Africa http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Wed, 17 Jul 2024 10:03:08 +0100 Honeywell signs mechanical service centre agreement with Gama http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/honeywell-signs-mechanical-service-centre-agreement-with-gama

Gama Aviation Engineering will now provide line maintenance of Honeywell TFE731 business jet engines and auxiliary power units, or APUs, at its Bournemouth facility in the United Kingdom. This enhances Gama’s service capabilities and enables those seeking maintenance at Bournemouth to remain in compliance with Honeywell’s Maintenance Service Plan.

“Our collaboration with Gama Aviation Engineering strengthens our service network and ensures that operators have more access to authorised maintenance. This agreement underscores our commitment to providing reliable and efficient maintenance support for aircraft operators in the region,” said Anthony Florian, president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India at Honeywell Aerospace Technologies. 

“‘We are pleased to have broadened our services on the Honeywell TFE and APU platforms. This is a significant milestone that will enhance our ability to provide comprehensive services, top-tier mechanical expertise and support to our customers,” says Paul Kinch, managing director of maintenance, repair and overhaul services at Gama Aviation Engineering.

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Honeywell has selected Gama Aviation Engineering as an authorised channel partner to expand its aviation service network in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 09:03:08 +0000 eNethersole 68668 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
TAAG Angola Airlines' new aircraft to be delivered with new livery http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/taag-angola-airlines-new-aircraft-to-be-delivered-with-new-livery

The aircraft paint and visual identity will accommodate the Angola vibe, by reinforcing the visibility of the PALANCA (black antelope considered a national symbol) on the plane's tail and winglets, as well as, keeping the color pattern inspired in the Angola´s traditional fabric named ‘Samakaka’.

TAAG passengers and customers will soon be able to experience the new Airbus A220-300 on local and regional flights, the aircraft with 137 passengers’ total capacity (12 in business class and 125 in economy class), it is scheduled to be delivered to TAAG during 3Q, this year, and will be the first TAAG aircraft within this branding concept.

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TAAG Angola Airlines' new aircraft, namely the A220 and B787 Dreamliner ordered at Airbus and Boeing will be delivered with the new livery.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 09:14:40 +0000 eNethersole 68662 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Ethiopian Airlines receives recognition award for COVID-19 response http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/ethiopian-airlines-receives-recognition-award-for-covid-19-response

The accolade acknowledges Ethiopian Airlines' pivotal role in distributing emergency gear throughout Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the delivery of essential medical supplies and saving countless lives.

The conference was jointly held by Livelihood Development International Initiatives (LDII), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and other partners aimed at building a unified frontier for responding to future global pandemics.

Ethiopian Airlines GCEO, Mesfin Tasew said: "We are honoured to receive this prestigious recognition for our significant contribution worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. This recognition is a testament to our commitment, dedication and hard work of our team members, the airline community, and the stakeholders who worked tirelessly with us to keep our operations running smoothly during those difficult times. This award gives us another courage to stay committed to serving our customers and communities, even during unprecedented challenges."

Mesfin emphasised the airline's adaptability and unwavering commitment. “Every flight carried is more than just supplies; it carried hope and life. We remain committed to using our global network and expertise to empower."

Ethiopian Airlines played a crucial role in re-configuring approximately 25 passenger aircraft into dedicated cargo freighters. The airline conducted over 470 charter repatriation flights, reuniting more than 63,000 citizens with their families, and loved ones. In collaboration with governmental entities, non-profit organisations, and international agencies, Ethiopian Airlines facilitated the transportation of millions of tons of personal protective equipment, medical apparatus, vaccines, and other essential supplies across Africa and beyond.

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Ethiopian Airlines has been awarded the Global Recognition and Appreciation Award at the First International Post-COVID conference held in Toronto.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 08:29:49 +0000 eNethersole 68658 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
AAD event to highlight the latest technical innovations in aviation http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/aad-event-to-highlight-the-latest-technical-innovations-in-aviation

AAD is the largest aerospace and defence exhibition and air show on the African continent, holding a flagship status in South Africa's, and the continent's, defence industry calendar.

The trade show has continued to grow with each edition and will once again bring together some of the world’s major industry players to showcase the latest technological innovations in aviation, aerospace, and defence industries. It will also provide a platform for engaging in dialogue and discourse on international defence, aerospace, and related best practices.

This year’s event is set to attract over 30,000 trade visitors who will have the opportunity to engage with more than 300 exhibitors from the aerospace and defence sectors.

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The 12th edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) will take place from 18 to 22 September 2024 at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Centurion, Gauteng.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2024 14:37:26 +0000 eNethersole 68651 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Ethiopian Airlines MRO achieves CFM Leap-1B engine testing http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/ethiopian-airlines-mro-achieves-cfm-leap-1b-engine-testing

This gives Ethiopian the full testing capability of Leap-1B engine, an exclusive powerplant for Boeing's new-generation 737 MAX single-aisle jet.

Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer, Mesfin Tasew said: “We feel proud for achieving full testing capability for the CFM Leap-1B engine at our modern MRO facility in Addis Ababa. The addition of this state-of-the-art facility will enable us to finalize the development of Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) repair capability on the engine, which is expected to be ready very soon. We extend our appreciation to SAE, GE and the other partners who contributed to this success.”

The newly launched Leap-1B testing facility positions Ethiopian Airlines as the 5th facility globally outside the Safran Aero Engines (SAE) and the General Electric (GE)

network, and the first in the Middle East and Africa for possessing such advanced capability. Ethiopian Airlines has planned to complete Phase 2- Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) project by the end of September 2024 which will also enable the airline to offer Leap-1B PRSV solutions for customers in the region and beyond.

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Ethiopian Airlines has inaugurated its CFM Leap-1B engine test cell at Addis Ababa MRO Services facility.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2024 11:11:49 +0000 eNethersole 68639 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Gulfstream G700 marks 100 days certified http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/business-aviation/gulfstream-g700-marks-100-days-certified

Additional certifications, steadily increasing flight hours and deliveries around the world along with continued city-pair speed records demonstrate unparalleled program maturity for the G700.

To date, the G700 has also earned European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification along with type certificate validations from eight nations, including Mexico, and the growing fleet has exceeded 700 flight hours.

“We planned for a seamless entry into service for the G700, and this incredible start is a testament to both the maturity of the programme and the dedication of the Gulfstream team,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Thanks to the investments we made across our business, from research and development to manufacturing and completions, the G700 programme is exceeding customer expectations – they are flying their aircraft around the world immediately upon delivery, and the feedback we are hearing is outstanding.”

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Gulfstream has marked 100 days since its all-new G700 received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification in March and entered into service.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2024 08:58:53 +0000 eNethersole 68636 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Falko acquires two E190 aircraft on lease to Airlink http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/falko-acquires-two-e190-aircraft-on-lease-to-airlink

The aircraft were acquired from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and part of the previously announced twenty-four E-Jet portfolio acquisition with the lessor. The aircraft have been acquired for Falko managed fund, Falko Regional Aircraft Opportunities Fund II.

Mark Hughes Falko’s chief commercial officer said: “We are delighted to close the two E190 aircraft which marks the first closing of the twenty-four aircraft deal with NAC. The acquisition of the two E190s increases Fund II’s fleet to 66 and further underpins our longstanding relationship with Airlink, one of the leading airlines in Africa and a long-term Falko customer. We would like to extend our thanks to the teams at NAC and Airlink for their support in closing out this deal, and we look forward to working with NAC on the remaining closings.”

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Falko Regional Aircraft (Falko), an asset manager and aircraft lessor focused solely on the regional aircraft sector, has acquired two Embraer E190 aircraft on lease to Airlink.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2024 08:48:34 +0000 eNethersole 68635 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
SITA sees record results for 2023 as it pursues fast-growth and expansion http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/technology/sita-sees-record-results-for-2023-as-it-pursues-fast-growth-and-expansion

This represents a rise of 7% on the prior year, with all signs so far in 2024 indicating similar positive performance this year. Unveiling the results at SITA’s Annual General Assembly in June, SITA CEO David Lavorel also cited growth in margin and EBITDA, which exceeded plans by 4%.

“Every one of our customers and members benefits from our strong performance and growth,” said Lavorel. “It means we can self-fund our portfolio evolutions and explore further innovation opportunities. This is vital as we address the big trends now facing travel and take on new technologies to shape our industry’s future. Our portfolio developments and innovations are preparing the industry for the years ahead, delivering seamless and touchless journeys, operational efficiency, resilience and agility, sustainability, and more.”

SITA also saw record contracts and partnerships to transform travel at airports and borders, through digital identities, biometric and mobile-enabled self-service, and digital borders. Examples include biometric touchpoints for airline passengers at Frankfurt Airport, a digital travel and sustainability collaboration with the Arab Air Carriers Organization, and continued world-leading trials in Aruba, using ICAO’s Digital Travel Credential (DTC) standard.

In addition, SITA’s agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will see the latest passenger processing solutions and cloud-enablement for 44 airports in India, preparing the country for a future of increasing growth in passenger traffic.

With the return of travel comes the need to make operations efficient. The launch of new services for the SITA Connect Go SD-WAN solution gives the industry the opportunity to achieve this goal, as a platform for industry digitalisation. Qatar Airways and Biman Bangladesh Airlines became early customers, using the solution to help fuel growth.

In another major trend, collaborative IT for aircraft is helping to make flights more efficient and sustainable, using AI and data-driven operational tools. In 2023, airlines eagerly took on SITA OptiFlight to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by better planning fight paths. They include Azul, Singapore Airlines, AIX Connect, Vistara, and many more. AI and flight optimisation services are critical to help aviation’s journey to a carbon net-zero future.

