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July 25, 2019

One of the most challenging tasks African aviation faces is getting its importance recognised by the governments of all 54 states in Africa.

The recent remarks by Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional VP for Africa and the Middle East are essential reading for policymak...

July 1, 2019

Is Africa still five times as dangerous?

In 2013 Tony Tyler, then IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the IATA AGM held in Cape Town  said that safety is one of the issues preventing Africa from reaching its full potential. The total accident rate for all jet a...

July 1, 2019

Worldwide the airline industry is having an unprecedently good run, as it is now entering its tenth year of profits and is covering its cost of capital – an excellent achievement for a capital intensive industry with thin margins.

However, in stark contrast, African air...

March 5, 2019

Ms Siza Mzimela has been enticed back to turn around SA Express (SAX) – which was run into the ground by a succession of disastrous management and crooked procurement activities. After three years as CEO of SAX, Ms Mzimela was promoted to CEO of SAA – where under diffi...

March 5, 2019

One of the most remarkable features of aviation over the past 30 years has been the emergence of the seemingly unassailable Airbus and Boeing duopoly.

In the 1990s the European upstart Airbus began to nibble at the market-owning American manufacturers’ lunch. The only w...

March 5, 2019

In December I was pleased to be granted an exclusive interview by Ms Siza Mzimela, the Interim CEO of SA Express. In her judicious words (published in this issue) she notes that the South African Civil Aviation authority is ‘surprisingly tough’. This has become increas...

August 15, 2018

On turning around FastJet

Nico Bezuidenhout was forced out of his job as CEO of Mango Airlines and Acting CEO of SAA by the then chairperson, Dudu Myeni. He was welcomed by struggling African low cost carrier FastJet, which desperately needed an injection of new managem...

August 15, 2018

The arguments for and against privatisation of airlines are often ideologically driven, but let’s put ideology and national pride aside for a minute and look at the practicalities.

Those who argue that airlines should be state-owned have several good arguments – most no...

May 25, 2018

Head of Sales Airbus Sub-Sahara Africa

The future for the African airline industry

Mr Hadi Akoum is the Airbus Vice President for Sales in sub-Sahara Africa. At the recent Aviation Africa conference in Cairo, Guy Leitch sounded him out on the challenges facing the Africa...

May 25, 2018

There is been an increasing cacophony of calls to close down SAA. New CEO Vuyani Jarana has demanded a further R5 billion “now”. This is in addition to the R10 billion already given to SAA six months ago, and he says the airline will require a further R12 billion to st...

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