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​IATA is very active all over Africa and Middle East Region, we are glad to share with you the news from Southern and Eastern Africa on new memberships, e-AWBLink, Environment, and many more.

News from South Africa


IATA Southern Africa (SAF) was pleased to welcome CemAir, our newest IATA Member #10 in the Region at a ceremony held at their offices on 08th March 2017.

CemAir IATA Membership Certificate

The company was formed in 2005 with an initial fleet of 1 Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft and 3 Beechcraft 1900C aircraft. CemAir has since evolved into a specialized aircraft leasing company offering turboprop and jet aircraft to operators throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean islands as well as a significant operator of scheduled regional services within South Africa. CemAir currently owns and operates a large fleet of twelve CRJ 100/200 LR Airliners, nine Beech 1900D aircraft, two Dash-8 Q300’s and one Dash-8 100 and serve the following destinations domestically which include:

  • Bloemfontein – Bloemfontein Airport
  • Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport
  • George – George Airport
  • Hoedspruit - Hoedspruit Airport[2]
  • Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International Airport Hub
  • Margate - Margate Airport
  • Plettenberg Bay - Plettenberg Bay Airport
  • Sishen - Sishen Airport

CemAir Team

Baggage Tracking (Resolution 753) Workshop

IATA in collaboration with Aviation Coordination Services (ACS) recently hosted the above workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was the first workshop globally in a series that seeks to arm baggage stakeholders with practical information about IATA’s Resolution 753. Andrew Price, IATA’s Head of Global Baggage Operations delivered the workshop to an audience of over 80 participants. As part of the training, participants undertook practical exercises to operationalize the imparted skills. Participants are drawn from the Southern African region and comprise of airlines, airports, Ground Handlers, CUTE providers…etc.
Speaking after the workshop, participants thanked IATA and ACS for the timely delivery of the course. Attendants felt comfortable implementing the Resolution 753 requirements which comes into effect in June 2018.

The event is in collaboration with Aviation Coordination Services (PTY) Ltd, the CUTE and baggage services providers at most South African airports.

e -Airway Bill (eAWB) 360 Campaign – Cape Town, South Africa

IATA has launched a campaign with the top Cargo airlines flying out of Cape Town International Airport. The focus airlines are South African Airways, Air France/KLM, Swiss and Etihad Airways. Also in attendance at the kick-off meeting were Swissport and Bidair. They are Ground Handling Agents (GHA) servicing the focus airlines. A 30-60-90 day action plan was agreed with the kick-off date of 01st May 2017 and an objective to achieve 100% eAWB penetration rate by 31July17. To guide the process, Airlines and GHA will follow the CPT airport e-AWB Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for processing electronic AWB which was endorsed in 2015.

Synchronised communication will be dispatched to all the regions Freight Forwarding Agents from IATA, participating airlines and the Freight Forwarders Association. The said communication will include more information on the eAWBLink; IATA’s answer to the automation challenge in small and medium sized Freight Forwarders. 

South African Airways retains its IEnvA Stage 2 status 

South African Airways (SAA) has become one of only a handful of global airlines to retain its IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA), the comprehensive airline environmental management programme, Stage 2 status.

SAA attained Stage 2 status for the first time in January 2015 and remains at the forefront of environmental sustainability in aviation.

IEnvA is a stringent environmental assessment programme based on recognised international environmental management systems and is specifically tailored to airlines and aviation. IEnvA often exceeds international environmental management standards and requires continuous improvement and innovation in environmental sustainability of airlines.

“SAA’s Stage 2 assessment was conducted in December 2016 showing that responsible environmental management has the potential to deliver commercially beyond the clear social and environmental benefit through projects such as the tobacco biofuels venture, the introduction of fuel-efficient navigation approaches, and the on-going drive to embed a culture of environmental sustainability.

News from East Africa

IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM)

IGOM started as a project mandated by the IATA Operations Committee (OPC) in 2010 to reduce the estimated US$4 billion in ground damage to aircraft annually and improve safety, efficiency and operating practices on the ramp. The aim was to develop a set of globally applicable ground handling procedures that participating airlines can implement to ensure safe and efficient ground operations.
IGOM Implementation Action
The IATA Board of Governors set a target for the member airlines to complete a gap analysis between their own ground operations manuals and IGOM or to start implementing IGOM as their minimum standard for ground operations, by the end of 2015.
IATA Engaged a number of airlines to complete the IGOM GAP analysis so as to be included in the IGOM Registry. IATA is glad to report that Air Mauritius (MK) was the first African airline to be in the IGOM Registry. A certificate was presented to MK by Mr. Dusan KOSTIC and received by a delighted Air Mauritius Vice President, Ground Operations Mr. Pravin Jogoo.

Air Mauritius receives IGOM Certificate

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