Category: Africa

January Passenger Demand Growth Slows on Temporary Factors

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for January 2018 showing traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 4.6% compared to January 2017. This was the slowest year-over-year increase in nearly four years, but results were affected by temporary factors including the later timing of the Lunar New Year in 2018 […]

Serve Cargo B733 Suffers Nose Gear Collapse and Runway Excursion

A Serve Air Cargo Boeing 737-300 freighter, registration 9S-ASG performing a freight flight from an unknown origin to Lubumbashi (DR Congo), landed on Lubumbashi’s runway 07 but veered left off the runway. It came to a stop with a collapsed nose gear, both nose and left main gear on soft ground, the right main gear […]

Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Fuel Flights by 2025

The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel. On 24 […]

Dana MD83 Overruns the End of the Runway in Nigeria

A Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration 5N-SRI performing flight 9J-363 from Abuja to Port Harcourt (Nigeria) with 44 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Port Harcourt’s runway 21 in poor weather conditions at about 19:10L (18:10Z), overran the end of the runway, went through the localizer antenna and came to a stop on soft ground […]

Demand for Private Jets to Grow in 2018

According to IATA, the number of travellers will continue to rise in 2018. Airline passenger numbers are expected to increase to 4.3 billion. So airlines should also expect growth in the number of new aircraft in the market. The European business aviation company KlasJet has noticed this trend too, in the rising number of flight […]

South African Regulator Charges Airlink with Price Gouging

South Africa’s Competition Commission (SACC) has announced that it has found cause for Airlink to be prosecuted on charges of excessive and predatory pricing. The regulator said in its decision issued on Wednesday, February 14, that it had taken the decision following complaints about Airlink’s business practices on the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo-Mthatha route. They were […]

Delta Airlines Airbus A330 Engine Catches Fire

Delta Airlines Airbus A330, performing flight from Lagos (Nigeria) to Atlanta (USA), was in the initial climb when the crew received a fire indication for the left hand engine (PW4168). The crew stopped the climb at 2000 feet, shut the engine down, activated the fire suppression and returned to Lagos for a safe landing on […]

Airlines Under Pressure from Higher Wages and Increased Fuel Costs in 2018

Investors will be keeping a keen eye on how airlines approach the dual problems of rising fuel costs and labor costs this year. Last December the International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted these two elements, which are airlines’ highest expenditures, as the major challenge for 2018. In 2016, labor costs accounted for 22% of airlines’ […]

Air Sénégal Confirms Its Order for Two A330neo Aircraft

Air Sénégal, the national carrier of Senegal, has signed a firm order for two A330neo aircraft, the new re-engined version of the best-selling A330 wide-body airliner. The order follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2017 at the Dubai Airshow. The agreement was signed in Dakar by Philippe Bohn, CEO Air Sénégal and Fouad […]

South African Regulator Grounds CemAir Over MRO Lapses

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has effectively grounded CemAir after it temporarily withdrew Certificates of Airworthiness (CoA) for 12 of the carrier’s aircraft. SACAA said in a statement it had taken the measure after its inspectors discovered during an audit that some of CemAir’s aircraft that were serviced at its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation […]