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Aviation News

IATA African aviation conference to be held in South Africa in July

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global representative body for the airline industry, has announced that its second Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference (WOCFA) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 2 and July 3 this year. The host airline for the... 

Cape Town adds new tech layer in fight against crime

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2024 Very early on in his term, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was told by law enforcement agencies that there could never be enough boots on the ground to fully combat violent crime and the drug trade in the city. What these agencies needed was for the local authority “to go all in” on... 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March, Ctrack index shows

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2024 After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared with February, and just marginally up on a year ago. 

United Airlines is committed to net-zero carbon emissions flying by 2050

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2024 US-based global major carrier United Airlines is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, its Director Sales: Continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East Thorsten Lettnin, assures Engineering News, in an exclusive interview. (Net-zero emissions is not the same thing... 

United Airlines Continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East sales director Thorsten Lettnin
Photo by Harald Kahn
United Airlines Continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East sales director Thorsten Lettnin

Qatar Airways to invest in an airline in Southern Africa

By: Reuters     15th May 2024 Qatar Airways will soon announce an investment in an airline in Southern Africa, its CEO said on Wednesday, part of the Gulf carrier's drive to expand its network in Africa. "We are at the final stage of an equity investment in an airline in the southern part of Africa," Badr Mohammed Al Meer... 

A Qatar Airways B777 aircraft
Photo by Reuters
A Qatar Airways B777 aircraft

US travel numbers to South Africa greater than ever before, reports United Airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2024 The number of US visitors to South Africa is now higher than it was in 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, United Airlines director sales continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East Thorsten Lettnin tells Engineering News, in an exclusive interview. In 2022, the... 

A United Airlines branded Boeing 777
Photo by United Airlines
A United Airlines branded Boeing 777

ATNS, CSIR making important progress in their joint passive radar project

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2024 South Africa’s national air traffic control (ATC) agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), have started joint measurement and surveying activities at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) for the installation... 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared with February, and just marginally up on a year ago. 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

Airlink adopting IATA’s New Distribution Capability

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th May 2024 South African regional and domestic airline Airlink has announced that it is to implement the New Distribution Capability (NDC) for its transactions with the travel trade, with effect from July 31 this year. NDC was launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a data... 

Cape Town adds new tech layer in fight against crime – Eye-in-the-Sky

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2024 Very early on in his term, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was told by law enforcement agencies that there could never be enough boots on the ground to fully combat violent crime and the drug trade in the city. What these agencies needed was for the local authority “to go all in” on... 

Seen from left to right is a view from a drone delivered to the command centre in Goodwood, the view from the ISR, and live footage from a body cam during a crime combatting event
Seen from left to right is a view from a drone delivered to the command centre in Goodwood, the view from the ISR, and live footage from a body cam during a crime combatting event

Air passenger demand continues strong growth, reports IATA

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2024 Total air passenger demand grew by 13.8% in March, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports. (IATA is the global representative body for the airline sector.) International demand increased by 18.9% and domestic demand by 6.6%. Total passenger... 

IATA reports continued strong air cargo growth in March

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd May 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that March was the fourth month in a row in which global air cargo demand grew by double digits, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms. IATA was the global representative body for the airline (including air cargo) industry. “Air cargo demand... 

IATA calls for more research into aircraft contrail formation and effects

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th April 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body for the airline industry, has called for urgent action to deepen knowledge about the formation and climate impact of contrails formed by aircraft. Such knowledge is essential to allow the development of... 

SAA seeks minority partner, loans

By: Bloomberg     21st April 2024 South Africa is seeking potential minority investors and access to capital markets and loan financing for South African Airways (SAA) for more rapid expansion, following the collapse of a previous equity deal, the national flag carrier’s interim Chairman Derek Hanekom said on local broadcaster... 

An SAA aircraft landing at OR Tambo International

Norwegian airline to start low-cost London-Cape Town service in six months

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2024 Norwegian long-haul but low-cost carrier Norse Atlantic Airways announced on Thursday that it was going to launch flights between London, in the UK, and Cape Town, during the Northern autumn/Southern spring later this year. The new service will start on October 28. “We are thrilled to introduce... 

Joint report on the main roadmaps for aviation to reach net-zero emissions released

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2024 The ‘Aviation Net Zero CO2 Transition Pathways Comparative Review’, which is a joint initiative of the International Air Transport Association (IATA – the global representative body for the airline industry), the Air Transportation Systems Laboratory of the University College London, the Air... 

Cape Town to depoly camera-fitted aircraft in war against crime

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2024 The City of Cape Towns’ (CoCT’s) Safety and Security Directorate is enhancing its crime prevention capabilities with the inclusion of new aerial surveillance technology. The information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology will take information gathering “to the next level” in the... 

US group selects its technology partners for its major sustainable aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2024 US clean fuels company DG Fuels has selected a technology, jointly developed by UK multinational advanced metals chemistry and sustainable technologies group Johnson Matthey and UK multinational energy group bp, for its first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant. The technology uses the Fischer... 

IATA launches report into the reduction of single use plastics in the airline sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2024 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has released its latest report on how the industry can reduce its environmental impact. This report is entitled ‘Reassessing Single Use Plastics Products in the Airline Sector’ and seeks... 

