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Boeing makes safety change, Indonesian airline cancels order

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Indonesian airline Garuda said on Friday it would cancel a $6-billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, citing concerns over passenger confidence, as Boeing tried to quell safety worries by making a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. National carrier Garuda is the first airline to... 

Iata stresses priorities for growth of global air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified three priorities that must be implemented to meet the growing global demand for air freight and to maximise the socio-economic benefits of aviation, and has called on governments and the air cargo industry to focus on these... 

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

ACSA reports successful CBMT training for Cape Town communities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 Forty-five community members from the informal settlements of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp this week graduated in Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) in House Building. The training, which started in September 2018 at a cost of R1.3-million, marks the second such initiative for Airports... 

Boeing reiterates its commitment to ensuring aviation safety

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2019 In a March 19 letter addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community, Boeing Company chairperson and CEO Dennis Muilenburg stressed the company’s commitment to ensuring safe and reliable travel on its airplanes. “This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire... 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft 

15th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about what led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft across the world and how this is likely to affect Boeing. 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft
Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft

SAA presses fraud charges against former pilot for false licence claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it has laid criminal charges against a former pilot for the airline and will seek to recoup millions of rand paid to him during the time he worked for it, which he received on the basis on false claims regarding his qualifications. He had claimed to... 

Ethiopian crash black boxes sent to Paris as 737 MAX jets grounded globally

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX airplane that crashed in Ethiopia were being taken to Paris for investigation, Ethiopian Airlines said, as regulators around the world awaited word on whether it was safe to resume flying the jets. Following the lead of other global aviation regulators... 

US grounds Boeing 737s after pair of crashes, reversing course

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 US regulators reversed course Wednesday and announced they will ground Boeing Co.’s top-selling 737 Max family of airliners amid safety concerns after a crash Sunday in Ethiopia – five months after a similar tragedy off Indonesia. “The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount... 

Ethiopia to send Boeing black boxes abroad, Norway airline wants compensation

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Ethiopian Airlines said on Wednesday it would send the black boxes from its crashed Boeing 737 MAX abroad, while a Norwegian airline sought compensation from the US planemaker after two thirds of that model were grounded globally. Sunday's still unexplained crash of the passenger jet, just after... 

FAA faces stunning rebuff as world races ahead to ground 737 Max

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 Since shortly after the dawn of the jet age, the world has followed the US’s lead on aviation safety. Now, in a remarkable rebuke, nations from the UK to Australia have rejected public reassurances from the Federal Aviation Administration and grounded Boeing’s 737 Max jet. They’ve not only told... 

FAA faces stunning rebuff as world races ahead to ground 737 Max

Comair reverses course and grounds its sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian crash

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2019 Only hours after initially indicating that it would keep its currently only operational Boeing 737 MAX 8 single-aisle airliner in service, South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Monday evening that it was grounding the aircraft. This action followed the fatal crash on... 

Comair reverses course and grounds its sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian crash
Comair's first 737 MAX 8 in British Airways livery

Comair assures that safety is its 'foremost priority' following Ethiopian Boeing disaster

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair on Monday issued condolences and reassurances regarding the crash on Sunday of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 single-aisle airliner. All 157 passengers and crew perished when the aircraft, only a few months old, plummeted to the ground... 

Comair assures that safety is its 'foremost priority' following Ethiopian Boeing disaster
Photo by Comair
One of Comair’s 737 MAX 8s being assembled by Boeing

Second crash in months rattles confidence in Boeing's best-selling jet

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2019 The Sunday crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines rattled confidence in the U.S. manufacturer’s best-selling jet with the second deadly accident for the model in five months. Flight ET302 plunged to the ground minutes after leaving Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya,... 

Second crash in months rattles confidence in Boeing's best-selling jet

Life-saving drones deliver medicine to Tanzania's remotest spots

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2019 Blood and medicine-filled drones swoop over Lake Victoria, bringing vital care to some of Tanzania’s most remote places. That’s the goal of the state-owned Commission for Science and Technology, or Costech, which since late 2017 has carried out dozens of drone flights in collaboration with... 

Infrastructure and regulatory reform required to unlock Africa’s air-cargo potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
One of Denel’s signature products, the 6x6 G6 155 mm self-propelled gun, on display at the group’s head office

SAA pursuing fraud charges against former pilot for false claims regarding licence 

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Friday that it has laid criminal charges against a former pilot for the airline and will seek to recoup millions of rand paid to him during the time he worked for it, which he received on the basis on false claims regarding his qualifications. He had... 

SAA pursuing fraud charges against former pilot for false claims regarding licence
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A340-600 of SAA

Cash-strapped African airline Fastjet extends loan agreement terms

By: Reuters     1st March 2019 Cash-strapped low-cost African airline Fastjet Plc said on Friday it had managed to extend the terms of a loan to March 31. Fastjet in June had entered agreements with Annunaki Investments and SSCG Africa Holdings, following which the airline lent $5 million from its Zimbabwe unit to Annunaki in... 

Airbus to end production of its flagship A380 airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus has announced that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because there is no... 

Comair to take delivery of first of eight Boeing 737 MAX 8s 

By: African News Agency      27th February 2019 South African-based airline Comair said on Wednesday its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 had left the manufacturer’s factory in Seattle en route to its home base in Johannesburg, to join the airline’s British Airways fleet. Comair operates domestic routes as a British Airways franchisee and also operates... 

Comair to take delivery of first of eight Boeing 737 MAX 8s

SAA, Africa World Airlines sign MoU to enable interline travel, shared network

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Africa World Airlines (AWA), in Ghana, to enhance connectivity for customers travelling to, from and beyond the West African region. The agreement allows the two airlines to enhance their relationship through... 

SAA, Africa World Airlines sign MoU to enable interline travel, shared network

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo
ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo

Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2019 The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. "SAATM is a very... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 With State-owned entities (SOEs) posing very serious risks to the fiscal framework, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said that National Treasury was “taking very serious steps to fix the fiscal position and SoEs”. With funding requests from South African Airways (SAA), the South... 

Govt revises contingency reserve to support cash-strapped SoEs

Comair continues to perform well, despite setbacks in Q1 of FY19

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2019 Despite the technical recession in the first quarter of its financial year, South African aviation group Comair performed well to deliver a record 12% increase in revenue for the interim period ended December 31, 2018. However, the company said on Tuesday that the revenue growth was offset by... 

Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

SAA in talks to roll over $650m of debt

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned airline is in talks with lenders about rolling over $650-million of debt due next month, its finance chief said on Monday, a move that would give the struggling company breathing space to push through a turnaround plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a point of supporting ailing... 

SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) will not be broken up into three separate entities, but does plan to change its operating model, according to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.  Tlali was responding to a news headline stating CEO Vuyani Jarana said on Monday the cash-strapped airline... 

 SAA not splitting up, but plans to change operating model – spokesperson

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

By: Reuters     18th February 2019 Struggling State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA) will reorganise into three business units as part of a revamp plan that could also involve the partial sale of its catering unit, its chief executive officer said on Monday. Vuyani Jarana said during a briefing that South African Airways... 

SAA to reorganise in turnaround drive

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and would be complete by the end of 2020. The R4.5-billion mixed-use Phase 1 development would... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb
OR Tambo's Western Precinct Phase 1
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