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Media Release

17 April 2018

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2018 OPENED WITH STRONG GROWTH PREDICTIONS FOR AFRICAN AVIATION MARKET

 

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition taking place today and tomorrow - 17-18 April 2018 in Cairo, Egypt - opened today to 980 attendees from 56 countries where the key message from the Summit’s first day was the strong growth predictions for the African aviation market.  

 

The event opened just a few months after the African Union launched the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM), which 23 countries have subscribed to so far.  The SAATM is de-regulated airspace, which has been set up to open up African skies, potentially increasing the aviation market in Africa and reducing air transportation costs by 25%.

 

Boeing’s long-term market outlook forecasts that air traffic for the continent’s commercial airlines will grow 5.9 percent annually between 2017 and 2036, and that African carriers will need 1,220 new airplanes to meet this growth.  

 

Safwat Musallam, Chairman, Egyptair Holding Company gave the Welcome Keynote Address from the hosts and focused on how the group is looking to new horizons for the future.

 

The event features an exhibition hall of 118 global aerospace companies including Gold Sponsors: Airbus, Boeing & GE Aviation and Silver Sponsors: AerCap, Bombardier, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise & Rolls-Royce.  

 

Exhibitors are finding the networking at the show the key to their participation, Simon Knechtli, Executive Director Aerospace, Willis Towers Watson said; “In being committed to Egyptian aviation, the Aviation Africa 2018 is a great opportunity for us to meet our network.”

 

The attendees reached a new record total for the event of 980. The delegates and visitors to the event span 56 countries and include 386 personnel from 42 airlines and 50 speakers from across Africa and internationally.

 

Aviation Africa 2018 is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation, Republic of Egypt, with Egyptair as host airline and aerospace group.

 

The Aviation Africa event takes place at the Intercontinental City Stars on April 17-18 2018.  It is a business-to-business exhibition offering networking opportunities for airlines, government representatives, manufacturers and service providers.

Further information can be found at www.aviationafrica.aero

 

 

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

 

 

Media Release

11th April 2018

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2018 TO OPEN IN CAIRO 17-18 APRIL 2018 WITH RECORD NUMBERS 

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition taking place on 17-18 April 2018 in Cairo, Egypt opens next week to a record audience of aviation industry professionals. The event will feature an exhibition hall made up of 118 aerospace companies including Gold Sponsors; Airbus, Boeing & GE Aviation and Silver Sponsors; AerCap, Bombardier, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise & Rolls-Royce.

 

The pre-registered attendees reached a new record total for the event of 660 with an expected total audience to reach 750 in Cairo next week. The delegates and visitors to the event span 50 countries and include 220 personnel from 34 airlines and 50 speakers from across Africa and the international sector.

 

The two day conference has one main aim - securing strategy for Africa's success. Topics that will help to address this include cyber security, infrastructure investment, single skies, harnessing MRO development, women in aviation and how to survive in a competitive marketplace amongst many other sessions.

 

The event is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation and H.E. Sherif Fathi, Minister of Aviation, Republic of Egypt will deliver the Keynote Welcome speech - Building on Egypt's aviation heritage to make a sustainable future. Egyptair are the Host airline and aerospace group for Aviation Africa 2018 and Safwat Musallam, Chairman, EygptAir Holding Co. will also present a Keynote Address on behalf of the hosts.

 

Mark Brown from Times Aerospace Events who are organizing the event said, "This is the 3rd edition of Aviation Africa and we are delighted that this year's event in Cairo has attracted more participants than previous shows. We have also introduced a networking element to the event to ensure that everyone attending can connect with each other prior to the show to schedule meetings in advance and really capitalise on their time at Aviation Africa."

 

The Aviation Africa event takes place at the Intercontinental City Stars on April 17-18 2018 and includes a business-to-business exhibition and opportunities to network with airlines, government and manufacturers/service providers.

 

 

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

 

Media Release

19th February 2018

 

AIRBUS TAKES OFF WITH AVIATION AFRICA 2018 GOLD SPONSORSHIP

 

Airbus, will be sponsoring the third Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition, the premier event for the entire aviation industry - which this year runs in Cairo, Egypt from April 17-18.

