Air transport http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Fri, 24 May 2024 08:15:32 +0100 Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference to focus on economic development http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/wings-of-change-focus-africa-conference-to-focus-on-economic-development

Under the theme "Towards a More Resilient and Sustainable African Aviation,” WOCFA is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2-3 July 2024 - with South African Airways as the host airline.

 

WOCFA will delve into priorities under IATA’s Focus Africa initiative to strengthen aviation’s contribution to the continent’s economic and social development, along with improving connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers.

"Africa's aviation market holds immense untapped potential, with expectations for traffic to double in the next 15 years. The Focus Africa Initiative has identified key priorities that, if addressed collaboratively and effectively, will bolster Africa’s aviation industry and enhance its socio-economic impact. A year into the Focus Africa Initiative, we have seen progress in areas such as safety, but there is still a long way to go. This year’s IATA’s Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference builds on this progress by addressing critical areas such as safety, security, sustainability, economic development, and the overall resilience of the industry," said Kamil Alawadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice-President for Africa and the Middle East.

Professor Malesela John Lamola, chief executive officer of South African Airways will deliver an Opening Keynote Address. “We are delighted to host IATA’s Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference and welcome the aviation industry to our home, Johannesburg. Advancing the air transport industry is critical for Africa’s economic growth. The conference will allow industry leaders to join forces and drive the agenda for a stronger, more resilient African aviation industry,” said Lamola.

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IATA announced that the Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference (WOCFA) will return for its second edition.

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Fri, 24 May 2024 07:15:32 +0000 eNethersole 68428 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
IndiGo to launch a tailor-made business product http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/business-and-finance/indigo-to-launch-a-tailor-made-business-product

Pieter Elbers, chief executive officer said: “Considering India’s soaring economy and the evolving aspirations of Indian society, it’s time for IndiGo to redefine premium travel in India, increasing availability of this service for the nation. It will create a desired option for many who are aiming to travel business, perhaps for the first time in their lives.”

He added: “As India’s most preferred airline, we are constantly looking at innovating our service offering for our millions of customers. Over the past 18 years, India’s and IndiGo’s growth story have been closely interlinked. We believe as India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it’s our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business. We are excited with this new phase and tailor-made product in IndiGo’s evolution and strategy and aim to further give wings to the nation, by connecting people and aspirations.”

The product will be operational before the end of this year.

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IndiGo plans to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 12:40:18 +0000 eNethersole 68425 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Emirates and Avianca launch reciprocal codeshare partnership http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/emirates-and-avianca-launch-reciprocal-codeshare-partnership

Emirates customers flying from Emirates’ network via Madrid, Barcelona or London Heathrow, can fly direct to three points in Colombia and enjoy seamless connectivity, in addition to other travel benefits that introduce more convenience. Codeshare flights include Madrid to Bogotá, Medellin or Cali; Barcelona to Bogotá; and London Heathrow to Bogotá.  

Avianca will place its code on routes operated by Emirates, between Barcelona, Madrid or London Heathrow and Dubai. The Colombian carrier’s customers will fly on Emirates-operated widebody aircraft.

Adnan Kazim, Deputy President, and chief commercial officer, Emirates said: “The codeshare agreement will enable us to expand our reach and allow our customers to use our services and fly to additional popular points in Colombia.”

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Emirates and Avianca have launched a new codeshare partnership allowing customers connectivity on select routes.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 10:40:27 +0000 eNethersole 68424 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Qatar Airways Cargo transports six young lions home to Africa http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/qatar-airways-cargo-transports-six-young-lions-home-to-africa

Known as the “Kuwait 6”, the males Muheeb, Saham, Shujaa, Saif, and females Dhubiya and Aziza were either seized or captured after being abandoned and cared for at Kuwait Zoo. Animal Defenders International (ADI) was contacted by Kuwait government officials to help the lions, so ADI offered them a home at their 455-acre sanctuary in South Africa.

Mark Drusch, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo said: “We are proud to once again be supporting ADI, this time in bringing these six beautiful lions home to Africa. Our WeQare Rewild the Planet initiative is our commitment to returning wildlife and endangered species back to their natural habitat, free of charge.

“It takes a lot of effort and logistics for our team to organise moving such large animals; from the logistics at the airports, loading and unloading the animals from the aircraft, to ensuring the correct cages and wellbeing of the animals are in place, but it is something we are all collectively very proud and passionate to be a part of.”

Jan Creamer, President, Animals Defenders International added: “The Kuwait 6 lions have their whole lives ahead of them and will have acres of space at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary.  We are thankful to Qatar Airways Cargo and their WeQare program in once again supporting us by covering the cost of the air transport back to Africa. We are also very thankful to the ADI supporters who are helping to fund their care.”

