Category: Africa

Lufthansa Technick’s Total Component Support for Safair

Reading Time: 1 minute The South African carrier Safair has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide comprehensive component support. The corresponding Total Component Support TCS® contract covers component maintenance, repair, overhaul as well as access to an adequate pool of spares. Effective from 1 April the contract comprises the support for up to five Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft operated […]

Aviation Industry Contributed $685m to Nigeria’s GDP in 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Nigerian aviation industry contributed $685 million to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, in 2015,  just as $50 billion would be needed over the next 28 years to grow the sector . These revelations were made by the Managing Director, EAN Aviation, Mr. Olusegun Demuren,   at the Nigerian Business Aviation Conference 2016, held in Lagos. […]

February Demand Growth Stays Strong: IATA Announced Global Passenger Traffic Results

Reading Time: 3 minutes Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing continuing strong demand growth for domestic and international travel. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.6%, compared to the same month last year. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 9.6%, and load factor declined 0.7 percentage […]

Freight Continues to Suffer Headwinds

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing air cargo volumes (measured in freight tonne kilometers or FTKs) suffered a 5.6% fall in February compared to February 2015. This is heavily skewed due to the impact of the US port strikes in early 2015 (which caused a spike in […]

Drones will deliver blood in Rwanda starting this July

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drone delivery might be years away in the North America, but it’s becoming a reality in Rwanda this summer. A San Francisco-based drone delivery company says it’ll start making its first deliveries of blood and medicine in Rwanda in July. Zipline International Inc., backed by tech heavyweights like Sequoia Capital and Google Ventures, demonstrated its […]

Africa: Conference Seeks to Tighten African Aviation Security

Reading Time: 2 minutes AFRICA wants to tighten security at airports in line with international standards, amid rising global terrorist threats. Aviation experts are meeting in Windhoek to discuss how to secure and improve the aviation system. This meeting is being held under the theme “Unbroken African Commitment and Collaboration for a Global Sustainable Aviation Security System, Passenger and Trade […]

Richard Branson Backed Startup To Build Next-Gen Supersonic Airplane

Reading Time: 2 minutes A company called Boom Technology Inc. has unveiled plans for a supersonic airplane of the same name, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde. Boom airplanes are predicted to fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft (and faster than Concorde Mach 2.0), and hit speeds of Mach 2.2 or 1,451 miles per […]

UPDATE: Hijacked Egypt Air Flight MS181 Lands in Cyprus

Reading Time: 2 minutes The alleged hijacker of an EgyptAir plane has been arrested after hours of negotiations, according to Cypriot police, and has emerged from the grounded plane with his hands up. The man – said to be in an “unstable psychological state” and believed by authorities to be Egyptian – had held a number of hostages but […]

Worldwide Drone Sales Could Reach US$36.9bn by 2022

Reading Time: 1 minute Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone sales continue exponential growth with analysts forecasting global sales to reach a staggering US$36.9bn in just six years. Already one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hobby drones, DJI, generated revenue of US$1bn in 2015 alone. As a consequence of drone systems leading the way in aerospace manufacturing, many […]

Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Durban Beach

Reading Time: 1 minute Two people have survived a light airplane crash after making an emergency landing on a beach near Durban, South Africa. The aircraft suffered an engine failure after take off and carried out an emergency landing on a beach south of Virginia Airport (VIR), Durban, South Africa, Saturday afternoon. The aircraft was partially submerged in the […]