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Airlines are rapidly moving towards digitization

Jan 11, 2017

The rapid growth of the global airline industry has been offset by falling cargo revenues and passenger yields, prompting airline companies to focus on enhancing their ancillary revenues. While they have tried to achieve cost and operational efficiencies by employing digital solutions, typically part of a larger digital transformation programme, revenue growth has mostly been a result of the innovative marketing of attractive ancillary products.

"Digital transformation is emerging as a disruptive force in the aviation industry, with airlines investing in business intelligence solutions, digital marketing projects and overall modernisation of IT infrastructure," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Priyanka Chimakurthi. "Industry concepts and standards such as intelligent loyalty management platforms and IATA's New Distribution Capability have the potential to alter dynamics in the highly competitive industry."

Strategic Analysis of Major Global Airlines is Frost & Sullivan's Aerospace Growth Partnership Subscription and provides a 10-year competitive profiling of 15 global airline and airline groups in terms of financial performance, major traffic, capacity metrics, and key strategies to assess the financial health of the airline industry and the wider aviation supply chain. These insights on airline fleet expansion trends, operating costs, and revenue trends will be beneficial to airline IT suppliers, on-board retailers, and aircraft manufacturers.

Even though airlines are rapidly moving towards digitisation, the overall unpredictability of oil prices greatly affects their strategising. Moreover, the industry continues to be governed by a strict regulatory framework, and is highly cyclical and vulnerable to global economic trends.

"To succeed in a challenging operating environment, airlines are increasingly relying on advanced digital solutions, as well as strategic partnerships," noted Chimakurthi. "Additionally, airline consolidation is intensifying with more than half the airlines covered in the study having engaged in significant merger and acquisition activity over the last 10 years."

ICAO to airlines: Report plane's position every 15 mins

Members of the United Nations' aviation arm, the International Civil Aviation Organization, meeting in Montreal this week, have endorsed a new standard that will require commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes, a response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The guideline, which ICAO is aiming to bring into force in November 2016, is the first stage of a proposal to ensure planes can be tracked and that accident sites can be located quickly, called the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System.

1. ROUTINE FLIGHT TRACKING

This is the 15-minute standard, which ICAO has said could be met without retrofitting any planes. In emergencies or potential emergencies, aircraft would be required to check in more frequently, at least once every minute.

Any plane flying within radar coverage would easily meet this standard. On some trans-oceanic flights, airlines would need to activate satellite tracking systems that in many cases are already installed on their planes, or report in by radio at regular intervals.

The agency is not a regulator, but its standards typically become regulatory requirements in its 191 member states. ICAO sees this standard going into effect in November 2016. Member states would have to put the tracking rules into effect or notify the agency that they are not meeting the standard.

2. DISTRESS TRACKING

If this second proposal from ICAO's Secretariat is adopted, new aircraft built 2021 or later would have systems that make it possible to locate an accident site within six nautical miles, which is roughly equivalent to one minute of flying time.

The system would kick in after a signal from the ground, direction from the flight crew, or automatically based on the plane's behavior.

Views are split on whether current satellite tracking systems could meet this standard, because they can be shut off by the pilot, making activation from the ground impossible.

3. FLIGHT RECORDER DATA RETRIEVAL

The third proposal is for the installation in new aircraft of "automatic deployable flight recorders", 'black box' flight recorders that eject from a plane during a crash. ICAO sees it going into effect by 2021.

Planemakers could use alternative technology, skipping the ejectable recorders, as long as it is possible to retrieve the same data in another way. For example, a recorder that transmits its data using satellites during a crash instead of physically ejecting might meet the standard. — Reuters

Dr Harold Demuren receives African Aviation Award - 2014

DR HAROLD Olusegun Demuren, the former Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and currently Chief Executive Officer of Harold Demuren Consulting has received an African Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award for his Outstanding Services to African Aviation Development.  The Award was presented during the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in June this year.
 
As Director General of the NCAA, Dr Demuren transformed the Nigerian aviation industry by strictly enforcing safety and security regulations and ensuring compliance with international best practices in the Nigerian airline industry.
 