IATA reports continued strong air passenger growth in February

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body for the airline industry, has reported continued strong growth global air passenger demand in February, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms. Total demand rose 21.5%, while international demand jumped 26.3% and... 

IATA reports that strong air cargo growth continued in February

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2024 Global air cargo traffic, in year-on-year terms, increased by double digits for the third month in a row, in February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. IATA is the global representative body of the airline industry. “February’s demand growth of 11.9% far outpaced... 

IATA director-general Willie Walsh
Photo by IATA
IATA director-general Willie Walsh

Top management upheaval at Boeing as group battles quality challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2024 Embattled US aerospace giant Boeing has announced major management changes at the highest level. The group has been hit by major quality control issues in particularly (but not exclusively) its Commercial Airplane (airliner) business, most obviously (but again, not exclusively) with its 737 MAX... 

New Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stephanie Pope
Photo by Boeing
New Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stephanie Pope

Strategic air cargo alignment between Kenyan, Abu Dhabian carriers has lifted off

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th March 2024 Kenyan air cargo carrier Astral Aviation (Astral) and Abu Dhabi-based United Arab Emirates operator Etihad Cargo, the logistics and cargo business of Etihad Airways, have announced the functional start of their collaboration, with the completion of the first flight between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi.... 

A cargo plane operated by Astral Aviation

Public Enterprises Committee refers SAA takeover matter to SIU for investigation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2024 The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has decided to refer the matter of the Takatso Consortium’s now-cancelled plans to buy a 51% stake in South African Airways (SAA) to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for further investigation. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan last week... 

An SAA-branded aircraft on a runway

Cape Town City pleased with developments at Cape Town International Airport

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2024 City of Cape Town Economic Growth MMC Alderman James Vos has congratulated the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) for its investment programme for Cape Town International Airport (CTIA). He was addressing the 2024 Wesgro Western Cape Air Cargo Conference, in Cape Town. (Wesgro is... 

South Africa needs to upgrade its air cargo and related infrastructures

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2024 South Africa is beginning to fall behind other African countries, when it comes to being a centre for air cargo, Swissport South Africa CEO Khangi Khoza has warned. She was delivering a keynote address at the Wesgro Western Cape Air Cargo Conference 2024, in Cape Town. Already, Johannesburg had... 

Countries can carve niches for themselves in the global air cargo business, says IATA

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2024 It was possible for a country to turn itself into a global hub for important air cargo flows, even if that country had no connection with, or involvement in, the commodity concerned. So pointed out International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Director for Operations, Safety and... 

Local, international aviation ground services groups form joint venture in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2024 South African black woman-majority-owned aircraft ground-handling company NAS Colossal Africa Aviation Services (Colossal) and Belgium-based international ground-handling and ground services group Aviapartner have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to create Colossal... 

IATA reports major progress in sustainable aviation fuels, globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2024 In its latest 'Fly Net Zero Media Update' report, the global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has highlighted developments around the world, regarding sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), during the first two months of this year.... 

IATA reports important progress in the development of aviation electrofuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2024 The first two months of this year saw significant developments regarding the category of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) known as electrofuels, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported, in its latest “Fly Net Zero Media Update” report. IATA is the global representative... 

New sustainable aviation fuels venture established by Sasol and Topsoe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2024 A new venture focusing on the development and delivery of sustainable aviation fuels has been officially launched jointly by Sasol and Topsoe. Known as Zaffra and headquartered in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands, the joint venture will combine Sasol’s experience in synfuels plant construction and... 

Zaffra CEO Jan Toschka
Zaffra CEO Jan Toschka

IATA launches its Digital Leadership Charter for air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th March 2024 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global representative body for the airline industry, on Thursday launched its IATA Digital Leadership Charter. The launch took place at the 2024 IATA World Cargo Symposium, in Hong Kong. The inaugural signatories of the charter are Cathay... 

Deal to sell government stake in South African Airways collapses

By: Reuters     14th March 2024 A deal the South African government has been negotiating for three years to sell a majority stake in South African Airways (SAA) has fallen apart, the minister overseeing the company said on Wednesday. The government announced the planned deal to sell a controlling stake in SAA to the Takatso... 

An SAA branded aircraft

International partnership seeks to develop platform to calculate air cargo carbon emissions

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2024 The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and global non-profit freight sector climate action organisation the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) have announced that they are partnering to supply air cargo shipment carbon dioxide... 

Rectron partners with drone startup NTSU to grow skills, capacity

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2024 Information and communications technology equipment distributor Rectron has partnered with remotely piloted or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service provider NTSU Aviation Solutions to enable it to grow skills and infrastructure in this critical but under-resourced industry. Rectron's R650 000... 

Drone flying over a port

IATA global cargo conference focuses on the future of the air freight sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2024 The key themes at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) 2024 World Cargo Symposium (being held in Hong Kong) were digitalisation, safety, and sustainability. (IATA was the global representative body for the airline industry, with some 320 member airlines which accounted for 83%... 

Restrictions in the aviation sector are hampering economic growth in SADC

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th March 2024 The economic potential of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being constrained by restrictions on the region’s aviation sector. This was highlighted at the recent Southern African Industrialisation Forum, held in Sandton, Johannesburg. “We can talk about a free trade area and... 

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