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Aviation News

Treasury talks with banks to roll over SAA debt

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 South Africa's Treasury on Tuesday said it was in talks with banks to possibly roll over around R9-billion ($695-million) worth of maturing debt due by struggling State airliner South African Airways (SAA) at month-end, a senior official said. Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane told... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a  major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cybersecurity is a major concern for the global aviation industry

Initiative addresses barriers to expand aerospace manufacturing

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The aerospace industry has, among others, two important international players – Airbus and Boeing. This applies to local aerospace as well as international aerospace manufacturing industries, all competing to be part of the global supply chain. Aerospace manufacturing in South Africa is dependent... 

Initiative addresses  barriers to expand  aerospace manufacturing
TO INFINITY European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plays an important role in the world’s aerospace manufacturing industry

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude 

By: Dylan Slater     23rd June 2017 The drones industry in South Africa has the potential to benefit numerous industries, potentially contributing just under R7-billion this year alone, according to economist Dr Roeloef Botha.  

‘Stifling legislation’ preventing SA drones industry from gaining altitude

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
OR Tambo is South Africa’s busiest airport

Institute of Directors guns for SAA chair, Dudu Myeni 

By: African News Agency      20th June 2017 The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) said on Tuesday that the South African Airways (SAA) board and chairperson must fulfil their duties at this critical juncture. This comes after the Mail & Guardian last week reported that SAA chair, Dudu Myeni, had recently missed several... 

SAA to implement turnaround plan 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 Cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) has compiled a five-year business turnaround plan, aimed at improving its financial stability, it said on Tuesday. The national carrier is currently plagued by a weak balance sheet, with projected losses of R3.5-billion for 2016/17– a R 2-billion increase... 

SAA to implement turnaround plan
Photo by Duane Daws
South African Airways acting CEO Musa Zwane

Proposed new version of A380 SuperJumbo unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     19th June 2017 Major global plane maker Airbus on Monday unveiled a proposed refined version of its flagship product, the A380 SuperJumbo airliner. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is intended to increase the aircraft’s economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort. The A380plus... 

Local airline announces new routes after public survey

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced at the beginning of the month that it was launching new routes on its network. These will be between Durban and East London and Durban and Port Elizabeth. The new routes will be in operation by the end of November. The decision to implement these... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2017 Worldwide business aviation company ExecuJet announced on Tuesday that it has added unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services to its activities at its African bases (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lagos). The company will, however, be able to deploy UAVs to any place in the continent, to meet customers’... 

Global business aviation group offering drone services in Africa
Photo by ExecuJet
ExecuJet Aviation Africa Director Gavin Kiggen

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence 

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a function marking the... 

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence
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Secretary of Defence Sam Gulube

Civil air cargo version of the Super Hercules transport makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 The civilian version of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military airlift aircraft, the LM-100J, made its maiden flight on May 25, the company announced on the same day. This first flight was from the company’s plant at Marietta in the US State of Georgia, and during it the aircraft... 

Denel purchase of aero engine company approved with conditions

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on late last month.  

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

Kenya government to guarantee $750m in Kenya Airways debt

By: Reuters     6th June 2017 Kenya will offer $750-million in guarantees to Kenya Airways' existing creditors to help the heavily-indebted carrier secure financing from other sources to complete its recovery, a cabinet document showed on Tuesday. The guarantees, approved by the cabinet, will cover $525-million owed to the US... 

Local low cost carrier launches new routes

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 South African low cost carrier FlySafair announced on Friday that it was launching new routes on its network. These will be between Durban and East London and Durban and Port Elizabeth. The new routes will be in operation by the end of November. The decision to implement these routes followed a... 

Local low cost carrier launches new routes
Photo by FlySafair
A FlySafair Boeing 737

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 The commercial and general aviation (GA) sector in South Africa is currently facing significant challenges that really need to be addressed if it is to remain healthy over the coming years. So cautions the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa).  

Local commercial and general aviation sector under policy pressures

Comair approaches Botswana over state airline

By: Reuters     1st June 2017 Comair has made a proposal to Botswana to operate a new state airline but is not interested in acquiring Air Botswana, the company's chief executive said. Botswana's transport department invited expressions of interest in February, saying it was open to proposals on various forms of privatisation... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway
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Cape Town International Airport

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

China’s first home-grown commercial jetliner makes maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

‘Circular runways’ punted as way to add capacity to future airports 

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 Netherlands-based aerospace innovation centre NLR proposes that a single circular runway – its Endless Runway concept – could mitigate many take off and landing risks and improve airport efficiency as opposed to the current use of multiple straight runways in service at commercial airports... 

