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Since its creation in 2018, AviaDev Insight Africa has established itself as the premier podcast dedicated to African Aviation.

It takes the pulse of those involved in shaping the industry in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and CEO of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity to, from, and within the African continent

AviaDev Insight Africa Jon Howell

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Since its creation in 2018, AviaDev Insight Africa has established itself as the premier podcast dedicated to African Aviation.

It takes the pulse of those involved in shaping the industry in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and CEO of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity to, from, and within the African continent

    AviaDev's July 2024 Connectivity Update with Sean Mendis, Chief Regional Troublemaker and Behramjee Ghadially, Aviation Consultant

    AviaDev's July 2024 Connectivity Update with Sean Mendis, Chief Regional Troublemaker and Behramjee Ghadially, Aviation Consultant

    Welcome to the ninth edition of AviaDev Insight Africa’s Connectivity update, the podcast offering insight into the new route developments in Africa, hosted by Jon Howell, CEO and Founder of AviaDev Africa.
    This month's guests are Sean Mendis, Aviation Consultant, and Behramjee Ghadially, Aviation Consultant. 
    Key topics discussed:
    ✈️ Air Asia Kuala Lumpur- Nairobi
    ✈️ JamboJet launch of Mombasa- Zanzibar
    ✈️ Air France announce Kilimanjaro from November
    ✈️ FlyNamibia launch of Windhoek-Maun
    ✈️ The impact of visa policies on route development
    ✈️ Emirates extending the Seychelles flight to Madagascar
    ✈️ Ethiopian's Winter expansion and schedule changes
    ✈️ Air Cote d'Ivoire's expansion from October

    Rumour mill:
    ✈️ Etihad's postponed launch to Nairobi
    ✈️ Uganda Airlines to launch Gatwick
    ✈️ Uganda Airlines rumoured aircraft order
    ✈️ Singapore Airlines applies for Durban
    ✈️ Air Canada's potential in West Africa
    ✈️ Emirates announce a date to restart Lagos
    Chapters
    02:42 AirAsia's New Route to Africa 
    15:26 JamboJet's New Route: Mombasa to Zanzibar
    23:31 Air France's New Route to Kilimanjaro
    35:48 Fly Namibia's New Route to Maun
    41:43 Impact of Visa Policies on Route Planning 
    56:47 Emirates' New Route to Madagascar 
    01:05:51 Ethiopian Airlines' Winter Expansion
    01:09:52 Air Côte d'Ivoire's Network Growth
    01:18:30 Rumor Mill: Airline Speculations and Announcements
    01:19:55 Uganda Airlines' London Ambitions
     
    01:32:31 Air Canada in West Africa
     
    01:40:06 Emirates' Return to Nigeria
     
    01:41:17 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Protecting profitability. Finding the right insurance solution with Denis Kulikov, Deputy CEO, AI12

    Protecting profitability. Finding the right insurance solution with Denis Kulikov, Deputy CEO, AI12

    In this episode, Jon and Denis discuss the importance of insurance in the African aviation industry. Insurance is a substantial operating cost and many African airlines may be overpaying or have the wrong solution for their needs. 
    AI12, is a specialist insurance and reinsurance broker and part of the Avia Solutions Group.
    Together, they highlight the need for African airlines to present themselves properly to the international market and the role of insurance brokers in advocating for their clients.
    They also discuss the challenges African airlines face in obtaining insurance and how AI12 helps them navigate the market.
    Key takeaways include the importance of strategic thinking, transparency, trust in insurance negotiations, and the value of partnerships and collaboration in the industry.
    Find out more about AI12 here
    Email Denis here

    • 19 min
    The evolution of representation and distribution for African airlines with Achma Asokan, Group CEO, Airlinepros

    The evolution of representation and distribution for African airlines with Achma Asokan, Group CEO, Airlinepros

    In this episode, Jon and Achma discuss the evolving landscape of airline distribution and the strategies African airlines can use to extend their global reach.
    Achma shares her inspiring journey in the aviation industry, insights into revenue management, and the importance of a robust distribution strategy.
    The conversation also touches on the significance of technology, the role of tourism boards, and Achma's future visions for the industry. 
    Connect with Achma here 
    Find out more about Airlinepros here
    00:00 Introduction to Aviadev Insight Africa 
    00:54 Meet Achma Azokan: A Journey in Aviation
    07:56 The Evolution of Airline Distribution
    11:02 Challenges and Strategies in Airline Revenue Management
    17:40 Success Stories and Case Studies
    22:09 Future Developments and Innovations in Aviation
    29:26 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 31 min
    Reducing the cost of distribution for African airlines by harnessing the power of technolgy and Artifical Intelligence with Richard Ortega, Commercial Director EMEA, KIU System Solutions

