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The Boeing Company  announced today major program deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the third quarter of 2021. “We made important progress driving stability throughout our operations in the third quarter, as we prioritized safety and quality and worked to deliver for our customers,” the company said. “Our defense and services teams delivered across several key programs. In our commercial business, we increased 737 MAX deliveries in the quarter, and progressed in safely returning the 737 MAX to service in more international markets. We are also continuing to complete comprehensive inspections across the 787 production system and within the supply chain, while holding detailed, transparent discussions with the FAA, suppliers and our customers. Production resources remain focused on inspections and rework and the 787 production rate remains lower than five airplanes per month. We will continue to take the time needed to ensure the highest levels of quality.…

With summer on the doorstep, Airlink will re-introduce scheduled services between Johannesburg and George from 01 November 2021. Airlink will initially operate early morning and late afternoon flights on the route. Midday services on weekends will be added from 06 November. The early morning service will not operate on certain days during the Christmas and New Year recess. “With the new lenient local travel and hospitality restrictions and with South Africa now back on the destination list for international travellers, the Garden Route is set to retake its place as a jewel in the region’s tourism crown. This time we’re committed to stay – we see George as an intrinsic element of our comprehensive network and a “keeper” in our long term strategy. Airlink is ready to meet the increased demand for traffic between our hub at Johannesburg and George, which has the best access to all of the area’s resorts, leisure facilities and tourist attractions,” said Airlink CEO…

Air France has revealed host of new international routes in its schedule update to be launched from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in the coming weeks as well as route restarts. Air France’s 2X-weekly CDG-Nairobi (NBO) service will now include Zanzibar (ZNZ) in Tanzania as a third point beginning October 18. The flag-carrier will then launch 3X-weekly service between CDG and Muscat in Oman from October 31. A day later on November 1, Air France will commence 3X-weekly flights from CDG to Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka and 4X-weekly service to Banjul (BJL) in the Gambia. The airline also plans to resume flights on a number of previously operated routes from CDG that have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include 3X-weekly service to Fortaleza (FOR) in Brazil from October 22; 2X-weekly flights to Mahé (SEZ) in Seychelles from October 23; 3X-weekly service to Cape Town (CPT) in South…

The national airline company Air Algérie announced on Wednesday an additional flight program of 14 flights per week to several international destinations, starting next Sunday. This program includes two weekly Algiers-Dubai flights (Sunday and Thursday), two weekly Dubai-Algiers flights (Monday and Friday), two Algiers-London-Algiers flights (Sunday and Tuesday), two flights to Algiers-Frankfurt-Algiers (Sunday and Friday), two Algiers-Rome-Algiers flights (Tuesday and Thursday), two Algiers-Istanbul-Algiers flights (Monday and Wednesday), and finally two Algiers-Barcelona-Algiers flights (Tuesday and Saturday), says Air Algérie in a report. press release. Air Algérie also stressed that these flights must be carried out in strict compliance with health requirements, while noting that “the conditions of entry to the countries served as well as the flight program remain subject to the decisions of the competent authorities of each country”. The additional program comes following the latest decisions of the Algerian authorities relating to the strengthening of the current flight program…

Textron Aviation is to jointly develop autonomous flight capability for its current and future aircraft under a partnership with Xwing. A non-exclusive agreement signed on October 12 calls for the companies’ engineering teams to develop and certify remote piloting technology for Textron’s Cessna Grand Caravan utility aircraft. Textron has asked the Xwing team to provide expertise on autonomous flight technology and help it with design and manufacturing work to integrate these systems into existing and new aircraft. In return, the U.S.-based aircraft manufacturer will provide its partner with engineering and certification support. “It is an honor to work with Textron Aviation to optimize the next generation of aircraft for autonomous flight,” said Xwing founder and CEO Marc Piette. “Best suited and reliable for the air cargo industry, the Cessna Grand Caravan fleet has accumulated millions of flight hours. We look forward to playing a role in furthering the development of an autonomous aircraft using…

