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THE AVIATION AFRICA EVENT OPENED ITS DOORS TODAY IN KIGALI TO THE GLOBAL AVIATION INDUSTRY

Release Date: 22 February 2017

The Aviation Africa 2017 is taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda from 22 to 23 February 2017.

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Republic of Rwanda opened the proceedings and toured the exhibition hall with Hon Minister James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure and VIPs.

Rwanda is hosting the two day conference and exhibition addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the African continent in the aviation sector.

Alan Peaford, Conference Chairman said “We brought this event to Rwanda because of its investment in aviation and infrastructure, open visa access and plans for the future aviation growth of Rwanda and Africa.  We hope over the next two days we can help to knock down some of the barriers to future growth in this industry”.

The conference and exhibition will be one of Africa’s largest events on aviation; the conference has 550 delegates from 58 countries.  The exhibition is hosting 56 exhibitors and sponsors including Airbus from France, Bombardier from Canada, Nexus from Saudi Arabia, Gulfstream from the USA and Rolls-Royce from the UK.

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 TO OPEN ON 22 FEBRUARY WITH A SOLD-OUT CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

 

RELEASE DATE: 16 FEBRUARY 2017

 

Aviation Africa 2017 takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017.  The sold out conference and exhibition will be one of Africa’s largest Aviation events offering the opportunity for the international aerospace industry to network with Africa.

 

Senior Rwandan Ministers accompanied by local and regional VIPs from Africa and the aviation industry including Civil Aviation Authorities and CEOs from Airlines will attend the conference of 550 delegates from 55 countries and tour the exhibition hall featuring 53 companies from around the world.

 

Attendees will also be able to tour aircraft at Kigali airport where there will be a Gulfstream G280 on display.

 

A spokesperson from the Rwandan Government said “It is a great honour for Rwanda to host the first Aviation Africa event.  The meeting will be an opportunity for the Rwanda aviation to showcase the achievements recorded for the past few years, and the industry’s vision.”

 

For the past decade, Rwanda has been expanding its aviation industry with the government making renewed commitment to support the sector.  The small central African nation has injected 19 million U.S. dollars to upgrade and expand Kigali International Airport and embarked on construction of Bugesera Airport at a cost of 818 million U.S. dollars.

 

Aviation Africa will host over 120 airline delegates from 50 airlines mainly from Africa including RwandAir, TAAG Angola, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Congo Airways, ASKY Airlines and Air Djibouti.  The event will welcome Director Generals from African Civil Aviation Authorities including Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya and Honourable Ministers including Hon. Minister of Aviation of Ghana, Hon. Minister of Transport & Logistics of Gabon and Hon. Minister of Transport, Urban Mobility & Road Safety of Burkina Faso.

 

The two day conference will address key challenges and opportunities for the growth of the African aviation industry and topics include: Civil aviation and liberalisation, China-Africa regional aviation co-operation, the Cape Town convention, training and human resources and the challenges and opportunities for Africa’s airports.  The conference will discuss key sectors of MRO, Business Aviation, Defence, Regional and Commercial aviation and will include 70 speakers and panelists.

 

“Aviation Africa 2017 in Rwanda will be the largest aviation event to take place in East Africa and we know we know we will deliver an unparalleled networking opportunity for African aviation.

 

We have great support from global and regional sponsors including Host Sponsor NEXUS along with Gold sponsor ATNS, Silver Sponsors Rolls Royce, AVIC International, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and SP Aviation and Bronze Sponsors Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Ecobank and Pratt & Whitney.  These names are testament to the level of world-wide support we have received for this African event.” said Alan Peaford, Conference Chairman, Aviation Africa.

 

AVIATION AFRICA TO FEATURE GULFSTREAM G280
AT 2017 EVENT

RELEASE DATE:  18 JANUARY 2017

Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, announces the first aircraft that will be displayed at the event, a Gulfstream G280 from Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace.

Working closely with host Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, the aircraft will be displayed at Kigali Airport and shuttle buses will run from the exhibition centre just 5km away.   Delegates and VIPs from across Africa, including senior Government officials, will be able to view the aircraft and its VIP interior.

The G280 is a super-midsize aircraft with a maximum range of 3,600 nm/6,667 km at Mach 0.80, making the G280 the only aircraft in its class capable of reliably flying nonstop from London to New York year-round.

Alan Peaford, Conference Chairman and organiser of Aviation Africa, said “This is a great addition to our launch event in Kigali; there is nothing better when hosting an event on aviation to actually have aircraft for people to view.”

AfBAA – the African Business Aviation Association is hosting a dedicated business aviation pavilion in the exhibition hall and the conference will feature panel sessions and dedicated workshops on fractional ownership and the challenges and profitability of business aviation in Africa.

The event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre in Kigali.

 

AVIATION AFRICA EVENT IS ON COURSE FOR 2017
Aviation Africa 2017 attracts all the global players and African industry

RELEASE DATE: 21 NOVEMBER 2016

Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, has already confirmed 6 major sponsors from 5 countries with more signing up soon.

