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EgyptAir one of Africa’s largest airlines with a network covering Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa is continuously looking for new opportunities in the market and for new ways to grow. The National Airline has partnered with Oman Flag carrier Oman Air in signing a pioneering codeshare agreement on flights between Cairo, Egypt and Muscat, the capital of Oman, with the commitment geared towards the restart of air travel and the expansion of destinations offered to customers. This new codeshare agreement opens a wide variety of new opportunities for both carriers focusing on connections between their hubs. Travellers from Muscat will now have easy access to EgyptAir’s domestic destinations including: Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada, as well as Casablanca in Morocco among EgyptAir’s international network. Similarly, travellers from Cairo will have easy access to popular Oman Air domestic destination of Salalah as well as international destinations Karachi (Pakistan), Colombo…

The largest plane ever assembled, Stratolaunch’s Roc aircraft has performed its second test flight The giant aircraft took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in south-eastern California with the test flight lasting three hours and 14 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of 14,000 feet (4,267 m) and a top speed of 199 mph (320 kph). “We’re very pleased with how the Stratolaunch aircraft performed today, and we are equally excited about how much closer the aircraft is to launching its first hypersonic vehicle,” Stratolaunch chief operating officer Zachary Krevor said during a postflight news conference. The twin-hulled plane aircraft features a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters) and is powered by Boeing 747 engines acquired from two retired 747-400 airliners and also features a borrowed hydraulic system, avionics, and landing gear. The  dual-hulled plane can travel more than 1,000 nautical miles and reach altitudes up to 35,000 feet and…

Aerion has released the first glimpse of its next aircraft – the AS3™, a Mach 4+ commercial airliner targeted to take to the skies before the end of the decade. With this technology, Aerion is intent on advancing  sustainable supersonic flight and creating a world where distance is no longer a barrier. The AS3 will build upon the AS2® supersonic business jet. With conceptualization and design work underway and built around input from potential customers, Aerion plans for the AS3™ to incorporate revolutionary advances in technology to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of supersonic flight, with the capability to transport up to 50 passengers at a range of 7,000 nm.   Earlier this year Aerion expanded its ongoing partnership with NASA’s Langley Research Center, with the intention of accelerating the realization of commercial high-speed flight and faster point-to-point travel, specifically studying commercial flight in the Mach 3-5 range.…

A San Francisco Bay Area-based autonomous aviation company start-up, XWing, says its flagship aircraft, a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B has completed its first “fully automated gate-to-gate demonstration of a commercial cargo aircraft,” at a time when self-flying planes are edging closer to becoming a reality. The specially outfitted Cessna Grand Caravan 208B – often used for short-haul cargo deliveries and passenger flights seating up to 14 passengers – conducted a flight that had it leave the gate, taxi, take-off, land and return to the gate entirely on its own, with the pilot sitting back and monitoring the systems and possibly taking over the automated system if need arises. The flight took place in February 2021 at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, just outside San Francisco, the company announced on April 15th. “Over the past year, our team has made significant advancements in extending and refining our Auto Flight system…

Uganda Airlines has moved to establish full control of ground handling services at its hub, Entebbe international airport. The national airline has reportedly spent USD 5 Million on equipment in preparation for ground handling operations According to state owned media, a team led by the country’s minister of transport Katumba Wamala along with Airline representatives have told the parliament’s physical infrastructure committee that an additional sum of USD 13 Million will be required for the Airline’s full take-over of ground handling operations at the Entebbe hub The Uganda government views its ground-handling plans as both a cost cutting measure and another way for the airline to make money. It is expected that taking control of this key part of the airline’s value chain will help drive efficiencies in the Airline’s operations after a year in which global airlines made record losses due to the pandemic and an industry recovery still…

SE Aeronautics has announced the launch of what they refer to as the next generation of aircraft, a new widebody airliner concept that is 100% monocoque molded.  The new design will herald a new era of travel with an unprecedented level of efficiency, sustainability, safety, comfort and operating cost. According to SE aeronautics, Aircraft manufacturers have been using the same aircraft design for the past 60 years, with few exceptions.  “Our innovative technology and new aircraft design will lower fuel consumption by 70% and lower CO2 emissions by 80% as measured by per seat kilometer. The innovative design is a more efficient, light-tri wing configuration that greatly improves lift over drag, resulting in short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities and extremely long flights. The construction is all composite, molded in one tough, safer piece. We also incorporated super thin, long wings and complete streamlining from the nose to the tail.…

South African Airways has appointed Thomas Kgokolo as new interim CEO as the airline begins a transition from business rescue to full operation. The appointment was made by SAA’s interim board and comes alongside 3 other key interim executive appointments in the human resources, financial and operations departments The flag carrier has been in business rescue since December 2019. Both parliament and the department of public enterprises have been calling for an end to the process and for the rescue practitioners to hand the airline back to an interim board According to news 24, the rescue practitioners are currently initiating an exit process with plans to hand the airline back to the interim board as soon as possible and that a receivership has been put in place to finalise the last payments stipulated in the rescue plan over the next 3 years According to his personal linkedin page, new CEO “ Thomas…

Azman Air will undergo training with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a bid to re-certify their Boeing 737 aircraft to fly again. This follows grounding orders put in place on March, 15th, after a series of safety incidents involving Azman Air’s 737 variants According to the Director General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, the Azman Air management’s response [to the safety audit] has been “impressive” and Nigerians should expect a revamped airline to emerge from the safety troubles, adding that the grounding of operations of the airline was not a punitive measure but to guide it to operate successfully and in compliance with international standards. “Well, as a regulatory body, we take the issue of safety utmost. That is our number one priority including safe operation of our airlines, or any operator…when we reached a point that we were not happy, we called a Zoom meeting. I could…

The Egyptian Air Force, the largest C295 fleet operator worldwide, has recently signed a five-year services contract with Airbus for the performance-based support of its fleet, composed of a total of 24 aircraft. The Egyptian Air Force joins now the community of C295 operators that benefit from the provision of integrated and performance based services which ensure that all elements of support are in place where and when required, in order to optimize fleet availability and mission readiness. The contract includes the provision of material services, on-site technical support as well as on-wing maintenance. Since the delivery of the first aircraft in 2011, Airbus has been providing support through a wide service portfolio with the highest quality standards including both technical and personnel resources. In signing this contract, Egypt goes further by reaffirming and extending their trust in Airbus by implementing the first integrated support contract. Stephan Miegel, Head of…

With the cost of aircraft maintenance for Nigerian airlines overseas increasingly becoming more expensive, Nigeria’s Air Peace has plans to set up its own Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in the long run in the face of inadequacy, reports CH-Aviation. Nigerian industry experts estimate that air operators would have saved 35 percent of the cost of aircraft maintenance if the facility were located in the country, as Air Peace undergoes heavy maintenance for its aircraft in Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. “This is something we are considering in long-haul but not in the immediate,” says Air Peace spokesperson, Stanley Olisa. He also pointed out that the main challenges impeding local MRO operations include high operating costs and inadequate technical manpower. According to aviation investment expert and Managing Partner, TMSS Logistics, Alhaji Nuhu Adam, says that the need to have free zone for such facilities at the Lagos airport is crucial…