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Emirates flights to King Shaka International to resume, says MEC

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th September 2020 Airline Emirates will soon resume flights to the King Shaka International Airport, in KwaZulu-Natal,  MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on September 28. Flights were previously suspended as a result of the Covid-19-related lockdown in South... 

National Treasury seeks conditions on SAA loan guarantees  

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2020 South Africa’s National Treasury wants strict conditions attached to any guarantees it provides for loans to the country’s embattled state airline, according to two people familiar with the matter. Treasury and Department of Public Enterprises officials met Saturday to discuss ways to restart... 

South African Airways Techical suspends services to parent over nonpayment

By: Reuters     28th September 2020 South African Airways' maintenance subsidiary has withdrawn services to its parent after the struggling airline failed to pay money owed to the unit, an SAA spokesman said on Saturday. Administrators took control of SAA in December after almost a decade of financial losses, and have been trying... 

Iata signs agreement with UN counter-terrorism agency

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body of the global airline industry, and the United Nations (UN) Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) have signed, in a virtual ceremony, a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation in regard to the UN Countering... 

Airlink airline restarting regional operations in early October

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that it will start phasing back in its regional flight network, with effect from October 5. It also announced that it will soon institute a new regional route, to Mozambique. On October 5 the airline will restart operations between... 

An Embraer E190 of Airlink
Photo by St Helena Tourist Authority
An Embraer E190 of Airlink

Significant step forward in clean aviation with hydrogen-powered flight in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 Anglo-US company ZeroAvia has successfully carried out the world’s first flight of a ‘commercial-grade’ aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The aircraft is a modified Piper Malibu, a single-engined six-seater (comprising, usually, one pilot and five passengers). The flight took place at... 

ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered Pipe Malibu takes off on its first flight. Note the specially-assigned and symbolic registration of G-HYZA
Photo by ZerpAvia
ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered Pipe Malibu takes off on its first flight. Note the specially-assigned and symbolic registration of G-HYZA

Iata calls for planning to start for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body of the global airline industry – has urged governments to start planning now for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, when they become available. This planning should include the air transport sector as well as other... 

World airline body calls for pre-flight Covid-19 testing of air passengers 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, is calling for the testing of all air passengers for Covid-19 before they embark on their flights. It is urging “the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable,... 

Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Public funding for SAA undermines government credibility and endangers State finances

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 The government’s undertaking to reprioritise State funding in order to finance State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) and so prevent its liquidation represented a defeat for the National Treasury (NT) and undermined the credibility of the government, Intellidex analyst... 

Airbus unveils zero-emissions airliner concept designs

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has released three concept designs for hydrogen-powered zero carbon-emission commercial aircraft. It was examining these designs in a programme it called ZEROe, which was the precursor to the group’s recently announced plan to develop and... 

An artist’s impression of the three ZEROe concept designs, with the BWB in the lead, the turbofan design in the rear and the turboprop design in front
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the three ZEROe concept designs, with the BWB in the lead, the turbofan design in the rear and the turboprop design in front

TIPS Tracker: The economy and the pandemic

21st September 2020 Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies' (TIPS's) 'Tracker: The economy and the pandemic' highlights important trends in the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and how they affect the economy. Since August 18, when the country moved to Level 2 of the lockdown, the number of cases has plateaued at... 

Comair’s business rescue plan has been approved 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2020 The proposed business rescue plan for private sector airline group Comair was approved by a decisive majority on Friday. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands. The preferred investment consortium for the group is composed of several former members... 

Govt commits to provide SAA with R10.5bn – administrator 

By: Reuters     18th September 2020 South Africa has pledged R10.5-billion to South African Airways, one of the administrators of the ailing state-owned airline said on Friday. The administrators took control of SAA in December after almost a decade of financial losses and have been trying to keep it afloat as the coronavirus... 

Govt commits to provide SAA with R10.5bn – administrator

Unions threaten legal action if government does not commit to saving State-owned airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2020 Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), have jointly announced that, together, they are going to challenge in court the liquidation of State-owned airlines South African Airways (SAA) and South African... 

ATNS launches virtual Aviation Training Academy

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 With Covid-19 restrictions, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is piloting virtual training through its Aviation Training Academy. ATNS’ Aviation Training Academy offers aviation training to several countries in Africa since it was certified as a training institution in 1996.  

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 

EVEN ODDS
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports
EVEN ODDS Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

BRPs report government has failed to supply promised funding for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th September 2020 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for financially-embattled State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) reported on Thursday that the government had failed to supply the funding it had promised to finance the implementation of the airline’s business rescue plan.... 

Numsa union accuses Comair business rescuers of bullying employees 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on Thursday accused the business rescue practitioners at Comair of attempting to blackmail employees into signing away their rights ahead of a crucial creditors meeting tomorrow. In a statement, Numsa said the practitioners had not consulted... 

Numsa union accuses Comair business rescuers of bullying employees

Numsa blasts Comair business rescue practitioners & will not sign collective agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday accused the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for private-sector airline group Comair of trying to blackmail employees into giving up their rights, ahead of a crucial meeting of the company’s creditors on Friday. The union... 

