PODCAST 9: Giving the A220 a business boost for Arabia's VIPs

Posted on 29 May 2020

This week's Times Aerospace podcast has a special business aviation feel.

This week should have been EBACE, Europe’s business aviation showcase in Geneva, much loved by Middle Eastern and African operators. We talk to Ali Alnaqbi, the chairman of IBAC and the founding chairman of MEBAA the Middle East and North Africa’s business aviation association. We also look forward with an overview of the exciting project to take the 100-150 seat Airbus A220 and configure it to a ground-breaking VIP corporate airliner targeted at the MENA region and compete against BBJs and ACJS. We hear from two of the CEOs involved in the partnership to develop the concept - Kestrel’s Stephen Vella and Camber Aviation’s Tom Chatfield. As the industry starts to come out the other side of the Covid crisis airlines will be weighing up how to get the most out of

PODCAST 8: Restoring confidence on return to flight

Posted on 21 May 2020

- from the science to government policy.

  This week's Times Aerospace podcast looks at the week for Middle East and African aerospace markets as we hear from Jim Haas; Boeing's director of product development, on how aircraft cabins are as safe as operating theatres in terms of air quality and explains how the air filtration system removes viruses such as Covid-19 virtually row-by-row. We also hear from the IATA regional vice-president Muhammad Albakri on how discussions are going between the industry and world governments on getting consensus on the return to flight with a common set of rules and following the biosecurity roadmap agreed across the industry. We hear too from the CEO of Rolls-Royce, Warren East on the decision behind the redundancies at the engine manufacturer. Plus the highlights from the week’s news from across Africa, Turkey

PODCAST 7: The key to the return of aviation

Posted on 14 May 2020

Royal Jordanian CEO Stefan Pichler is the main guest on this week's podcast, the former Jazeera Airways and Air Berlin chief explains how the 'bubble effect' is the key to restarting passenger flights.

In his discussions with host Alan Peaford, he talks about how O&D (origin and destination) flights from A-B will be the first to come back but predicts delays to the return of the long-haul connecting traffic.  Strategic planning throughout the value chain is a challenge, so say the least. For example, which do you defer: fleet renewal or the retirement of older aircraft? Chuck Grieve is with IBA, the independent group of aviation analysts where he hopes to get answers to that and other questions.   And while no one in air transport wants to talk about new aircraft entering service, the defence industry does. We talk to

Special INSIGHT Report: Bestfly Flight Support

Posted on 12 May 2020

A special report on how Angola's corporate aviation stars came out from a cockpit idea.

This week's special INSIGHT report into the world of corporate aviation uncovers how Angola’s Bestfly was born. Today Bestfly manages corporate shuttle services for leading international oil majors and mining businesses, it supplies standby medevac services for the offshore industry, has a fleet of business jets and turboprops to support companies and private individual with safe, efficient and secure flights across Southern Africa. It also has an award-winning FBO matching the concierge and facilities that VIP passengers get anywhere in the world.   It all started when the company’s owner Nuno Pereira was flying a Boeing 747 for the national carrier and worked with his wife, Alcinda, to create the new service.   In this episode

PODCAST 6: Looking towards the new normal

Posted on 7 May 2020

This week's podcast covering the aerospace, defence and aviation business sectors across the Middle East and Africa ponders on the question, what will the new normal look like.

While news headlines are dominated by the gloom this programme looks forward to brighter skies ahead. Programme host Alan Peaford and Emirates president Sir Tim Clark, backed by facts from IATA, share the same view on social distancing on airlines but agree there will be a new tomorrow. Technology editor Steve Nichols hears from SITA’s chief executive Barbara Dalibard on what the new normal could be, and how technology will play its part. MRO editor Chuck Grieve gets to grips with discussion on the push by OEMs into the aftermarket, and how it is going to affect independent service providers, particularly in the aircraft modification space. He talks to Nicole

PODCAST 5: Cargo, conferences, careers - it's all crisis

Posted on 1 May 2020

As fresh produce rots by an African airport the lack of passenger aircraft is putting Kenya's fresh produce business into crisis.

