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Boeing has released its 20-year Pilot and Technician Outlook which estimates the number of new pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin crew members that will be needed worldwide in the next 2 decades The aviation industry has shrunk as a result of the global pandemic with a large fraction of qualified personnel losing their jobs or leaving voluntarily. As the global industry navigates an uneven recovery, effective training and an adequate supply of personnel remain critical to maintaining the health, safety and prosperity of the aviation ecosystem. Long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong, as 612,000 new pilots, 626,000 new maintenance technicians and 886,000 new cabin crew members are needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years. Of these Africa will account for a total of 63,000 professionals including 19,000 pilots, 20,000 maintenance technicians and 24,000 cabin crew Meeting projected pilot, aircraft mechanic…

Air transport plays a fundamental role in Africa’s socio-economic development. The sector is a catalyst for promoting tourism and fostering trade and regional development. However, Africa represents less than 3% of global air traffic and over the past 15 years, the continent has had the lowest level of market consolidation compared to the other regions in the globe. The African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Lufthansa Consulting and Kenya Airways staged a high level workshop on 14th September 2021 on African airlines consolidation to discuss the reasons for few partnerships and limited airline consolidation, the challenges and benefits of consolidation and measures for action by industry stakeholders to address the situation. Mr Abdérahmane Berthé – AFRAA Secretary General, in his remarks stated: “The aviation sector is reeling from the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic. We need to devise new approaches of doing business in the face of increasing concerns on the…

The first African Aviators webinar series successfully took flight on September 9 with episode 1 zooming in on Pilots. This series of webinars is a first for Africa and is focused on engaging the next generation, providing inspiration, insights and practical advice on how to pursue a career in aviation from the horse’s mouth, African aviation professionals who have seen it and done it before It is an initiative of the African aviation group (on facebook), AviaDev and Airspace Africa with support from Embraer The esteemed panel could not have had better representation than Captain Haig Anyonyi and Amanda Kandawire-Khoza with aspiring Pilot Nuga Pavali completing the crew Amanda Kandawire-Khoza is an Airline Pilot from Soweto, Johannesburg. She has been flying for 13 years for airlines such as SA Express, South African Airways and Emirates. She was the first South African lady to fly the Airbus A380. Captain Haig Anyonyi…

Air transportation is different to most other forms of commerce mainly because of its international components and also because of its governmental participation. The industry is divided into scheduled air services and non-scheduled flights. For scheduled air services, the privilege of operating commercial services through or into a foreign country was, at the time of the 1944 Chicago conference split into five so-called freedoms of the air. Charter flights fall mostly, but not invariably, into non-scheduled category. Under the Chicago Convention, contracting states agree to permit aircraft registered in the other contracting states and engaged in commercial non-scheduled flights to fly into their territory without prior diplomatic permission. And so, for reasons variously good or bad, international air travel has long been subjected to all manner of complicated restrictions and bilateral treaties between nations.  One of the main treaties that sets out the fundamental building blocks of air transportation regulation -…

Rolls-Royce has announced that its UltraFan® power gearbox has set a new world aerospace record at its facility in Germany. The gearbox has reached 87,000 horsepower or 64 megawatts – enough to power a city the size of Bath, United Kingdom – on test at Dahlewitz, near Berlin. The power milestone was achieved as build continues on the power gearbox that will be delivered for the actual UltraFan demonstrator engine, UF001, later this year. UltraFan, which is scalable for narrowbody or widebody aircraft, is a key element of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to making travel more sustainable. Gas turbines will continue to be the bedrock of long-haul aviation for many years, and UltraFan’s efficiency will help improve the economics of an industry transition to more sustainable fuels, which are likely to be more expensive in the short-term than traditional jet fuel. The first test run of the engine will be conducted on…

In the month of August 2021, air passenger traffic reached 46.8% compared to the same month in 2019 while capacity was at 54.6% according to the African Airlines Association(AFRAA) in their latest African aviation update for July Domestic markets across Africa recorded a slight reduction in passenger demand although still outperforming intra-Africa and intercontinental traffic. Domestic traffic for the month under review was 58.9% compared to 22.7% for intra-Africa and 18.4% for intercontinental. On passenger capacity (seats offered), domestic, intra-Africa and intercontinental accounted for 46.5%, 26.8% and 26.7% respectively. Globally, the COVID 19 cases continue to rise despite the fact that 24.6% of the world’s population has been vaccinated. In Africa, just about 1.85% of the population has been fully vaccinated according to data available on the Africa CDC website. The Delta variant which is the source of recent infections is not sparing younger people either. The result is an…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released July 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend. As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to July 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 8.6% compared to July 2019. Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to June which saw demand increase 9.2% (against pre-COVID-19 levels). Capacity continues to recover but is still 10.3% down compared to July 2019. Economic conditions continue to support air cargo growth: – The July export orders component of the manufacturing Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) was 52.7%, indicating a short-term boost to demand if those orders are shipped by air. -…

Top rankings are awarded to airlines that have unparalleled service throughout each customer touch point, leading the way in flight refunds, reliability, ticket flexibility, value for money, overall experience and safety especially covid-19 safety measures. Airlines should be able to refund customers for excellent customer service. On refunds, the percentage of eligible refund request that have been processed by the airline and the average amount of time the airline takes to review each request and approve the funds. A good airline should be reliable. This is measured by the number of flight cancellations. Customers also rate their overall experience and value for money. Airlines score points from customer reviews. Safety is crucial. Airlines are checked for contactless check in and self-service bag drops, reduced capacity on airplanes,  compulsory use of face masks, temperature checks, hygiene kit, disinfecting the plane daily and stewards provided with additional protective equipment and limited on…

The aviation satcom market is poised to enhance improved flight operations and connectivity that will improve passenger experience, enhance safety, and increase the efficiency of flight operations of airlines, a new study by Research and Markets has shown. The study covers the global aviation satcom market and provides a 10-year forecast from 2020 to 2030. According to the research, the total aviation satcom market was worth $527.2 million in 2020 and, considering the impact of COVID-19, it is expected to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.3% until 2030. It covers the satcom service used for cockpit, cabin, and IFEC. Cockpit accounts for 80.9% of the market share. “The share of cockpit satcom is expected to increase, as the airline will add more next-generation aircraft in the existing fleet, whereas the demand for cabin and IFEC is expected to increase, as airlines want to provide extra services…

On August 15th 2021, the internet exploded with heartrending images of Afghan nationals scrambling to board a US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III at Kabul International Airport. Those that failed to get in, held on, not to an aircraft as we would imagine, but rather, hope. Hope that upon take-off, they shall have escaped the social, political and economic volatility ascribed to a Taliban takeover. Willing to do whatever it took to realise peace and freedom was a pair that held on till they could not anymore, falling hundreds of feet, to meet certain death. How did we get here? Osama Bin Laden. In the year 2001, Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda, under the aforementioned individual’s leadership, launched a series of devastating attacks on the United States of America. Four planes were hijacked. The first two crashed into the World Trade Centre twin towers in New York (within…