Iata urges African countries to test international travellers for Covid-19 not quarantine them 

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the world’s airlines, has urged African governments to implement testing for Covid-19 in place of quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. “Testing provides a safe alternative to quarantine and a... 

SA Express employees form entity to bid for takeover of the airline

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2020 Employees of embattled State-owned airline South African Express Airways (SA Express) have taken initiative to incorporate a special purpose vehicle (SPV) as an acquiring entity to bid for the airline. The SPV will be owned by a public limited company, Fly SAX, with the employees as owners.  

SA Express employees form entity to bid for takeover of the airline

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 South Africa’s economy is hanging by a thread and this has presented massive challenges for the local aerospace industry, says aircraft design organisation Aerodesigns Africa director Murray Spoelstra. 

GLOBAL SIGHTS SET 
Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies
GLOBAL SIGHTS SET Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies

Level playing field key to moving industry forward

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 Transformation should be a top priority among the issues that need to be addressed in manufacturing for the aviation industry, says maintenance solutions provider Dynamic Aerotech technical operation and research director Mulalo Neluheni. 

OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY 
While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry

Association laments sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 The aerospace manufacturing sector is in a “freefall” and there does not appear to be any parachute in sight, says industry body Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) co-chairperson Themba September. 

AIRING IT OUT 
In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan
AIRING IT OUT In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan

Initiative plans to accelerate tech amid industry decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely severe on the aerospace industry, owing to the lockdown on air... 

EVEN ODDS 
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports
EVEN ODDS Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

SAA business rescue practitioners say progress on aircraft leases, but 'dire' financial state

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2020 The Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways issued, on Thursday, an update notice on the business rescue process. The business rescue plan for the airline was published on July 28. In their update, the BRPs stated that they were busy... 

Air transport body calls for start to planning for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body of the global airline industry – has urged governments to start planning now for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, when they become available. This planning should include the air transport sector as well as other... 

Alexandre de Juniac
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

United Airlines announces nonstop Johannesburg-New York service

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th September 2020 US carrier United Airlines has announced that it will initiate a new, nonstop, service between Newark Liberty International Airport in the US state of New Jersey and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Newark is one of the three airports that serve New York City and is a hub for... 

A Boeing 787-10 of United Airlines
Photo by United Airlines
A Boeing 787-10 of United Airlines

Two unions demand investigations into senior SAA Technical officials

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th September 2020 In a joint statement, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have demanded urgent investigations into two high-ranking individuals at South African Airways Technical (SAAT). SAAT is the specialist maintenance, repair and... 

New Seychelles airline to launch as cargo carrier, due to pandemic

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th September 2020 Private-sector start-up airline Seychelles International Airways (SIA) has announced that it will commence operations on September 10 as a cargo-only carrier, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will initiate its services with a four-engined Airbus A340-600, it announced in a press conference,... 

Union reports Comair agrees to start paying medical aid contributions again

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced on Monday that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) overseeing South African private-sector airline group Comair had agreed to immediately reinstate medical aid for the airline’s workforce. This followed Numsa’s threat to... 

Numsa approaches Labour Court about Comair salaries, medical aid standstills

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has approached the Johannesburg Labour Court for an urgent interdict to compel the management of airline Comair to pay outstanding salaries and continue making medical aid contributions on behalf of employees. A hearing has been scheduled... 

Brazilian aerospace group announces job cuts, in part because of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2020 Brazilian-based major aerospace group Embraer announced on Thursday that it was cutting its worldwide workforce by 4.5%, in part due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also because of the effects of US company Boeing cancelling its partnership with the Brazilian enterprise. In Brazil,... 

An Embraer E190-E2 airliner, pictured in South Africa on a demonstration tour
Photo by RKC
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner, pictured in South Africa on a demonstration tour

Business rescue plan calls for Comair to be downsized and delisted

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd September 2020 A business rescue plan for South African private-sector airline group Comair has been published and the group’s creditors have until September 18 to examine and decide whether or not to support the plan. Comair operated the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low cost carrier brands and... 

Airline body calls for international borders to be reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged governments around the world to work together to reopen borders and restore global connectivity. The association, which is the representative body for the global airline industry, also called on governments to continue to support... 

Iata reports stabilisation in global air cargo demand, but at lower levels than in 2019

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st September 2020 In its latest report on air cargo, the representative body of the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), reported that the data showed that demand was stable but at a lower level than for last year. Because of the continued lack of belly hold cargo space on... 

Iata CEo Alexandre de Juniac
Iata CEo Alexandre de Juniac

OR Tambo International Airport expects passenger numbers to significantly increase next month

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th August 2020 OR Tambo International Airport (OR Tambo) will probably handle more than 210 000 passengers next month. That is the estimate of the airport’s management. The currently operating airlines have booked more than 2 500 take-off and landing slots at the airport (which is owned and operated by the... 

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