We talk to Sanjeev Gadhia (pictured), the CEO of Kenya’s Astral Aviation and the vice chair of the international cargo association TIACA, about what the industry should be doing to aid African exporters while still awaiting any financial support from government. Airlines themselves have fears over survival and Steven Kargman, the internationally renowned expert on restructuring and recovery, identifies key actions to keep afloat and even sees a silver lining as the world subdues the Covid-19 virus. In the Middle East we talk to a leading recruitment consultant, Intersearch ME’s Nick Harvey about the challenges for workers in the aviation industry in the region – particularly for the thousands of

Special INSIGHT Report: Kargman Associates

Posted on 29 April 2020

A special report based on airline restructuring, turnaround and recovery.

This special INSIGHT programme could not be more timely as it focuses on the issue of airline restructuring with a special emphasis on African carriers. Of course all over the world airlines are feeling the pain as the Covid-19 virus bites and the revenues and reserves simply dry up.   In the programme, one of the leading restructuring global experts; Steven Kargman, president of Kargman Associates -shares his thoughts on the particular challenges facing the airline industry and looks at the special issues that will greatly affect Africa.   Kargman’s firm deals in complex and challenging international restructuring, cross border insolvency, distressed debt and non-performing loan situations.   Kargman himself  was an editor of the

PODCAST 4: SAA crisis and private aviation challenges

Posted on 24 April 2020

The uncertainty over the future of South African Airways leads the discussions in this week's Times Aerospace podcast for the aerospace, aviation and defence industries across Africa and the Middle East.

Following on the demise of Air Mauritius which entered administration this week, Guy Leitch, editor of SA Flyer and an aviation commentator, joins the programme to give an insight into the current situation to share ideas on what could happen as the government and the unions go head to head. Private aviation comes under the spotlight as Catherine Buchanan, chief operating officer of Vertis Aviation, explains how the private aviation charter sector is faring and what some of the current challenges are for repatriation and VIP services. In aviation services, MRO editor Chuck Grieve takes a look at how a new market is opening up for the

PODCAST 3: MRO and sustainable aviation fuels

Posted on 17 April 2020

This week, the podcast looks at the drive for MRO in Africa to be ready for the new world after Covid-19 abates.

MRO editor Chuck Grieve talks to AJW’s Hafsa Abdul Salman about her view on the challenge for the sector.   Joshua Kitetu (photographed); an aircraft engineering lecturer from the Dubai campus of South Wales University explains to Alan Peaford why now is the time to be getting policy together for a push for more alternative sustainable aviation fuels.   The aircraft interiors business has gone quiet but Dubai manufacturer Sabeti-Wain has found a diversion that has kept their machinists in the UK busy – manuafacturing medical protective goods for frontline workers in the health industry fighting the battle with Covid-19. We talk to the CEO of the company about the health effort, about Dubai and USA facilities

PODCAST 2: Alan Peaford talks to Prof. Tony Tzes

Posted on 10 April 2020

A discussion about drones and robotics at Abu Dhabi Airport and how contactless health screening at key touch points is also on its way.

This week’s African Aerospace podcast looks at an innovative use of drone technology underway in Abu Dhabi. Alan Peaford talks to Professor Tony Tzes, the head of electrical and computer engineering at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi. He and his team, working in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Airports Company  have developed a drone, fitted with a robotic arm that can inspect and work on inaccessible areas, for example the roof space on the new Midfield Terminal which towers more than 50 metres high. This is a world first and the drone can take measurements or smell. It can detect cracks, it can clean, Professor Tzes also explains how new “defender” autonomous drones are

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A new life of lease?

Posted 29 May 2020

One of the challenges for African airlines is gaining access to suitable aircraft. Now, as Victoria Moores reports, leasing-support company, Six West, has an idea that could help.

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