Category: Africa

IATA Calls for a Spirit of Change

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for a spirit of change from governments to capture the social and economic benefits of air connectivity, by enabling a more competitive air transport sector. Today 8.5 million flights touch Europe each year. That activity supports 12.2 million jobs and $823 billion of European GDP. Those benefits have […]

Air Botswana Takes Delivery of its First ATR 72-600

Air Botswana, the Botswana national flag carrier, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The aircraft, delivered in Toulouse, is the first of a contract signed in July for two ATR 72-600s. The second is planned for delivery before the end of the year. The ATR 72-600s will upgrade Air Botswana’s current fleet of three […]

Overland Airways ATR 72 Bursts into Flames at the Airport

The ATR 72-202, belonging to Overland Airways, suffered a substantial damage after a fire erupted while the aircraft was undergoing maintenance at Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria, on Friday. The accident occurred before the maintenance hangars near the airport terminal, where the machine was just plugged into an external power source. The fire broke outside, […]

South African Airways Airbus A319 Experiences Tyre Damage

A SAA South African Airways Airbus A319-100, performing flight from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Lusaka (Zambia), experienced tyre damage on departure. Aircraft was in the initial climb out of Johannesburg’s runway when the crew requested to stop the climb at 8000 feet and enter a hold reporting they had a nose wheel problem, some rubber debris […]

Pilot Shortage: While Ones Suffer Loses, Others Derive Benefits

Global aviation is booming, the demand for pilots is skyrocketing and a global shortage for pilots is looming. However, pilot shortage varies among different regions and this is not only because of the growing numbers of passengers and airlines’ fleet. Working and living conditions also play a very important role in different regions and their […]

Boeing and Air Peace Announce Order for 10 737 MAX Airplanes

Boeing and Air Peace of Nigeria today announced a new order for ten 737 MAX 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony in Lagos. Air Peace already operates Boeing 737s between major cities in Central and West Africa. The airline, which recently added Boeing 777s to its fleet, is looking to soon launch its international flight […]

Egypt Air Boeing 737-800 Blows All Four Main Tyres While Landing

An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800, performing positioning flight from Cairo (Egypt) to Belgrade (Serbia), landed on Belgrade’s runway but came to a stop on the runway with all 4 main tyres blown, the wheel rims damaging the runway surface. There were no injuries, the aircraft received minor damage, the runway surface was damaged, too. The […]

ICAO Safety Report Confirms 2017 as Aviation’s Safest Year

In 2017, there were 4.1 billion passengers travelling by air worldwide on scheduled commercial services. Tragically, these flights resulted in 50 fatalities. Nonetheless, this rate of 12.2 fatalities per billion passengers represents the safest year ever on the record for aviation. The number of fatal accidents also decreased, to 5 from 7 in 2016, which […]

Tunisair Seeks Governmental Approval to Lay off 1,200 Staff

Loss-making Tunisair is seeking governmental approval to lay off 1,200 of its currently bloated 8,000-staff workforce. The flag-carrying airline is 74% owned by the Tunisian government. The carrier is currently struggling to keep aircraft in service owing to restricted cash flow, the consequence of an excessive wage bill, which is stopping it from buying much […]

ExecuJet Welcomes First Pilatus PC-24 to Africa

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is announcing that it will be the first business aviation company to operate and manage a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in Africa. The aircraft will be based in South Africa at Cape Town International Airport and ExecuJet will be responsible for its day-to-day management and operations on behalf […]