The Host Sponsor will be Nexus from Saudi Arabia, Silver sponsors are Rolls Royce from the UK, AVIC from China and SP Aviation from Rwanda, Bronze sponsors are Airbus from France and Ecobank from Rwanda.

These sponsors join a host of international and African names in the exhibition hall including Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, Gulfstream, Lufthansa Technik, MTU Maintenance, RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines.

The two-day conference and exhibition expects to attract up to 500 delegates from across Africa and the globe. To date the event has registered 300 attendees from 42 countries, 25 of which are African.

This will be the first major aviation event in East Africa to bring together the global aviation industry with the growing pan-African aviation market.  Airlines attend for free and to date 35 unique airlines are registered, 25 from Africa, including Kenya Airways, TAAG Angola, RwandAir, Blue sky and Congo Airways.  The airline attendees will not only interact with aviation experts in the conference, but for the first time will enjoy global aviation exhibitors on their doorstep. The exhibition will host over 50 companies representing numerous elements of the commercial and business aviation supply chains. This will include a dedicated business aviation pavilion hosted by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).

The Government of Rwanda is supporting Aviation Africa 2017 in a big way with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, RwandAir, Rwanda Ministry of Defence and the Rwanda Development Board all working with the organisers to invite key counterparts from across the continent.

With another three months to go, the organisers have confirmed they are on course to deliver on all the forecasts and to potentially exceed them.

The event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre in Kigali.

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 ATTRACTS GLOBAL LEADERS & COMPANIES

Officially supported by Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir

RELEASE DATE: 12th September 2016

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will take place 22 & 23 February 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.  The event is a two-day conference and exhibition focused on all aspects of the aviation industry including commercial, military, business, infrastructure, regulatory and safety.

 

The event is supported by the Rwandan Government, including the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir.  Rwanda is fully committed to supporting Aviation Africa 2017 and ensuring that aviation related events grow in Rwanda. Speaking on behalf of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Colonel Silas Udahemuka, Director General, said "Rwanda, a country of a thousand hills, is really excited to be hosting Aviation Africa in Kigali in 2017.  Aerospace and aviation are extremely important sectors for our country and we are investing heavily in this sector through our airline, airport infrastructure and our people.  We are confident that Aviation Africa will attract large numbers of participants and visitors through our invitation programme and look forward to welcoming the global aviation industry to Rwanda”.

 

Why Rwanda? – Rwanda has a uniquely open visa policy for all African and international visitors, operating a visa-on-arrival service.  It has a strategic geographical location, a large investment in tourism and hospitality and high levels of security plus an aviation-friendly environment.

 

According to IATA’s latest forecast Rwanda is one of the 10 African countries who’s aviation market is expected to grow by 7-8 per cent each year on average over the next 20 years, doubling in size each decade.

 

For 2017, Times Aerospace, organisers of the event have announced that the independent Flight Operations Services Operator NEXUS will be the host sponsor.  NEXUS, which launched in 2010 and is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has opened a regional office in Rwanda and has already identified the opportunities the region can offer.    They will also participate in the exhibition along with companies who have already signed up early including Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Skyplan, EgyptAir Training Centre, Ethiopian Airlines MRO, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Akagera Aviation and Aerotask.  The full list of exhibitors is available on the website.

 

Meanwhile the conference programme is already attracting big names with Girma Wake, Chairman of Board of Directors RwandAir and former CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Dr Elijah Chingosho, Chairman, AFRAA, Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Airlines and Jerome Maillet, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Congo Airways.

 

Flight safety and pilot evaluation are key topics for African aviation at this time of rapid growth and pilot shortages.  Addressing the issues will be former Tunisian Air force fighter pilot Samir Maktouf, now a professor of aviation studies in Florida and part of the Embry Riddle University aviation research team.  He will be looking at how African airlines and aircraft operators can reduce aviation incidents/accidents through better flight training.

 

Civil Aviation and airport chiefs from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Ghana will be looking at the infrastructure challenges that are holding Africa’s growth back while IATA’s African leadership as well as CANSO and ACI have been invited to give umbrella views on how the continent will press ahead over the next 20 years.

 

The event in 2017 will host over 50 global exhibitors and up to 500 delegates from across the African continent and the global aerospace industry who are looking to grow their business in Africa.  The event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre in Kigali.

 

 

AVIATION AFRICA MOVES TO KIGALI, RWANDA FOR 2017

Officially supported by Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir

RELEASE DATE: March 7th 2016

Dates for the second Aviation Africa event have been announced today with the venue being named as Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, recently named by United Nations as Africa’s prettiest city.

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will be the 2nd event in the Aviation Africa series, the first having been held in May 2015 in Dubai and attended by over 400 delegates, featuring 40 exhibitors and 12 sponsors.

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will take place on 22 & 23 February 2017 at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.  The event will be a two-day conference and exhibition focusing on all aspects of the aviation industry including MRO, Business Aviation, defence and commercial aviation. 

The event is supported by the Rwandan Government including the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir. The Rwanda Development Board, Akagera Aviation and Kigali Serena Hotel are confirmed partners.  Rwanda is fully committed to supporting the Aviation Africa 2017 event and ensuring that aviation related events grow in Rwanda.  They will be inviting all Rwandan aviation industry to the event as well as their counterparts across the African continent.

Why Rwanda? – Rwanda has an open visa policy for all African and international visitors, operating a visa-on-arrival service, welcoming participants globally and Africans from across the entire continent.  It has a strategic geographic location, a large investment in tourism and hospitality and high levels of security.

According to IATA’s latest forecast Rwanda is one of the 10 African countries who’s aviation market is expected to grow by 7-8 per cent each year on average over the next 20 years, doubling in size each decade. The World Bank in 2015, voted Rwanda 46th in the world and 2nd in Africa after Mauritius as best countries to do business in.

Aviation experts say 2015 could well have been the year when a strong foundation was laid for the country’s aviation industry. They point to the $45 million expansion works at Kigali International Airport, including terminal expansion and airside parking, the planned new airport at Bugesera, 40 kilometres from the capital, with $750 million support, and the upgrading of Kamembe airport among others.

Kigali Airport was recently ranked 7th in Africa and the best Airport in East Africa by Skytrax.  According to experts this rank could be a game-changer in attracting future investors.

RwandAir is expanding its routes and there are more airlines than ever flying into Rwanda, including Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, SN Brussels and Emirates Cargo.

“We are really pleased to host our next Aviation Africa in Kigali, said Alan Peaford, Conference Organiser and Chairman.  We have visited Kigali on a number of occasions and are not only impressed by the investment the government is making in their aviation industry but also in the country as a whole.  The city is safe, progressive and growing quickly and we know that Aviation Africa will develop along with it.”

 

DAY TWO OF AVIATION AFRICA 2015 FOCUSES ON OPEN SKIES

 

Day two of the Aviation Africa 2015 two-day summit and exhibition is under way at the Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai.

RELEASE DATE: 11th May 2015

After a welcome address by Alan Peaford, editor in chief of “Arabian Aerospace” and “African Aerospace”, the sessions got under way with a keynote address by Dr Hamdi Chaouk, managing partner, Aviation Minds, Lebanon “Open Skies and the challenges facing regulators from protectionist opposition”.

Dr Chaouk recently stepped down for the second time as director general, civil aviation, in Lebanon. He said: “How can we move forward with liberalisation? Knowing yourself first is a must if you are to move forward.

“But there are questions we need to ask, such as why are most airlines not profitable, why do only some airports make money and what price must be paid in taking tough decisions over liberalisation?”

He showed that having an open skies policy in Lebanon resulted in double-digit growth in the country. But when liberalisation was rescinded in 2009 this growth turned abruptly negative.

“You have to liberalize without fear of the unknown and without premature boundary constraints on the industry or market,” Dr Chaouk said.

“The African Union and AFCAC should develop a strategy that works for Africa.”  

He said CAAs should lead partnerships with airlines and airport and be autonomous, and skies should be liberalized “without premature boundary constraints”.  

He also said that all related ministries should support the common goal, and that Africans should be trained to lead the change.

A panel session then followed on the liberalisation and regulation of open skies.

The panel, moderated by Victoria Moores, bureau chief, ATW – “Air Transport World” and “African Aerospace”, comprised Dr Mohammed Rahma, undersecretary international and Internal Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Egypt; Juan Carlos Salazar, air transport advisor, GCAA, UAE; Hennie Marais, Executive ATM, ATNS-Air Traffic and Navigation Services, South Africa; and Abdulai Alhassan, Director General, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

No Open Sky agreements have been signed between African countries, but several have been signed between African countries and other regions.

The consequence has been a limitation on the growth of Africa's airlines, efficiency reductions and higher costs, leading to a negative impact on economic development.

The panel discussed delays to the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Declaration and the challenges facing regulators in the growing market.

The Yamoussoukro Declaration, signed in 1999 called for the liberalization of African skies for African airlines, and aimed to establish a single African air transport market by avoiding market restrictions imposed by bilateral air service agreements.

So will we see YD implemented widely by 2017?

Abdulai Alhassan said that we intend to implement standards across many countries in Africa. We are appealing to all countries to adopt these and sign up to the agreement.

Dr Mohammed Rahma said: “We had a meeting about this and very few attended. If more states had been there we would have been better placed to move forward.

“Many states want to sign, but their heads of states have not been briefed and they are afraid to sign. We know that a lot of states wish to join and there is an imminent need for more open air traffic. This would inevitably result in more air traffic in Africa, which must be a good thing.”

Victoria Moores said that showing governments the economic benefits to be gained with an open skies agreement can make a big difference, improving a country's GDP substantially.

Other sessions during the day include a look at managing a multi-cultural workforce; safety – the key to African aviation growth and customer perception; the challenges facing business aviation in Africa; and how training young people is key to the future of the industry.

Aviation Africa brings together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists and others from the aviation industry.

The two-day event is being held under patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

The event also features an exhibition with more than 40 companies including Boeing, Jeppesen, African Open Sky, Ethiopian Airlines and Astral Aviation. The event is supported by AFRAA – African Airlines Association, AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association and the Gold Sponsors are UAE International Trip Support and DAE – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.

