Episodes
In this episode, I discuss the Walk for Love project with event organiser, Toni Ukachukwu. Together, we discuss the concept of the project, why it’s needed and how you can get involved, plus include a snippet of a new song that will be released alongside the walk.  EMAIL: [email protected] INSTAGRAM @wfl_africa TWITTER @wfl_africa FACEBOOK @wfl_africa Song of love by Vicky Sampson out 12th Feb.
Published 01/12/22
For this episode, I am joined by Derek Nseko, Publisher of Airspace-Africa where we meet Jenifer Bamuturaki, CEO of Uganda Airlines.  Uganda Airlines was recently crowned the world's youngest fleet by ch-aviation and operates a fleet of CRJ-900s and A330s.  In this wide-ranging conversation, we discover the following: Jenifer's background and passions The priorities of Uganda Airlines in 2022 and beyond How Uganda Airlines views partnerships and collaboration Network and fleet development...
Published 12/17/21
Published 12/17/21
In this episode, Sylvain joins us to discuss a fascinating article focused on the opportunity for African airlines to wet-lease in capacity during peak times.  Is this a solution that can allow airlines to operate profitably?  What type of airline is it most suited to? Is it a way to ensure important connectivity without the huge price tag of a long-term lease or aircraft purchase? You can read the blog here: https://bit.ly/Avico21 Email [email protected]
Published 12/14/21
In the light of the recent events AviaDev team talks to Dirk Singer, Head of Research at Simpliflying who has been covering the implications of the pandemic on the world of travel since the early days. With Dirk we are discussing the current situation, what we do know about Omicron on 30 November 2021, how effective the travel bans are and what can we expect in the coming weeks. 
Published 11/30/21
This episode is a recording of a session delivered on 11th November 2021 at the Future Flying Forum, presented by Simple Flying and powered by AviaDev.  Sean Mendis took to the stage to present on the topic of the future of African aviation.  Sean is an aviation expert who has started up benefits airlines on the continent, along with time spent managing Mogadishu airport in Somalia and a cargo airline. He is known for his informed and honest opinions and has a deep-rooted passion for Africa
Published 11/22/21
This episode was recorded at the Dubai Airshow with Nuno Pereira CEO of Bestfly, an Angolan-based aviation company with operations in Cabo Verde, Angola and Aruba. I was also joined by Sameer Adam, Senior Vice President Commercial, ACIA Aero Leasing, a leading provider of regional aircraft leasing and lease management services.  The companies agreed to the lease of two aircraft, one Embraer E-190 and one ATR 72-600, which are joining the other two ATR72-600s on lease from ACIA in the...
Published 11/14/21
This episode is the recording of the interview I conducted on 10th November for the Future Flying Forum. Rodger has been the CEO of Airlink since inception in 1992 and the airline has grown to operate a fleet of over 50 commercial aircraft. In 2020, Airlink began operating on its own 4Z code ending a 23 year franchise agreement with SAA. Today, Airlink is the second biggest airline in Africa by number of flights operated and has signed numerous codeshares and interlines over the last 12...
Published 11/12/21
On November 1st 2021, SITA announced that in a bid to support the recovery of travel and tourism globally, their digital travel declaration solution will be available to all governments globally free of charge. In this episode, I am joined by Jeremy Springall to understand how the solution works and how it can support Africa's aviation and travel recovery.  Read all about it here https://bit.ly/sitadig 
Published 11/11/21
In this episode, we welcome back Tom from AviAssist to discuss the world of aviation safety, which is the bedrock upon which our great industry is built, ahead of the SiAA conference. Together we discuss the safety environment in African aviation ahead of upcoming AviAssist Safety in African Aviation Conference, which was beautifully delivered on a virtual platform in 2020 and will once again take place virtually this year. You can register for just $7 here: https://aviassist.org/event/siaa/
Published 11/08/21
In this episode, I am joined by Meir Hadassi-Turner, Founder and CEO of AeroCRS, an innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of passenger services systems and much more.  In this episode, we discuss the changing landscape of distribution and how and why airlines must understand this customer behaviour to ensure they are prepared for the future. The upcoming AeroCRS Virtual customer conference will take place 23rd and 24th November and you can register today here:...
Published 10/28/21
Today’s podcast focuses on the next generation. In September, with the support of Embraer, we embarked on the African Aviators Webinar Series which spotlights a different aviation profession each month. Our aim is to feature both aspiring and serving aviators that can offer practical advice on how to get involved in our great industry.  He is actively looking for his next role, so have a read of his article and connect with him here https://www.linkedin.com/in/kingsley-okoli-617651121/ 
Published 10/13/21
This podcast is a recording of the first Skyheroes Africa that took place on 7th October 2021. Skyheroes is an AviaDev innovation, aiming to keep the African aviation community, informed, educated and entertained in equal measure. Expect strong opinions, fierce debate and to raise a smile. Our sky heroes are:  Aaron Munetsi, CEO, Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Sean Mendis, Aviation Expert Kwame Bekoe, Aviation Professional
Published 10/07/21
On 30th September, Etihad, the Abu Dhabi based international airline announced that they will be launching 3 new routes to the African continent.  In this episode, we are going to discover why these routes were chosen, how Etihad views Africa as an opportunity and how it views cooperation with airline partners in the sun-Saharan region. To do this, I was joined by Javier Alija, the Head of Network Planning and alliances at Etihad.  You can plan and book your next trip with Etihad at...
