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Aviation News

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... 

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... 

The protracted grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has negatively impacted on Aersosud.
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... 

Global air transport body predicts 2020 will be worst ever year for commercial aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global air transport industry, has released its latest financial forecast for the sector. It expected the world’s airlines to sustain total losses of $84.3-billion this year. This would give a net profit margin of... 

Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Iata forecasts reduced losses for global airline industry next year

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th June 2020 The representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), expects the sector to continue to make losses next year, in the aftermath of this year’s global and severe disruption of air transport – the consequence of attempts to contain the Covid-19... 

Unions say they have found possible investor for embattled airline SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th June 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly “noted” that the High Court has extended the provisional liquidation order for State-owned regional airline SA Express. The provisional liquidation order... 

SA Express escapes liquidation for now

By: Reuters     9th June 2020 South African state airline SA Express escaped liquidation on Tuesday, after a judge granted a three-month delay in liquidation proceedings, giving the government more time to clarify its plans for the domestic and regional carrier. SA Express, a different business to national flag carrier South... 

SA Express escapes liquidation for now

SAA creditors vote to extend business rescue plan publication yet again

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th June 2020 The majority of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) creditors voted on June 8 to postpone the publication of the business rescue plan for the State-owned airline until June 15. Their vote was requested by the business rescue practitioners for SAA. The BRPs called the vote in response to a request from... 

SAA creditors to vote today on extending business rescue plan publication yet again

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for embattled State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) have asked the airline’s creditors to vote for or against yet another extension to the publication of the business rescue plan for the company. The creditors have until close of... 

Solidarity Fund flies in essential PPE for frontline healthcare workers

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2020 The Solidarity Fund has taken delivery of a consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of its health and humanitarian intervention to provide much-needed PPE for frontline healthworkers. The consignment, received on June 6, includes gowns and N95 respirator masks, and takes the... 

Two unions support demands by SA Express staff to be paid their salaries 

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th June 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), have jointly expressed support for the workers of financially embattled State-owned regional airline SA Express. The workers organised a protest march, without any... 

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for the first quarter of the year

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer, the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, and the world’s number three commercial jet manufacturer, after Airbus and Boeing (in alphabetical order), has reported a net loss attributable to its shareholders of $292-million... 

An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink
Photo by St Helena Tourism Authority
An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink

April saw almost total collapse in air travel demand, but early signs of recovery appearing

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it has detected signs of a recovery in air passenger demand, following a gigantic collapse in April. Air passenger demand during April was 94.3% lower than in April 2019, a fall never before seen in this statistical series since... 

Government, labour working together on new airline plan

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises and labour unions are working together on a business model for a new national carrier that will replace the embattled South African Airways. The new airline will be funded through a variety of options such as strategic equity partners, funders and the sale of... 

Iata reports severe air cargo demand and capacity contraction in April

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the global airline industry, has reported that global air cargo demand in April suffered the greatest year-on-year fall ever recorded. Measured in cargo-metric ton-kilometres (CTKs), demand in April was 27.7%... 

S African airlines look to restart operations, see slow recovery

By: Reuters     3rd June 2020 Two of South Africa's biggest private airlines will start flying between local airports this month after the government eased lockdown restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, but they said a recovery could take at least three years. Airlink has started taking bookings on its website for... 

S African airlines look to restart operations, see slow recovery

Transport Minister reaffirms rules imposed for resumption of local air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd June 2020 People wishing to make use of the limited domestic air services being reintroduced under the new, less-restrictive, Level 3 category of the current anti-Covid-19 national lockdown, must have a business travel permission letter. It was the responsibility of passengers to make certain that they had... 

Comair can’t fly again before November, needs substantial recapitalisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd June 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, currently in business rescue, will be unable to resume operations before November this year. This was because the airline needed a “substantial cash injection”, its Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) have reported. (The government’s latest... 

A Comair Boeing 737-400 in the livery of British Airways 
A Comair Boeing 737-400 in the livery of British Airways 

Another step forward in achieving electrically-powered aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 Two US companies, based in Seattle in Washington state, have successfully flown a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan utility aircraft which they had modified, replacing its standard single turboprop engine an electric motor. The companies are electric aeroengine development company magniX and independent... 

The eCaravan climbs away on its first flight
Photo by AeroTEC
The eCaravan climbs away on its first flight

Air transport association welcomes world body’s safe air travel guidelines

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body for the global airline industry – has called on governments around the world to swiftly implement the guidelines developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO – a specialist agency of the United... 

Airlines association welcomes limited restart of South African aviation but still seeks aid

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has welcomed the re-authorisation, on a limited basis, of domestic commercial flying in South Africa. This was the consequence of the government’s decision to ease the national lockdown restrictions (intended to counter the Covid-19 pandemic)... 

S African ministry says hasn't yet discussed SAA rescue plan 

By: Reuters     1st June 2020 South Africa's public enterprises ministry said on Monday that it had not yet discussed a draft business rescue plan for struggling South African Airways, which an opposition party made public earlier in the day. "Government has not discussed the plan yet and no decisions have been taken on some... 

S African ministry says hasn't yet discussed SAA rescue plan

SAA rescue plan features more bailouts 

By: Reuters     1st June 2020 A draft rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) contains about R4.6-billion of new bailouts as part of a restructuring aimed at saving the airline from collapse, a copy of the plan showed on Monday. State-owned SAA entered business rescue - a local form of bankruptcy protection - in December... 

SAA rescue plan features more bailouts

Phased reopening of air travel to start with main airports under Covid-19 regulations and directives

By: African News Agency      1st June 2020 Commercial aircraft movement, subject to the coronavirus (Covid-19) level 3 lockdown regulations as of June 1, will start with OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International, King Shaka International, and Lanseria International in phase 1 of three phases, Transport Minister Fikile... 

OR Tambo International Airport reports surge in air cargo operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th May 2020 State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, has reported that, over the period from March 26 to May 22, it handled 1 400 arriving and departing air cargo flights. This amounted to a 62% increase over the same period last year. For April – the... 

Ctrack Freight and Transport Index records steepest decline on record

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2020 The Ctrack Freight and Transport Index decreased by 14.7% in April, while cargo transfers between countries declined by almost 40%, Ctrack MD Hein Jordt says. "The dramatic decline of 14.7% in the Ctrack Freight and Transport Index for April is an important indicator of the very worrying... 

Boeing announces low-rate restart of 737 MAX airliner production

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on May 27, at Renton in the US state of Washington, that it was restarting production of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. This restart would initially be at a low rate, with only one of the three production lines at the Renton facility being used.... 

Denel divisions finalise ventilator projects

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 Two divisions within State-owned defence company Denel have reached critical stages in the design and manufacture of medical ventilators needed to assist critically ill patients diagnosed with Covid-19. The projects both fall under Project Sabela, which is being coordinated by Denel, in... 

International and national air transport bodies appeal to South Africa to support its airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) have jointly appealed to the South African government to provide direct financial relief to the country’s airline sector. This... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 A press statement issued this week, which suggests that South African Airways (SAA) will resume domestic services by mid-June, is “incorrect” and in violation of SAA’s business rescue practitioners’ (BRP’s) communications protocol. The protocol was put in place to ensure that unvetted releases... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

Iata reports that global airline debt as ballooned as a result of Covid-19 measures

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 In its latest briefing regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (and the near total halt in commercial air passenger traffic to help try and contain it) on the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it expected global airline debt to... 

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