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Global airline body welcomes US decision on Covid-19 testing

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has welcomed the decision by US authorities that all those travelling to the US will have to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, from a test carried out within three days before their departure for the US. The new requirement was... 

Rolls-Royce inaugurates major new engine testbed

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has functionally inaugurated its new leading edge engine testbed by successfully completing the first engine run in it (the official opening will take place later). The engine used to inaugurate the testbed was a Trent XWB, which was... 

DPE says pilot deal is too expensive and makes new SAA unattractive for investors  

By: News24Wire      17th December 2020 In order for a restructured South African Airways (SAA) to get off the ground, it is critical to reduce what it regards as the too high current cost structure relating to pilots in terms of a regulating agreement dating from 1988, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said in a statement on... 

Technology group Rolls-Royce on track with plans to reposition itself and cut costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2020 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce reported on Friday that it still expected to turn cash-flow-positive during the second half of next year and was still targeting at least £750-million in free cash flow (not counting disposals) as soon as 2022. It was also expecting to... 

Boeing 737 MAX wins its first order since it was grounded in 2019

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 Irish low cost carrier Ryanair and US global major aerospace group Boeing announced on Thursday that the airline, which is Europe’s largest, had ordered 75 more 737 MAX single-aisle airliners. This is the first new order for the type since it was grounded in March 2019, as a consequence of two... 

Solidarity court case against Denel postponed

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2020 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday expressed regret that the contempt of court case it had brought against State-owned defence industrial group Denel had been postponed until January 27. The court ruled that the Denel board had to be given time to respond to the affidavit presented by the union.... 

Airline body launches carbon credit trading exchange

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, on Wednesday launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE). Developed in cooperation with Xpansiv CBL Holding Group, an Australian-US commodities trader, ACE is the first of its kind – a... 

UN leveraging new technology for peacekeeping missions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2020 The UN is introducing new technologies to assist in its peacekeeping operations, says UN Support Office in Somalia supply chain management service chief Herbert Pechek. Some of the elements of the UN’s programme are arms control, cease fire monitoring, elections, enforcement and combat, public... 

SAA rescue plan meant to address past sins, not lay out the airline's future - BRP 

By: News24Wire      19th November 2020 The business rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA) is not intended to formulate a strategy for the future of the airline, according to Siviwe Dongwana, one of the state-owned flag carrier's joint rescue practitioners. Formulating a strategy for a "new SAA" would be the prerogative of a new... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 The US civil aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on Wednesday rescinded its order grounding the Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. The aircraft had been grounded since March 2019, as a consequence of two fatal accidents that killed 346 people. This decision will... 

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