 

AVIATION AFRICA EVENT 2015 GETS UNDER WAY IN DUBAI

HH SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM INAUGURATES THE EVENT

    

PRESS RELEASE: 10th MAY 2015

The summit was opened by Alan Peaford MBE, editor in chief, Arabian Aerospace and African Aerospace, who said: “This is a two-way opportunity for delegates to come together, share experiences, find out what worked in the Middle East, and could work in Africa, change perceptions and explore new opportunities.

“There has been unprecedented growth in the region – seven out of the top 10 fastest-growing countries in the world are in Africa.”

He added that aviation currently supports more than 6.9 million jobs across the continent and more than $800 billion in GDP across African nations.

“But this is nothing compared with what it can become,” he added. “Annually, a further 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in GDP can be added through the effective liberalisation of just 12 key markets, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa among others, according to an independent report published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).”

The two-day event is bringing together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists and others from the aviation industry.

“Networking is a key part of the event,” said Peaford. “It is a meeting place for African and Middle East aviation business people, bringing them access to finance and offering new business opportunities.”

The Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport for Ghana, gave a keynote address on how government cooperation with the aviation industry is key. She said that the industry must be seen as a national asset and an economic driver for Africa.

She said that the inaugural Aviation Africa summit and exhibition was an obvious choice for the future of the region.

“We are telling the world that investment in aviation will translate into better lives for our people,” she said.

“It will enable us to provide essential services within the country. And further investment and a good infrastructure will help towards this.”

She added that open skies agreements are key, as are good relationships between all the countries in the region.

A distinguished panel of industry experts also discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the African aviation industry.

The panel comprised Hussein Dabbas, vice president, Africa and Middle East, IATA; Girma Wake, chairman, Rwandair; Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, minister of transport, Ghana; John Kassis, vice president sales, Africa and Middle East, Bombardier; and Tawanda Gusha, director airports, Civil Aviation Authority, Zimbabwe.

Girma Wake, Chairman, Rwandair, said that training is key, as is good government support, but not interference.

“The ability to deliver good service comes from preparing new staff and training them to make decisions,” he said. “It also needs commitment from staff and full commitment and support from government.”

Other sessions during the day included a look at the success of Dubai's airports and two on airline business.

The event also features an exhibition with more than 40 companies including Boeing, Jeppesen, African Open Sky, Ethiopian Airlines and Astral Aviation. The event is supported by AFRAA – African Airlines Association, AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association and the Gold Sponsors are UAS International Trip Support and DAE – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.

Aviation Africa 2015  closes tomorrow Monday 11th May at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center.

IMMENSE POTENTIAL OF $80 BILLION AFRICAN AVIATION MARKET IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT INAUGURAL EVENT IN DUBAI

First-ever Aviation Africa to bring together world’s leading airlines, ministers and authorities including IATA, Rwandair, CAA Ghana, to discuss untapped market’s significant opportunities

         

PRESS RELEASE: 4 May 2015, DUBAI.

Aviation Africa 2015 which opens on 10th May at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market. The two-day event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Airline, has been established to forge a crucial dialogue among the aviation industry’s leading stakeholders on the social, economic and political benefits to be gained from wide-ranging improvements to the infrastructure in Africa.

Aviation in Africa currently supports more than 6.9 million jobs and over $800 billion in GDP across African nations. But this is nothing compared with what it can become. Annually, a further 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in GDP can be added through the effective liberalisation of just 12 key markets, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa among others, according to an independent report published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry can be for the socio-economic future of the continent,” says Alan Peaford MBE, event organiser and summit Chairman.

“Geographically, it’s ideally located right next to well-established hubs in the Gulf, and is able to capitalise on the passenger and cargo traffic already streaming through the region.

“Aviation Africa 2015 will fill a void in the aviation calendar and give Africa a real chance to progress quickly, effectively and safely,” he adds.

Africa’s prospective growth, as well as the potentially vital role the Middle East’s aviation industry can play in the creation of a burgeoning African market will be the focal point of the various case studies and panels at Aviation Africa 2015.

Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport for Ghana, will present the Keynote Address. The Ghanian transport minister is one in a long list of top-level industry speakers, delegates and experts who will share ideas and experiences with their Middle Eastern counterparts to bring Africa’s inevitably pivotal role in the future of aviation front and centre.

“There are many striking similarities between the Middle Eastern aviation market of 20 years ago and the African market of today,” says Alan Peaford

“The many experiences Gulf carriers, airports and regulators underwent as they grew to become the centre-ground of the global aviation space are bound to be similar to the issues that will arise in Africa as the continent’s nations begin to put their efforts and resources behind their aviation industry. Africa would do well to discuss, listen and learn from their Middle Eastern counterparts,” Peaford adds.


Discussing the role of the regulators at Aviation Africa 2015 will be Laila Ali Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General for Strategy and International Affairs, of the UAE’s civil aviation authority (the GCAA), Dr Hamdi Chaouk, former director general for aviation in Lebanon; Abdulai Alhassan, director general, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Mohamed Rahma, Undersecretary for international affairs, Egypt.

