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Solar energy offers benefits for airports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 4 hours ago Airports in Africa have the opportunity to implement solar energy projects that will have various benefits, ranging from environmental to financial, speakers said during an Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA-hosted) webinar on July 7. Barrett Energy principal Stephen Barrett said solar... 

Emirates continues to restore its SkyCargo network

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 5 hours ago Air cargo operator Emirates SkyCargo, part of the Emirates airline group, has announced that it is this month resuming operations to another 14 cities around the world. This will take the total number of cities it serves to 100. The 14 additional cities that will now be served are Accra, Algiers,... 

Kenya Airways plans to cut back to meet Covid-19 crisis

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th July 2020 An internal Kenya Airways memo from its CEO, Allan Kilavuka, dated July 3 and leaked to the Reuters news agency by July 6, stated that Kenya’s national flag carrier was going to have to downsize in order to survive the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kenya halted all commercial air... 

Kenya Airways plans to cut back to meet Covid-19 crisis
A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Kenya Airways

Public Enterprises calls on unions to agree among themselves on SAA’s future

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th July 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises has urged unions representing employees of financially-embattled State-owned airline South African Airways to hold bilateral meetings among themselves to establish an agreed future for the carrier. SAA was under business rescue and its creditors were scheduled... 

Numsa, Sacca to take legal action to prevent SAA liquidation; call for Mboweni to be fired

By: African News Agency      5th July 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) intend to take legal action to prevent the liquidation of South African Airways (SAA), and have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. Numsa and Sacca... 

Greater drone deployability in Africa requires regulatory allowances, supply chain integration

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 Drones are being successfully deployed to support medical and humanitarian projects across Africa, but for a greater, more sustainable impact, they will need to be fully integrated into supply chains within an enabling regulatory environment, according to panellists who spoke during a webinar on... 

Air transport body calls on African and Middle Eastern governments to end quarantine

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2020 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has called on African and Middle Eastern (AME) governments to abandon quarantine measures for arriving air passengers. These policies were doing grave damage to those countries’ aviation... 

Public Enterprises states that four SAA unions willing to accept severance packages 

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises reported on Thursday that four of the unions representing employees of State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways had indicated that they were willing to sign the voluntary severance packages being offered by the DPE to SAA employees. SAA is... 

Airbus announces widespread job cuts to deal with effects of Covid-19 crisis

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced at the end of June that it was going to have to cut 15 000 jobs over the next 12 months – from now until the northern summer of 2021 – and resize the operations of its commercial aircraft business. These steps were being taken to meet the... 

Airbus announces widespread job cuts to deal with effects of Covid-19 crisis
Photo by Airbus
Members of all Airbus’ current airliner families in flight – from front to rear: an A220-300, an A319neo, an A330neo, an A350-1000, a Beluga transport (developed for Airbus’ own use) and an A380

Publication of Comair business rescue plan postponed again

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2020 On Tuesday afternoon the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Comair, Shaun Collyer and Richard Ferguson, announced that the group’s creditors had approved another extension for the publication date of the business rescue plan, to July 28. Comair is a private-sector airline group that... 

Iata reports tentative signs of recovery in air cargo market

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2020 The global air cargo market displayed a small improvement in May, in comparison to April, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. Iata is the representative body for the world’s airlines and freighter aircraft operators. Measured in cargo (metric) ton-kilometres (CTKs),... 

Iata reports tentative signs of recovery in air cargo market
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Comair business rescue practitioners request another extension

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for private-sector airline group Comair have requested a further postponement in the publication of their business rescue plan. BRPs Shaun Collyer and Richard Ferguson, in a statement released by the JSE’s Stock Exchange News Service (SENS), have requested... 

US regulator approves next step in re-certifying Boeing 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2020 The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing that it can start test flights of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner with FAA pilots aboard, American media have reported. These test flights would be an important step towards re-certifying the aircraft to carry passengers. The... 

Unions slam public enterprises department over exit from SAA consultative forum

By: African News Agency      29th June 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have slammed the decision by the department of public enterprises to abandon the leadership consultative forum set up to deliberate on troubled national carrier SAA. In a statement on Sunday, the... 

Unions slam public enterprises department over exit from SAA consultative forum

More South African airports to open as aviation industry gradually resume flights 

By: News24Wire      29th June 2020 While more local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July, all international passenger flights are prohibited except those flights authorised by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, and only for repatriation of South African citizens and medical evacuation. Mbalula made... 

More South African airports to open as aviation industry gradually resume flights

Acsa reacts to downgrade, assures on financing

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2020 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has stated that it “notes” the recent decision by ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service to down grade Acsa’s ratings and to change its outlook for the airports operator from “under review” to negative. Acsa, however, has also reported success in... 

Angolan national airline takes delivery of new Canadian regional airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2020 Angolan State-owned national flag carrier TAAG Angola Airlines (TAAG) has taken delivery of the first of six De Havilland Canada (DHC) Dash 8-400 twin turboprop airliners. The aircraft were ordered in June 2019 during the Paris Air Show. “We selected the Dash 8-400 aircraft to support our... 

