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Africa’s air cargo sector needs trade and aviation liberalisation to reach full potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2019 In early February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its global air freight data for the whole of 2018. Although worldwide demand, measured in freight (metric) ton kilometres (FTKs) rose by 3.5% in comparison to 2017, it was far below 2017’s 9.7% growth. And demand... 

Kenya airports body sees land at $10bn on revaluation

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2019 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) expects its land holdings to be worth more than one-trillion shillings ($9.9-billion) after a revaluation is concluded in a month, CEO Jonny Andersen said. “Since we’ll have a different balance sheet, we can go to the banks and ask for completely different financing... 

Denel to stop manufacturing parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject... 

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line

Govts must create policy for businesses to invest to improve living standards, says Jarana

By: African News Agency      9th April 2019 Governments must create a policy and legal framework for businesses to invest to improve the living standards of society, create jobs and grow economies, said Vuyani Jarana, South African Airways chief executive. “There has to be a constant realignment between government policy, business... 

How flawed software and excess speed doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were caught in a bad situation. A key sensor had been wrecked, possibly by hitting a foreign object, according to four aviation experts and two US officials who were briefed on the flight data. 

Boeing CEO gives assurance that 737 MAX control system problem will be solved

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 US major aircraft manufacturer Boeing has given the assurance that it will terminate the risk posed in its Boeing 737 MAX airliners by the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, which is installed in these aircraft. This operates automatically and was intended to remove the danger of... 

Boeing CEO gives assurance that 737 MAX control system problem will be solved
Photo by Bloomberg
The Ethiopia crash site

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Airbus signs agreement to sell hundreds of airliners to China

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 Europe-based global aerospace giant Airbus and the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed, late last month, a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase, by Chinese airlines, of 300 Airbus airliners. These will be composed of 290 A320-family single aisle air craft and ten... 

Max disaster pits Boeing against Ethiopia's prized carrier

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion – with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three. But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened:... 

Max disaster pits Boeing against Ethiopia's prized carrier
Photo by Bloomberg
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash site

SAA launches more nonstop charter flights to Maldives

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has launched additional nonstop charter flights to the Maldives from April to October. By flying direct to the southern part of the Maldives, SAA can reduce the flying time from 16 hours (via the Middle East), to only seven hours.  

Boeing says more time needed to finish 737 Max software fix

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 Boeing says it needs more time to finish a software upgrade for its grounded 737 Max jetliners as company engineers update a stall-prevention system linked to two fatal crashes in five months. The planemaker said last week it would submit final paperwork for the revamp to the Federal Aviation... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced over the weekend that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject to... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft
Photo by Airbus
An A400M takes off from an unpaved airstrip

Boeing crash fallout widens on TUI profit hit, passenger lawsuit

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2019 Boeing faced widening fallout from the crisis over its 737 Max jets, as travel giant TUI warned the grounding of the aircraft will cut its profit and the estate of a passenger who died in this month’s crash in Ethiopia sued the planemaker. Boeing, based in Chicago, has been under intense scrutiny... 

Boeing was close to software fix before second 737 Max crash

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2019 Boeing was agonisingly close to a software fix for its 737 Max jetliner when an Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged to the ground March 10, the second deadly crash in less than five months. The US planemaker, working with regulators, has spent months refining the feature since flight data from the... 

Boeing readies 737 MAX software fix as families wait for crash report

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 Boeing Co will provide airlines that have bought the 737 MAX with free software upgrades, the US manufacturer said on Monday, as Ethiopian Airlines told Reuters it expected a preliminary crash report this week or next. Any fixes to the MAX software, the focus of investigations in two deadly... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Crisis-hit Fastjet secures another extension on its loan agreement

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 Cash-strapped regional Africa airline Fastjet said on Monday it has reached an agreement to further extend the repayment date on its unsecured loans. Fastjet in June had entered agreements with Annunaki Investments and SSCG Africa Holdings, following which the airline lent $5-million from its... 

Boeing invites pilots, regulators to briefing as it looks to return 737 MAX to service

By: Reuters     25th March 2019 Boeing said it invited more than 200 global airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an information session on Wednesday as it looks to return the 737 MAX to commercial service. The meeting is a sign that Boeing's planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets 

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said a discussion must begin on whether the government needs to retain control of all the assets it owns given the poor state of the national finances. Mboweni has asked Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for a list of noncore State assets and has been... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

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... 

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