All Africa news – Page 31

  • SAA A340

    Auditor general’s office details ‘dire’ state of SAA organisation


    South Africa’s auditor general’s office has testified to the chaotic condition of South African Airways’ organisation during a judicial commission examining allegations of corruption and fraud in state companies. The office participated for the first time in the audit of SAA’s full-year financial statement covering 2016-17. SAA was experiencing liquidity ...

  • 5Y-CET

    Fokker 50 crash crew ignored multiple alerts during take-off roll


    Kenyan investigators have disclosed that the crew of a Fokker 50 continued a take-off roll, despite multiple alerts apparently warning of a serious engine problem, before the aircraft crashed some 50s after becoming airborne. The inquiry into the accident, involving a Skyward International Aviation turboprop departing Nairobi’s main international airport, ...

  • King Air 350ER ATOS

    African navy customer fields Leonardo-adapted King Airs


    Leonardo has supplied an undisclosed African navy with a pair of specially adapted Beechcraft King Air 350ERs, with the twin-turboprops optimised for maritime patrol duties.

  • Green Africa A220

    Irish division of GTLK to lease A220s to Green Africa


    Nigerian start-up carrier Green Africa Airways has agreed to lease three Airbus A220s from Irish-based lessor GTLK Europe. The airline says the pact will enable it to “set course” to open commercial services this year. GTLK Europe is based in Dublin, and is affiliated with the Russian state leasing company ...

  • EgyptAir A320neo line-up

    EgyptAir receives first A320neo


    EgyptAir has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, the initial aircraft in a batch of 15 being acquired by the Middle Eastern flag-carrier. Airbus has confirmed the handover of the twinjet, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines. Source: Airbus Three EgyptAir A320neos – SU-GFK, SU-GFJ and SU-GFL ...

  • SA Express CRJ

    SA Express confirms business rescue restructuring move


    SA Express’ operations are continuing as normal after the South African regional and domestic operator confirmed it is now under a formal business rescue restructuring process

  • Kulula Boeing 737-800 (c) Bob Adams

    ​Comair blames Max delay and SAA debt for expected first-half loss


    South African carrier Comair warns that it expects to post a loss for the six months ending 31 December 2019 because of the ongoing Boeing 737 Max grounding and an unpaid debt by South African Airways.

  • Green Africa A220

    Lagos-based Green Africa signs for 50 A220s


    Nigerian carrier Green Africa Airways has tentatively agreed to acquire 50 Airbus A220-300s, a potentially strong order for the twinjets. The agreement for the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered aircraft has been disclosed by the airframer, following the signature of a memorandum of understanding. It comes more than a year after ...

  • Max Air 747-400 pod-strike

    Pod-strike tore cowls off Max Air 747-400


    Nigerian investigators have disclosed that an engine pod-strike involving a Max Air Boeing 747-400 resulted in the powerplant’s shedding its cowls as it rolled out after landing at Minna. The country’s Accident Investigation Bureau says the captain, who was flying, had remarked that the ILS signal was “erratic” on both ...

  • SAA A350
    Airline Business

    Why South African Airways network cuts prove painful to implement


    One thing perennial struggler South African Airways has not been short of over the years is restructuring plans. Its latest, proposed under formal restructuring, features a further retrenchment that continues the paring back of its network.

  • Edomgenet Sentayehu - CFO Krimson

    Managing the finances of Ethiopia’s Krimson Aviation


    Edomgenet Sentayehu, chief financial officer at Ethiopian business aviation services provider Krimson Aviation, helps to sustain its activities in flight support, ground handling, charter brokerage and more 

  • Airlink Embraer

    Franchise partner Airlink steps in to retain four axed SAA routes


    Airlink is to continue operating in its own right four of the routes being axed by its franchise partner South African Airways at the end of the month.

  • South African Airways aircraft

    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.

  • SA Express CRJ

    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 been instructed ...

  • C295

    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, mainly ...

  • SAA tail

    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. The ...

  • SAA A330

    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 Midrand ...

  • Fastjet ERJ

    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 additional ...

  • Citation ZS-CAR

    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 the ...