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World Airnews Round Up August 2015


Ottawa –‐ The Canadian Government has announced a significant new investment to confirm Canada’s future in space exploration by committing to send two Canadian astronauts to space by 2024.

The announcement is the result of the Government’s decision to renew Canada’s participation in the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint endeavour among space agencies from Canada, the United States, Japan, Russia, and the European Union. Canada is the third country to extend its participation.

The announcement follows in the footsteps of Col. Chris Hadfield’s historic mission as Commander of the ISS. This commitment will ensure that both Jeremy Hansen and David Saint‐ Jacques, Canada’s active astronauts will fly to space. It also signals Canada’s involvement in future space missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.


Johannesburg – Unity and improved communication in the domestic airline sector is a way to grow the tourism industry according to J. Malik and Ms. Tabassum Qad, co‐chairpersons of South African low cost carrier, Skywise.

These basics were urgent and important for the sector and if taken seriously by the market, had the capacity to influence real growth in the short and long terms., they said in a recent joint statement.

Executive management in the local airline sector tends to shy away from regular interaction with each other. Airline management was not willing to share information despite the potential this had to enable the industry move forward in the right direction with more speed and accuracy, they said.

“The South African airline sector needs one economic purpose, which is maintaining stability. Its growth is achieved when respective players work together, which will, in turn, attract investment in tourism,” they concluded.


Dublin – Ireland‐based ASL Aviation Group is to launch a new European airline brand, ASL Airlines, as part of its strategy for continued growth in passenger and cargo operations. ASL’s four European airlines are to be renamed under the new ASL Airlines brand and there will be four airline operations “centres of excellence” in Ireland, France, Switzerland and Hungary.

The names to be changed are: Air Contractors becomes ASL Airlines Ireland; Europe Airpost becomes ASL Airlines France; Farnair Switzerland becomes ASL Airlines Switzerland, and Farnair Hungary becomes ASL Airlines Hungary.

The ASL Group, which employs 1 500 globally, will continue to be based in Swords, County Dublin, and will be led by Group Chief Executive, Hugh Flynn.


Johannesburg – South African commuter and regional carrier, CemAir, has increased the number of its flights on the Johannesburg to Bloemfontein route to suite the business traveller.

It has added an early morning weekday flight out of Bloemfontein to Johannesburg and an end‐of‐day return flight from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein to suit the Bloemfontein‐based business traveller.


Dar es Salaam — fastjet has announced the launch of its sixth international route, between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Lilongwe in Malawi.

Flights between the two cities will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, with fares starting from US$50 one‐way excluding taxes.


Addis Ababa – Our Ethiopian correspondent, Kaleyesus Bekele, reports that .Ethiopian Airlines recently launched new schedule services between Addis Ababa and Gaborone and Cape Town using Boeing 737‐800 equipment on a thrice weekly basis.

Ethiopian also has a daily non‐stop service between Addis Ababa and Johannesburg.


São José dos Campos, Brazil,– Embraer Executive Jets has announced that Etihad Flight College, a wholly‐owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a purchase agreement for four Phenom 100E jets, and options for three additional aircraft of the same model..................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.


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