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South African Airways Eyes Asset Sales to Accommodate Next-Generation Jets

In a tender posted on its website, South African Airways is now readying the sale of some of its assets that include five Airbus A340-300s and four Airbus A340-600s along with 15 spare engines and auxiliary power units. According to the company's acting CEO Zuks Ramasia, the sale of these assets will pave the way for newer aircraft with more fuel efficiency and improved passenger comfort, also replacing the aging fleet of Airbus A340s. This comes barely two months after…

Reports: Qatar Airways To Purchase Stake in TAAG Angola Airlines

Qatar Airways, the state-owned airline of Qatar, is interested in acquiring a 39 percent stake of the also state-owned TAAG - Linhas Aéreas de Angola, from the sub-Saharan nation of Angola according to information published by Novo Jornal in Angola. Though 39 percent would not grant to Qatar the position…

How Alternative Payment Gives Airlines a Way to Fight Credit…

As the digital market continues to expand and airlines look to increase their brand through online platforms, the ability for companies to get hurt by credit card fraud has damaged their profits and forced some to abandon their internet presence altogether. While every airline must fight this issue in their…

Logo Lineage Part 5: What Was Old Is New Again

For businesses across the world, branding plays a crucial role in public perception and airlines are no different. One of the most prominent pieces of an airline’s brand is its logo, as it often appears on a wide range of items including aircraft, seats, food, advertisements and more. In this…

Air Senegal Gets Africa’s First Airbus A330neo

Air Senegal, the flag carrier of Senegal based in Dakar, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo from Airbus’ production line in Toulouse. Air Senegal is the first carrier in Africa to fly the next-generation Airbus aircraft and the airplane has been given the name “Casamance” after the Casamance…

Air Namibia Outlines Expansion of Service

Air Namibia, the national airline of Namibia, has announced expansion both domestically and regionally. The new schedule will become effective March 30. The expansion will see an increase of service on several routes that see high levels of demand and frequencies are also being shifted to better meet the needs…

African Airlines Joining Together to Compete with Ethiopian Airlines

Over the course of the past week, news has slowly emerged regarding the attempt of four airlines to hinder the striking growth of Ethiopian Airlines, which many around the continent see as a threat to the emergence of smaller carriers around Africa. As originally reported by Kenya's East African, Air Mauritius,…

Nigeria’s Aging Aircraft Struggle Continues as Government Seeks Increased Control

Nigerian aviation experts are now looking for ways to lessen public concern over the age and safety of the country's airlines' aircraft as government officials are calling them into question, Lagos newspaper Vanguard reported Saturday. The response comes after reports surfaced earlier this week that aircraft of the nation's airlines had…

Struggling South African Airways ‘Should be Shut Down’

Just over a week after the nation's troubled flag-carrier received yet another government bailout, South Africa's new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has suggested that the best course of action is to simply shut the airline down as "we are unlikely to sort out the situation." The financial performance of South African…

Ethiopian Airlines Considering Ambitious and Risky Expansion Plan Within Africa

The African continent has a burgeoning aviation industry with growth expected to be around 6 percent annually. However, it accounts for less than 2 percent of the global aviation market at the moment, dominated by outside airlines. While the potential is there to grow the African aviation sector, many factors make…