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PODCAST 26: Business bounce back and hydrogen in the air

Posted on 24 September 2020

With the region's biggest business aviation event - the MEBAA Show - postponed until February 2021, this week's TIMES Aerospace podcast hears just how strongly the sector is bouncing back with optimism.

Our special guest is Rob DiCastri, the president and CEO of Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury carrier with the world’s biggest Boeing Business Jet fleet. The carrier has established a strong position in Africa as well as the Middle East and had widely published plans for establishing bases in Eswatini and Saudi Arabia and DiCastri explains how Covid has impacted plans but shows how it has also created opportunity.   Enquiries from new potential customers are on the up. But can they be converted into a new customer base?   Also, looking not just for a customer base but also technology partners, is Airbus. 

PODCAST 25: The inside story for safer cabins

Posted on 17 September 2020

This week's TIMES Aerospace podcast for the African and Middle East aerospace, defence and aviation market takes a look at changes in the cabin that should affect passenger confidence and safety.

Roger Patron from the UK’s completions company RAS – an interiors business known for its work on head of state cabins, most recently with two West African countries – has turned its attention to commercial aircraft cabins and developed a shield which sits between seats and protects fellow passengers from droplets that could escape masks. Already one Gulf carrier has sets being trialled on an aircraft.   RAS’s Roger Patron explains the background to the protectors and how they work. In last week’s programme we heard that Flydubai – the UAE hybrid carrier – has introduced RFID (radio

PODCAST 24: Preparing people for a safe bounce back

Posted on 11 September 2020

This week, training takes the centre stage in our weekly news magazine podcast for the Middle East and Africa.

A leading light in the Women in Aviation movement in the Middle East, Kinda Sarrage, joins us in her ‘day job’ role as vice president sales, for the commercial aviation arm of L3 Harris in Middle East, Africa and South Asia.   Kinda talks about the latest initiative to increase pilot numbers for Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom shows great prospects for recovery.   Meanwhile in Africa, safety remains a key talking point and training need. Tom Kok, director of the AviAssist Foundation introduces next month’s virtual safety conference over four days and talks about the challenges and success of safety culture across the continent – and explains how listeners could win a watch as they learn about safety.

PODCAST 23: Stay safe on board ... or else!

Posted on 4 September 2020

This week's TIMES Aerospace podcast hears about the firm warnings being provided in regards to passenger behaviour.

The former CEO of Kenya Airways, Sebastian Mikosz, joins his IATA colleagues for the overview of the industry recovery – or lack of it – as passengers ignore safety rules and put public confidence in doubt. Mikosz explains the law – and how crews should respond to such behaviour.   As IATA’s CEO Alexandre de Juniac outlines a new three-point plan for global recovery, Chief economist Brian Pearce and Mikosz explain how the Middle East and African connectivity is faring.   Getting aircraft back into the air is certainly no easy matter as Chuck Grieve discovers when he listens to Martin Bell from Gama Aviation’s Flyer Tech.   This, plus all the news from across the region.

PODCAST 22: Industry hopes sink as restart held back - IATA explains why

Posted on 28 August 2020

This week's TIMES Aerospace podcast features Muhammad Albakri, IATA's regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East.

Muhammad Albakri talks to Alan Peaford about the challenge of persuading governments across the region to invest in their aviation industry now and keep airlines and airports alive, rather than delay and pay more later. Albakri, who will be taking up a new role with IATA, speaks about the progress that had been underway in Africa with SAATM and explains how connectivity will help Africa fight back, despite the enormous blow to the continent’s GDP as a result of Covid19.   We also provide an update on the Mars Hope project.   Plus all the latest news from across the region.    

PODCAST 21: Start-up airline a ray of positivity for West Africa

Posted on 21 August 2020

This week's Times Aerospace podcast for the industry in Africa and the Middle East introduces a new airline planned to launch from The Gambia next year.

Fly WestAf’s managing director Richard Powell talks to Hilka Birns about how the concept for an airline that will reflect the youth and vitality of the West African market came to be, and why he believes that the model for the regional carrier could be perfect for these challenging times. “I think if you look at any investor history in the past, in any domain, they look at buying when the markets are low. But, the opportunity for us is that aircraft prices have gone down considerably - up to 40%. So our cost basis reduced considerably.”   Powell also outlines his fleet plans and explains the financial structure for the airline – and the contribution it will make to

PODCAST 20: Turning the data to operational advantage

Posted on 14 August 2020

Digitalisation, data and analytics are key elements of the new 'industrial revolution' and in this week's programme we talk to Honeywell Aerospace about its holistic approach to bring the data together.

We’re told their adoption will lead the way to benefits measured in efficiency, cost savings, smart operations, predictive maintenance and so on – all of which aerospace now needs more than ever in the new normal taking shape after Covid-19. The challenge remains to make sense of the data you have.    Paul Page who is Honeywell’s aerospace solution architect, based in Dubai, works with a large number of airlines in the region to help them get the most out of their data.    He explains how Honeywell realised the scale of the challenge and developed Forge, its integrated analytics platform

PODCAST 19: AfriJet and Accenture on why new business models work

Posted on 6 August 2020

This week's news-magazine podcast talks about the new world of aerospace defence and aviation as the industry evolves into its new position.

