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  • Fastjet
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    Fastjet Group to delist and convert to private company

    2020-08-12T10:10:00Z

    African budget operator Fastjet Group expects to re-register as a private company by mid-September after shareholders overwhelmingly approved a delisting from the stock exchange. The company will “proceed with the cancellation of trading” of its ordinary shares on the London AIM exchange on 24 August. Shareholders voted on ...

  • Air Arabia Airbus A321
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    Air Arabia dragged to half-year loss as second quarter revenues collapse

    2020-08-10T15:52:00Z

    Air Arabia recorded a net loss of Dhs239 million ($65 million) in the second quarter as the pandemic virtually wiped out passenger revenues during the period and dragged the low-cost carrier into the red for the first-half.

  • UN An-74
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    An-74 suffered generator failure before Gao overrun

    2020-08-07T07:50:00Z

    Preliminary details of the Utair Cargo Antonov An-74 landing accident at Gao in Mali indicate the aircraft suffered an extensive electrical failure before the touchdown and overrun. Russian federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia states that the generator of the right-hand Progress D-36 engine failed during the 3 August flight ...

  • Airline recovery tracker
    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: August 2020 update

    2020-08-05T11:29:00Z

    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, airport passenger throughput, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

  • UN An-74
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    UN An-74 badly damaged in Mali landing accident

    2020-08-03T19:44:00Z

    One of Utair Group’s freighter aircraft, an Antonov An-74 TK-100, has been substantially damaged in an accident at Gao in eastern Mali. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali – known as MINUSMA – says the aircraft was landing at Gao after arriving from the capital, Bamako, ...

  • Comair 737 Max 8
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    Comair business plan pushed back as rescuers work to firm up offers

    2020-07-28T17:07:00Z

    South African carrier Comair’s rescue practitioners have disclosed that a potential deal with an interested consortium has fallen through, but are pushing back publication of a business plan to provide time to consider other approaches. Publication of the business plan had been due on 28 July after an expression ...

  • Freight loading
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    Air cargo decline narrows in June but market ‘exceptionally challenging’

    2020-07-28T15:13:00Z

    Air freight traffic declines showed some signs of improving in June but business remains “exceptionally challenging”, according to the latest IATA market wrap-up.

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    Fastjet seeks stock market delisting in bid to maintain crucial funding

    2020-07-27T08:38:00Z

    African operator Fastjet Group is planning to delist from the stock market and register as a private company, as a condition of securing further support from key shareholder Solenta Aviation Holdings. Fastjet is listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market. But it says there is “considerable” cost and time involved ...

  • De Oliveira
    Interview

    New chief has big plans for ACI, but crisis recovery comes first

    2020-07-22T13:44:00Z

    The new director general of airports body ACI World has grand plans to increase the profile and reach of the organisation – but knows he must first oversee the industry’s recovery from an unprecedented crisis, as the coronavirus pandemic halves passenger traffic in 2020. “The short-term [goal] is of ...

  • Ethiopian 777F
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    Ethiopian 777F suffers major fire in Shanghai

    2020-07-22T08:52:00Z

    An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777F has caught fire at Shanghai Pudong airport while cargo was being loaded. The carrier says in a statement that the aircraft is registered ET-ARH and was on a regular scheduled cargo service from Shanghai Pudong to Sao Paolo, and onward to Santiago. Videos ...

  • Comair 737
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    Comair rescue attracts several expressions of interest

    2020-07-21T12:09:00Z

    Four expressions of interest have been received by advisers to South African carrier Comair’s business rescue process. The company’s rescue practitioners state that the adviser, Redford Capital, has received 19 signed confidentiality agreements having “engaged” with 47 parties since the process began. Comair was placed under business rescue ...

  • SAA A340
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    Opposition remains highly suspicious over SAA rescue funding

    2020-07-21T10:52:00Z

    South Africa’s treasury has yet to detail how it intends to fund the rescue plan for South African Airways, as the country’s political opposition warns that it will intervene to prevent any illegitimate attempts to finance the airline’s revival. While finance minister Tito Mboweni appears to have reassured the ...

  • SAA tail
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    Government yet to clarify any funding commitment to rescue SAA

    2020-07-16T10:15:00Z

    South African Airways’ state shareholder, the department of public enterprises, is claiming that the government is committing to funding the newly-agreed rescue plan for the airline, but details on the source of any financial support remain hazy. The department says the government is required to provide the rescue practitioners ...

  • SAA A350
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    Creditors approve South African Airways rescue plan

    2020-07-14T15:08:00Z

    Creditors have today approved a business rescue plan (BRP) for South African Airways.

  • SAA A330
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    Government tries to divide SAA pilots as creditor vote looms

    2020-07-14T07:01:00Z

    South Africa’s government is appealing to individual South African Airways pilots to break from their union’s position and accept voluntary severance packages, as the beleaguered airline faces a critical creditor vote on its proposed rescue. Cockpit union SAAPA has put forward alternative proposals intended to reduce retrenchments and increase ...

  • RAM Express ATR
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    ATR 72 struck sea surface after crew turned off ground-proximity system

    2020-07-13T14:42:00Z

    Investigators have determined that a Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-600 twice struck the surface of the Mediterranean Sea during an extraordinary botched approach to Al Hoceima airport, badly damaging the turboprop before its crew diverted to Nador. Analysis of the incident showed the pilots had proceeded with an ...

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    SAA pilots seeking ‘unaffordable’ staff retention: government

    2020-07-10T19:37:00Z

    South African Airways pilots have sought to more than halve the proposed number of employee retrenchments, and instead retain almost 3,100 personnel for the carrier’s relaunch, according to the country’s government. But the proposal has been dismissed by the department of public enterprises, which insists it is “not prepared ...

  • Air Namibia
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    Struggling Air Namibia cleared to resume flights

    2020-07-09T15:35:00Z

    Under pressure Air Namibia has been cleared by the Namibian High Court to resume services after its operating licence was suspended amid continued financial concerns.

  • SAA A340
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    SAA pilots isolated as other unions gradually back severance scheme

    2020-07-08T10:44:00Z

    South African Airways unions have largely indicated acceptance of voluntary severance packages as part of the airline’s rescue, after the government warned that workers’ representatives that it cannot improve on the severance offers. Cockpit union SAAPA has not followed other unions’ gradual shift into accepting the proposals, but it ...

  • Auction CRJ200
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    Initial expressions of interest sought for SA Express jets

    2020-07-05T11:49:00Z

    Assets of South African regional carrier SA Express, including Bombardier CRJ200 jets, are being advertised online as part of an initial process to obtain expressions of interest, as the airline edges towards liquidation. The airline was placed in provisional liquidation on 28 April but a final liquidation order has ...