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Iata predicts that hard times for airlines will continue next year, except for cargo operators

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has forecast that the sector will continue to suffer deep losses next year, although much less than the losses that will be experienced this year. The first half of next year is expected... 

South Africa could sell shares in restructured national airline 

By: Bloomberg     25th November 2020 South Africa could offer to sell shares in the bankrupt national airline to the public as part of an ambitious new plan to revive the carrier outlined by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. The government could bring the various parts of the South African Airways group into one company that would be... 

South Africa could sell shares in restructured national airline

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Monday that it had resumed taking bookings for its operations under the British Airways brand. The airline operated both the Kulula low cost carrier and British Airways in South African brands before it went into voluntary business... 

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd November 2020 Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer and Portugal-based energy group EDP have signed a partnership to carry out research into electrically-powered aircraft. Through its EDP Smart division, the company, which is one of the largest private-sector players in the Brazilian energy sector, will... 

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership
Embraer’s electric engine test bed EMB-203 Ipanema

SAA rescue plan meant to address past sins, not lay out the airline's future - BRP 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2020 The business rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) is not intended to formulate a strategy for the future of the airline, according to Siviwe Dongwana, one of the state-owned flag carrier's joint rescue practitioners. Formulating a strategy for a "new SAA" would be the prerogative of a new... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 The US civil aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on Wednesday rescinded its order grounding the Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. The aircraft had been grounded since March 2019, as a consequence of two fatal accidents that killed 346 people. This decision will... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US
Photo by Boeing
The Boeing 737-8 version of the 737 MAX

Green economy faces challenge to replace carbon energy sources

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The march toward a greener global economy is headed into a more difficult second phase that will aim to replace carbon as an energy source, said panelists during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Companies including Honeywell International and Schneider Electricare offering solutions to reduce... 

US ends Boeing 737 MAX flight ban after crash probes

By: Reuters     18th November 2020 After nearly two years of scrutiny, corporate upheaval and a standoff with global regulators, Boeing Co won approval on Wednesday from the US Federal Aviation Administration to fly its 737 MAX jet again after two fatal disasters. The FAA detailed software upgrades and training changes Boeing must... 

US ends Boeing 737 MAX flight ban after crash probes

Airlink announces route to DRC mining centre

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that it will start operations between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 30. Lubumbashi is the capital of the DRC’s mineral-rich Haut-Katanga province, the centre of its mining industry and its... 

Airlink announces route to DRC mining centre
Photo by Airlink/Mark Mansfield
One of Airlink’s flagship Embraer E190 airliners, painted in the airline’s new livery.

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2020 Against a background of pharmaceutical companies announcing breakthroughs in the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has issued guidance for the air cargo sector, to ensure that it was ready to handle, transport and distribute... 

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport
Photo by Iata
Iata CEO Alexandre de Juniac

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2020 South African private sector low cost carrier FlySafair and major international airline Emirates announced on Monday that they had entered into an interline agreement. This means that people can use a single ticket to fly on both airlines, whether entering or leaving South Africa, with their... 

FlySafair signs interline agreement with Emirates

Airlines association pleased that South Africa is reopening to international tourism

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th November 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that international tourists will again be allowed to visit South Africa. The only requirement is that they present valid Covid-19 test certificates before they depart their home... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Local airline Airlink displays its new livery for the first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2020 On Thursday South African private-sector airline Airlink unveiled its new livery, and in particular its new tail insignia, intended to clearly proclaim its status as an independent carrier. For over 20 years Airlink had a franchise agreement with State-owned national flag carrier South African... 

Local airline Airlink displays its new livery for the first time
Photo by Mark Mansfield/Airlink
Embraer E190 painted in the new Airlink livery

Gordhan: Private equity partners will not take on SAA's debt or restructuring costs 

By: News24Wire      12th November 2020 South African Airways has received interest from several private equity partners and a transaction advisor has been appointed to engage with parties in a process which could be wrapped up either in December this year or early 2021, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on... 

Gordhan: Private equity partners will not take on SAA's debt or restructuring costs
Photo by Reuters
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Global airline association welcomes latest Covid-19 proposals by world civil aviation body

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has welcomed the issuing, by the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), of the second edition of “Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis”. Iata is the... 

Cape Town Airport wins international travel award again

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 For the fourth year in a row, Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has been awarded the accolade of being Africa’s leading airport, by the World Travel Awards. The award was announced at a virtual Africa Winners Day 2020 function on Monday. The World Travel Awards are highly prestigious and are... 

FAA to end long grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max as soon as Nov 18

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2020 Boeing’s 737 Max could be approved to resume commercial service as soon as next week as US aviation regulators finalize their review of fixes to the grounded jetliner. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of the Max’s certification could come as soon as November 18, said a person... 

Iata head calls for African governments to act to save their airline industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 Remotely addressing the 52nd annual general meeting of the African Airlines Association on Monday, International Air Transport Association director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac highlighted the damage that the continent’s airlines have suffered as a result of travel restrictions imposed to... 

