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

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
  • ·         He talks about the changing face of the partnership and investment into Air Madagascar
  • ·         He offers a vision about the Vanilla Islands collaboration and how airlines will benefit
 
Meantime Gidon Novic who revolutionised South Africa’s domestic market against all the odds, when he launched Kulula, is at it again.
 
Novick explains his plans for a new low-cost carrier as a disruptor in the market to Guy Leitch.
 
  • ·         Why is now the time to get back in the airline business?
  • ·         Used or new? Owned or leased? Novick opens up on financial strategy
  • ·         Where he plans to fly and when.
 
We also hear how West Africa is opening skies among EWACAS members as it looks to recover from Covid 19. 

Find out too about what else has been happening in the Middle East and African aerospace, aviation and defence markets with all the headlines from across the region.
 
 
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