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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... 

Tanzania rail project to take half of Transport Ministry's budget

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Tanzania’s transport ministry is seeking approval from lawmakers for its 2019/20 budget of 4.96-trillion shillings ($2.15-billion), which includes 2.48-trillion shillings for construction of a standard-gauge railway line. The railway line will link the East African nation’s commercial city of Dar... 

Biggest Nampo yet boasts 775 stands

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 The southern hemisphere’s largest agriculture expo, the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, will feature a record-breaking 775 stands, and organiser Grain SA says that all of the stands have now been sold out. The event caters to the South African and Southern Africa farming community and will be held... 

Canadian aircraft manufacturer sees significant potential in Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace, part of the Bombardier group, sees a lot of promise in the African market. “Africa is a very dynamic market, for sure,” says the company’s Airline Marketing Manager: Middle East and Africa Arnaud Brun-Khoobeelass. “It’s a market that offers... 

737 MAX woes reflected in Boeing’s first-quarter results

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2019 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing, with the release of its results for the first quarter of this year, has assured that it is working with aviation regulators and customers around the world to ensure a safe return to service of its troubled 737 MAX, the fourth generation of its hitherto... 

Boeing did not disclose 737 MAX alert issue to FAA for 13 months

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Boeing did not tell US regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety risk The US planemaker has been... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Localisation can help revive South Africa’s rail industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2019 Original equipment manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) wants to be an integral part of South Africa’s growth story as it pursues localisation ambitions beyond 60%. South Africa’s underused rail sector is primed for growth, with a revitalisation of the rail industry possible... 

Rolls-Royce developing advanced aero engine technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce gives a high priority to research and development (R&D), particularly with regard to aeroengines. “We are focused on pioneering the power that matters and are at the forefront of research into the future of flight,” affirms Rolls-Royce VP Customers:... 

BAE Systems successfully flies UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on Wednesday that its MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become the first aircraft ever to be manoeuvred in flight using “blown air”. The MAGMA has been designed and developed by University of Manchester researchers and... 

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