017 A stronger rand has contributed to a 125% to 145% year-on-year increase in Comair’s earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended December 31. Comair expects to report EPS of 40c to 44c for the interim period. 

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. 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business
Photo by Duane Daws
OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport

Future of St Helena airport uncertain as it is deemed unusable by commercial airlines 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. 

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. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Dube TradePort will construct the 6-km-long Hlawe river sewer pipeline, which will link the Dube TradePort precinct to the existing Tongaat Wastewater Treatment Works, service the northern part of the TradePort precinct and relieve pressure on the wastewater works. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works
DUBE TRADEPORT The Dube AgriZone is intended to act as a catalyst for high-value agribusiness in Kwa-Zulu Natal

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. 

FlySafair shifts focus to keeping air fares low amid tough environment

     24th January 2017 Low-cost carrier FlySafair will focus on implementing changes in the business to improve cost efficiencies and keep its fares as low as possible. The company on Tuesday said it had made a profit in 2016 – its second year of operations – despite a tough trading environment with low economic growth... 

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... 

Fly Blue Crane business rescue practitioner confident of success

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2017 The business rescue practitioner overseeing Fly Blue Crane’s re-engineering process Etienne Naude says he is confident that the airline will overcome its current problems and go on to prosper. He has also been encouraged by the high morale, determination, and focus of both the management team and... 

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