Astral Aviation has appointed Logistics provider Pilot Freight LLC (Pilot) as its cargo GSA for UAE to promote the Astral Online Schedule Network Ex DWC effective 15th October 2021, as announced by the airline’s Twitter handle. The cargo carrier currently operates flights between its hub in Nairobi and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, flying 2X-weekly utilizing its newest B767 F with a capacity of 40 Tons / 350 CBM. Astral Aviation will continue transporting freight into and out of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport (JNB), Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) and Mwanza Airport (MWZ), Entebbe airport (EBB) in Uganda, Juba International Airport (JUB), Kigali International Airport (KGL), Djibouti’s Ambouli Airport (JIB), Hargeisa Airport (HGA) and Aden Adde International Airport (LLW) in Somalia, Malawi’s Kamuzu Airport (MGQ), Maputo Airport (MPM) and Pemba Airport (POL) in Mozambique, Zanzibar’s Abedi Amani Airport (ZNZ) and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda Airport (LUN) through its appointed GSA.…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new industry certification program— Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Lithium Battery – to improve the safe handling and transport of lithium batteries across the supply chain. “Lithium batteries are critical power sources for many consumer goods on which we all rely. And it is vital that we can ship them safely by air either with finished products or as components in global supply chains. That’s why we developed the CEIV Lithium Battery certification. It gives shippers and airlines assurance that certified logistic companies operate to the highest safety and security standards when shipping lithium batteries,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. Shipments of lithium batteries (alone or with finished products) must comply with well-established global safety standards for how they are manufactured, tested, packed, marked, labeled, and documented. These requirements are a key element of the IATA Lithium Battery Shipping…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport Kenya with the prestigious IATA CEIV Fresh certification for perishable cargo, making it the only ground handler with this certification at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The facility was the first to be CEIV certified in Africa and Swissport’s 9th to be given the status in February of 2020. Following the successful completion of the IATA CEIV Fresh program, Swissport Kenya is also the first ground services provider in Sub-Saharan Africa to attain this certification. “In February 2020, Swissport’s operations in Nairobi were awarded with the IATA CEIV Pharma certification, establishing the first Swissport Pharma Center on the African continent. With the added CEIV Fresh certification, we are now very proud to offer our customer airlines a secure and certified cool-chain process across the board,” said Racheal Ndegwa, CEO of Swissport in Kenya. “With 27 years of experience handling perishable goods…

In a statement read by Customs at a recent Press briefing on the result of the verification of private aircraft, the taxman agency warned it will not hesitate to activate enforcement procedures on identified defaulters stressing that it has put the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria on notice to ensure only Privately-Owned Aircraft duly verified and cleared are authorized to operate within Nigeria. This comes after the agency (Nigeria customs service) cleared fifty-seven (57) commercial charter operators in Nigeria and issued a fourteen (14) day notice to twenty-nine (29) private aircraft operators who are liable for custom duty payments, to collect and make payments or cease flying in Nigerian airspace, according to Nigeria Flightdeck. This clearance and directive came on the heels of a verification exercise which took place between the 7th of June and August 6th 2021 for 86 private aircraft at the Tariff and Trade Department of the Service.…

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its portfolio of flights to South Africa, following the country’s removal from the Red List.  Last week, bookings to the region soared by 150% in 24 hours as a result of the Government’s updated travel advice. From 8 November, flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg will increase from three times a week to a daily service.  As South Africa’s capital city, not only does Johannesburg offer a gateway to some of the best safaris in the world, but its warm climate provides the perfect escape for Brits seeking some winter sun.  Customers travelling in the airline’s Upper Class cabin, as well as Gold Card members, will also be able to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Clubhouse at O.R Tambo international airport, which offers a relaxing space with tasty food and tempting cocktails. The relaunch of the airline’s Heathrow to Cape Town service is also being…