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Aviation News

SAA, rescue practitioners blasted by parliamentary accounts committee

By: News24Wire      16th March 2021 The management of South African Airways (SAA) and the State-owned airline's business rescue practitioners were blasted by some members of Parliament for not being ready to report to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday about progress made to date. In a letter dated 15... 

Air charter operator reports dramatic increase in interest from mining companies 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2021 UK-based international aviation charter broker Air Charter Service (ACS) has reported that the past year has seen dramatic increases in workforce logistics charter flight bookings by energy, hydrocarbon and mining companies. ACS has offices in 27 countries around the world (including South... 

Comair to resume services between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2021 South African private-sector airline group Comair has announced that its British Airways (in Southern Africa) brand will restart scheduled operations between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on May 13. Bookings for these flights may now be made. (Comair also operates the... 

Iata identifies key issues for airlines, governments for reopening air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has appealed to the world’s governments to work with the global airline industry – for which Iata is the representative body – to prepare for the restart of international air travel, once it has been determined that national borders could be... 

International airline body reports strong recovery in air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that the V-shaped recovery in global trade and manufacturing drove a similar V-shaped recovery in the global air cargo sector during the last quarter of last year. (Iata is the representative body of the global airline industry.) In... 

Air transport body’s latest poll reports increasing confidence in air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th March 2021 The representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that its latest opinion poll, conducted from a sample of recent travellers, showed that their confidence in the resumption of air travel was growing. They were also frustrated... 

Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Acsa reports successful issuance of preference shares

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Monday that it had finished issuing ‘A’ preference shares, to increase its liquidity. The majority purchaser of the new shares was the South African Department of Transport, which acquired them for R2.324-billion. The issuance was one... 

Airlink announces date for resumption of services to Lesotho

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2021 South African private-sector regional airline Airlink announced on Monday that it was going to resume daily scheduled flights to Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, on March 29. This is the result of the mountain kingdom’s reopening of its borders. The country had imposed travel restrictions in an... 

Labour Court dismisses SAAPA's application for leave to appeal lawfulness of pilots lockout

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 Labour Court judge Andre van Niekerk on March 3 dismissed the South African Airways Pilot’s Association’s (SAAPA’s) application for leave to appeal the Labour Court’s December 2020 judgment, with a costs order in favour of South African Airways (SAA) and the business rescue practitioners (BRPs).... 

Airports company assures that it has improved its financial situation

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd March 2021 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), which is 74.6% directly owned by the national government, reported on Wednesday that it had, over the past few months, significantly improved its financial situation and obtained funding to increase its liquidity. Whereas, in the middle of last year, it... 

Iata’s latest world airlines financial report remains gloomy

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2021 The International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) Airlines Financial Monitor December 2020-January 2020 has warned that airlines would face rising cost pressures as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. This was because of rising oil and jet fuel prices. Iata, which is the... 

Rolls-Royce has announced its fast electric-powered aircraft has completed taxiing trials

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced its all-electric technology demonstrator aircraft, named ‘Spirit of Innovation’, has successfully carried out its taxiing tests. These tests are a most important practical demonstration of the integration of the... 

The Spirit of Innovation with its cowling removed, to show its electrical power plant
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Spirit of Innovation with its cowling removed, to show its electrical power plant

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

DPE defends SAA vaccine flight to Brussels

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2021 The Department of Public Enterprises has defended the recent flight by a South African Airways aircraft to Brussels, in Belgium, to collect anti-Covid-19 vaccines. State-owned SAA is currently undergoing a controversial business rescue process. The flight was funded by the South African... 

Iata identifies key issues for airlines and governments for reopening air travel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has appealed to the world’s governments to work with the global airline industry – for which Iata is the representative body – to prepare for the restart of international air travel, once it had been determined that national borders could be... 

Iata forecast that 2021 will be more gloomy for airlines than previously expected

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2021 The representative body for the world airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has become more pessimistic about the prospects for the sector during this year. Whereas, previously, it expected the airline industry to turn cash positive in the last quarter, now, it its... 

Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Iata director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac

Major client warns Boeing to fix problems with its 787s before designing a new type

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th February 2021 Global major commercial aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corporation has warned Boeing that the airframer must “get its house in order” regarding problems concerning the Boeing 787 production line. Until it does, the lessor would not be interested in buying any new type that manufacturer might... 

A Boeing 787 (for illustrative purposes: Kenya Airways is not an Air Lease client)
Photo by Kenya Airways
A Boeing 787 (for illustrative purposes: Kenya Airways is not an Air Lease client)

Two South African airports just got official new names 

By: News24Wire      24th February 2021 Two secondary airports – and one fairly big city – have official new names from Tuesday. Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa recognised the new names by publication in the Government Gazette, alongside a handful of registrations of existing geographic names, and some spelling corrections. 

Low cost carrier Kulula to resume Lanseria operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2021 Comair, the South African private sector airline group which operates the British Airways in Southern Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands, has announced that Kulula will resume operations at Lanseria International Airport on April 1. These flights will service the carrier’s routes to Cape... 

Comair to restart flights between Johannesburg and Harare

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2021 South African private sector airline group Comair announced on Monday that its British Airways brand would resume daily flights between Johannesburg and Harare in Zimbabwe on March 28. Comair operates the British Airways in Southern Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands. Customers can start... 

