All Africa news – Page 19

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    SAA maintenance arm lifts service suspension against house carriers


    South African Airways’ maintenance arm, SAA Technical, has started reinstating its services after suspending them to four customers over outstanding payments. It says it has reached an agreement with two of these customers – SAA itself and sister carrier Mango – but is still holding talks with the other ...

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    SAA suspends operations as rescuers seek to preserve finances


    South African Airways has suspended all airline operations while its rescuers assess options to obtain urgent funding for the embattled flag-carrier. While the government has been claiming continuous engagement with potential funding sources, SAA’s rescue practitioners have warned of dwindling reserves, and have been keeping creditors updated over the ...

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    South Africa’s airline sector can overcome challenges


    The country has been hit hard by Covid-19, exacerbating connectivity challenges created by SAA’s retrenchment, but there is hope that the sector will recover, writes Zuks Ramasia, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa

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    In depth

    Where the airline industry was when the music stopped


    Another year of strong profit and traffic growth in 2019 for leading carriers illustrates the highs the industry had reached before the coronavirus pandemic, but offered no warning of the crisis to come that has pushed airlines to the brink.

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    RwandAir seeks to acquire freighter


    The African carrier is “looking at acquiring a cargo freighter in the near future”, its chief executive Yvonne Makolo tells FlightGlobal.

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    RwandAir chief Makolo on recovery, Qatar and pan-African aims


    The Covid crisis may have created numerous immediate challenges, but RwandAir chief Yvonne Makolo says the carrier has many reasons for optimism about its long-term future

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    Silverstone Fokker 50 wrecked in Mogadishu excursion


    Images circulating on social media indicate that a Kenyan-registered Fokker 50 turboprop has been substantially damaged in a 19 September accident at Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The aircraft (5Y-MHT) has come to rest apparently after striking a concrete wall off the right side of runway 05, suffering severe ...

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    South African Airways will not be liquidated: government


    South Africa’s government is insisting that flag-carrier South African Airways will not be liquidated, and that it will detail measures relating to funding the airline in upcoming legislation. Its department of public enterprises gave the reassurance as creditors met to discuss the airline’s future, after its rescue practitioners warned ...

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    RwandAir switches London services to Heathrow airport


    The African carrier has been serving Heathrow on a cargo-only basis during the coronavirus crisis, and says today that its passenger services to the UK capital will also serve the hub when they resume on 3 October.

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    SAA creditors to meet as critical rescue funds fail to materialise


    South African Airways’ rescue practitioners are to call a meeting of creditors to discuss the future of the troubled company after doubts emerged over crucial government funding for the airline’s business plan. The practitioners had warned on 10 September that procuring the funding necessary to support the plan was ...

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    FlightGlobal launches Decade of Airline Excellence Awards


    FlightGlobal is delighted to announce the launch of the Decade of Airline Excellence Awards, which Airline Business will deliver later this year with our partner, Korn Ferry. Amid this year’s unprecedented disruption, we have decided to take a break from the Airline Strategy Awards – which will return ...

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    RwandAir no longer taking A330neo or 737 Max jets


    RwandAir is no longer taking the Airbus A330neo and Boeing 737 Max jets it had ordered via lessors.

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    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: September 2020 update


    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.

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    Investment consortium aims to restart Comair in December


    South African carrier Comair’s business rescue plan envisages a consortium of investors taking a 99% shareholding in the company, and restarting services around 1 December. Some 1,800 jobs will be retained – although 400 will be shed – and the airline will resume operations with a fleet of 25 ...

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    Arab carrier traffic seen not back to pre-crisis levels until at least 2024


    Traffic among Arab air carriers is not now expected to return to pre-crisis levels until at least 2024 and could potentially not reach those levels before 2027, fresh analysis from the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) shows. In its third status report of the impact of the pandemic on ...

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    Air cargo traffic stabilises in July as capacity crunch continues


    Air cargo traffic was stable in July but demand continues to be constrained by the lack of bellyhold capacity, according to the latest monthly report from IATA. Figures from the airline association show that demand in cargo tonne kilometre (CTK) terms fell by 13.5% year on year in July. ...

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    Comair receives binding offer as it finalises business plan


    South African carrier Comair’s rescue practitioners have received a binding offer from the preferred investors for the company. As a result, the practitioners are seeking creditors’ consent for a further extension to the deadline to publish the business rescue plan for the operator. Comair, which operates as a ...

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    ​Kenya Airways weighs cuts to ensure sustainable future


    Kenya Airways is evaluating fleet, network and staff cuts to adapt to dramatic reductions in customer demand.

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    SAA restructuring team sifts through unsolicited investor approaches


    More than 10 unsolicited approaches expressing interest in South African Airways have been received from potential investors and partners. The South African government’s department of public enterprises states that the approaches concern SAA and its subsidiaries Mango Airlines, SAA Technical, and catering arm Air Chefs. “[We have] been ...

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    Fastjet shareholder provisionally agrees financial support


    African budget operator Fastjet Group has obtained a commitment from its main shareholder, Solenta Aviation Holdings, to underwrite a capital raise of at least $1.5 million, providing the company with much-needed funding. Fastjet Group has been struggling with dwindling cash resources as it copes with flight restrictions in Zimbabwe ...