Category: Africa

Accident Reports Published in the Second Half of 2016

Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) On 4 April 2011 a Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) crashed following a sudden loss of height on final approach to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The official investigation believes it encountered a severe microburst associated with a thunderstorm squall line. The aircraft had been cleared to conduct a […]

Three Trends Taking Off in Civil Aviation MRO in 2017

The civil aviation industry is one of the most asset-intensive industries in the world. With parts that are high-cost and low in numbers, even the slightest of improvements in asset functionality and maintenance can yield significant cost and efficiency advantages. Espen Olsen, Business Development and Sales for Aerospace & Defense at IFS explains how two […]

World Airline Accident Review 2016

Airline fatal accident figures rose significantly in 2016 compared with the previous year, but the comparison is somewhat misleading because 2015 was the safest year in history by a considerable margin. Among the 2016 fatal accidents recorded are two which may, when the final reports are published, be confirmed as being caused by deliberate hostile […]

IATA: November Air Freight Demand Reflects Strong Peak Season

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.8% in November 2016 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slight slowdown from the 8.4% annual growth recorded in October 2016 – which was a 20-month high – but was […]

Aviation in 2016: Traffic Growth and Airline Profitability

Preliminary figures of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), […]

FlightStats 2016 Airline On-Time Performance Service Award Winners Announced

FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight information services, part of FlightGlobal, has released the winners for the 8th Annual Airline On-Time Performance Service Awards. FlightStats have published the On-time Performance Service (OPS) Awards for the last eight years. The awards recognize the “Best of the Best” Airlines that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver […]

How Blockchain Technology Can Improve the Airline Industry

The airline industry – a data intensive industry with complex procedures and requirements – has much to gain from blockchain technology, an analysis from consulting firm Accenture reveals. Using cryptographic techniques and a distributed messaging protocol, a blockchain provides shared ledgers that decentralize reconciliation-based processes. Blockchain technologies differ from traditional technologies in that they are […]

Low-Cost Carriers Boost Global Air Traffic in 2016

Worldwide passenger air traffic grew again last year, albeit at a slightly slower pace, led by the dynamic growth of low-cost air carriers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation reported. A total of 3.7 billion passengers were transported by the world’s airlines last year, a 6 per cent increase from 2015. That was just under the […]

ICAO Proposals Could Ease MRO Oversight Headaches

ICAO is developing a series of regulatory changes aimed at reducing the plethora of duplicative oversight and certifications required by approved maintenance organizations (AMOs). The agency is working toward improving and harmonizing global standards for AMOs, ICAO technical officer for airworthiness Maimuna Taal-Ndure said during the second annual meeting of the Asia MRO League Expert […]

The 7 Most Exciting New Airline Routes Coming This Year

Although not every traveler may abide by the phrase “to infinity and beyond,” it seems like airlines are increasingly keen on going further than ever before. In the continuing trend of airlines jockeying for the title of “World’s Longest Flight,” many airlines will premiere all-new extra longhaul flights in 2017. But next year will also […]