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Airbus announces range extensions for its new A220 family

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus announced in Canada on Tuesday that it would be offering airlines an increased range version of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliner family, from the second half of next year. The A220 family is composed of two models, the... 

Ten startups selected in #Africa4Future challenge

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Ten technology startup companies were selected, from 314 entries, in the second season of the #Africa4Future challenge. The companies – whose representatives met with experts, investors and other stakeholders at an innovator’s summit in Cape Town – presented innovative proposals to tackle some of... 

Jean-Claude Lasserre

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th April 2019 This week we profile Jean-Claude Lasserre, sub-Saharan Africa CEO for Saint-Gobain, which manufactures and distributes materials and solutions that can be found in buildings, transport, infrastructure and many industrial applications 

Denel to stop manufacturing parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject... 

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

South African Airways increases non-stop charter flights to the Maldives

5th April 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has launched additional 24 non-stop charter flights to the Maldives from April until October 2019. This decision forms part of the airline’s turnaround strategy – a pillar of which is to increase the utilisation of its aircraft.  SAA was the first long haul... 

Airbus signs agreement to sell hundreds of airliners to China

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 Europe-based global aerospace giant Airbus and the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed, late last month, a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase, by Chinese airlines, of 300 Airbus airliners. These will be composed of 290 A320-family single aisle air craft and ten... 

Max disaster pits Boeing against Ethiopia's prized carrier

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion – with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three. But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened:... 

SAA launches more nonstop charter flights to Maldives

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has launched additional nonstop charter flights to the Maldives from April to October. By flying direct to the southern part of the Maldives, SAA can reduce the flying time from 16 hours (via the Middle East), to only seven hours.  

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced over the weekend that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject to... 

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