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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... 

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

Southern African airlines back action against climate change, but need key issues addressed

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) supported positive actions to address climate change, AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi assured in his keynote address to the association’s virtual annual general meeting on Thursday. “Our industry does not exist in a vacuum,” he pointed out. “[W]e should... 

A photo of AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi
Photo by AASA
AASA CEO Aaron Munetsi

Southern African airlines body warns that regional recovery is slow and help is still needed

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2021 Although the Southern African commercial aviation sector was showing signs of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns and other travel restrictions imposed in attempts to counter it, there was still a long way to go and the industry still needed government help (not necessarily... 

Airbus and Boeing both report their results for January-September this year

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th October 2021 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing have both released their results for the first nine months of this year. They also reported on the numbers of commercial aircraft that they had delivered over the same period. Airbus reported consolidated revenues for the period of €35.2-billion,... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 Zero-carbon-emission aviation technology company ZeroAvia has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jet Aviation Group (MHIRJ) to cooperate in the development of hydrogen-electric propulsion for regional airliners. ZeroAvia specialises in developing hydrogen-electric (fuel... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems
Photo by ZeroAvia
Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

Food and drink will again be served on South African domestic flights – Airlink

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink announced on Monday that it would resume serving beverages and meals on its domestic flights, with effect from Wednesday (October 27). This is the result of changes to South Africa’s biosafety regulations, which have lifted the restrictions on such... 

Africa will need just over 1 000 new airliners over next 20 years, reports Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2021 US major airliner manufacturer Boeing has forecast that African airlines will need to acquire 1 030 new airliners, worth $160-billion, over the next 20 years. This prediction was contained in the company’s latest “Africa Commercial Outlook” report. Further, the associated aftermarket business,... 

Embraer reports that it delivered a total of 30 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st October 2021 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer on Thursday released the numbers of commercial and executive (business) jets that it had delivered to customers during the third quarter of this year (3Q21) and the totals delivered during the first three quarters of this year. During 3Q21, the... 

Numsa loses ConCourt bid to force Parliament to halt liquidation of SA Express, Denel

By: News24Wire      20th October 2021 In a blow for the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Numsa), the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot hear the union's application seeking to have Parliament decide whether State-owned enterprises can be allowed to go insolvent.  According to the apex court, the matter... 

South African Airways logo

Airports company reports massive impact of Covid-19 on its 2020/21 results

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Tuesday its financial results for the 2020/21 financial year (which ended on March 31). It stated that the impact on aviation and tourism of the Covid-19 pandemic during that period had been “devastating”. The company had, for only the... 

Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Shell jointly seek massive increase in use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th October 2021 Aeroengine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, airframer Airbus and fuel and energy group Shell jointly announced on Thursday that they were all working to massively increase the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), at an accelerated tempo, by long-haul commercial aviation. The use of SAF was... 

Iata launches new certification for the air transport of lithium batteries

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th October 2021 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), on Tuesday launched a new industry certification to improve safety in the handling and transport of lithium batteries. This certification is designated the Centre of Excellence for... 

South Africa’s space and air traffic management agencies sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2021 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the State-owned national air traffic management company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday. The MoU will strengthen cooperation between the two agencies, Sansa having expertise in a... 

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