Alzahra Aljanabi, Senior Translator, Animal Welfare Department, Public Authority of Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources in Kuwait: “We would like to thank the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary for their support and efforts in providing a better habitat for the six lions from Kuwait. We are also thankful for Qatar Airways Cargo for generously offering the air transport. People underestimate the risks of having wild animals as pets. They may be magnificent creatures but they are also predators. We need more awareness to combat wildlife trafficking.”

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Qatar Airways Cargo has assisted Animal Defenders International by transporting six young lions from the illegal wildlife trade to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in Johannesburg.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 10:15:08 +0000 eNethersole 68423 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Top aerospace companies to evaluate 100% SAF compatibility http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/sustainability/top-aerospace-companies-to-evaluate-100-saf-compatibility

Recognising SAF is a fundamental step to reaching aviation’s 2050 net-zero CO2 goal, AirbusBoeingDassault AviationGE AerospaceRTX’s Pratt & WhitneyRolls-Royce, and Safran, among others, have formed Work Group 13 (WG 13) to assess the impacts of 100% SAF on airplane systems.

With Boeing as lead and Airbus as deputy lead, the IAEG team members will coordinate 100% SAF testing efforts, for voluntary and unilateral consideration and use by WG 13 members. These test results will help the Work Group inform ASTM International as it develops new specifications for 100% SAF. The team will also engage infrastructure stakeholders, including fuel producers, airports and airlines, to understand what steps may be required to support the transition to this fuel. 

“This collaboration will help prepare the broader aviation ecosystem for 100% SAF capabilities, as part of the aviation industry goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050,” said Ryan Faucett, Boeing Vice President of Environmental Sustainability and IAEG Board Member. “We will share our findings from our SAF compatibility and ground-breaking jet reference fluids research and continue to collaborate with this Work Group to support a more sustainable aviation future, together.” 

"Achieving up to 100% SAF capability for commercial and military aircraft fleets will require a high level of industry collaboration,” said Dr. Bruno Costes, Airbus Senior Director of Institutional Relations and Standardisation and IAEG Chair. “Airbus will bring its knowledge and experience from years of 100% SAF demonstration flights, coupled with our technical expertise in developing new fuel standards. SAF will be a key enabler for the decarbonisation of the sector by 2050."

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Leading aerospace companies are collaborating to evaluate technical issues regarding the compatibility of 100% SAF with aircraft systems.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 08:08:10 +0000 eNethersole 68422 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Air Austral adopts flydocs platform to digitise aircraft records http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/technology/air-austral-adopts-flydocs-platform-to-digitise-aircraft-records

The agreement brings together solutions from flydocs to create value out of aircraft maintenance data for Air Austral in the form of digital records management ensuring smooth integration with their maintenance and engineering systems.

André Fischer, chief executive officer at flydocs said: "We are pleased to partner with Air Austral as this collaboration broadens our global footprint in the Réunion Island and further enhances our presence in the global market. With our core records management platform, we will enable Air Austral’s digital transformation journey to provide them with a unified experience. Our unique digital-led solution will provide Air Austral with a seamless experience on our records management platform. It is a privilege to be chosen as their customer partner of choice in the aviation industry, as it exhibits the value digitally driven aircraft transitions can create in aircraft maintenance.”

Vincent Guerin, technical director at Air Austral added: “Focussing on the future, we are always looking for all the innovative ways to modernise ourselves, to offer our customers more choice, comfort, and the best possible travel experience. We recently renewed our medium-haul fleet, and we are excited to embark on this journey with flydocs, the global leader in digital records management and thus benefit from their expertise. We are convinced that this partnership will allow us to improve our operational efficiency.”

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Flydocs has signed a five-year deal with Air Austral to digitise the records management process across its fleet of eight aircraft.

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Wed, 22 May 2024 08:49:42 +0000 eNethersole 68416 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Turkish Airlines and UN Tourism to work on sustainable tourism http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/sustainability/turkish-airlines-and-un-tourism-to-work-on-sustainable-tourism

As the airline flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines will be collaborating with UN Tourism to achieve common objectives. This partnership will focus on promoting sustainable tourism practices, fostering aviation development, and advocating the expansion of public and private sector cooperation to bolster advancements in air connectivity, especially in emerging destinations. Both parties will be leveraging their expertise and guidance in their respective fields, exchanging knowledge and working on case studies on topics such as sustainable aviation fuel.

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Ahmet Bolat, said: “We are excited to set out on a journey to forge a strategic partnership with UN Tourism in order to achieve our shared objectives of promoting sustainable tourism and enhancing global connectivity. This potential partnership underscores our commitment to sustainable tourism and highlights our role as a global connector, bringing people and cultures together across the world.”

Ion Vilcu, Director of Affiliate Members of UNWTO, said: “With the signing of the Memorandum, we seal a natural partnership to further our commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism. Turkish Airlines is a global pioneer in the promotion of tourism and cultural exchange. This is undoubtedly a historic day that will allow us to promote civic engagement and cultural diversity, as well as highlighting local heritage.”