Angolan national airline takes delivery of new Canadian regional airliner
Photo by De Havilland Canada
TAAG’s first DHC Dash 8-400 airliner

Unions welcome adjournment of SAA business rescue vote

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th June 2020 In a joint statement on Friday (June 26) the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have expressed their relief that 69% of the creditors of South African Airways (SAA) voted to adjourn (to July 14) the vote on the proposed... 

South African Airways restructuring vote delayed until next month

By: Reuters     26th June 2020 A vote on a restructuring plan for loss-making South African Airways (SAA) was delayed until next month on Thursday, after some creditors and trade unions secured an adjournment after months of wrangling over the airline's future. The administrators, who took over SAA in December after almost a... 

Airbus expects slow air travel recovery but remains optimistic for the longer term

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus believes that it will take some years for air travel to return to the levels seen last year, following the lockdowns and air travel bans imposed around the world to try and counter the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. “We forecast that the 2019 traffic... 

Airbus expects slow air travel recovery but remains optimistic for the longer term
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Mikail Houari, Airbus President: Africa and the Middle East

Airlink will vote against business rescue plan for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2020 South African private-sector airline company Airlink has stated that it respects, but is disappointed by, the decision of the South Gauteng High Court not to interdict the Thursday meeting of creditors of State-owned South African Airways (SAA), which is currently under business rescue. The... 

Public Enterprises announces SAA severance packages, urges approval of rescue plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) announced on Thursday that, should the creditors of State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), which is currently under business rescue, vote in favour of the business rescue plan for the airline, voluntary severance packages (VSPs)... 

International airline body urges alternatives to quarantine for anti-Covid-19 safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body of the global airline industry, has called on governments, as they start re-opening their economies, to avoid imposing quarantine on arriving air passengers. Instead, Iata was advocating a layered approach to... 

South African government urges creditors to support SAA rescue plan  

By: Reuters     24th June 2020 South Africa's public enterprises ministry on Wednesday urged creditors to vote in support of a rescue plan for cash-strapped South African Airways. Creditors are due to vote on the plan, which was published by the state-owned airline's administrators last week, on Thursday. 

South African government urges creditors to support SAA rescue plan

Public Enterprises reports that there is interest in SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd June 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has reported that there is indeed investor interest in the State-owned national airline, South African Airways (SAA), which is currently under business rescue. The DPE stated that the government had received unsolicited proposals from private equity... 

Comair BRPs report funder interest, request extension in publication of rescue plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd June 2020 The Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) for South African private-sector airline group Comair have asked the group’s creditors to grant them a second extension for the publication of the business rescue plan for the airline. Under the Companies Act, a business rescue plan must be published... 

SAA business rescue plan would see severe cut in airline’s fleet

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2020 In their business rescue plan for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), published on June 16, business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Siviwe Dongwana and Leslie Matuson proposed a massive downsizing in the airline’s fleet, followed by a slow expansion after it resumed... 

Public Enterprises to seek to oppose court applications against SAA business rescue 

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has announced that it will approach the courts for permission to intervene in a court application against State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) lodged by local private-sector airline SA Airlink (Airlink). The latter is applying to... 

Major Brazilian aerospace group secures export financing to strengthen its cash position

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer has reported that it has secured export financing of up to $600-million for the next four years. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial airliners with 150 seats or less. It stated that the loans had been obtained at... 

Major Brazilian aerospace group secures export financing to strengthen its cash position
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner

International air transport body launches security risk portal for airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has launched an online tool to assist airlines to manage and mitigate security risks. It is called the Security Risk Intelligence Portal. This has been developed for the association by its... 

SA unions threaten legal action against business rescue plan for SAA  

By: African News Agency      19th June 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South African and the South African Cabin Crew Association said they had lost faith in the department of public enterprises, accusing it of sanctioning a business rescue plan for troubled national carrier South African Airways which would lead to 3 700 job... 

SA unions threaten legal action against business rescue plan for SAA

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Air transport bodies call on African countries to apply ICAO guidance to restart air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2020 Three international air transport sector organisations have urged African governments to harmonise the safe restart of their air services, by swiftly implementing the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for the restoration of safe air transport, entitled... 

SAA business rescue plan might not be adequate, govt says  

By: African News Agency      17th June 2020 South Africa's government said it was concerned that a business rescue plan for troubled national carrier South African Airways published late on Tuesday might not be adequate. The government placed financially strapped South African Airways under business rescue last December, but efforts to... 

 SAA business rescue plan might not be adequate, govt says

To deal with aviation crisis, Aerosud restructures, diversifies and will launch new product 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2020 South African private sector aerostructures company Aerosud remains optimistic about its future, despite suffering significant short-term hits from both the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner early last year and the current Covid-19 pandemic. Aerosud is a supplier of airframe components to... 

To deal with aviation crisis, Aerosud restructures, diversifies and will launch new product
Photo by Bloomberg
The protracted grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has negatively impacted on Aersosud.

Boeing investigating new approaches to ensuring airliner crew and passenger health

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2020 US-based global aerospace group Boeing has launched a programme to ensure the health and safety of airline passengers and crews, as air travel resumes with the gradual lifting of national lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed around the world to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. Boeing calls... 

Iata reports air cargo revenues up because of demand exceeding available capacity

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global air transport industry, has reported that, while revenues from air passenger operations have plummeted this year in comparison to last year, those from air cargo have gone up. Air passenger operations... 

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