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African airlines still need help to survive Covid-19-related losses

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th September 2021 As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to afflict Africa, with the number of deaths increasing while the rate of vaccination remains slow, the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has warned that the lack of support from governments and development finance institutions for the continent’s aviation... 

UK electric aircraft speed record attempt aircraft has flown for the first time

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th September 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that its all-electric aircraft, ‘Spirit of Innovation’, made its maiden flight on Wednesday, at 14h56 British Summer Time. The aircraft has been specifically developed by a Rolls-Royce-led consortium, under the... 

Roundtable hears views on South Africa’s hydrogen progress, JSE mulls metals exchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2021 Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on September 15 hosted its sixth annual platinum group metals (PGMs) roundtable, placing emphasis on the progress achieved thus far in developing hydrogen opportunities in South Africa. Political strategist Joel Netshitenzhe, as the first... 

SAA will need upgraded fleet to compete outside Africa, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2021 South African Airways will need a more modern fleet to be competitive on routes outside its home continent following the Covid-19 crisis, according to interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo. The State-owned airline, poised to resume flights after emerging from bankruptcy proceedings, used to generate revenue... 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Asata welcomes digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2021 The Association Of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) is optimistic about the announcement by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla that South Africa will roll out digital vaccine certificates for vaccinated South Africans. The Minister announced that vaccinated South Africans will be able to... 

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2021 South Africa has three favourable structural characteristics that potentially give it a “first mover advantage” to become a global green-hydrogen leader, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler argued in his address during a ‘Hydrogen Economy Discussion’ facilitated by well-known mining personality Bernard... 

Southern African airlines body’s CEO resigns

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th September 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) announced on Wednesday that its CEO, Wrenelle Stander, had resigned. She has accepted another post outside the aviation industry (but with strong associations with it). She will leave AASA once she has handed the post over to her successor. The... 

Boeing board to face investors’ suit over 737 Max crashes

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2021 Boeing’s directors must face an investors’ lawsuit accusing them of failing to properly oversee development of the 737 Max line of planes that were involved in two fatal crashes within a six-month period starting in 2018. Delaware Chancery Judge Morgan Zurn threw out some claims against Boeing’s... 

Cargo has played key role in supporting African aviation during pandemic, notes TV network

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2021 US news TV group CNN has highlighted the importance of air cargo in underpinning the African commercial aviation industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Air cargo formed a “lifeline” for African aviation, the network reported. The African airport which handled the largest amount of cargo last year... 

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