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Aviation supply chain faces mounting strain as demand picks up

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Global shipping and supply chain disruptions are making it harder for corporate plane makers and suppliers to meet resurgent demand for parts, according to...

Transformation imperative in aviation: Mbalula

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Transformation in the aviation sector remains a challenge, with the 2020/21 financial year aviation statistics showing that no meaningful progress has been made in...

South Africa’s aviation flight recovery plan

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The COVID-19 pandemic grounded Africa’s fragmented commercial aviation industry for much of 2020 and as 2021 commences, South Africa finds itself in a second...

Aviation deaths rise worldwide in 2020 even as fatal incidents, flights...

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The number of people killed in large commercial airplane crashes rose in 2020 to 299 worldwide, even as the number of crashes fell by...

Taking off after the covid-19 pandemic: how commercial aviation can navigate...

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COVID-19 has been a tough and testing time for the commercial aviation industry. Over 8 months down the line and embattled airlines in South...

Taking to the skies

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After what felt like a lifetime in incarceration, global skies have opened up for domestic and international travel for those suffering from bouts of...

Travel slump threatens 46 million jobs, aviation group says

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The impact of the coronavirus on travel may cost as many as 46 million jobs globally, according to projections published on Wednesday by an...

Nigeria to resume international flights from 5 September – aviation authority

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Nigeria will resume international flights from 5 September, the head of the aviation regulatory body said on Thursday, marking a week-long delay to the...

Impact of COVID-19 on African aviation and economies is worsening –...

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released new data indicating that the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s aviation industry and economies has worsened...

More airports to open

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While international passenger flights remain prohibited, with the exception of those authorised by the Transport Minister, seven more airports are set to resume operations...

Egypt to reopen all airports on 1 July, aviation minister says

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Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on 1 July, the civil aviation minister said on Sunday, after suspending regular commercial...

Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a rocket into space from the belly of a 747 airplane on Monday,...

Britain’s Rolls-Royce to axe 9 000 jobs in air travel slump

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Rolls-Royce plans to cut at least 9 000 jobs, or more than a sixth of its workforce, in the latest blows to the UK...

As flying returns, jetmakers seek to quell fears over cabin air

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Jet manufacturers and airlines are launching an urgent initiative to convince nervous travelers that the air they breathe on planes is safe, believing this...

Emirates plans to cut about 30 000 jobs amid virus outbreak

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Emirates Group is planning to cut about 30 000 jobs to reduce costs amid the coronavirus outbreak, which will bring down its number of...

Ethiopian Airlines CEO expects settlement with Boeing by end of June

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Ethiopian Airlines expects a settlement with planemaker Boeing by end of June over the crash of an 737 MAX plane in March 2019, CEO...

Nigeria impounds British plane for breaking coronavirus flight ban rules –...

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Nigeria impounded a plane operated by a British company for allegedly contravening a flight ban imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the...

Airbus to be ‘resized,’ could cut output again

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Planemaker Airbus has told senior staff the company must be “resized” in plans to be set out around end-June and is ready to cut jet...

Airbus reiterates commitment to Africa’s air transport at summit

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This week, Airbus joins experts and key decision makers in the aviation industry at the Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition. The two-day summit is...

Airlines Association of Southern Africa to discuss aviation’s economic support

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Impediments to the success of African carriers and the economies they support will be topics for discussion at the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s...

Two flights diverted from Dubai due to suspected drones

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Two flights were diverted from Dubai International Airport on Sunday due to suspected drone activity, the hub’s operator said, at least the second disruption...

Tanzania inks deal to buy two passenger planes from Airbus

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Tanzania has signed a contract with Airbus for the European plane-maker to supply two passenger jets for the country’s national airline to help expand...

First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight

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The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from Airbus’ Mirabel assembly line. The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has...

South African aviation activity up in late 2018

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Aviation activity increased sharply in the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by helicopter exports, according to the latest Aviation Activity Index released by the...