In addition, he sucessfully led Nigeria through the ICAO Universal Safety Audit in 2006, the ICAO Security Audit in 2008 and the successful attainment of the United States FAA/IASA Category One Certification by Nigeria in 2010.
 
He also successfully secured the adoption of the Cape Town Convention by the Nigerian government which paved the way for the unprecedented modernisation of airline fleets in Nigeria during his tenure.
 
Announcing the Award, the CEO of AFRICAN AVIATION, Mr Nick Fadugba, congratulated Dr Demuren for his outstanding achievements in particular as Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and for his role in championing the Nigerian airline industry at the global level.  
Dr Demuren thanked African Aviation for recognising his contribution to the African aviation industry after he had retired as Director General of the NCAA and noted that former officials in Africa are often not recognized for their earlier contributions. He reiterated his continued commitment to promoting aviation safety and security both in Nigeria and in Africa as a whole.
The African Aviation Awards were introduced in 1999 by AFRICAN AVIATION in order to give international recognition to individuals, companies and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.
 
AFRICAN AVIATION was established 24 years ago, in 1990, as a vehicle for helping to promote aviation development on the African continent. ‘We firmly believe that aviation can be a vital catalyst for Africa’s economic and social development,’ said AFRICAN AVIATION CEO, Nick Fadugba.
 
The African Aviation Award Ceremony took place during the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition held at The Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Monday, 9th to Wednesday, 11th June, 2014.  
 
His Excellency, Dr Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia officially opened the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition, Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission was the Conference Patron and Mr Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Transport, Ethiopia delivered the Keynote Address to the nearly 200 high-level delegates from Africa and around the world. The Conference was hosted by Ethiopian Airlines which provided key support and assistance to the successful event.
 
The Theme of the Conference was:  ‘The Next 50 Years:  The Role of the African Union (AU) in Supporting African Aviation. 
 
The aim of the Conference was to further sensitise African Governments on the key role aviation plays in Africa and provide a high-level forum to focus on some of the critical challenges facing the African aviation industry today which need to be addressed. The 50th Anniversary of the OAU-AU presented a unique opportunity to highlight to African Governments the critical role played by aviation in the continent’s economic and social development. In particular, the Summit focused on the growing role of Aviation in Africa’s Economic Development over the next 50 years.– 25 June, 2014.
Dr Titus Naikuni receives African Aviation Award - 2014
DR TITUS Naikuni, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways has received the African Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award for his Outstanding Services to African Aviation Development.  The Award was presented during the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in June this year.
 
Since his appointment as Group Managing Director of Kenya Airways in February, 2003, Dr Naikuni has been widely acknowledged throughout Africa and the international aviation industry as one of the most knowledgeable, professional and committed aviation Chief Executives on the African continent. He has established a reputation for airline business acumen, management expertise and an exemplary record of service to African aviation.
 
Dr Naikuni’s far-sighted vision and strong leadership have transformed Kenya Airways into one of Africa’s foremost national carriers.  Eleven years later the airline has one of the most modern aircraft fleets and widest route networks on the continent and has also established a world-class training facility based in Nairobi.
 
Announcing the Award, the CEO of AFRICAN AVIATION, Mr Nick Fadugba, congratulated Dr Naikuni for his outstanding achievements as Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways and for his role in championing the African airline industry at the global level.  
 
The African Aviation Award Ceremony took place during the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition held at The Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Monday, 9th to Wednesday, 11th June, 2014.  Dr Titus Naikuni (left) receives the African Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award 
 
His Excellency, Dr Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia officially opened the African Aviation Summit 2014 & 23rd Annual ‘Air Finance for Africa’ Conference & Exhibition
 
The Theme of the Conference was: ‘The Next 50 Years:  The Role of the African Union (AU) in Supporting African Aviation.
 
The aim of the Conference was to further sensitise African Governments on the key role aviation plays in Africa and provide a high-level forum to focus on some of the critical challenges facing the African aviation industry today which need to be addressed.  The 50th Anniversary of the OAU-AU presented a unique opportunity to highlight to African Governments the critical role played by aviation in the continent’s economic and social development.  In particular, the Summit focused on the growing role of Aviation in Africa’s Economic Development over the next 50 years.
The African Aviation Awards were introduced in 1999 by AFRICAN AVIATION in order to give international recognition to individuals, companies and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.
 
