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Aviation News

African carrier has world’s youngest airliner fleet

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2022 International airline intelligence, data and news company ch-aviation has announced that Uganda Airlines has been identified as the operator of the youngest airliner fleet in the world, for the second year in succession. The African carrier’s fleet has an average age of just 1.95 years. “The... 

Iata reports that last year’s third quarter saw easing financial pressures on airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2022 Pressure on the operating profitability of the world’s airlines lessened during the third quarter of last year (Q3 2021), the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported in its latest Airlines Financial Monitor. However, jet fuel prices increased. The improvement in operating... 

KZN has masterplan to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal has a masterplan in place to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport, which is undergoing a R72-million upgrade. During a visit to the airport this week, Premier Sihle Zikalala said that masterplan was expected to attract critical infrastructure investment in mixed-use... 

Comair leveraging Google Cloud to provide seamless travel experiences in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Cloud technology and services provider Google Cloud and sub-Saharan African airline Comair are collaborating to accelerate the aviation group’s digital transformation plans in line with its mission to deliver seamless travel experiences for customers and help the travel industry regain momentum.... 

Iata appoints Frederic Leger as commercial products services senior VP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Industry organisation the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has appointed Frederic Leger as senior VP for commercial products and services. Leger has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2021, when Iata’s commercial products and services division was created as part of... 

An image of Frederic Leger, Iata commercial products and services senior VP
Frederic Leger

Cape Town sees strong recovery in air travel 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) welcomed 869 119 air passengers between October and December last year, representing a 58% recovery of 2019 volumes in the same period. These numbers were largely driven by domestic travellers of whom 733 207 made their way to Cape Town in the three-month... 

Image of the Cape Town airport
 

Air passenger travel improved in Nov before emergence of Omicron

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2022 Prior to the emergence of Omicron, air passenger travel improved in November, with international air passenger demand sustaining a steady upward trend as more markets reopened, reports International Air Transport Association (Iata). The baseline comparison the data was that of November 2019 – as... 

An aircraft at OR Tambo
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An aircraft awaits passengers at OR Tambo International airport

Pandemic has accelerated air transport digitalisation tech investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th January 2022 Multinational air transport information technology (IT) provider SITA’s ‘Air Transport IT Insights 2021’ report states that 84% of airlines and 81% of airports expect to spend the same or more on technology this year, particularly on automation of passenger processing. Despite IT budgets having... 

Global Impact Investments seeking to turn SA Express around

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 The postponement of a hearing on the liquidation of troubled domestic airline South African (SA) Express until July 4 has been welcomed by Global Impact Investments – which is involved with fundraising efforts in its endeavour to relaunch SA Express as a viable, commercial business. Global... 

Global air cargo demand up 3.7%, capacity down 7.6% for Nov

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 The latest global air cargo market data released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) shows slow growth in November, as supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints impacted on demand, despite economic conditions remaining favourable for the sector. The baseline comparison... 

Airlink CEO Rodger Foster admitted to Order of the Southern Cross for Brazil-SA aviation links

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 South African airline Airlink CEO Rodger Foster has been admitted to the Ordem Nacional do Cruzeiro do Sul (National Order of the Southern Cross) in the class of Commander in recognition of his active and devoted role in strengthening business ties between Brazil and South Africa in the field of... 

Airbus reports hitting its 2021 airliner delivery target

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced on Monday that it had achieved its 2021 target for deliveries of commercial aircraft. During the year, the company delivered 611 commercial aircraft to 88 customers. Commercial aircraft deliveries in 2020 had totalled 566. Of the aircraft... 

Boeing wins big order for its 737 MAX from US carrier

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th January 2022 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on Wednesday that it had secured an order from US ‘ultra low cost carrier’ (ULCC) Allegiant Air for 50 of its 737 MAX single-aisle airliners, with options for a further 50. The order is split between the 737-7 and 737-8-200 versions of the MAX (the 737-7 being... 

Airlink aircraft suffers serious damage in birdstrike incident

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th January 2022 South African private-sector regional airline Airlink has confirmed that one of its aircraft suffered a birdstrike, while operating a private charter flight. No passengers or crew were injured, but the aeroplane, a BAE Systems Jetstream 41, suffered, in the airline’s words, “substantial damage”.... 

The Airlink Jetstream at Venetia, showing the shattered propellor blade, and the hole in the fuselage it caused, following the birdstrike on the aircraft
Photo by Airlink
The Airlink Jetstream at Venetia, showing the shattered propellor blade, and the hole in the fuselage it caused, following the birdstrike on the aircraft

Graft probe makes damning findings against top officials 

By: Bloomberg     5th January 2022 A judicial commission which has spent almost four years probing graft in South Africa concluded that the state had been “captured” during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure and made damning findings against the ruling party and top officials. The panel, headed by Acting Chief Justice Raymond... 

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Photo by Reuters
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Tourism industry welcomes removal of Southern African countries from UK travel red list

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 The UK government’s lifting of South Africa’s travel red listing, effective from 04:00 on December 15, has been welcomed by the South African tourism and travel industry, which was severely impacted as both South Africans were put off from traveling to the UK and UK citizens were cautioned... 

Qatar Airways postpones resumption of passenger flights out of South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th December 2021 Hardly had Qatar Airways, the national flag carrier of Qatar, announced that it was resuming outbound passenger flights from South Africa, than it has had to postpone their implementation. These flights would have been from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. “Due to operational reasons, Qatar... 