Russia’s Rostec says aiming for aviation independence amid sanctions

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Russia wants to achieve full independence in its ability to develop civil aircraft in order to avoid being "pushed around" by dominant...

Cracks emerge in global aviation finance boom

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An unprecedented boom in the $280 billion aircraft finance industry is showing signs of faltering as rising interest rates, cut-rate competition and...

Commercial aviation activity in SA slows

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Commercial aviation activity in South Africa slowed slightly in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest information from the CAASA...

Airbus to help develop Cote d’Ivoire’s aviation industry

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Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Cote d'Ivoire to develop its aerospace industry. The agreement was...

Morocco continues to expand its aviation industry

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At the start of the century, Morocco launched an ambitious programme to become a major aerospace industry manufacturing hub. Mostly spared by...

Safety, blocked funds, connectivity and regulation concerns in African aviation market

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified four priorities which must be addressed if aviation is to deliver maximum economic and...

South African civil aviation under the ICAO spotlight

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The South African civil aviation industry will be under the spotlight in the next two weeks as the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

Denel Aerostructures and Aviation to merge

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Denel Group is finalising the merger of its Aviation and Aerostructures divisions, which will result in a new company. The process should be...

Oryx mid-life upgrade deemed a success

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Despite hard lessons learnt, the South African Air Force (SAAF) has successfully completed the mid-life upgrade of all Oryx medium transport helicopters...

Strong demand for helicopters in emerging markets – report

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Demand for helicopters has increased substantially in the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific, Central Asia and Middle East as growth declines in...

100 years of commercial aviation

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January 1 this year marked the centenary of commercial aviation with a re-enactment of the first ever commercial flight by the St...

Angola and the US partner on air base safety and security

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US Africa Command (Africom) and US Air Force Africa (USAFAF), along with the US Armed Forces 621st Contingency Response Wing (CRW), has...

Denel’s aerospace and aviation divisions face future with confidence

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Partnerships are central to the continued success of the two major aerospace players in the State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel. Both Mike Kgobe,...

Denel Aviation’s regional helicopter repair centre granted bigger responsibilities

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Denel Aviation has added another arrow to its quiver with the Kempton Park-based Denel business unit being given authorisation to repair and...

Flight deck demographics in the spotlight

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More steps on the path to correct South African flight deck demographics will be taken next month when the Department of Transport...

Denel offers aviation expertise for Africa

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Experimental test pilots and flight test engineers from Denel Aviation are now offering their skills and experience to the benefit of clients...

New SAAF book tells it like it was

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An important addition to South African military aviation literature will, aptly, be launched at the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Flying...

Global air crashes at all time low

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The accident rate for Western-built jets is the lowest in aviation history, surpassing the previous mark set in 2010, says the International...

US FAA announces alternative energy investments for cleaner jet fuel

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding US$7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources...

Aviation industry transformation too slow: Transport DG

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Transformation in the aviation industry has been too slow, transport director-general George Mahlalela says. "In our varied endeavours to grow the industry...

Aviation industry contributes 2% to South Africa’s GDP – IATA

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The aviation industry contributes more than 2% to South Africa's Gross Domestic Product and creates around 300 000 jobs, the International Air...

Aviation industry contributes 2% to South Africa’s GDP – IATA

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The aviation industry contributes more than 2% to South Africa's Gross Domestic Product and creates around 300 000 jobs, the International Air...

Boeing sees growing airliner demand in Africa

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Boeing is predicting steady growth for air carriers in Africa and forecasts the need for 800 new aircraft between now and 2030,...

US$8 billion worth of military helicopters sold in 2010

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Last year militaries and governments around the world ordered 673 helicopters worth US$8.1 billion and will receive another 3 700 between now...

Africa needs aviators

African aviation authorities have admitted to a serious shortage of qualified personnel amid projections that the world would need over a million...

Aviation bearing the brunt of carbon taxes

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The aviation sector is facing difficult times ahead as certain countries, including South Africa, push to implement carbon taxes on aircraft. From...