All Africa news – Page 25

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    South African start-up Lift set to launch in December


    South African start-up carrier Lift is aiming to launch domestic services in December with flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town and George.

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    Positive vaccine news comes just as airline industry needed it the most


    Carriers in the northern hemisphere are heading into a winter season that is likely to be bleaker than even their worst pre-pandemic nightmares could have imagined.

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    ​South Africa's Comair to restart with 15 aircraft on 1 December


    South African carrier Comair will initially operate 15 aircraft across its two airline brands when it restarts flights from 1 December.

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    Ethiopian takes same-day delivery of a pair of A350s


    Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of another pair of Airbus A350-900s, both aircraft being handed over on the same day. The aircraft – MSN412 and MSN431, respectively ET-AYB and ET-AYA – departed Toulouse almost simultaneously for Addis Ababa in the early hours of 7 November. Ethiopian chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam ...

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    Airline passenger demand ‘hit wall’ in September: IATA


    Weak international travel demand continued to weigh heavily on the airline industry’s performance in September, according to the latest data from IATA.

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    Airline Business

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: November 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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    Landing 747 crew unaware of short runway before striking construction vehicles


    Nigerian investigators have disclosed that the crew of a Boeing 747-200 freighter did not receive critical information about reduced available landing distance at Abuja before the aircraft landed, veered off the runway and collided with construction equipment. The Armenian-registered Veteran Avia aircraft (EK-74798) had been operating a wet-lease cargo service ...

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    Poorly-maintained Air Namibia scissor-lift collapsed while overloaded


    Investigators in Namibia have concluded that poor maintenance of a scissor-lift passenger assistance vehicle, and possibly its overloading, resulted in its collapsing during disembarkation of an Air Namibia aircraft at Windhoek. The vehicle was offloading people from flight SW708, which had arrived from Cape Town on 13 December last year. ...

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    Comair restart hopes boosted by competition commission backing


    Comair’s efforts to resume operations have been bolstered after competition regulators backed a consortium’s proposed bid to acquire the South African carrier from business rescue.

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    Government defends public funding of SAA rescue plan


    South Africa’s government has defended its R10.5 billion ($640 million) funding of South African Airways’ rescue plan, insisting that the financing will help finalise the restructuring and assist the selection of a strategic equity partner. It is dismissing criticism of the plan from the Democratic Alliance, its political opposition, claiming ...

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    South Africans urged to boycott SAA over government bailout


    South African citizens are being urged to boycott flag-carrier South African Airways by an anti-maladministration organisation which focuses on the country’s state-owned enterprises. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has sharply criticised the South African finance ministry’s bailout of SAA in its mid-term budget, after months of uncertainty over the sourcing ...

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    Finance minister castigated as state bails out SAA


    South African Airways is to be allocated R10.5 billion ($642 million) to implement its business rescue plan, the country’s finance minister has disclosed in a speech to parliament. Tito Mboweni outlined the funding in a medium-term budget policy statement on 28 October. He said that R10.5 billion would be assigned ...

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    Airline cash burn to continue throughout 2021: IATA


    Airlines will struggle to cut unit costs sufficiently to prevent cash burn continuing throughout 2021, based on current demand assumptions, according to IATA.

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    ​IATA downgrades Africa and Middle East traffic forecasts


    IATA has sharply lowered its 2020 guidance for air traffic in the Middle East and Africa, citing “weaker-than-expected recovery” in each region.

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    Uganda Airlines’ first A330-800 emerges in full colours


    Airbus has rolled out the first A330-800 for Uganda Airlines, following completion of the twinjet’s livery painting. The aircraft, MSN1977, has been shown off in the full colour scheme. Uganda Airlines ordered two of the aircraft last year. The A330-800 is the smaller of the two A330neo variants. Like the ...

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    Airline Business

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: October 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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    Person ‘more likely to be hit by lightning’ than catch Covid-19 in aircraft


    Data suggests that an individual has a much greater chance of being hit by lightning over a 12-month period than they would of catching Covid-19 during a commercial flight, according to IATA.

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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 two. ...

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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 deteriorating ...

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    Airline Business

    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