African Aviation was established 24 years ago, in 1990, as a vehicle for helping to promote aviation development on the African continent. ‘We firmly believe that aviation can be a vital catalyst for Africa’s economic and social development,’ said AFRICAN AVIATION  CEO, Nick Fadugba.
Kenya Airways
 
Kenya Airways introduced its 10-Year Strategy called ‘Project Mawingu’ in 2012, the aim of which is to serve 115 Destinations in 77 Countries with a fleet of 107 passenger aircraft and 12 freighter aircraft.  It recently introduced its first Boeing 777-300ER and two Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft.  Another four Dreamliners will be delivered in 2014, as well as two more B777-300ERs and three B737-800NGs.

The World Airline Directory provides a comprehensive listing of more than 2,000 international, regional and domestic airlines throughout the world. Airlines are grouped by country, and then alphabetically by airport name. This section lists Airlines in Africa.

Turkish Airlines starts new Cameroon flights

 

Turkish Airlines, the country’s flagship airline, has added started services to Yaounde and Douala, two cities in the west Central African country of Cameroon.

This brings the total number of cities served to 216, further expanding Turkish Airlines’ extensive global network. With the addition of Yaounde and Douala, it now flies to 33 destinations in Africa alone, a statement from the company said.

Introductory round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Yaounde and Douala alone, a statement from the company said.

Introductory round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Yaounde and Douala starting from 499 Euros (663,6)

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Fly the Air Highways to Africa and the World on Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing

In order to modernize its fleet and cater for its growth requirements, Ethiopian Airlines has decided to acquire a total of twelve Boeing airplanes over the coming four years, with purchase rights for additional five B737 New Generation aircraft & three B777 aircraft. The Airline plans to introduce six New Generation B737-700s and six B767-300ERs into its fleet, to replace its older B737-200s and B767-200s. Phase-in of the airplanes will start within six to nine months from now.

Both Airbus and Boeing have been campaigning hard over the last few years for this deal, with Airbus proposing its A319-100 and A330-200 airplanes.

Although the Airline's decision to acquire the Boeing airplanes was made based on integrated and rigorous assessment of technical, performance, economic and financial parameters, the main factors that influenced the final decision are operational, commercial and financing considerations.

Six airplanes will be acquired through export credit guaranteed finance lease arrangement and the remaining six will be on operating lease. All the airplanes will be configured into two classes and will be equipped with state of the art interior and passenger friendly in-flight entertainment systems.

The new B767 offers the ultra modern B777 interior, which includes a passenger cabin with contoured walls and ceilings, creating spaciousness and increased stowage capacity. There are more than 800 B767 airplanes in service with 80 operators around the world. The B767 has accumulated more than nine million flights and has carried millions of passengers.

All new models of the B737 family feature exceptional flexibility in size and mission, as well as high reliability and maintability. The Next-Generation models provide passengers with all-new, more spacious interiors and more accessible overhead luggage bins. The airplanes are one of the most technologically advanced family in the single-aisle market. They are designed to fly higher, faster, farther, quieter and with greater fuel efficiency than previous B737 models. In addition, flight deck displays and the spacious new interiors are also patterned after the Boeing 777.

While it is obvious that the B737-700s will be powered with CFM56 engines, the Airline plans to announce its engine selection on the B767-300ERs shortly.
This investment for the future is in line with the Airline's Strategic plan and will further enhance the Airline's competitiveness in the areas of customer service, market development & profitability.

In related developments the airline has finalized preparations to commence construction of a state of the art cargo terminal and maintenance hangar, at its hub in Addis Ababa, within this fiscal year.

Implementation of the fleet renewal program and the above facility development projects, coupled with the opening of the new passenger terminal at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, will greatly enhance Ethiopian Airlines' services to/from Ethiopia, Africa and key regions of the rest of the world.

For further information, please contact Peter Tse at (212) 867-0120,
mailto:petert@ethiopianairlines.com


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