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PODCAST 39: Optimism as Africa and Middle East sees positive growth for 2021

Posted on 23 December 2020

The final aerospace and defence podcast for the Middle East and Africa for this year closes on a positive note.

Kenya’s Aberdair Aviation which has been delivering ACMI charter operations for almost two decades is expanding its business with a new base in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The airline’s CEO Adrian Wilcox talks to Alan Peaford about his fleet plans and the strategy of multi-AOCs from Kenya, Ghana and now Kinshasa with Tanzania and Uganda in the pipeline.   Steve Nichols takes a look at JSSI, the company that brought power-by-the-hour to the business aviation world and talks to Pascale Barhouch the new head of business development based in Dubai.   Demand for engine maintenance saw MTU opening a new office in Dubai just ahead of the March lockdown.   MRO editor, Chuck Grieve asks Sami

PODCAST 38: How one African airline is preparing for return of tourism

Posted on 17 December 2020

Tourism provides an enormous boost for a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East. In Africa, safaris have been the lifeblood for the GDPs of countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that. So what happens to an airline that almost exclusively has a business model that focuses on serving tourists. The CEO of Kenya’s Safarilink, Alex Avedi explains the impact the virus had on the boutique airline to African Aerospace correspondent Edward Njeru. He also outlines the strategy going forward and plans for new aircraft to fuel the growth when tourists return. Another airline looking to the future is the UAE’s flagcarrier Etihad Airways. Guest experience and delivery vice president, Linda Celestino explains how passengers may have different expectations on their

PODCAST 37: How Qatar rode the storm and Dassaultís new Falcon

Posted on 10 December 2020

As Dassault rolls out its first new business jet of a generation, which legitimately can claim to be a game changer, we hear how the 6X took its place in Falcon family.

But while business aviation is looking at new horizons, the airline business has been in survival mode – or as Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways group says, it is about doing the right thing. Qatar kept flying throughout global lockdowns and in this piece, Al Baker explains just how that was done. We also get to talk to French company Moment who have a new portable wireless IFE system and have been selected by Air Senegal to introduce this to its fleet. This, plus all the news for the aerospace industry across the Middle East and Africa.

PODCAST 36: Africa's challenges to distribute Covid vaccine

Posted on 3 December 2020

With encouraging news around the world regarding approvals of different Covid-19 vaccines, attention swings to distribution of the vital cargo.

  The UAE has already developed airside warehousing to act to as a hub for the distribution. But what about Africa? We talk to Sanjeev Gadhia, the CEO of Africa’s largest cargo carrier, Astral Aviation and the chair of AFRAA’s cargo committee and vice chair of industry body TIACA, about the situation across the continent. Astral has been one of the few airlines in the world to have seen positive growth during the pandemic and Gadhia also explains why he believes Africa’s airlines need to pay attention to the cargo markets as a pathway to growth and recovery and beyond. In the programme we also talk to Rolls-Royce head of aftermarket technology, Dr Ian Mitchell about a new

PODCAST 35: Change abounds at IATA and new cargo boost while ATM has a new approach

Posted on 26 November 2020

As IATA holds its AGM there are clear signs of change. CEO Alexandre de Juniac is stepping down and will be succeeded by the loquacious former IAG chief Willie Walsh who takes no time to take off the diplomatic gloves and point figures at misguided governments.

In this week’s podcast we hear from both of them as they lay out future direction IATA will take. While airlines have been seen to be bearing the brunt of the travel collapse, CANSO reports that air navigation service providers have lost more than $9 billion so far since the start of the pandemic. We talk to Ryyan Tarabzoni , the CEO of Saudi Arabia’s air navigation provider SANS about solutions. Five BAE-146 jets are being brought into the fleet of Uganda’s Zone Four International as the Entebbe flight services operator swings toward approval

PODCAST 34 : Why India is vital to Middle East aviation recovery

Posted on 19 November 2020

As the true green shoots of recovery begin to show we look at how some old links will prosper as travel restarts in earnest. For Middle Eastern markets the Indian sub-continent will be vital.

Special guest for this week’s programme is Sanjiv Kapoor, who is now senior advisor at global consulting firm Alton Aviation. Sanjiv has been a key figure in India’s airline industry having been chief strategy and commercial officer of Vistara – the joint venture airline between TATA and Singapore Airlines, and was previously chief operating officer for successful low-cost carrier SpiceJet. Kapoor tells Alan Peaford that in some ways, India been one of the “proxy home markets” for the Gulf ‘Big Three’ carriers and Indian carriers have not been able to compete very well. But in this in-depth interview he

PODCAST 33: Keys to revive aviation

Posted on 12 November 2020

Collaboration and passenger confidence are key! This week's programme comes from the African airline industry's AFRAA annual general assembly. Although on a virtual platform this year, airline CEOs and representatives from governments, associations and the whole aviation supply chain logged in.

  Our air transport editor Victoria Moores and airports editor Chloe Greenbank were there too and they give their overview on the future for the industry.   In the programme we hear from Sanjeev Ghadia the CEO of Astral Aviation, Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir and Angola’s Minister of Transport Ricardo de Abreu, as they individually call for action not word.   De Abreu says Angola is embracing principles of greater connectivity even though it hasn’t progressed with SAATM, while Makolo

Special INSIGHT Report: Understanding Saudi vision for defence industry

Posted on 11 November 2020

This week's Insight programme, hosted by Marcelle Nethersole, looks at the world of two of the major players in Africa and the Middle East regions.

  Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans to develop its defence industry and has given GAMI - the Kingdom’s General Authority for Military Industries - a mandate to localize 50% of Saudi Arabia’s military spending over the next decade. A key part of the Saudi Vision 2030 strategy GAMI will act as the regulator, enabler and licensor for the defence industry and will work with international defence companies and specifically the OEMs to see this change through. The Governor of GAMI, His Excellency, Ahmad Al Ohali, talks to defence editor Alan Warnes about the three strategic focus pillars: industry regulation; acquisition; and technology and, also explains why the organisation is

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