Iata calls for the ending of international air travel bans imposed against Covid-19 Omicron

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th December 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has called on governments to adhere to the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and at once lift all travel bans imposed to try and counter the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The... 

Aircraft technical skills impacted by Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     7th December 2021 Technical skills needed within the aviation industry have diminished during the Covid-19 pandemic as several air corridors scaled down operations and air traffic generally slowed down in comparison to pre-pandemic levels, aviation solutions company Safomar Aviation CEO Shai Shalem said on... 

Boeing announces establishment of more airliner-to-freighter conversion lines, in China

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2021 US global major aerospace group Boeing announced on Tuesday that it was going to set up two more lines to convert its 737-800 single-aisle airliners into dedicated freighter aircraft (designated 737-800BCF, BCF standing for Boeing Converted Freighter). This is to meet the continuing current... 

Global air passenger demand recovery continued in October, but Covid-19 Omicron a threat

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has warned that the reimposition of travel bans by governments could threaten the recovery of the sector. These bans were re-established in reaction to the emergence of the Omicron variant... 

Drone regulations stifling use of modern technology

By: Donna Slater     30th November 2021 Regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa and an inability by the Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) to grant access to airspace were limiting service providers who want to use drones for short, but beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, such as so-called “last mile”... 

Airlink will resume flights to St Helena at the end of next year’s first quarter

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink and the government of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena have jointly announced that the carrier will resume scheduled air services between Johannesburg and the island in late March next year. The exact date, and when it will again be possible... 

Kenyan and South African national airlines enter strategic partnership

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th November 2021 The national flag carriers of Kenya and South Africa, Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA), on Wednesday signed a strategic partnership framework agreement. The agreement was signed in Johannesburg during the State visit of the Kenyan President to South Africa. KQ is a public... 

Iata calls for simple, predictable and practical measures to ramp up international air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th November 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has just published a new policy paper. Titled “From Restart to Recovery: A Blueprint for Simplifying Travel”, it sets out the industry’s position regarding the measures that need to be... 

DTIC pledges action to ramp up operations at OR Tambo SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola has committed to facilitating strong cooperation between all three tiers of government to fast-track progress in the operation of the OR Tambo International Airport Special Economic Zone (ORTIA SEZ).   Majola visited the SEZ on... 

Boeing and Kenya Airways partner in new innovation hub

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2021 US-based global major aerospace group Boeing and Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways (which is a public private partnership) have entered into a partnership to develop the Fahari Innovation Hub, which was launched by the airline in July. The creation of the partnership was announced at the... 

Nigerian domestic airline orders A220 airliners from Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th November 2021 Nigerian domestic airline Ibom Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for ten A220 airliners. The A220 family are the smallest aircraft in the Airbus commercial aviation portfolio, being designed for the 100-passenger to 150-passenger market segment. Ibom Air is owned by the government of Akwa... 

Air Tanzania orders four jets off Boeing in $726-million deal

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th November 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on Tuesday, at the Dubai Air Show, that Air Tanzania had ordered three passenger and one freighter aircraft from it. The aircraft comprise one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner widebody airliner, one 767-300 Freighter and two 737 MAX single-aisle airliners. The contract... 

An artist’s impression of a Boeing 787 (top), 737 MAX (middle) and 767 Freighter (bottom) flying over Mount Kilimanjaro
Photo by Boeing
An artist’s impression of a Boeing 787 (top), 737 MAX (middle) and 767 Freighter (bottom) flying over Mount Kilimanjaro

Nigerian carrier to acquire its first jet airliners from Embraer

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th November 2021 Nigerian regional airline Overland Airways is to acquire three new-build Embraer E175 small jetliners, the Brazil-based manufacturer reported on Monday. The order also includes options for three more of the type. The contract is worth, calculated using list prices, $299.4-million. The aircraft... 

Iata welcomes aviation-related outcomes from COP26 climate summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th November 2021 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has welcomed decarbonisation commitments made by countries at the COP26 climate summit, held in Glasgow in the UK. The association also urged that aviation decarbonisation efforts be... 

Iata reports optimism in global airline industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2021 Worldwide, airline CFOs and Heads of Cargo are displaying strong optimism regarding profits and air passenger and cargo demand. This is the outcome of a survey by the sector’s global representative body, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), conducted in mid-October and published in... 

Boeing to compensate victims in Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash

By: Reuters     11th November 2021 Boeing Co agreed on Wednesday to acknowledge liability for compensatory damages in lawsuits filed by families of the 157 people killed in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash, according to a filing in US District Court in Chicago. As a result of the agreement between Boeing and the families,... 

World airlines body reports improving revenues but increasing fuel costs in the sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th November 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported, in its Airlines Financial Monitor October 2021, that the preliminary results for the third quarter of this year indicated that, in quarter-on-quarter terms, financial pressures on the world’s airlines continued to ease as countries... 

Armscor signs three-year partnership to evaluate, configure ATNS programmes

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 State-owned Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) that will see Armscor assist ATNS with evaluating and configuring projects or programmes and contract management in the communication,... 

Air travel making a moderate rebound, driven by domestic market recoveries

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) says air travel made a “moderate rebound” in September, compared with August’s performance, and was driven by recovery in domestic markets, in particular China, where some travel curbs were lifted following the Covid-19 outbreaks in August.... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2021 To help curb illegal use of explosives, AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with explosive detection patrol company Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing it with samples of explosives to assist in training its dogs. Criminal activities that involve the use of illicit explosives in... 

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