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Turkish Airlines and The World Tourism Organization (UN Tourism) to are to forge a strategic partnership for sustainable tourism.

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Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy sign MoU to boost strategic collaboration http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/training/riyadh-air-and-saudia-academy-sign-mou-to-boost-strategic-collaboration

Under the terms of the MoU, Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy will combine their expertise and resources to deliver comprehensive training programmes covering disciplines crucial to the aviation industry. These programmes will encompass technical training, aviation fundamentals, ground operations, management principles, language proficiency, and regulatory compliance.

Peter Bellew, COO of Riyadh Air, said: This strategic partnership with Saudia Academy exemplifies our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering excellence within the aviation sector. By pooling our strengths and leveraging our collective experience, we aim to establish a world-class training ecosystem that empowers aviation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles.

Saudia Academy CEO, Capt. Ismail AL Koshy added: “At Saudia Academy, we recognise the importance of investing in training and development to ensure the highest standards of safety and service excellence. Through this partnership with Riyadh Air, we are poised to set new benchmarks in aviation training, equipping our personnel with the competencies required to navigate the dynamic landscape of the aviation industry.”

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Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy have signed an MoU to enhance aviation training capabilities across the Kingdom.

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Wed, 22 May 2024 08:36:41 +0000 eNethersole 68414 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
West African airlines seal strategic alliance http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/air-transport/west-african-airlines-seal-strategic-alliance

West African airlines seal strategic alliance

Image: Air Cote d'Ivoire

Two major airlines, Air Sénégal and Air Côte d’Ivoire, have sealed a strategic commercial and operational partnership with the intention of pooling their networks, offering passengers enhanced connections while optimising both airlines’ operating costs.

“It is a source of pride to realise this major partnership for two national flagship airlines belonging to West African countries. This agreement establishes further strong links between Ivory Coast and Senegal,” said Alioune Badara Fall, general director of Air Senegal.

Commercially, customers will benefit from more destinations along with enhanced frequencies and connections - both in the region and internationally - including Europe and North America.

The agreement also links benefits of both airlines’ loyalty programmes.

On the operational side, the agreement provides for a pooling of technical and human resources for flight operations, the purchase of fuel and even MRO. The two companies mainly operate a fleet of Airbus aircraft.

The Senegalese national airline announced in January an increase in flights by almost 50 per cent, resulting in a total of 29 destinations, compared with 20 in 2023 - a commercial expansion made possible through obtaining IOSA certification in August 2023.

Air Côte d'Ivoire has strengthened its fleet from nine to 12 aircraft and the airline’s general director, Laurent Loukou, announced the launch of long-haul flights that will follow the delivery of three Airbus A330-900s.

“Flights to serve Paris are scheduled from December 2024 while other international destinations - such as New York, Brussels, Washington, Beirut and London - will follow by 2027,” said Loukou.

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines.

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Future Aviation Forum opening day sees 47 deals worth $19b sealed http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/future-aviation-forum-opening-day-sees-47-deals-worth-19b-sealed

Deals included national air service agreements, aircraft orders, cargo and logistics, advanced air mobility, human capability, information technology, maintenance, repair and overhaul sector deals.

Saudia Airlines announcement to purchase 105 Airbus A320-Neo and A321-Neo aircraft set the stage alight on the first morning, as more than 5,000 attendees from 100 countries assembled in the Saudi capital.

The host, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation signed Air Service Agreements with Mozambique and the Kingdom of Eswatini, with further agreements signed with Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.

GACA also launched its inaugural State of Aviation report, finding the Saudi aviation sector made a $53 billion contribution to the Saudi economy and supported around 958,000 jobs across the country. The regulator also used the forum to release its General Aviation Roadmap to develop Saudi Arabia's business jet and private industry tenfold to $2 billion by 2030, with six dedicated general aviation airports and nine terminals – forecast to create 35,000 new jobs.

Minister of Transport and Logistics, Saleh Al Jasser said: "Saudi Arabia is enabling huge opportunities for the private sector and creating thousands of jobs for Saudi Arabia’s people. This Forum is bringing together the top leaders and brightest minds from the global aviation sector to collaborate and develop innovative solutions that will drive the sector into the future."

GACA President HE Abdulaziz Al-Duailej added: “The first day of the Future Aviation Forum has been a tremendous success, in terms of commercial deals, policy initiatives, and agreements to elevate global connectivity. Today’s announcements are a clear vote of confidence in the growth and investment opportunities being created across the Saudi aviation sector, and in Saudi Arabia’s global aviation leadership."

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On the first day of the Future Aviation Forum, taking place in Riyadh, 47 deals were confirmed with a value of $19 billion.

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