Speakers confirmed from African and Middle East airlines already include Girma Wake, chairman, RwandAir (formerly CEO, Ethiopian Airlines); Yves Naninque, CCO ECAir; Many other CEOs and COOs are attending including Africa’s leading cargo operator Astral Aviation, South African Airlines and Daallo Airlines. 

One session of particular note will see Ed Winter, CEO of Fastjet – Tanzania’s low cost carrier which has been enjoying great success since its launch in 2012 – he is on a panel with Air Arabia’s group chief executive, Adel Ali, exploring the impact LCCs have had on the aviation industry in the region.

Alan Peaford, said: “We are really pleased with the support we are getting from the industry across all levels of government, as well as airlines of all shapes and sizes.

“This is going to be a great networking event and an intriguing summit. Of course there is a frisson between many African carriers and the local airlines in the Middle East but it wasn’t that long ago that the likes of Emirates and Qatar Airways were in the same position as the African carriers are now and they have found many different ways around global and regional challenges,” Peaford says.

“It’s really exciting to see some of the new and smaller carriers represented at the event. There is a great hunger for the knowledge that will get this growth challenge right.”

Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, human factors manager, Emirates Airline, will be discussing the challenges of multi-cultural workforces and the threat to safety of human performance.
There are also senior figures from aviation authorities and associations, who include Hussein Dabbas, VP Africa & Middle East, IATA; Tawanda Gusha, Director Airports, Civil Aviation Authority, Zimbabwe and Paul Murphy, vice president, Africa, SITA.

 

The event also features an exhibition with over 40 companies including Boeing, Jeppesen, African Open Sky, Ethiopian Airlines and Astral Aviation.  The event is supported by AFRAA – African Airlines Association, AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association and the Gold Sponsors are UAE International Trip Support and DAE – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.  For information and to register visit www.aviationafrica.aero.

 

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AVIATION AFRICA – JUST WATCH THIS SPACE

Delegates to the Aviation Africa 2015 Summit and exhibition taking place on 10-11 May in Dubai, could have the time of their lives thanks to a new sponsorship deal.

RELEASE DATE: 30 APRIL 2015

Organisers of the event, which brings together the aviation industry from the Middle East and the fast developing African market, have secured a sponsorship deal with luxury Swiss watch brand and aviation chronograph specialists, Breitling. One of the last remaining, independent family owned and COSC certified brands, Breitling will be giving two attending delegates the opportunity to win a model from their Aerospace collection over the two days of the conference.

 

Taking place at Le Meridien Hotel and Conference Centre in Dubai, Aviation Africa 2015 will be attracting attendees from Africa and the Middle East with two days of panel sessions discussing the growth potential for the aviation industry in Africa.  Participants will debate the opportunities, issues and lessons learnt to find real solutions and progress for this important growth market.  All attendees will be able to enter the prize draw each day to win one of the two Breitling Aerospace chronographs.

 

Aed Adwan, Breitling Middle East, said, “Breitling’s heritage lies firmly in aviation and providing the most precise and highly functional chronographs to aviation professionals and enthusiasts. In 1952, Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer wrist chronograph featuring a circular slide rule serving to perform all navigation-related calculations. A cult object for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, it has been continuously manufactured for almost 60 years – making it the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production. We continue to introduce collections of the most stylish, innovative and functional watches in the world while breaking ground across the exciting world of aviation.”

 

High level industry guests include CEOs and Senior Executives from airlines including Rwandair, Air Arabia, South African Airways, Daallo Airlines, Jubba Airways, ECAir, Emirates Airline, FlyDubai, Arik Air, Astral and many more including Aviation Associations AFRAA – African Airlines Association and AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association. 

 

The associated exhibition will feature up to 40 companies showcasing the latest technologies and services to help develop and invest in the future of the industry in Africa.  Gold Sponsors for the event are Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and UAS International Trip Support.  The Official Airline is Ethiopian Airlines.

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will provide connectivity - it’s about people doing business, products moving to new markets, investment and new opportunities being discussed and discovered.  An exciting new event in a growing Middle East and African region.

 

Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport, Ghana announced as Keynote Speaker for Aviation Africa 2015 event

Will be joined by Head of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Managing Director Ghana Airports

RELEASE DATE: 23 April 2015

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 is delighted to announced that Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport, Ghana will present a Keynote Address on Government cooperation, national identities and Government support and recognition of aviation as a key economic driver for Africa.  AVIATION AFRICA 2015 is a two day summit and exhibition taking place on 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE.

Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor will be accompanied by Abdulai Alhassan, Director General, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority who will be a panelist at the summit looking at training and the shortage in human capital and Charles Asare, CEO, Ghana Airports Company who will join the panel addressing the challenges facing airport development in Africa.

Aviation Africa 2015 has been launched to change the perception of African aviation. The panel sessions will deal with the opportunities and issues challenging the growth of the African aviation market, tackling Open Skies, Safety, Training, Human Factors, Finance and Business Aviation.

Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief of Arabian & African Aerospace magazines and responsible for creating the Summit’s  two- day programme said “We are delighted to welcome the Ghana delegation headed by

Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor to this first Aviation Africa event.  Ghana is one of the most exciting and ambitious countries in Africa when it comes to aviation. The country holds the chair for the African civil aviation commission and has great plans for infrastructure and airline development. There have been some great connections between Ghana and the UAE with cooperation in the development of the aviation industry, companies like Falcon Aviation Services in Abu Dhabi for example.”

The two-day summit will also feature an associated exhibition with up to 40 companies who currently include UAS International Trip Support and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise as Gold Sponsors, African Open Sky, Atlantic FuelEx, ATR, Bombardier, Embraer and Aviation Traffic & Navigation Solutions as Silver sponsors, NEXUS & Wyvern Consulting as Gala Reception sponsors, Hadid Flight Services as Bag sponsor, FAI rent-a-jet as refreshments sponsor and CIT Business Aircraft Finance as Supporting sponsor.

For more information on this new, fast-growing event and to register for the Summit please go to www.aviationafrica.aero

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High Level Speakers Confirmed for new Aviation Africa Event
10-11 May 2015, Dubai

Release Date:  2nd February 2015

                                 

Girma Wake, Chairman, Rwandair                       Dr Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General, AFRAA

Aviation Africa 2015 – organised by Arabian Aerospace and African Aerospace magazines is gathering senior, influential industry figures from both Africa and the Middle East.  The event will take place 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE

Speakers confirmed from African and Middle East airlines already include Girma Wake, Chairman, Rwandair (formerly CEO, Ethiopian Airlines), Adel Ali, Board Member & Group Chief Executive, Air Arabia and Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, Human Factors Manager, Emirates Airline.

There are also senior figures from aviation authorities and associations who include Dr Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General, Africa Airlines Association – AFRAA, Hussein Dabbas, VP Africa & Middle East, IATA and Dr Hamdi Chaouk, Director General, Civil Aviation Lebanon.

Aviation Africa 2015 has been launched to change the perception of African aviation. The panel sessions will deal with the opportunities and issues challenging the growth of the African aviation market, tackling Open Skies, Training, Human Factors, Finance and Business Aviation.

Alan Peaford, the Summit Chairman and show organiser said “We are delighted that our panel sessions at the summit will include these high level speakers as their participation ensures the debates will benefit from their leadership experience and help to encourage not just discussion but decisions and real progress”

Why Dubai?  The world’s global hub is currently the best-placed city to host this event.  The home of “open skies”, with more international routes to Africa than Africa carriers themselves plus visa regulations that make it easier for Pan-African nationals to meet in one place.

The two-day summit will also feature an associated exhibition with up to 40 companies who currently include UAS International Trip Support as Gold Sponsor, African Open Sky & Atlantic FuelEx as Silver sponsors, NEXUS & Wyvern Consulting as Gala Reception sponsors, Hadid Flight Services  as Bag sponsor and exhibiting companies such as Ethiopian Airlines – the Official Carrier, Safat Aviation Group, Boeing and Jeppesen.

For more information on this new, fast-growing event and to register for the Summit please go to www.aviationafrica.aero

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UAS International Trip Support Aiming For Gold in Africa

Release Date: 7th December 2014

The publisher of African and Arabian Aerospace Magazines is delighted to welcome UAS International Trip Support as the first Headline sponsor for the launch event of Aviation Africa 2015 to be held in Dubai from May 10-11, 2015.

 

This creates a golden partnership with the Gold Sponsor as UAS International Trip Support has set an ambitious goal for itself:  a UAS supervisor on the ground in every country in Africa.  The company is a provider of global trip support services for flight operators, VIPs and government officials.

 

Forecast to be one of the world’s fastest growing economic areas, Africa will see a rise in air traffic, with flows between Europe and Africa growing at an annual average rate of more than 5% for the next 15 years. “Business aviation is the key to tapping the enormous economic potential of Africa,” says UAS Co-Founder and Executive President Mohammed Husary “Commercial airlines and ground transportation are not keeping pace with the travel needs associated with new ventures. Moreover, private and chartered planes can land at airports not served by commercial airlines, making them all the more important for getting decision makers to key meetings and work sites. UAS makes sure those planes have fuel, permits, parking, and handling, as well as ensuring top-quality care for passengers and crew.” 

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will be a two-day summit and exhibition held at Le Meridien Hotel Dubai, UAE.  From open skies policies to airport expansions this event will tackle the issues raised and attempt to come up with solutions and ways forward.  

 

African aviation is now a burgeoning business case and this event creates opportunities for industry to network and maximize these.  The summit will be headed up by the Editor in Chief of African and Arabian Aerospace magazines, Alan Peaford.

 

For more information on the Aviation Africa event and the updated programme please visit our website at www.aviationafrica.aero

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UAE & African African Aviation Leaders Lend Strong Support to new
Aviation Africa 2015 Event

Release Date:  26th November 2014

 

Aviation Africa 2015 – organised by Arabian Aerospace and African Aerospace magazine’s launch event is garnering strong support from the aviation industry. 