‘Circular runways’ punted  as way to add capacity  to future airports
CIRCULAR CONCEPT An endless runway would enable aircraft to always take off and land safely by avoiding risky crosswinds as routing can be changed dynamically according to current weather conditions

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter

By: Keith Campbell     18th May 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is... 

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp fall in first quarter
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A Cessna Super Caravan 900 of ExecuJet illustrates the lower end of the commercial aviation spectrum

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 If all else failed, National Treasury might enlist the help of President Jacob Zuma to secure the repatriation of South African Airways funds from fellow African states, Deputy Finance Minister Sifiso Buthelezi told MPs on Wednesday. Buthelezi told Parliament’s standing committee on finance the... 

Zuma could be called in to get SAA money back from abroad – Deputy Finance Minister

SAA wins another air freight award

By: Keith Campbell     11th May 2017 In some good news for national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), the company’s air freight division, SAA Cargo, has been voted the Best Cargo Airline – Africa at the 2017 Air Cargo Airline of the Year Awards. The voting was done by readers of “Air Cargo News”. “We are very proud to have... 

SAA wins another air freight award
Cargo is loaded into the belly hold of an SAA airliner at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

Sansa formalises support for Africa  

     11th May 2017 The South African National Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NEPAD Agency. 

Sansa formalises support for Africa
Sansa formalises support for Africa

SAA makes CFO appointment permanent

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) has appointed Phumeza Nhantsi as CFO, effective May 1. Nhantsi had acted in the position since November 2015, after it was left vacant with the departure of Wolf Meyer. 

SAA makes CFO appointment permanent

SAA will get cash injection this year, says Treasury DG 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) will receive a cash injection from National Treasury during the course of the year, but the size of it was still being debated, outgoing director general of finance, Lungisa Fuzile, said on Tuesday. Fuzile told Parliament’s standing committee on finance that this much... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In what could be the most significant development in global commercial aviation since the prototype of the first Airbus airliner (the A300) made its maiden flight in late 1972, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac’s) C919 single-aisle airliner made its first flight, from Shanghai... 

China’s first domestically-designed commercial airliner makes its maiden flight
Photo by Comac
The first Comac C919 airliner

Air cargo traffic sees a strong start to the year

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that year-on-year air freight growth, measured in freight ton kilometres (FTKs), made a strong start during the first quarter of this year, amounting to an 8.2% increase. “Business surveys point to another quarter of robust annual... 

Labour Court deems SAA interim order during cabin crew strike final

By: African News Agency      4th May 2017 South African Airways (SAA) said on Wednesday that they had successfully argued at the Labour Court to have an interim order granted during the cabin crew meal strike as a final order. About a week ago SAA cabin crew members embarked on a one day strike because they felt the $130 they were... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2017 Business aviation company ExecuJet reported on Wednesday that its African operations had enjoyed significant growth in activity during the first quarter of this year. The company, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, has Fixed-base operations (FBOs) at Lanseria International Airport (northwest... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases
Photo by ExecuJet
An aerial view of ExecuJet’s FBO at Lanseria

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) released its 'Aviation Barometer: Quarter 1/January 2017 - March 2017' report on Tuesday. This is the latest in the company’s quarterly reports on passenger flows through its nine airports. “Overall passenger growth in the first quarter of 2017 was... 

Aviation barometer records tepid total passenger traffic growth at ACSA airports
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International was the stand-out performer for Acsa in the first quarter

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 Despite operations at South African Airways(SAA) returning to normal the South African Cabin Crew Association(SACCA) said on Thursday that their legal team was working on a review of the interdict against them. On Wednesday around 200 flight attendants were gathered outside the SAA head office... 

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

SAA granted interdict against striking cabin crew

By: News24Wire      26th April 2017 The Johannesburg Labour Court has granted South African Airways (SAA) an interdict against striking SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) members. Michael van As, for SAA, appeared briefly in the court before the matter was postponed until June 23. 

SAA pleads with customers to ‘bear with it’ as cabin crew strike intensifies

By: African News Agency      26th April 2017 South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday pleaded with its customers and stakeholders to “bear with it” amid operational delays and flight cancellations due to industrial action by members of its cabin crew. Around 200 flight attendants have gathered outside the SAA head office in Kempton Park in... 

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