11 episodes

The editorial team from African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace bring news views and features from the aerospace industry across the Middle East and Africa, Interviews with leadership from airlines, airports, government and the supply chain

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The editorial team from African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace bring news views and features from the aerospace industry across the Middle East and Africa, Interviews with leadership from airlines, airports, government and the supply chain

    Giving the A220 a business boost for Arabia’s VIPs

    Giving the A220 a business boost for Arabia’s VIPs

    This week’s 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 every investment and contract. Is power-by-the-hour the be-all and end-all? Our MRO editor, Chuck Grieve, has been finding out as he talks to Claudia Kronisch, who is head of provisioning support for the Airbus subsidiary Satair.

    • 31 min
    Restoring confidence on return to flight – from the science to policy

    Restoring confidence on return to flight – from the science to policy

    This week’s Times Aerospace look at the week for Middle East and African aerospace markets 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, as well as all the news from across the region.

    • 23 min
    BUBBLES IN THE AIR – THE KEY TO THE RETURN OF AVIATION

    BUBBLES IN THE AIR – THE KEY TO THE RETURN OF AVIATION

    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 (origination 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 Eduardo Munhos from Leonardo about the basic trainer cum light fighter jet, the M345 which achieved certification this week and the Leonardo sales team can’t wait to pack their Gucci bags and head down to Africa where they see a potential demand for the new jet.
    Plus the highlights from the week’s news from across Africa and the Middle East

    • 28 min
    INSIGHT: How Angola’s corporate aviation stars came out from a cockpit idea

    INSIGHT: How Angola’s corporate aviation stars came out from a cockpit idea

    This week’s special 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.
    But 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 talks about the challenges of setting up and growing a business.
    He shares his experience in working with the government to change perception and developing a shared vision that has firmly put Angola on the aviation map.
    He talks about his fleet and his need for more aircraft – and how Covid-19 has given the whole Bestfly family the chance to shine and prove themselves in the most challenging of circumstances.
    Creating a business from nothing is always an emotional roller-coaster, but this is an aviation personal story with messages for us all.

    • 28 min
    Air transport's new normal and positive thinking

    Air transport's new normal and positive thinking

    Technology editor Steve Nichols hears from SITA’s chief executive Barbara Dalibard (pictured) 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 Nicole Noack, Managing Director, of IAMA, the independent aircraft modifier alliance.
    And there is some upbeat news. We hear from Nuno Pereira, the CEO of Angola’s Bestfly Aviation about their successful contract win in the oil and gas sector this week and how they have kept in air during the Covid crisis.
    And if you too are asking whether this is the end for aviation academies and careers in aviation for young people, then Captain Lee Woodward from Skyborne Academy could put your minds at ease.

    • 27 min
    Cargo, conferences, careers - its all crisis

    Cargo, conferences, careers - its all crisis

    This week's news magazine podcast looks at Africa's cargo crisis, Middle East careers concerns, a virtual conference and the latest defence delivery with world-beating technology, plus all the news headlines from the aerospace and defence market across Africa and the Middle East.

    • 25 min

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