The event will take place 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE

It has just received Official Patronage from HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman Dubai Airports, Chairman & CEO of Emirates Group.  A vote of confidence for a new event.

There is also support coming from the largest aviation association in Africa – AFRAA – African Airlines Association.  The Secretary General of the Association Elijah Chingosho commented on this new venture “AFRAA appreciates the good work that African Aerospace is doing to enhance knowledge of the various developments taking place in Africa and your professional coverage of our events. We value our partnership and are keen to see it growing”.

Aviation Africa 2015 has been launched to change the perception of African aviation. Speakers will include airline leaders, government ministers and the heads of civil aviation authorities.  Delegates are already signing up from government, airports, financial houses and airlines from both the Middle East and Africa.

Why Dubai?  The world’s global hub is currently the best placed city to host this event.  The home of “open skies”, with more routes into Africa than Africa itself and visa regulations that make it easier for African Nationals to meet.

 

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Ethiopian Airlines Selected as an Official Carrier of the Aviation Africa 2015 Summit

RELEASE DATE: 16 September 2014

 

The Publisher of African and Arabian Aerospace Magazines is pleased to announce the selection of Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, as the official carrier of Aviation Africa 2015 Summit to be held in Dubai from May 10-11, 2015.

Ethiopian will be offering special discounted fares for all participants traveling on Ethiopian online destinations from Africa and Middle East. Ethiopian Airlines, a global Pan-African carrier, operates to 5 continents; Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Asia, serving 83 international and 20 domestic destinations.

At the two day summit, an overview of Ethiopian’s success story whilst operating in a challenging environment and concerns that hampered African carriers from sharing a ‘level playing field, will be discussed among participants.

Mr. Henok Woubshet, Director Distributions of Ethiopian said, ‘’ As a Pan-African airline, we are very pleased to be an official carrier of the 2015 Aviation Africa Summit. It is a testimony of our commitment to further strengthen cooperation among African carriers to create a single African aviation market and I believe this will foster future prospects of African Aviation”.

Mark Brown, Publisher of African & Arabian Aerospace magazines and organizer of Aviation Africa 2015 said “I am delighted to welcome Ethiopian Airlines as Official Airline to Aviation Africa 2015.  With the African region poised for huge growth in the aviation industry it is appropriate that we have one of the largest carriers supporting this important event which will be tackling the issues surrounding handling, financing and supporting this growth area”.

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APO named official wire service for Aviation Africa 2015

As the official newswire, APO is offering exhibitors a 20 percent discount off news release distribution

DAKAR, Senegal, September 11, 2014/ -- Aviation Africa has named APO (African Press Organization) www.apo-opa.com the official wire service of Aviation Africa 2015, a 2-day Summit & Exhibition, which takes place 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE.

                                

 

As the official newswire, APO is offering exhibitors a 20 percent discount off news release distribution

Aviation Africa 2015's press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire®, the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa. This reaches over 50,000 media outlets, bloggers and social networks, and redistributes content to more than 50 African websites, as well as to Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Dow Jones Factiva, 250 million mobile subscribers in 30 countries, and more.

Used by some of the world’s largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organizations, APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million and guarantees the most extensive outreach in Africa, acting as a channel that allows APO’s clients to target audiences in all parts of the continent and also the world.

"Better connected African countries and regions through a viable air transport industry could be the catalyst that can boost intra- African business, trade, tourism as well as cultural exchange. We at APO feel that connectivity starts with communication hence we look forward to supporting the Aviation Africa 2015 in Dubai; where we have opened our latest office,", said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Founder and CEO.

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.apo-opa.com/services.php

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo
bdm@apo-opa.org
+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO has a media database comprising over 50,000 contacts and is the main online community for news relating to Africa.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

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NEXUS & WYVERN CONSULTING LINK UP WITH AVIATION AFRICA 2015

Leading flight operations services & safety information companies to sponsor Gala Reception

RELEASE DATE: 2nd September 2014

 


AVIATION AFRICA 2015 is a 2-day Summit & Exhibition, which takes place 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE. NEXUS from Saudi Arabia and Wyvern Consulting from USA have joined up with this event to become main sponsors.

The link with these two companies is a perfect fit for the Aviation Africa event, which has launched to address the growth opportunities in the African continent for the aviation industry. NEXUS, which launched in 2010 and is based in Jeddah has opened a regional office in Rwanda and already identified the opportunities the region can offer. Wyvern Consulting is a U.S. company providing safety intelligence data and onsite risk assessments to business and private aviation communities for over 20 years. NEXUS are now their international partner covering the Middle East, Asia and Africa regions.

The 2 day Summit will focus on strategies, opportunities and the challenges affecting the industry. A key focus area will be the safety challenges in the region. NEXUS provides Flight Operations and Support with a massive commitment to safety and with Wyvern Consulting supplying the safety intelligence data, this partnership will have a lot to contribute to this focus area.

Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief of Arabian & African Aerospace magazines and responsible for creating the Summit’s 2 day programme said “We are delighted to welcome Nexus and Wyvern Consulting to the Aviation Africa 2015 event. I recently visited Nexus at their head office in Jeddah and was very impressed with their level of service across the business aviation sector and their level of commitment to safety, security and people. We will be covering all these topics in our Summit programme and it is companies like Nexus and Wyvern that will be important contributors to the Summit discussions”.

For more information on the Aviation Africa event and the updated programme please visit our website at www.aviationfrica.aero

 

About Aviation Africa 2015
AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will be a two-day summit and exhibition held at Le Meridien Hotel Dubai, UAE. These two world regions have a rich shared history. There have been centuries of trade and shared experience between them, and, for aviation, it’s as true today as it was then.  From open skies policies to airport expansions this event will tackle the issues raised and attempt to come up with solutions and ways forward.  African aviation is now a burgeoning business case and this event creates opportunities for industry to network.  The summit will be headed up by the Editor in Chief of African and Arabian Aerospace magazines, Alan Peaford and the programme will be put together by his team of editorial staff who work closely with the industry in the region.
For press information please contact Mark Brown (mark.brown@aviationafrica.aero)  T: +44 1702 53 0000

NEXUS
NEXUS Flight Operations Services was launched in 2010 by experienced business aviation professionals in the Middle East.   Providing Flight Operations Services to Corporate, Commercial Airlines and Business Aviation, NEXUS launched two main Flight Operation Centers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain in January 2010 and has since been building on that base to grow NEXUS internationally, and established a remote Flight Operations Center in Mumbai - India, in Kigali – Rwanda, Monaco – Monaco and Yardley in the USA.
For press information please contact Mohanad F. Sebaih (msebaih@nexus.aero) T. +966 12 215 2070

WYVERN CONSULTING LTD
Wyvern is one of the most recognized and highly respected companies in the commercial aviation sector and provides aircraft charter consumers, which include multi-national and Fortune 50 corporations, high worth individuals or families, and government institutions, with its suite of intelligence and risk management products.  By leveraging the expertise, resources and networking contacts of the parent group Nexus Services America, Wyvern is able to provide an effective vehicle to promote its highly recognized Wingman safety program which provides for in-depth safety audits and detailed safety intelligence data to end users of aircraft charter wishing to know more about the aircraft charter vendors they intend to use.
For press information please contact Marina Kraujalis (marina.kraujalis@wyvernltd.com) T: +1 800-946-4626

 

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AFRICAN AEROSPACE LAUNCHES AVIATION AFRICA 2015 EVENT

10-11 MAY, DUBAI, UAE   “AFRICA – POISED FOR GROWTH”

RELEASE DATE: 8th MAY 2014


African Aerospace is launching the first ever AVIATION AFRICA 2015 a two day summit and exhibition. The event will take place in Dubai, UAE on 10-11 May 2015.

This event will help unlock Africa’s aviation potential.  Industry and government leaders from Africa and the Middle East will work together to make aviation an even more integral part of Africa’s economic development and integration.  Safety, regional cooperation and global standards for infrastructure funding will be addressed as key issues

IATA chief executive Tony Tyler has described this as the ‘century of African Aviation’ as the continent takes steps to achieve its growth potential.  Its nearest neighbour, the Middle East, has achieved such momentous growth over the past two decades.

These two world regions have a rich shared history. There have been centuries of trade and shared experience, which continues to this day.

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 aims to bring together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists; financial and industry consultants; airport management and service company management and leaders from maintenance, training and flight support.

The conference and exhibition takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the home of the ‘open skies’, the venue offers easy access to nationals of African countries.

The event is designed to be a meeting place for African aviation business and Middle East business. It creates networking opportunities that can work both ways for the development of markets, access to finance; and the growth of business opportunity.

The conference programme will be managed and Chaired by Alan Peaford Editor in Chief, Arabian Aerospace & African Aerospace and the main topics will include:

  • Open Skies – Liberalisation & Reducing bureaucracy           
  • Human Factors & Human Capital – Recruitment & Retention factors
  • Air Traffic Management – the latest technologies for Africa’s airspace
  • Finance – Opportunities for investment and collaboration
  • MRO – sourcing engineering & technical support
  • Business Aviation – Improving accessibility
  • Training

There will be case studies, workshops and forums to debate and discuss the opportunities and issues facing African Aviation today. 

The associated exhibition will feature over 30 companies showcasing the latest technologies and services to help develop and invest in the future of the industry in Africa.

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will provide connectivity, it’s about people doing business, products moving to new markets, investment and new opportunities being discussed and discovered.  An exciting new event in a growing Middle East & African region.

Notes for Editors: African Aerospace magazine is designed to provide news and features covering the entire sector and its activities in the region for those in the industry, whether they are based in - or have an interest in - business in the region.

African Aerospace through its publications and events aims to deliver news, share information & create networking opportunities for its readers and wider audience.

PR Contact:  Mark Brown, Aviation Africa mark.brown@aviationafrica.aero. +97146033364. www.aviationafrica.aero

 

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