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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director 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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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

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

    Talking Agility, Stability and Diversification with Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines

    Talking Agility, Stability and Diversification with Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines

    🛫 This episode is an exclusive, guest presented by Kojo Bentum Williams the editor of Voyagesafriq and the host of the VA tourism podcast, which you should all subscribe to at this link: https://thetourismpodcast.podbean.com/ 
    🌍 Kojo is a widely respected voice of African tourism and his partnership is vital to ensuring a more connected Africa.
    This is one of the new CEO's very first interviews and we are grateful that Kojo has been kind enough to share this content with the AviaDev Insight Africa listeners.
    You will hear about Mesfin’s journey to becoming CEO, how stability, agility, and diversification have been key to Ethiopian’s success and more details on the strategic partnerships and plans across Africa.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with someone you think will benefit from listening and we will see you for the next episode soon

    • 32 min
    Talking all things Kruger Mpumulanga International airport with CEO Grant Ponting. Big ambitions for the airport at the gateway to the World's most famous game reserve

    Talking all things Kruger Mpumulanga International airport with CEO Grant Ponting. Big ambitions for the airport at the gateway to the World's most famous game reserve

    In this episode, we head down to the gateway to the world's most famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park in South Africa to speak with Grant Ponting, the CEO of Kruger Mpumulanga International airport. 
    The airport has made some notable strides in terms of new route development and is continuing its drive for new services by attending AviaDev Africa in Cape town 29th June- 1st July.
    🛫 In this episode, we discuss the following:
    ✈️ We get to meet Grant, the CEO
    ✈️ We understand some more about the catchment area and demographic the airport serves
    ✈️ We discuss the new routes that have been launched and are coming online later this year
    ✈️ We find out more about how the airport sees its immediate future in terms of growth and where it is focusing its efforts on development.
    ✈️ Finally, we discuss the approach to improving customer service across the airport and digitisation. 
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    • 23 min
    Aviation Co-ordination Services supporting Africa to digitise its aviation operations with CEO, Duke Badisheng Phahla.

    Aviation Co-ordination Services supporting Africa to digitise its aviation operations with CEO, Duke Badisheng Phahla.

    🛫 In this episode, we explore the world of aviation operations, with Aviation Co-ordination services or ACS as they are known in the industry.
    👩‍💻 Digitisation is a word hear often and trend that needs to be embraced and not ignored.
    In this episode, we look at how ACS is driving the adoption of new technologies and looking to expand its operations beyond the borders of South Africa.
    Connect with Duke here
    Find out more about ACS
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    • 22 min
    Deploying technology to drive African airline profitability and improve the onboard passenger experience with Francois Chazelle, SITA for Aircraft

    Deploying technology to drive African airline profitability and improve the onboard passenger experience with Francois Chazelle, SITA for Aircraft

    With increased operational costs, airlines are laser-focused on delivering efficiencies, whilst also improving the passenger experience and opportunities to generate ancillary revenues. 
    In this episode recorded on location in Magical Kenya during the AFRAA Stakeholder Convention, I was joined by Francois Chazelle, VP, Commercial Middle East, and Africa at SITA for aircraft.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    🛫 The factors driving passenger behavior and what passengers expect onboard?
    ✈️ How route optimization software can deliver tangible results in terms of reducing fuel burn
    🌿 How do SITA's solutions support the drive towards a more sustainable future? 
    📱The response of African airlines to new technologies and digitization. 
    You can connect with Francois here
    Find out more about SITA's solutions here
    If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with someone you think will benefit from listening and leave us a review so we can be found by even more people.

    • 11 min
    Growing Boeing's African footprint with President, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Kuljit Ghata-Aura

    Growing Boeing's African footprint with President, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Kuljit Ghata-Aura

    This episode was recorded on location in Magical Kenya, where AviaDev attended the AFRAA aviation stakeholders convention. 
    Kuljit Ghata-Aura is President, Boeing Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. Kuljit is a relatively new name and face in the African aviation industry, but his experience and African roots are deep as we discover on the podcast.
    Together, we discuss:
    🛫 Boeing's huge African footprint and the long-term outlook for the continent. 
    ✈️ The aircraft types that will be needed for growth in Africa and whether that will be the single-aisle 737 family or the wide-body aircraft
    🌍 The challenges and opportunities that will determine the growth of the African aviation market? 
    📦 The freighter market and interest in passenger to freighter conversions. Is this a long-term trend? 
    🌿 Sustainability. How Boeing is supporting the shift to sustainability and the technologies it believes will support the transformation
    🤝 If you would like to connect with Kuljit, click here

    • 34 min
    Driving Intra-Africa connectivity with the single-aisle sector. A deep dive with Geert Lemaire, market intelligence and consulting director at Airbus.

    Driving Intra-Africa connectivity with the single-aisle sector. A deep dive with Geert Lemaire, market intelligence and consulting director at Airbus.

    This episode was recorded 10th May 2022 on location in Magical Kenya, where AviaDev attended the AFRAA stakeholders convention in Nairobi. 
    During the event, Airbus presented their view of the near future at the event so for those of you who were not fortunate enough to be here with us or want to dive deeper, our aim is to give you the insight into what was discussed?
    Together, we discussed:
    🌍 The current environment and the recovery in Africa
    ✈️ Fleet growth predictions. Just how much growth can we expect and what is the split between replacement and growth?
    🛫 Where is the growth- single or twin aisle?
    🌍 Where are the opportunities for new routes in Africa?
    ✈️ Why the A220 is the perfect tool to support this development?
    To download the presentation, please click here
    To connect with Geert, please click here

    • 22 min

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