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New Iata director-general takes office

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2021 Former International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh became the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) eighth director-general on Thursday, succeeding Alexandre de Juniac. Iata is the representative body of the global airline industry. Walsh was elected to the post at Iata’s... 

Iata supports African Union on reopening continent’s civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st March 2021 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has affirmed its support for the African Union’s (AU’s) campaign to safely restart commercial aviation across the continent. The campaign is called ‘Saving Lives, Economies and... 

SAA Technical management hoping to pay 50% of March salaries, leaked letter shows  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2021 Management at SAA Technical is continuing with efforts to try to pay employees at least 50% of their salaries due for March, but at this stage, is still waiting for details of "anticipated funding" from its shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises. This is according to a letter to SAAT... 

Airbus, partners launch programme to determine climate impact of synthetic fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2021 On Tuesday an Airbus A350XWB airliner, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, took off from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, in France. What was special about this flight was that the aircraft was using only sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The airliner, registration F-WXWB, is one of Airbus’... 

IEA says oil demand likely to rise until 2026

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2021 Based on the current policy settings, global oil demand is set to rise every year to 2026, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). Although world oil markets have rebounded from the massive demand shock triggered by Covid-19, they still face a high degree of uncertainty that is testing the... 

Acsa reports successful issuance of preference shares

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Monday that it had finished issuing ‘A’ preference shares, to increase its liquidity. The majority purchaser of the new shares was the South African Department of Transport, which acquired them for R2.324-billion. The issuance was one... 

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

Air Côte d’Ivoire takes delivery of its first A320neo

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2021 The national flag carrier of the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, Air Côte d’Ivoire, has become the first airline in the region to operate the Airbus A320neo (‘neo’ standing for new engine option). Airbus announced the delivery of the operator’s first example of the type on Thursday.  The... 

Southern African air cargo committee head Alwyn Rautenbach has died

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th February 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has announced that the head of the Air Cargo Operators Committee, Alwyn Rautenbach, died on Wednesday (February 10) following a long illness. The Committee is an associate member of AASA, and he had headed it since 2006. He was also Executive... 

Business jet maker Bombardier to make more savings and end production of the Learjet

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th February 2021 Canadian aerospace company Bombardier announced, during the release of its annual results for 2020 on Thursday, its latest steps to return to profitability. The company is now focused entirely on the manufacture and support of business jets, having disposed of its commercial aviation and... 

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