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    Flight Centre resumes sales of SAA tickets

    Flight Centre Travel Group, one of South Africa’s largest booking companies, said it will lift a moratorium on sales of the national airline’s tickets that it imposed in November because of concerns over its solvency. Travel Insurance Consultants, Flight Centre’s preferred insurer, reinstated insolvency cover for South African Airways, enabling the retailer to resume ticket sales, Andrew Stark, its managing director for the Middle East and Africa said in an emailed statement on Friday.

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    Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US

    Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that its A330-800 widebody airliner has been jointly certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration. This joint Type Certification followed 132 flights totalling 370 test flying hours, executed by A330-800 MSN 1888, which made its first flight in November 2018.

    “The A330-800, part of a true new-generation A330neo [new engine option] family, is the most efficient longest range entry-level widebody [airliner] and incorporates new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing and new Sharklets [large, upswept wingtips] using lighter composite materials,” stated Airbus in its press release. “Together, these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of similar size.”

    The A330-800 has been initially certified for a maximum take-off weight of 242 t, with a range of up to 7 500 nautical miles (nearly 13 900 km). In a typical three-class cabin configuration, the airliner will carry from 220 to 260 passengers. In single-class high-density configuration, it will be able to transport as many as 406 passengers.

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    Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US

    Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that its A330-800 widebody airliner has been jointly certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration. This joint Type Certification followed 132 flights totalling 370 test flying hours, executed by A330-800 MSN 1888, which made its first flight in November 2018.

    “The A330-800, part of a true new-generation A330neo [new engine option] family, is the most efficient longest range entry-level widebody [airliner] and incorporates new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing and new Sharklets [large, upswept wingtips] using lighter composite materials,” stated Airbus in its press release. “Together, these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25 per cent compared with older generation competitor aircraft of similar size.”

    The A330-800 has been initially certified for a maximum take-off weight of 242 t, with a range of up to 7 500 nautical miles (nearly 13 900 km). In a typical three-class cabin configuration, the airliner will carry from 220 to 260 passengers. In single-class high-density configuration, it will be able to transport as many as 406 passengers.

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    Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not ‘contemplated dismissals’

    The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways, ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict earlier in the week in a bid to prevent the flag carrier’s business rescue practitioners from proceeding with they said were “accelerated retrenchment” processes for employees that they said did not follow the correct legal channels.

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    Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not ‘contemplated dismissals’

    The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways, ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict earlier in the week in a bid to prevent the flag carrier’s business rescue practitioners from proceeding with they said were “accelerated retrenchment” processes for employees that they said did not follow the correct legal channels.

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    Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not ‘contemplated dismissals’

    The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways (SAA), ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict earlier in the week in a bid to prevent the flag carrier’s business rescue practitioners (BRP) from proceeding with they said were “accelerated retrenchment” processes for employees that they said did not follow the correct legal channels. The unions wanted the court to compel the airline to engage with them via provisions in the Labour Relations Act (LRA). Evidence was heard on Thursday. 

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    Airbus signs memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order

    Airbus has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 airliners. Green Africa Airways is a Nigerian carrier, based in Lagos. This is the biggest African order to date for the A220 and one of the biggest orders worldwide for the type. “We are excited about the Green Africa project, its legitimate ambition and its professionalism, evidenced by their most discerning choice for their operating assets,” said Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer. “The unique characteristics of the A220 will allow the airline to unlock destinations and route pairs that previously would have been considered non-viable.”

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    Airbus signs memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order

    Airbus has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 airliners. Green Africa Airways is a Nigerian carrier, based in Lagos. This is the biggest African order to date for the A220 and one of the biggest orders worldwide for the type. “We are excited about the Green Africa project, its legitimate ambition and its professionalism, evidenced by their most discerning choice for their operating assets,” said Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer. “The unique characteristics of the A220 will allow the airline to unlock destinations and route pairs that previously would have been considered non-viable.”

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    Airbus signs Memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order

    Airbus has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 airliners. Green Africa Airways is a Nigerian carrier, based in Lagos. This is the biggest African order to date for the A220 and one of the biggest orders worldwide for the type.

    “We are excited about the Green Africa project, its legitimate ambition and its professionalism, evidenced by their most discerning choice for their operating assets,” said Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer. “The unique characteristics of the A220 will allow the airline to unlock destinations and route pairs that previously would have been considered non-viable.”

    “Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent,” affirmed Green Africa Airways founder and CEO Babawande Afolabi. “The Green Africa story is a story of entrepreneurial boldness, strategic foresight and an unwavering commitment to using the power of air travel to create a better future.”

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    Govt to invest R1.4bn to modernise PRASA

    South Africa’s long-suffering train commuters can soon look forward to a smooth ride. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would boost the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) rail network by R1.4-billion.

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