Published 10/06/21
This episode was guest hosted by Kojo Bentum-Williams, Publisher of VoyagesAfriq and host of the VA tourism podcast, which you can subscribe to here: https://thetourismpodcast.podbean.com/  Kojo was attending the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit hosted by South African Tourism and took the opportunity to discuss the following with Thomas: Regional market attractiveness The financing of the operation The fleet and expansion plans
Published 09/24/21
In this episode, I am joined by Toni Ukachukwu, Founder of Aviators Africa, an integrated PR, marketing and consulting company.  He joins me to talk about the Maiden Edition of the Aviators Africa tower awards and 3rd CEO's forum, taking place 27-28th October 2021 live in Lagos and online too.  Nominations can be made here: https://theaviatorsafrica.com/awards/about-us/ Deadline 10th September 2021 Connect with Toni here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toni-ukachukwu-53944240/
Published 09/08/21
This episode is dedicated to a new webinar series focused on offering practical advice to the next generation of African aviators. Joining me for the discussion is the Publisher and Editor of Airspace-Africa, Derek Nseko and Chidozie Uzoezie, Founder of the African Aviation Group on facebook.  The series is brought to you by AviaDev, Airspace-Africa and the African Aviation Group (on facebook) and proudly supported by Embraer.   Register here: https://bit.ly/africanaviators
Published 08/18/21
In today´s episode we discuss with Arran Rice (CEO & Founder at Simple Flying), Joanna Bailey (Managing Editor at SimpleFlying) and Jon Howell (CEO & Founder at AviaDev) new online event: The Future Flying Forum which is brought to you by SimpleFlying and powered by AviaDev. Safely strapped into your own comfortable seat, we’ll follow the sun from East to West, touching down along the way to chat with aviation’s leading CEOs. More information and registration is available at...
Published 08/17/21
Moses Ngwanah is now based in Madagascar, having gained experience working for Camair-Co in his native Cameroon and ASKY in Togo.  Moses recently released an article all about why and how Africa must unite in terms of civil aviation rulemaking and how this can support the implementation of SAATM. You can read that here: https://bit.ly/mosesngwanah We explore the following: Why is African aviation so fragmented in its rule-making? How would it be funded and where do we start?
Published 08/12/21
My guests for this episode are Dr. Andre Schulz, General Manager, South and Eastern Africa at the Lufthansa Group and Marco Götz, Chief Revenue Officer at Eurowings Discover.  Together we discuss the launch of a new leisure carrier from the Lufthansa stable that launched operations to Mombasa and Zanzibar on 25th July 2021.  To find out more visit https://discover.aero/en/ or connect with Marco and Andre on LinkedIn
Published 08/08/21
This session brings together some familiar voices to our community representing both the banks and the lessors active in the African market. Moderator: Dickon Harris, Editor, ISHKA Panellists: Eddie Browne, AVP Marketing, Europe, Africa and CIS, Aergo Sameer Adam, SVP, Commercial, ACIA Aero Leasing Group Bradley Gordon, Head of Aviation: Africa, Investec James Geldenhuys, Head of Aircraft Finance, Nedbank Ishka, https://www.ishkaglobal.com/
Published 07/09/21
This special podcast is the recording of the interview between Hilka Birns, a wonderful journalist working with ch-aviation and Jon Ayache, CEO of lift, South Africa’s newest airline. The wide-ranging conversation covers the flexible business model, the fleet mix, new routes, and the distribution model. We also discuss the use use of technology to improve the passenger experience and how the airline continues to innovate with its own theme song, dogs on planes and onboard silent discos.
Published 06/21/21
Technology only moves in one direction. Constant progress through continuous improvement and innovation.  The Covid pandemic has provided an opportunity for the entire aviation industry to revisit existing processes and adapt. Session moderated by Kwame Bekoe Aviation Professional Panelists: Nick Ashton Head of Partnerships & Industry Affairs, Dohop Blaine Powell Chief Sales Officer, Ink Aviation Ciaran Wilson Head of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cellpoint Digital
Published 06/17/21
This episode was recorded on Wednesday 9th June 2021. Is now the time for tourism authorities to take a front seat and lead the conversations with airlines? Session moderated by: Mafalda Borea Co-Founder and CEO of Sustainable First ™; Sustainability Editor, VoyagesAfriq Panelists: Hon. Najib Balala Cabinet Secretary for tourism and wildlife, Republic of Kenya Carol Hay CEO, McKenzie Gayle Limited and Former Director of Marketing UK & Europe for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
Published 06/14/21
In this wide-ranging panel session, we ask the tough question "Just what is the role of a National Airline?" Should it be seen as a Commercial enterprise or strategic economic enabler? Is it possible that it can be both? Session moderated by: Wrenelle Stander Former CEO, Comair Ltd Panellists: Escher Luanda Former Chairperson, Air Namibia Rodger Foster Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airlink
Published 06/13/21