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Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progress
Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progress

As air cargo and logistics industry stakeholders prepare to seize new opportunities presented by the new Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement...

19 Feb 2020

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Airbus and Green Africa sign MoU for 50 A220s

The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney's latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft...

18 Feb 2020

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Etihad Airways launches TravelPass

Etihad Airways has announced a partnership with Norwegian technology developer Braathens IT, to develop TravelPass, an innovative travel solution initially aimed at corporate and frequent travellers which will launch later this year.

18 Feb 2020

Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved
Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved

We analysed what the world's top 58 airlines - such as American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas - are doing about climate change. Even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough...

By Susanne Becken 17 Feb 2020

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Virgin Atlantic returns to Cape Town

Cape Town Air Access has announced the return of Virgin Atlantic back to Cape Town. The direct flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town will commence from October 2020...

13 Feb 2020

Air travel restrictions won't protect us from the coronavirus
Air travel restrictions won't protect us from the coronavirus

Suspending flights and screening passengers is mainly about reassuring us, not keeping us healthy...

By Lucy Budd and Stephen Ison 10 Feb 2020

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Global air freight demand drops by 3.3% in 2019

The International Air Transport Association has released its 2019 data for global air freight markets...

6 Feb 2020

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Advocating for African airlines to become key economic drivers

According to 2019 AFRAA Annual report, air transport in Africa currently supports 6.2 million jobs and $55.8bn of GDP and is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6% annually for the next 20 years...

6 Feb 2020

CEO June Crawford bids Barsa farewell
CEO June Crawford bids Barsa farewell

Crawford departs on the back of a wish to spend more time with her family in Australia. She will continue to serve on the Board of Barsa from 1 May to support the incoming CEO, for whom the search will commence, shortly...

4 Feb 2020

Cape Town International relocates valet parking for airport expansion
Cape Town International relocates valet parking for airport expansion

This forms part of the airport's broader expansion programme. The three main projects include a new International Terminal, a new Domestic Arrivals Terminal as well as a new runway...

31 Jan 2020

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R3.5bn to aid SAA business rescue

The Development Bank of Southern Africa will provide South African Airways with funding of R3.5bn to assist the national carrier in addressing its liquidity challenges...

29 Jan 2020

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Lufthansa selects Google Cloud as strategic partner

"By combining Google Cloud's technology with Lufthansa Group's operational expertise, we are driving the digitisation of our operation even further."

24 Jan 2020

Could sleeper trains replace international air travel?
Could sleeper trains replace international air travel?

Since 2019, night train networks have seen a remarkable revival across Europe...

23 Jan 2020

AFRAA, Routes sign MoU to drive African aviation growth
AFRAA, Routes sign MoU to drive African aviation growth

"This MoU is beneficial to support the development of aviation in Africa which is growing at above global average rates but accounts for less than 3% of global traffic. Strong partnerships among industry stakeholders are instrumental to the realisation of African aviation's potential which will result to economic and social benefits for the continent."

22 Jan 2020

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Airlink to operate exclusively under new 4Z flight code

The new commercial arrangement is based on an existing partnership - a franchise agreement - between Airline and South African Airways. Previously, the franchise agreement saw flights operated by Airlink carry the SA8 flight designator; under the new commercial arrangement, however, they will operate as Airlink's unique 4Z code...

17 Jan 2020

Shaming people for flying won't cut airline emissions. We need a smarter solution
Shaming people for flying won't cut airline emissions. We need a smarter solution

"Fake news", the chief executive of Lufthansa has called it. But his counterpart at Air France calls it the airline industry's "biggest challenge". So does the president of Emirates: "It's got to be dealt...

By Duygu Yengin and Tracey Dodd 15 Jan 2020

Winning ads featured in this week's Orchids and Onions column...
#OrchidsandOnions: 1 Stop gets it spot on

Winners: SAB's 'How about none for the road?' ad hits the mark, too. Aussie ad for sperm donation, 'All hands on d*ck', stands out, but would be banned here...

By Brendan Seery 14 Jan 2020

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Businesses will have to fight for survival in 2020 [report]

This year will be an epic fight for survival for many businesses as numerous socio-economic factors come into play that will further their efforts...

14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of flying drones in South Africa
#BizTrends2020: The future of flying drones in South Africa

Drones are becoming part of everyday life for people and businesses. The potential private and commercial applications are endless. But there are very few licenced commercial drone operators in the country, with many users operating drones illegally because of the cost and complexity of compliance. The authorities simply do not have the means to enforce compliance in all but the most egregious offences...

By Kiasha Nagiah 13 Jan 2020

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Hyundai, Uber partner to develop Uber air taxis

Both parties are collaborating on infrastructure concepts to support take-off and landing for this new class of vehicles...

8 Jan 2020

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SA's largest airports achieve top spots for punctuality

The annual Punctuality League tables published by OAG has revealed that South Africa's three largest airports have overcome considerable upheaval in the local aviation sector in 2019 to remain in the top tiers of global on-time performance...

8 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 5 South African tourism trends to watch in 2020

Many global megatrends, that will have an impact on the South African tourism industry, have already been identified. These include the rising importance of technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, flight shaming and the rise of carbon-neutral trips and the rise of Bleisure...

By Martin Jansen van Vuuren 6 Jan 2020

Boeing makes several leadership changes including new CEO
Boeing makes several leadership changes including new CEO

New leadership to bring a renewed commitment to transparency and better communication with regulators...

24 Dec 2019

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Air transport growth expected to rise in 2020

The International Air Transport Association has forecasted that the global airline industry will produce a net profit of $29.3bn in 2020, improved over a net profit of $25.9bn expected in 2019...

24 Dec 2019

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AfDB lends $272m for construction of Tanzania's Msalato International Airport

A $272.12m loan has been approved from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to Tanzania for the construction of the new Msalato International Airport in the capital Dodoma...

20 Dec 2019

ACSA appoints Nompumelelo Mpofu as new CEO
ACSA appoints Nompumelelo Mpofu as new CEO

Airports Company South Africa has appointed Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Mpofu as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 February 2020...

19 Dec 2019

Investment on IT support improves passenger experience
Investment on IT support improves passenger experience

Airlines and airports spent a record US$50bn in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey...

17 Dec 2019

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Aviation industry highlights dangers of rogue lithium battery shipments

The International Air Transport Association, in partnership with the Global Shippers Forum, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and the International Air Cargo Association, are amplifying their efforts to ensure the safe air transport of lithium batteries...

12 Dec 2019

Cape Town lands 3 awards at Routes Africa 2019
Cape Town lands 3 awards at Routes Africa 2019

Routes Africa 2019 has been awarded Cape Town International Airport Best Airport in Africa in the 4-20 passenger category, with Cape Town Air Access receiving its Overall Routes Africa award and Destination Marketing award...

12 Dec 2019

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