CEO of AfriJet, the hybrid carrier from Gabon, Marc Gaffajoli talks to Anuradha Deenapanray about how the commercial airline/business charter operator survived the pandemic and is now ready to collaborate with others to feed traffic from central and west Africa.   Gaffajoli also explains why the airline’s recent IOSA certification will help springboard to the next level and enter new markets.   Another area where business models comes under scrutiny is the aerospace supply chain. John Schmidt, the aerospace and defense lead at global firm Accenture, talks to Alan Peaford about the impact of Covid on the supply chain and how increased digitalisation will enable businesses to meet

PODCAST 18: Steps to recovery - and the sum of the parts

Posted on 30 July 2020

This week's podcast looks at two main issues that are part of the recovery plans for aviation in Africa and the Middle East.

Of course, passenger confidence is one. The need for everyone in the aviation industry to be a PR person for the airline business is clear. We need to inform friends, family and others about the safety measures in place to prevent Covid 19 spread – and understanding air systems to keep cabins safe is one of those.   We talk to Laurent Hartenstein from Liebherr Aerospace about the air management and environmental systems.   We also recognise that there is a need for rightsizing fleets – and replacing old and inefficient aircraft with new greener types. All of that means more scrapping.   One company with an eye on the tear down business – and the value of spare parts – is global

PODCAST 17: Hope realised as UAE reaches for the stars

Posted on 24 July 2020

The successful launch of the UAE's Hope Mars orbiter from Japan marked an historic moment, not just for the emirates, but for the whole of the region.

In this week’s podcast we hear first hand from the Director-General of the UAE’s Space Agency, H.E.Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, and get the inside track from space editor Steve Nichols about the nerve-wracking moments when things looked like they might not go as planned. This week should have been Farnborough Air Show, instead the organisers held a virtual conference with the region well represented. Alan Peaford interviewed low cost carrier Wizz Air’s CEO Jozsef Varadi, for the event and also took time out to talk to the Hungarian boss about his aspirations for Abu Dhabi. And while Covid-19 has been the ongoing talking point for months, the issue of sustainability has not

PODCAST 16: Region's airports set to shake off the gloom

Posted on 16 July 2020

Ali Tounsi the head of Airports Council International across Africa joins this week's action-packed programme from the team at Arabian Aerospace and African Aerospace.

Ali talks to Anuradha Deenapanray about the challenges facing Africa’s airports as many begin flying internationally again this week. Airports are also utilising more in the way of biometric technologies for the restart and technology editor Steve Nichols hears from Miguel Leitmann, CEO of Vision Box, the specialist in seamless biometrics travel, automated border management, and electronic identity management.   The company recently published key findings from an industry survey of the world’s top airports, airlines, and government agencies finding that 63% of organisations in the aviation, airline sector and government agencies seek to

Special INSIGHT Report: TOWERS OF STRENGTH

Posted on 13 July 2020

How remote and digital towers herald the way ahead for air traffic management.

This week’s ispecial INSIGHT report looks at a growing digital future for the world of air traffic management. During the recent pandemic there were stories of airport control towers having to close, due to a single infection. But Austrian company Frequentis says that using remote towers with full digital support gives flexibility and resilience to the air navigation service networks.   In the Middle East, Frequentis has been demonstrating how the digital remote tower can help with smaller airports with only occasional air traffic and conversely how they can help when there are exceptional demands during peak events such as pilgrimages or major sporting events such as a World Cup.   Josef Kutschi, managing director Middle East, and Peter Gridling,

PODCAST 15: Why Mars mission brings new Hope to the Arab world

Posted on 10 July 2020

This week's Times Aerospace podcast for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey looks ahead to next week's launch of the UAE's mission to Mars.

Our space and technology editor Steve Nichols hears from the UAE’s Minister of State for Advanced Science, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, who is also Chair of the UAE Council of Scientists and deputy project manager of the Emirates’ Mars Mission. She will be explaining how important Tuesday’s launch will be for the entire region. Chuck Grieve talks to Lufthansa Technik’s head of sales for Africa and the Middle East, Tim Butzmann, about how the MRO and engineering services giant is shaping up, as the world starts to fly again.   The future is also green as we hear from ground service equipment manufacturer ITW-GSE about the threats to the environment from ramp operations.

Special INSIGHT Report: GOING GREEN FROM THE GROUND UP

Posted on 7 July 2020

As the global lockdown has shown how much pollution surrounds us - by its absence. All aspects of aviation are under the microscope, but this special edition of our Insight series takes a look at ground handling.

We all know that need to protect our planet but the post COVID-19 financial situation will be a challenge. But our guest on the programme David Feuga from ITW-GSE says it is not wishful thinking when claims that reducing emissions by 90% and lowering your operating costs at the same time is indeed possible. ITW GSE is a leading supplier of ground power units, pre-conditioned air units, cables and hoses supplying green, emission free and super energy efficient products with a common user interface that provides easy operation across the lineup.  The company has delivered more than 90,000 units to customers in over 100

PODCAST 14: Preparing for take-off - clean, classy and healthy

Posted on 2 July 2020

This week we see a move in the right direction for the industry across the region - where, although some areas are still in quarantine - others are beginning operations.

