All Africa news – Page 31

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    SAA slashes network as it strives for profitability


    South African Airways is cutting around half of its long-haul routes and almost all of its domestic network, the flag carrier’s “business rescue practitioners” have disclosed as they seek to transform it into a sustainable and profitable business.

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    Kenya takes C-27J pair


    Kenya has received its first pair of Leonardo C-27J tactical transports from a KSh20 billion ($200 million) order for three examples for the country’s air force.

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    SA Express objects as court orders business rescue


    South African operator SA Express has been ordered to enter into business rescue, two months after a similar decision was made for flag-carrier South African Airways. SA Express operates a route network in southern Africa using a fleet of Bombardier CRJs and Q400s. While the business rescue has ...

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    Ghanaian president orders probe into C295 acquisition


    Ghana’s president is to pursue an inquiry into allegations of bribery during the military’s acquisition of Airbus tactical transport aircraft, detailed in UK court documents following a corruption probe into the airframer. Five counts of failing to prevent bribery, aimed at Airbus after a UK Serious Fraud Office investigation, ...

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    South African president refers SAA allegations to special investigators


    South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised investigators to probe allegations of maladministration, corruption or unlawful conduct at South African Airways dating back to at least 2002. Ramaphosa’s order to refer the allegations to a special investigation unit has been disclosed in a declaration in the official government gazette. ...

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    SAA secures critical funding while business rescue plan is finalised


    South African Airways has secured offers from a financial institution to provide the additional critical funding necessary to bridge the period until its business rescue plan is adopted. The beleaguered flag-carrier says its business rescue practitioners have held “fruitful” discussions with the Development Bank of Southern Africa, based at ...

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    Fastjet Group still trying to finalise sale of Zimbabwe operation


    African budget carrier operator Fastjet Group believes it has sufficient resources to meet operational needs until the end of March, as it scrambles to finalise a deal to sell its Zimbabwe airline to investors. The company had previously warned, last November, that it faced a February deadline to secure ...

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    SACAA was still conducting smoke probe before Citation crash


    Investigators were still conducting an investigation into two smoke incidents involving the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s Cessna Citation II flight-inspection jet before its fatal loss near George. There is no immediate evidence of a connection between the incidents – on 7 and 8 November last year – and ...

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    No survivors from South African CAA calibration Citation crash


    None of the three crew members of a South African Civil Aviation Authority flight-inspection aircraft survived after the aircraft came down shortly after take-off from George airport. The aircraft, a Cessna Citation II, came down in mountainous terrain after departing George at 10:40 on 23 January. It was due ...

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    South African CAA calibration aircraft involved in accident near George


    South Africa’s civil aviation regulator is investigating an accident involving its flight inspection and calibration aircraft, which occurred shortly after it took off from George airport. The South African Civil Aviation Authority says the aircraft went missing shortly after departing the airport, on the south coast, at 10:40 on ...

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    SAA should be retained and restructured: ruling party


    South Africa’s ruling political party insists that embattled South African Airways should be restructured and retained as the country’s flag-carrier. The African National Congress made the declaration following strategy meetings of its national executive council over 17-20 January. It states that SAA should be “retained as a national ...

  • South African Airways aircraft

    SAA cuts back flight schedule to conserve cash


    South African Airways has cancelled a number of domestic and international flights over the coming week, to preserve finances, just a day after insisting that operations to all destinations were continuing as normal. The flag-carrier says that, as part of a “responsible strategy to conserve cash”, it is ...

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    Struggling SAA insists flight operations are continuing


    South African Airways is maintaining operations for the time being, despite apparent increasing uncertainty over the ailing flag-carrier’s financing. The airline says it is “aware” of local media reports suggesting the airline is on the verge of ceasing operations. But it insists that flights to all destinations “continue ...

  • SAA A340

    South African Airways to sell nine A340s as part of restructuring effort


    South African Airways has put more than half of its Airbus A340 fleet and a variety of spare parts up for sale, as part of efforts to restructure following the carrier’s decision last month to voluntarily enter business rescue proceedings.

  • Med-View Airline 737

    Med-View 737 depressurisation not reported to investigators


    Nigerian specialists have disclosed that a serious depressurisation incident involving a Med-View Airline Boeing 737-500 was not reported to the country’s investigation authority. The aircraft (5N-BQM) had been cruising at 32,000ft en route from Abuja to Lagos, with 34 occupants, on 23 July. Lagos’s runway 18R had been ...

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    North American airline profits seen strengthening in 2019


    IATA sees all regions except North American carriers making less profits in 2019 than it expected six months ago, but by contrast expects all these other regions to improve their performance next year.

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    Congo Airways orders two Embraer 175s


    Embraer has disclosed a firm order from Congo Airways for two E175s. The African carrier has also taken options on a further two of the jets, says Embraer, which puts the list-price value of the four-unit deal at $194.4 million.

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    Ethiopian Q400 badly damaged in take-off excursion


    Ethiopian Airlines has noted that wind and rain were present when a Bombardier Q400 suffered a runway excursion during take-off from Juba, resulting in substantial damage to the turboprop. The aircraft (ET-AQC) had been bound for Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa as flight ET357 on 10 December. Ethiopian ...

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    IATA sees airline profits jumping back after cutting outlook for 2019


    Airline body IATA expects collective industry profits to climb back to almost $30 billion in 2020, despite cutting its outlook for the current year by a further $2 billion in its latest forecast.

  • Adina Valean, EC transport commissioner

    Armenian authority placed under closer EU safety monitoring


    Armenia’s civil aviation regulator has been placed under increased monitoring by European safety authorities as part of a revision of the European Commission airline blacklist.