Africa

  • Fastjet ERJ
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    Fastjet poised to renegotiate divestment of Zimbabwean division

    2020-04-08T12:47:00Z

    Fastjet Group is to hold discussions on potential amendments to the terms of its planned disposal of its Zimbabwean operation, given the financial impact of measures taken to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Investors led by Solenta Aviation Holdings had been planning to acquire the operation before the crisis, and ...

  • FedAir
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    Fastjet’s FedAir division slashes fleet as safari market dries up

    2020-04-07T18:09:00Z

    Fastjet Group’s Federal Airlines division has entered a restructuring process and given up most of its aircraft after a severe downturn in its business conducting shuttle and charter services to safari reserves in southern Africa. FedAir primarily serves US and European tourists but the coronavirus situation has badly affected ...

  • TK A330 incident
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    Off-centre landing damaged Turkish A330 undercarriage

    2020-04-07T10:51:00Z

    Nigerian investigators have disclosed that a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 suffered damage after travelling partially off the runway for a distance of some 400m following a landing at Port Harcourt. The aircraft (TC-LOL), arriving from Istanbul at night on 30 December last year, had been established on the localiser ...

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    Comair drops Star Air acquisition as challenges deepen

    2020-04-03T14:05:00Z

    South African carrier Comair has agreed to call off its planned acquisition of aircraft leasing specialist Star Air Cargo and Star Air Maintenance as it battles mounting challenges.

  • Siza Mzimela, South African Airlines
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    Interim chief Mzimela leaves struggling SA Express

    2020-04-02T08:18:00Z

    Interim chief executive Siza Mzimela is leaving SA Express after 18 months in the role at the challenged South African regional carrier.

  • South African Airways acting chief executive Zuks Ramasia
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    South African Airways acting chief takes early retirement

    2020-03-26T11:32:00Z

    South African Airways acting chief executive Zuks Ramasia will retire on 14 April, less than a year after assuming the position.

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    South African shutdown heaps pressure on bedevilled Fastjet

    2020-03-25T08:18:00Z

    African budget carrier Fastjet, already under substantial financial pressure, is having to cope with the additional burden of the coronavirus outbreak after the South African and Zimbabwean governments imposed travel restrictions. Fastjet Group, which has been working to sell its Zimbabwean arm, says the South African government is locking ...

  • SAA A350
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    South African Airways suspends all international services

    2020-03-20T12:59:00Z

    South African Airways is immediately cancelling all international services until the end of May.

  • Rwandair A330-300
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    RwandAir to suspend operations for 30 days

    2020-03-20T01:40:00Z

    RwandAir will temporarily halt all services from 21 March to 21 April, as its looks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The African carrier will operate its last commercial passenger flight from Rwandan capital Kigali to London Gatwick on 20 March at 01:00. The return service will depart ...

  • SA Express
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    Pressured SA Express suspends services until further notice

    2020-03-18T06:58:00Z

    South African regional carrier SA Express is suspending operations until further notice, in response to various pressures on the airline. While it mentions the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, SA Express indicates this is only one consideration behind its decision, attributing the suspension to “adverse recent developments”. The ...

  • Fastjet ERJ-145
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    Fragile Fastjet aims for Zimbabwe carrier sale in April

    2020-03-13T07:51:00Z

    African operator Fastjet Group expects to meet all preconditions, by the end of March, for divesting its Zimbabwean division and complete the transaction in April. It says participants of an investor consortium led by Solenta Aviation Holdings remain “committed” to the acquisition of Fastjet Zimbabwe under previously-agreed terms. ...

  • B737 Max 8 Comair
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    Comair pushes Boeing on compensation amid ongoing Max disruption

    2020-03-11T19:44:00Z

    The airline is considering fleet renewal alternatives as it seeks to accelerate talks with manufacturer over grounding of the 737 Max.

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    Ethiopian 737 Max pilots battled intense pitch and trim forces

    2020-03-09T20:56:00Z

    Investigators probing the fatal Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max accident have given additional insight into a crucial period during which the crew, having temporarily stopped the aircraft from automatically nosing down, struggled vainly to regain pitch and trim control. In an interim update into the 10 March 2019 crash ...

  • SAA A350
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    SAA launches airline-wide consultation on job cuts

    2020-03-09T18:07:00Z

    Administrators for South African Airways have launched a consultation covering its almost 5,000 staff members on job cuts as it bids to restructure its workforce for a slimmed-down operation.

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    Kenya Airways taps state loan to cover Embraer engines overhaul

    2020-03-02T10:47:00Z

    SkyTeam carrier Kenya Airways has received a KSh5 billion ($49 million) loan from the government to cover an engine overhaul programme for its fleet of Embraer E190 regional jets.

  • Fly540 Dash 8-300
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    Fly540 Dash 8 lands on rough ground after engine failure

    2020-02-28T15:29:00Z

    One of Kenyan regional carrier Fly540’s Bombardier Dash 8-300 turboprops has made an emergency landing, apparently on open ground, after an engine failure. The aircraft (5Y-CGH) came down near Kapese, an airfield in north-western Kenya. Fly540 says the aircraft sustained a “suspected foreign-object strike” which resulted in an ...

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    SAA's 'complex' rescue plan pushed back to end-March

    2020-02-28T14:07:00Z

    South African Airways’ restructuring plan has been pushed back to the end of March, as the airline’s business rescue practitioners seek further time to address the complexity of the effort. The practitioners have informed that the extension of the deadline to publish the plan – from 28 February to ...

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    Jambo Jet boss named permanent chief executive of Kenya Airways

    2020-02-27T17:47:00Z

    Kenya Airways has confirmed Allan Kilavuka, the head of its budget unit JamboJet, as its new chief executive and group managing director on a permanent basis.

  • South African Airways A350
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    Government sets aside $1bn to cover SAA guaranteed debt

    2020-02-26T14:50:00Z

    South Africa’s government has set aside R16.4 billion ($1.1 billion) over the medium term for South African Airways to repay guaranteed debt and to cover debt-service costs. The national treasury has disclosed the figure in its newly-released 2020 budget review. It states that the government also anticipates that ...

  • Citation ZS-CAR
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    CAA calibration jet entered rapid descent before terrain collision

    2020-02-25T06:20:00Z

    South African investigators have disclosed that a Cessna Citation II calibration aircraft suddenly entered a steep descent and excessive right bank before colliding with high terrain about 10min after departing George airport. None of the three occupants survived after the jet, operated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, ...