Iata head calls for African governments to act to save their airline industries
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Airlink to restart operations to Botswana

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will resume operations between its hub, Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, and Botswana’s capital city Gaborone on November 16. Two more Botswana routes will be reactivated next month, namely Johannesburg-Maun (from... 

Airlink to restart operations to Botswana
Photo by St Helena Tourist Authority
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

Comair announces resumption of ticket sales for Kulula  

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, currently in business rescue, announced on Monday that it was resuming sales of tickets for its Kulula low cost carrier brand. This was in anticipation of Kulula’s resumption of operations on December 1. Comair also operated the British Airways... 

SAA's R10.5bn bailout does not cover aircraft lessors, other creditors  

By: Reuters     6th November 2020 Debts to aircraft lessors and some creditors of South African Airways are not covered by a R10.5-billion government bailout, administrators said, raising the prospect that future state budgets will have to keep paying out for SAA. South Africa's government allocated the latest cash injection to... 

SAA's R10.5bn bailout does not cover aircraft lessors, other creditors

Global air passenger traffic remains deep in the doldrums

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th November 2020 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that, while air passenger traffic demand during September had improved slightly over that for August, it remained deeply depressed. September air passenger demand was down... 

Iata reports that the air cargo sector showed continuing recovery in September

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th November 2020 The International Air transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has reported that, during September, air cargo demand had strengthened, but, in comparison to last year, remained depressed. However, the different Iata regions experienced wide variations... 

Gordhan: 'No winners' if SAA should be liquidated 

By: News24Wire      5th November 2020 Avoiding the liquidation of South African Airways will ensure the aviation market remains competitive and it means consumers won't be forced to be price takers, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. SAA was placed in business rescue in early December 2019; the process has been ongoing... 

Numsa, Sacca, welcome bailout for SAA and attacks its critics

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd November 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly welcomed the announcement that the government is to provide funding of R10-5-billion to financially-embattled State-owned national flag carrier South... 

Comair welcomes merger approval

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd November 2020 South African private sector airline group Comair, currently under business rescue, has welcomed the approval of its proposed merger (with a company called SA Bidco) by the Competition Commission. This merger is part of the business rescue plan for the airline. SA Bidco is a recently created... 

Competition Tribunal approves Comair rescue deal

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 The Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a rescue deal for struggling airline Comair on condition that the carrier freezes job cuts for three years and investors allocate shares to a special purpose black empowerment vehicle. Comair, which operates the British Airways franchise in South Africa... 

Kenyan air cargo operator takes delivery of its first Boeing 767 freighter

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2020 Kenya-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation took delivery on Wednesday of a Boeing 767-200BCF freighter aircraft, which it is leasing from Nasdaq-listed Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) under a five year deal. The aircraft was delivered to Nairobi by ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft... 

Kenyan air cargo operator takes delivery of its first Boeing 767 freighter
Photo by Astral
Artist’s impression of the 767-200BCF in Astral livery

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, this according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with... 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

Public Enterprises Ministry welcomes further government funding for SAA 

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2020 The Minister of Public Enterprises has welcomed the decision by the government to back the business rescue plan for, and the restructuring of, State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways. The government has committed itself to provide R10.5-billion to fulfil these objectives. “The... 

Public Enterprises Ministry welcomes further government funding for SAA

World airline and weather bodies agree to increase data collection cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body of the global airline industry – and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have signed an agreement to expand automated meteorological data reporting by commercial aircraft. Currently, some 40 airlines and several... 

ACSA reports solid 2019/20 results but warns of Covid-19 impacts going forward

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th October 2020 The State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) published its results for the 2019/2020 financial year on Tuesday. ACSA owns and operates nine South African airports, including Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, and Durban’s King Shaka International. It is also a... 

SAA chairperson resigns ahead of possible bailout announcement from Mboweni

By: News24Wire      27th October 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is expected to announce some funding to get SAA off the ground again. The chair of the board of South African Airways, Thandeka Mgoduso, has resigned after having been in the position for about a year. Her resignation comes ahead of Mboweni's medium-term budget... 

SAA chairperson resigns ahead of possible bailout announcement from Mboweni

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it has formally changed its name – to Airlink. Although the airline has been publicly using the name Airlink for some months now, its official, legal, name was SA Airlink. Now its official name is the same as its public name. This... 

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name
Photo by Airlink
The Embraer E190 is the flagship airliner type for Airlink

Airlines eye deals with South Africa's Airlink as SAA, Comair falter

By: Reuters     23rd October 2020 South Africa's Airlink is in talks with several foreign airlines seeking to increase their reach in southern Africa at a time when major regional carriers South African Airways and Comair remain grounded, its CE told Reuters. The talks come as Southern African airspace reopens following Covid-19... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it delivered a total of 28 commercial and executive jets during the third quarter of this year. These were divided into seven airliners of its ‘E-Jet’ family and 21 executive jets. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 of South African airline Airlink
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