“We’ve significantly over-achieved the first year goals of our business plan to grow SITA. As a result, we entered 2024 with a strong tailwind,” said Lavorel. “With 75 successful years behind us, we’re looking to the future of travel. Our mission is to prepare our customers to deliver the ultimate travel and transport experience, with the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable technologies.”

Continuing the focus on travel industry operational efficiencies and sustainability, 2024 has seen the launch of SITA Total Airport Optimizer. Using an AI-powered platform, it helps airports to manage every aspect of their operations. Through a partnership with Univers, the solution also brings sustainability into the heart of operational decision making. It means airports can monitor and report energy usage, emissions from aircraft and other vehicles, and their carbon footprint.

The momentum in 2024 continued with SITA’s acquisition of Materna IPS, leader in passenger handling for airports and airlines, and Self Bag-Drop market leader. The move will reshape aviation, creating the world’s most powerful passenger portfolio for airports and digital travel.

SITA followed that acquisition with the launch of SmartSea through an agreement with Columbia Shipmanagement, world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. SmartSea will reshape the maritime industry by giving it access to the same advanced technology that is transforming the air transport industry. The launch comes as part of SITA’s expansion into cruise and rail, as well Urban Air Mobility, such as Vertiports.

Soon after, SITA acquired ASISTIM, a company renowned for its managed airline flight operations services. This paves the way for airlines of all sizes to outsource part of their flight operations, through a fully-fledged airline flight Operations Control Center (OCC) managed service.

“This is an exciting time for the travel industry,” added SITA’s Lavorel. “Major trends such as digitalisation and sustainability will uproot the way we work, forever. For 75 years we’ve helped air transport step into the future. Now we’re positioned to help the wider travel and transport industries to create ever more frictionless journey experiences, achieve operational efficiencies and resilience, and address sustainability requirements.”

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SITA has announced record results for 2023 as revenues reached almost US$ 1.5 billion.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2024 08:24:24 +0000 eNethersole 68632 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Ethiopian Airlines expanded with new multiple routes in June http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/ethiopian-airlines-expanded-with-new-multiple-routes-in-june

In June, the airline unveiled four new international and domestic routes, enhanced flight frequencies on six routes, and celebrated prestigious awards from Skytrax and APEX.

On the international front, Ethiopian Airlines has expanded its network with new routes, including Freetown in Sierra Leone, and Maun in Botswana. Warsaw, the largest and the capital of Poland, has also joined Ethiopian's extensive global network as its 24th destination in Europe, effective July 1st. Domestically, the airline has introduced flights to Axum and Nekemte. Similarly, Ethiopian increased frequencies on existing routes. Recognising its continued excellence, Skytrax and APEX have awarded Ethiopian Airlines for its achievements on enhanced customer experience.

In addition to the new routes, Ethiopian Airlines has increased frequencies on several existing routes. Starting on May 31, 2024, passengers on the route to/from Ouagadougou are now enjoying daily flights. Conakry also saw an increase to daily flights effective June 1, 2024. New morning departures from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar in Tanzania commenced on June 16, 2024, along with additional midday departures to Kigali. Evening operations to Douala, will start in July 2024, followed by Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of Congo.

June also marked a month for Ethiopian Airlines with several prestigious accolades. The airline's unwavering commitment to enhancing customer satisfaction through significant investments in services and products was recognised at the 2024 SKYTRAX World Airlines Awards. Ethiopian Airlines was named Best Airline in Africa for the seventh consecutive year.

At the APEX Passenger Choice Awards 2024, Ethiopian Airlines secured titles for Best Entertainment in Africa and Best Wi-Fi in Africa, further solidifying its reputation for providing exceptional onboard experiences.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said, “June 2024 has been a historic month for Ethiopian Airlines, underscored by numerous significant achievements. These milestones reflect our extensive experience and our ability to execute strategic initiatives swiftly and effectively. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our valued passengers for their unwavering loyalty and trust, as well as to our dedicated employees whose hard work and commitment have made these successes possible. We remain steadfast in our dedication to achieving even greater heights in the future.”

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Ethiopian Airlines Group said June was an ‘outstanding’ month of growth and expansion.

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Air Tanzania extends partnership with APG http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/air-tanzania-extends-partnership-with-apg

This development will ‘significantly’ increase Air Tanzania’s global footprint, opening up new markets for sales on Air Tanzania’s extensive network.

Effective immediately, APG will represent Air Tanzania as their GSA in Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Ukraine. This strategic expansion not only strengthens Air Tanzania’s market presence but also reinforces APG’s position as a leading provider of airline representation and distribution services globally.

"We are delighted to extend our partnership with Air Tanzania into these key markets," said Richard Burgess, President of APG Network. "This collaboration aligns perfectly with APG's mission to deliver easy accessibility to global markets for our airline partners. We look forward to leveraging our extensive network and expertise to support Air Tanzania’s sales growth and enhance customer service across these regions."

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APG is to expand its longstanding GSSA partnership with Air Tanzania to 13 further markets following an official RFP process by the carrier.

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Fri, 05 Jul 2024 14:48:13 +0000 eNethersole 68628 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero