April 24, 2018

For the first time in over 12 years, SA Flyer does not own an aircraft. At the end of March we sold our Saratoga IITC, ZS-OFH.

The reasons we sold it are unfortunately symptomatic of the position many aircraft owners find themselves in – specifically in South Africa. Th...

April 10, 2018

SAA’s new CEO, Mr Vuyani Jarana, left a nice job in telecoms to take on the frightening – and perhaps impossible – job of turning SAA around. Guy Leitch managed to get this hard-running CEO to make time for a detailed discussion of his plans and strategy.

SAA has had ni...

April 10, 2018

SAA will never be the proud carrier it once was. The airline that used to fly the South African flag as far as the remote corners of Europe, such as Manchester and Athens, is long gone. Even the airline that we knew from ten years ago is gone. In 2010, SAA employed aro...

February 27, 2018

At the end of 2017, IATA Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, provided a useful overview of the past year and what to expect in 2018 to airline media. Guy Leitch reports from Geneva with this excerpt from de Juniac’s presentation.

This year airlines will safely fly fo...

February 27, 2018

St Helena Island is one of the most remote places on earth.

Guy Leitch went along with St Helena pioneer pilot Larry Beamish on a Challenger 300 to rescue a stranded Falcon 7X.

The decision to build an airport on the remote island of St Helena, the actual construction an...

November 22, 2017

As I write this, the full horror of the gangster government South Africa is labouring under is slowly unfolding.

Many years ago, as a national serviceman, I was a photo-journalist with Jacques Pauw, and so feel an almost comradely pride in his courageous expose of the e...

October 16, 2017

I  have on my desk the latest copy of the SAA turnaround plan – ‘Corporate Plan April 2017 to March 2022.’

Like the countless other turnaround plans before it, this plan refers to a ‘developmental agenda’. However, what this agenda entails is not defined, other than to...

September 20, 2017

Guy Leitch chats to Absolute Aviation Group CEO, Neil Howard, and new Commercial Director for Group Sales in Africa, Paolo Fra.

Hi Paolo, let’s start with you as you are new to the Absolute Aviation Group, and indeed to aviation. You used to sell Lamborghinis, which mus...

September 20, 2017

A number of studies have emerged showing that Africa’s economic growth is hindered by its poor air transport connectivity.

Africa is large – about three times bigger than the United States – and the vast distances are compounded by the poor land based infrastructure. Du...

August 16, 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has presented a compelling case for the importance of aviation, which every African leader should have to see. 

IATA originally published research done in 2011 to determine the economic impact of the African airline ind...

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