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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…

Rolls Royce has announced the completion of the first flight of the all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft. It is propelled by a 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain with the most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft. The milestone marks another step towards the plane’s world-record attempt and another milestone on the aviation industry’s journey towards decarbonisation. Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, said: “The first flight of the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ is a great achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. We are focused on producing the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea, and capture the economic opportunity of the transition to net zero. This is not only about breaking a world record; the advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this programme has exciting applications for the Urban Air Mobility market and can help make ‘jet zero’ a reality.” This first flight marks 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…

Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways , has signed an aircraft lease agreement and begun operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways. The agreement will see Kenya Airways lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways, boosting domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In addition, Kenya Airways has today commenced direct cargo flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi. Kenya Airways will also offer courses through its Pride Centre and explore the exchange of technical personnel in various areas to ensure skills transfer between the two airlines. The partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the DRC, actualising the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways signed in April 2021 in Kinshasa and witnessed by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi. Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Allan Kilavuka hailed the partnership as the first of many…

Airlink has been named as the most on-time airline in South Africa in the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA). According to ACSA, 98.11% per cent of Airlink’s flights operated on-time in 2021, maintaining its position from 2020 when its overall on-time performance was consistently better than 96%. “It proves that there is always room for improvement. On-time performance is crucial for our customers who rely on Airlink for their business and leisure travel in the region, including those connecting with our expanding list of long-haul partner airlines.  The reliability of our service has helped to fuel demand for our flights.  As a result of our steady growth, Airlink now provides its hallmark service on mainline routes in addition to serving our traditional base of smaller cities and towns.  Today, our fleet of over 50 aircraft serve more than 45 destinations across the widest network of all airlines in…

Kenya Airways has not been allocated a desperately needed capital Injection after government rejected a bailout proposal from the national airline, according to local media The airline requested up to USD 500 Million earlier this year to help keep it afloat as it continues to suffer the effects of a travel depression brought about by the covid pandemic but the airline’s CEO, while grateful for continued government support, says treasury has only provided a small fraction of what’s needed “The airline has received Ksh25 million ($227,270). We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received so far, considering the many industries government is supporting in these unprecedented times,” Kilavuka said to local publication, the East African The publication continues to report that government has not had any discussions around a bailout for Kenya airways “We have not received any bailout request from Kenya Airways. No. We haven’t received any.…

Airports Council International (ACI) World in partnership with Amadeus has celebrated the winners of this year’s Airport Service Quality awards which highlight the world’s best airports as judged by their customers. This was during the Customer Experience Global Summit this week While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on global passenger traffic in 2020, it has also affected the expectations customers have for the airport experience. In response, ACI has ensured the ASQ program has evolved with these changing times along with airports that have adapted to better serve our customers. The awards celebration recognized 108 awards which have been won by 89 individual airports around the world. “Amid the most challenging year in the history of our industry, ACI’s ASQ awards recognize airport members that have prioritized listening and responding to the voice of the customer – this has never been more important,” ACI World Director General…

Emirates has today September 8, announced it will bolster its operations to South Africa with a scheduled 28 weekly service by October. The ramp up will see Emirates introduce double daily flights to Johannesburg with its iconic A380 on one of the daily flights, with both Cape Town and Durban operating daily, effective 31 October 2021. The airline confirmed through a statement that it aims to bring more competitive choices for customers wishing to visit Dubai, and through Dubai to the airline’s network of over 120 global destinations. This Comes just a week after the Gulf carrier’s regional manager Afzal Parambil explained that the suspension of the Airline’s operations has given it a chance to re-strategize and reconsider its operations in South Africa. Parambil also highlighted that Cargo played a pivotal role to Emirates and its operations to South Africa especially during this unprecedented time. The Emirates A380 experience is…

September 11th 2021 marks exactly 20 years after one of the darkest days in aviation history. The terrorist hijackings and attacks on the World trade Center  plus other targets forever changed our industry and the way we travel 20 years on and the industry faces another truly great challenge. The covid pandemic has reversed years of progress in global aviation and years from now, the next generation will look to it and mark it as another game changer On 9/11 2021, the African Aviators webinar series launches its first episode, focused on Pilots. It will be the start of a monthly series focused on inspiring Africans to take practical steps to enter the aviation industry. It is an initiative of the African aviation group (on facebook), Aviadev Africa and Airspace Africa, with the headline support of Embraer Most of the aspiring aviators that will attend the series will not understand…

(SPONSORED).  Nesto Aviation Services Limited (NestAv), Nigeria’s leading non-scheduled operator in the country’s business aviation and offshore Oil and gas sectors, has renewed its contract with Singapore company, LAMINAAR Aviation Infotech, to partner them in their journey to digital transformation and mobility. LAMINAAR announced that NestAv has chosen to upgrade to the latest version of ARMS® NS (for non-scheduled operations) to manage its flight operations, crew, dispatch and load management, as well as, and passenger services. This latest mobility enabled offering aligns with the NestAv leadership’s vision for nextgen technology enabled operations. Leading their digital transformation initiatives has been Captain Adeshola Adewole, Director, Flight Operations at NestAv. To meet his objective of a completely digitalized operation that derives synergies in automation and efficiency using future ready technologies, he chose LAMINAAR as his partner of choice to make this transformational journey. “I had an ambitious goal to achieve, for which my…