Business jet sales are picking up according to Jetcraft’s Pascal Bachmann. The Dubai-based head of sales for Middle East, Africa and Europe talks about how the private aviation market could see a boom as premium passengers seek exclusive space – and go the places the airlines no longer go. Etihad Airways Engineering has been working on making cabins safe and comfortable. We talk to David Doherty about the progress being made. And when it comes to air quality, the CEO of Swedish firm CTT, Torbjorn Johansson, believes that style over substance could be affecting the health and comfort of premium passengers as they fly in cabin where the relative humidity is lower

Special INSIGHT Report: When airline cabins are drier than Death Valley

Posted on 30 June 2020

This week's special in-depth focus looks at aircraft cabin comfort and the air we breathe. We talk to Torbjorn Johansson and Peter Landquist, CEO and VP-Marketing for Sweden's CTT.

The company developed systems to rehydrate cabins to improve cabin comfort while at the same time, remove moisture from the aircraft fuselage that could turn to ice or add unnecessary weight to the aircraft.   Premium classes suffer the most, with less dense seating there is less humidity – these cabins often have humidity of less than 10% - and that is lower than Death Valley or the Sahara Desert.   This causes discomfort, problems for the body’s defence system and the potential for infection.   Johansson and Landquist explains how this works and why it is essential that airlines make use of the technology to make it healthier

PODCAST 13: Optimism for post-Covid opportunities from African airline chiefs

Posted on 26 June 2020

This week we meet two African airline CEOs who share a belief that now is a time of opportunity for airlines on the continent.

 Marie-Joseph Malé, the president and CEO of Air Austral, the flag carrier for the French Indian Ocean territories of La Reunion, and Mayotte.   Malé puts the Covid-19 pandemic against a number of other challenges the airline faced before lockdown, the strategy during it – and its plans for a bright new future amid greater cooperation among the Vanilla Island communities.   ·         He explains how the airline fared during the crisis ·         He updates the fleet strategy and the Airbus A220

PODCAST 12: It's all about recovery through technology for aviation

Posted on 18 June 2020

This week's Times Aerospace podcast for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey gets into the swing of recovery.

  Alan Peaford talks to Andrew O’Connor from the industry-owned IT innovator SITA, we hear how the use of new and current technology will reinstill confidence for the traveling public.   As airlines begin resuming operation a lot of focus turns to the maintenance, repair and overhaul providers. Chuck Grieve talks to Joramco’s chief commercial officer Fraser Currie about how the Jordanian business has fared during the coronavirus crisis and why it is in good shape to kick start its operations.   And among other signs that things are heading back into the right direction. Honeywell and Turkey’s MNG Jet are busy on the connectivity front this week. Steve Nichols caught up with Honeywell’s leader for

PODCAST 11: The scandal of airline shootdowns and the prospects for regional aviation

Posted on 11 June 2020

This week's programme for Africa and Middle East aerospace and defence markets has a mix of good news and bad news.

In the programme, brought with the support of Collins Aerospace, we talk to Raul Villaron, the regional VP from Embraer about how the OEM is expanding its fleet in Africa and how right-sized aircraft will lead the recovery. He explains how the E2 Profit Hunter now ordered by airlines like Congo Airways and Air Peace will be using the aircraft to open new routes – without the problems of middle seats. Raul also talks about the challenge for the Brazilian manufacturer after being jilted at the altar by Boeing, and how it is facing up to being single again. Then the bad news. We welcome esteemed aviation journalist Martin Rivers to the programme to talk about the rising number of attacks on civil aircraft including the recent incidents in

Special INSIGHT Report: Why Collins Aerospace is stepping up its game in Africa

Posted on 8 June 2020

Collins Aerospace, now part of Raytheon Technologies, the third largest OEM in the world - is making a drive into emerging markets and bringing with it a host of new technologies.

In this special INSIGHT report, we meet the new regional director for Africa, Jens Ziesel and hear how he sees the future for Africa and its aviation industry.   Austrian-born Ziesel shares his thoughts on how African carriers can skip a generation of investment in technology by European and American airlines with its current focus on new models and time-saving and money-saving digital assets.   African airports too are set for change.    They are already working on faster, easier, seamless passenger experience at the airports and embracing technology that will change the touch points for the passengers going through at the

PODCAST 10: Business or Leisure ...

Posted on 4 June 2020

With the Emirates chief and the big bounce back for tourism.

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark was the headline act at the first Arabian Travel Market Virtual from Dubai this week.  Our correspondent; Marcelle Nethersole was tuned in to the debates on tourism and the shared impact it has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. We hear from Sir Tim about the challenges of cashflow which could scupper some airlines even with government bailouts. He talks about his instinct for the great return to leisure and business flights – and shares his thoughts on when the bounce back will happen. We hear too from government and industry about views on tourism ahead from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda. When airlines do resume service as normal then ancillary revenues will be at the heart of their thinking. Steve Nichols hears from Kian Gould CEO of digital platform

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 Nuno

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

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 and

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