    Reducing the cost of distribution for African airlines by harnessing the power of technolgy and Artifical Intelligence with Richard Ortega, Commercial Director EMEA, KIU System Solutions

    In this episode, Jon and Richard explore the impact and opportunities harnessing technology and AI can have on African aviation, focusing on distribution, interlining, and the role of artificial intelligence. 
    They discuss the adaptation African airlines require to optimize their distribution channels and the potential of using AI to enhance customer service and reduce operational costs.
    The Kiu team will attend AviaDev Africa 2024, 19-21 June in Windhoek, Namibia. 
    Find out more about Kiu here
    Connect with Rodger Whittle on LinkedIn
    Connect with Richard Ortega on LinkedIn
     

    • 30 min
    Presenting the airport real estate opportunity. Previewing AviaDev Real Estate with Marcel Langeslag and Nelly Alandou, NACO

    Presenting the airport real estate opportunity. Previewing AviaDev Real Estate with Marcel Langeslag and Nelly Alandou, NACO

    In this podcast, I am joined by Marcel Langeslag, Director Aviation Africa and Nelly Alandou, airport planning consultant at Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) to preview the upcoming AviaDev Real Estate event on 19th June 2024 in Windhoek. 
    Building a resilient business model through diversifying revenues has never been more important. However, this requires careful planning and appreciation of the local investment environment. 
    In the episode, we discuss the current investment environment for airport real estate in Africa, what airports can do to get started and preview the sessions planned for Windhoek, which will provide a platform for airports to share their experiences and learnings with their peers and hear directly from airport investors. 
    Connect with Marcel here
    Connect with Nelly here
    View the AviaDev Real Estate agenda

    • 19 min
    AviaDev's May 2024 Connectivity Update with Sean Mendis, Aviation Consultant and Dr James Pearson, Analyst, Simple Flying

    AviaDev's May 2024 Connectivity Update with Sean Mendis, Aviation Consultant and Dr James Pearson, Analyst, Simple Flying

    Welcome to the eighth edition of AviaDev Insight Africa’s Connectivity update, the podcast offering insight into the new route developments in Africa, hosted by Jon Howell, CEO and Founder of AviaDev Africa.
    This month's guests are Sean Mendis, Aviation Consultant, and Dr. James Pearson, Analyst at Simple Flying. 
    Together, we discuss:
    Norse Atlantic Airways, a new carrier for Africa, is launching a three times a week operation from Gatwick in London to Cape Town International. Jon recently interviewed Norse, so if you want to hear more listen here

    EasyJet's expansion into Cape Verde. Could this move be the start of a trend of major European low-cost carriers expanding into sub-Saharan markets?

    Ethiopian Airlines' launch of the Warsaw route using the Boeing 737 MAX indicates their expansion into secondary markets in Europe. This strategy allows them to tap into niche markets and connect with their hub in Addis Ababa.

    ASKY Airlines has made schedule changes to improve the utility of their aircraft and enhance their economics. They have swapped some of their routing and are focusing on maximizing connectivity through their hub in Lomé, Togo.

    Etihad's postponed launch to Nairobi was attributed to paperwork issues or delays in obtaining the operating permit. The success of this route remains uncertain, given the competition from other airlines serving the Nairobi market. 
    The impact of political instability and restricted airspace which continue to pose challenges for airlines operating in Africa.
    RUMOUR MILL
    Emirates return to Nigeria (this has since been confirmed)
    Air Asia's plans for Africa 
    Uganda Airlines proposed Boeing order and Abu Dhabi route
    Air Peace looking at Abuja-London
    Air Canada looking at African markets
    SA flights to Thailand
    Subscribe to James' newsletter here 
    Read James' articles here
    Connect with James on LinkedIn here
    Connect with Sean on LinkedIn here 
    If you enjoyed the conversation, please share the episode with your network and leave us a review so we can be found by more people.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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