Air Côte d’Ivoire takes delivery of its first A320neo

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2021 The national flag carrier of the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, Air Côte d’Ivoire, has become the first airline in the region to operate the Airbus A320neo (‘neo’ standing for new engine option). Airbus announced the delivery of the operator’s first example of the type on Thursday.  The... 

Air Côte d’Ivoire’s first A320neo
Photo by Airbus
Air Côte d’Ivoire’s first A320neo

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to service by European aviation regulators

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2021 On the same day late last month the European Union (EU) Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) both authorised the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX commercial aeroplane. Both agencies required modifications to the airliner and the associated maintenance and... 

SAA Technical workers still in dark about their future, as they receive partial salaries

By: News24Wire      18th February 2021 While the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) keenly awaits the completion of the implementation of the business rescue plan of South African Airways (SAA), employees of its subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT) are still in the dark about their future, it seems. Unlike SAA, its subsidiaries are... 

Irish aviation group exercises options for more Boeing 737 cargo aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th February 2021 Irish aviation group ASL Aviation Holdings (ASL), with which South African air cargo and humanitarian operations company Safair is associated, has announced that it is taking up the ten options that it took out in mid-2019 for Boeing 737-800BCF cargo aircraft. BCF stands for Boeing Converted... 

A modified image showing a ASL 737-800BCF flying over Brussels, Belgium
Photo by Boeing
A modified image showing a ASL 737-800BCF flying over Brussels, Belgium

Airlink announces suspension for flights to Nosy Be

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th February 2021 South African private-sector regional airline Airlink has announced that it has had to further suspend its route between Johannesburg in South Africa and Nosy Be in Madagascar. The new suspension will be in force until June 27 this year. Nosy Be is a destination which has been growing in... 

Airlink launches new Namibia route while Air Namibia remains grounded

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2021 Privately-owned regional airline Airlink plans to launch a new direct service between Cape Town and Walvis Bay, in Namibia, commencing on March 2. Air Namibia, the country’s national carrier, halted flights on February 11, pending voluntary liquidation, with all aircraft being grounded at base... 

Heidelberg aerodrome developments must benefit surrounding communities, says Majola

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola says the concession agreement awarded to MTP Aviation Solutions by the Lesedi local municipality must benefit a significant percentage of communities that reside in and around the facility as well. The Lesedi municipality awarded a... 

Fikile Majola delivering the keynote address during the launch of the concession agreement between Leseding local municipality and MTP Aviation Solutions
Fikile Majola delivering the keynote address during the launch of the concession agreement between Leseding local municipality and MTP Aviation Solutions

Southern African air cargo committee head Alwyn Rautenbach has died

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th February 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has announced that the head of the Air Cargo Operators Committee, Alwyn Rautenbach, died on Wednesday (February 10) following a long illness. The Committee is an associate member of AASA, and he had headed it since 2006. He was also Executive... 

Alwyn Rautenbach
Photo by AASA
Alwyn Rautenbach

Business jet maker Bombardier to make more savings and end production of the Learjet

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th February 2021 Canadian aerospace company Bombardier announced, during the release of its annual results for 2020 on Thursday, its latest steps to return to profitability. The company is now focused entirely on the manufacture and support of business jets, having disposed of its commercial aviation and... 

A Bombardier Global 7500 business jet
Photo by Bombardier
A Bombardier Global 7500 business jet

Major aviation and airport hydrogen initiative launched in France

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2021 Europe-based major aerospace company Airbus has partnered with five French companies and agencies to launch a global ‘call for expressions of interest’ in opportunities presented by the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel source by aviation and airports. In addition to Airbus, the consortium is... 

Airports Company seeking to monetise noncore assets

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), an entity of the Department of Transport, reported on Thursday that it was seeking to monetise assets and activities, to improve its liquidity and significantly decrease its capital and operational expenditure. This was to help it respond to the... 

Airline body offering free career-change training to unemployed cabin crew

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th February 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body of the global airline industry, has announced that it is offering a free online training course for airline cabin crew who have lost their jobs because of the crisis in the commercial aviation sector. The crisis... 

ACSA sells stake in major Indian airport

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2021 South Africa’s State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Monday that it had sold its stake in Indian company Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL). This enterprise manages and operates Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. ACSA’s... 

Airlink announces restoration of flights to Sishen

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will restart scheduled flights linking Johannesburg with the iron ore mining centre of Sishen in the Northern Cape province. The flights will resume on February 15.  “Airlink recognises the strategically important role that Sishen... 

Work has started on the assembly of the flight-test example of Airbus’ latest airliner type

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that manufacture of components and systems for the first A321XLR airliner has begun. In parallel, preparations were being made to industrialise the production of the components of the latest version of the group’s highly successful... 

Computer image of the Airbus A321XLR
Photo by Airbus
Computer image of the Airbus A321XLR

Kenyan, Indian air cargo operators sign interline agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th February 2021 Kenyan dedicated air cargo operator Astral Aviation (Astral) and Indian carrier SpiceXpress (the air cargo operation of low cost airline Spicejet) have signed a cargo interline agreement. Described as a “pioneering” initiative, it will allow the expansion of both Astral’s Indian network and... 

Astral Aviation’s Boeing 747-400F
Photo by Astral Aviation
Astral Aviation’s Boeing 747-400F

Global airline body reports 2020 was catastrophic for passenger sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th February 2021 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported that global air passenger demand last year was 65.9% lower than in 2019 – the deepest fall in demand in the entire history of the aviation. On top of this, forward bookings... 

Iata director-general Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Iata director-general Alexandre de Juniac
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