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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... 

FAA to convene summit of global regulators on 737 Max safety

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2019 The US Federal Aviation Administration next month will brief international aviation regulators on the agency’s work evaluating when the Boeing 737 Max can return to service, which some countries have signaled they intend to decide on their own. The FAA called the May 23 meeting “to provide... 

Rolls-Royce affirms the importance of the African market

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Africa is a important market for the aeroengines business of renowned British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, the company’s VP Customers: Africa Kevin Evans tells “Engineering News”. “We see Africa as a large and growing market, one of strategic importance to us.”  

Africa’s air cargo sector needs trade and aviation liberalisation to reach full potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2019 In early February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its global air freight data for the whole of 2018. Although worldwide demand, measured in freight (metric) ton kilometres (FTKs) rose by 3.5% in comparison to 2017, it was far below 2017’s 9.7% growth. And demand... 

Boeing CEO gives assurance that 737 MAX control system problem will be solved

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 US major aircraft manufacturer Boeing has given the assurance that it will terminate the risk posed in its Boeing 737 MAX airliners by the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, which is installed in these aircraft. This operates automatically and was intended to remove the danger of... 

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:... 

Boeing says more time needed to finish 737 Max software fix

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 Boeing says it needs more time to finish a software upgrade for its grounded 737 Max jetliners as company engineers update a stall-prevention system linked to two fatal crashes in five months. The planemaker said last week it would submit final paperwork for the revamp to the Federal Aviation... 

Boeing crash fallout widens on TUI profit hit, passenger lawsuit

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2019 Boeing faced widening fallout from the crisis over its 737 Max jets, as travel giant TUI warned the grounding of the aircraft will cut its profit and the estate of a passenger who died in this month’s crash in Ethiopia sued the planemaker. Boeing, based in Chicago, has been under intense scrutiny... 

Boeing was close to software fix before second 737 Max crash

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2019 Boeing was agonisingly close to a software fix for its 737 Max jetliner when an Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged to the ground March 10, the second deadly crash in less than five months. The US planemaker, working with regulators, has spent months refining the feature since flight data from the... 

Boeing readies 737 MAX software fix as families wait for crash report

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 Boeing Co will provide airlines that have bought the 737 MAX with free software upgrades, the US manufacturer said on Monday, as Ethiopian Airlines told Reuters it expected a preliminary crash report this week or next. Any fixes to the MAX software, the focus of investigations in two deadly... 

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