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Aviation News

SAA welcomes government’s support

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2018 South African Airways (SAA) has assured its stakeholders, customers and suppliers of its business continuity after government confirmed that the airline will not be shut down or sold. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan last week clarified government’s position that, while the airline... 

Drones revolutionising Gauteng’s management of infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Zuma to Gordhan: 'Can we do what Dudu wants?'

By: News24Wire      8th November 2018 Former president Jacob Zuma called Pravin Gordhan, then finance minister, in 2015 to try and convince him to agree to an enormously expensive deal with airplane manufacturer Airbus because his close friend Dudu Myeni wanted it. In his 68-page sworn statement delivered to the judicial commission... 

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that closing down struggling State-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country's public finances as the government would have to service its debts immediately. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said last week that his preference would be to... 

Ramaphosa says shutting SAA could collapse public finances

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner 

By: Reuters     5th November 2018 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Sunday that struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) should reduce its cost base and prepare for a strategic equity partner in the near future. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had said on Thursday that SAA, which has not generated a profit... 

DPE says State airline should prepare for equity partner

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet  

1st November 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet last month officially launched and welcomed the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. Simone Liedtke reports. 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet
ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport 

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 The Oppenheimer family on Tuesday fiercely defended their operation of a private terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at a meeting with MPs fraught with tension and disruption.  The briefing to Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee was at one stage disrupted by... 

Oppenheimers defend private terminal at Joburg airport
Nicky Oppenheimer

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

SA Express on track to relaunch Cape Town base by January 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 State-owned airline SA Express is charting a new path, since having returned to the skies in August, which is evidenced in the way it has managed to stabilise the business and maintain its operational performance in the past two months. To date, eight of its 18 aircraft have been recertified to... 

British Airways starts new Heathrow - Joburg services

By: African News Agency      29th October 2018 British Airways has started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of direct flights between the cities to 18 a week.  The British Airways' London-Johannesburg service started on Sunday and comes as the airline also opens a new route from London to Durban... 

Mboweni doubts SAA will find equity partner in current state 

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling State-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state. "I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this... 

Aviation safety depends on recruiting the right people

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th October 2018 The maintenance of aviation safety depends upon people, Namibian Prime Minister's Office Cabinet Secretary Dr George Simataa told the AVI Afrique Innovation Summit 2018 in Pretoria on Wednesday. "People are the most important assets in your organisations," he stressed. "People, and not technology... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) will receive R5-billion through a special appropriation Bill to settle debt redeeming between now and March 2019. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which was released by the National Treasury on Wednesday, stated that the funds would help to... 

SAA allocated R5bn for debt relief

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for a reconfiguration of South Africa’s debt-laden State-owned companies (SoCs) and has appealed to stakeholders to adopt an open-mind with regard to the form such restructuring could take, particularly in the cases of Eskom and South African Airways... 

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet will, on October 25, officially launch and welcome the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. The aircraft, which was developed by Swiss original-equipment manufacturer Pilatus, is the first of its type... 

ExecuJet to offer customers new experience with super versatile jet

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

Messe München South Africa acquires Air Cargo India, Air Cargo Africa exhibitions

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 International exhibition organiser Messe München has bought the Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa exhibitions from Indian publishing house Stat Trade Times. Air Cargo Africa is the largest air cargo trade fair in Africa, attracting over 80 exhibitors and 2 000 visitors from across the continent.  

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet on Monday welcomed the first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft in Africa to its premises at Lanseria International Airport, in Johannesburg. ExecuJet, which held a photo opportunity on Monday, is the first business aviation company in Africa to operate and manage a Pilatus... 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet
Aviation company ExecuJet on Monday welcomed the first Pilatus PC-24 in Africa, to its premises based at Lanseria International Airport, in Johannesburg. Simone Liedtke reports. Video filming and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 South African Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande reaffirmed on Friday the country’s commitment to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on liberalising air transport across Africa. He did so in a speech to the 48th annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern... 

South Africa committed to African air transport liberalisation – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association 

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has forecast that airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will suffer total losses of $300-million for this year. This would be in sharp contrast to the expected total profit of $33.8-billion for the global airline... 

Southern African airlines face losses and slow growth, says industry association
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 airliner of Airlink, one of AASA’s member airlines

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Tellumat optimistic aerial surveillance system will fill gap in market

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The Astus unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) system is a tactical surveillance platform with a line-of-sight range of 200 km, an endurance of 8-hours, and is a medium-sized UAS weighing under 100 kg. This makes it suitable for addressing a gap in the market for real-time tactical surveillance... 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th October 2018 Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) reported on Wednesday that its 2018 edition (held from September 19 to September 23) received 32 538 trade visitors. The show was divided into three trade days and two public days, the latter being over the weekend of September 22 and September 23. The two... 

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures
Photo of AAD 2018, taken from an altitude of 500 km by an Airbus Pleiades satellite, on the first of the trade days (Airbus Defence and Space)

Airline SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express announced on Tuesday that it had relaunched two more of its services, as part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga province)... 

Airline SA Express continues to re-establish its route network
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ700 regional airliner in the colours of SA Express

Aerospace group Airbus reveals its next CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2018 The board of directors of Europe-based major global aerospace manufacturing group Airbus announced on Monday that it had chosen Guillaume Faury as its next CEO. Faury is currently President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft. He will replace incumbent group CEO Tom Enders in April next year. Faury was... 

Aerospace group Airbus reveals its next CEO
Photo by Airbus
Guillaume Ferry

Air traffic control being transformed by digital technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 The dramatic advances in information and communications technology, electro-optical technologies and digitalisation have enabled a revolution to take place in terms of airport air (and ground) traffic control. This was highlighted in a briefing at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018... 

Saab suggests capability upgrade for SAAF Gripens

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab has proposed to the South African Air Force (SAAF) than it adopt the latest incremental update developed for the JAS39C and JAS39D Gripen fighter. The update is designated MS 20. "The Gripen was developed with the concept of continuous upgrades – small... 

Importers tightening control over logistics processes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Amid government’s Automotive Masterplan support programme that targets 60% local component production and manufacturing, automotive businesses are tightening control over their logistics processes – where trade finance is being viewed as a broader import finance solution rather than a... 

Importers tightening control over logistics processes
TECHNOLOGICAL VISIBILITY Technology is becoming critical in the importing process

ATNS announces interim CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 The Board of Directors of South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), the State-owned company responsible for the country’s air traffic control, announced on Wednesday that it had appointed an interim CEO for the organisation. He is Thomas Kgokolo, who was (before his new... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2018 In the culmination of a two-year journey, Rolls-Royce and South African Airways Technical (SAAT) on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa. This facility, based at SAAT’s premises in Kempton Park, Gauteng, marks a milestone event... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT
(Left to Right) Rolls-Royce Africa customers VP Kevin Evans, Trade and Industry acting deputy director general Thandi Phele and SAAT acting CEO Wellington Nyuswa

Air freight volumes see reduced growth, but yields remain good

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported, in its “Cargo Chartbook Q3 2018”, that the yearly increase in air freight ton/kilometres (FTKs) had decelerated to 2.8% during the three month period ending in July. This was “its slowest pace on this basis in more than two years,”... 

South African missile test programme concluded on a high note

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR seeker... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Airports Company reports fall in its earnings but also in its debt

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported on Thursday that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it... 

Airports Company reports fall in its earnings but also in its debt
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