 

The aerospace giant will be out in force at the exhibition, which will feature over 70 aerospace companies from around the globe and which is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation. A two-day high-level summit will run alongside the show which is lead-organised by the TIMES Group, publishers of African Aerospace magazine.

 

Airbus' sponsorship reflects its long-standing presence in Africa and its expanding share of Africa's market for commercial airliners, helicopters, military aircraft, defence systems as well as space and satellite solutions. In its 2017 forecast, the world-leading aerospace group predicts Africa will require 1,050 new aircraft in the 120-500 seat category and dedicated freighters. Ultimately, this may prove conservative in light of the African Union's recent launch of the Single Africa Air Transport Market, which, if fully implemented, will boost demand for air transport within, to and from Africa, to unprecedented levels.

 

"In Africa, the potential for growth and expansion in air transport is immense, events such as this draw on the necessity to develop a collaborative mind-set that will support in further developing Africa's aviation industry. Airbus believes that as the continent progresses on this track, there will be more opportunities to assist its drive for growth in connectivity and efficiency. We remain committed to the growth of this dynamic region, and look forward to witnessing its increasingly important role in global aviation.  We are delighted to partner with Aviation Africa 2018; the event provides a platform to discuss a range of compelling regional and global challenges and solutions on how best to grow the aviation industry in Africa and the economies it serves". Said Fouad Attar, Head of Commercial aircraft, Airbus Africa and Middle East.

 

With tourism to the continent jumping 9% last year on 2016 according to online intelligence site TravelPulse, the latest breakthrough in Africa's inter-regional travel came last week at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where 23 nations signed an accord that more or less translates to an 'open skies' agreement. "Like the show, is timely in that the new AUS move could greatly free up access to all signatory nations of each other's airports giving a whole new growth impetus to aviation in the continent." explained Mark Brown of TIMES Group.

 

The AUS agreement is a key plank in Africa's Agenda 2063 strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. "We are seeing the foundations being set for sustainable aviation development and anticipate it will be reflected throughout the show in the summit where we anticipate lively debate and negotiations." said Brown.

 

Airbus has recently made advances within the African market with Air Senegal signing a firm order for two A330neo becoming the first airline on the Continent to select the neo type.

 

Aviation Africa runs at the InterContinental City Star in Cairo and has already secured international participation from Boeing, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Leonardo, Pratt& Whitney alongside local exhibitors including EgyptAir, Alkan Air, Tiger Aviation Group and the Egyptian Aviation Academy.

 

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

Media Release

1st February 2018

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2018 TO TACKLE CYBER SECURITY - KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM BRIAN LORD OBE, FORMER HEAD OF BRITISH GOVERNMENT, CYBER INTELLIGENCE UNIT

 

IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty calls cyber attacks as "the greatest threat to every company in the world". For the aviation industry it is a threat that needs to be taken seriously.

 

Egypt's minister of aviation, H.E. Sharif Fathi has warned operators in the North African country to step up their game in cyber security and called for the subject to top the agenda at the Aviation Africa Summit when it takes place in Cairo on April 17-18 this year.

 

One of the top cyber security experts in the world, Brian Lord, OBE, who headed the British Government's cyber intelligence unit at GCHQ where he was deputy director, will be flying to Cairo to give the keynote on the subject to the airline chiefs, civil aviation authorities, government ministers, manufacturers and industry suppliers from all across Africa and the Middle East who are attending the summit.

 

Supported by IATA, ICAO, AfBAA and the African Union the event will be analysing the major issues affecting the industry in the region. "It's surprising how little thought many of us give to cyber security in our day-to-day actions. Instead, we tend to brush it off as a problem for multinationals or something for the IT department to worry about. Yet this is a clear - and dangerous - misconception, as cyber security is not only a part of every IT discussion - but every business discussion," said Chris Moore, chief operating officer of global technology firm Satcom Direct (SD) who will be presenting a case study about how government officials, heads of state and VIPs are not exempt from the threat.

 

"Unfortunately, being in a business or private aircraft doesn't exempt you from a cyber threat. One of the most common myths in the industry is that once the aircraft's Wi-Fi signal is out of the range of those on the ramp, it is safe from an attack. Nothing could be farther from the truth," Moore said."Regardless of whether you are on the ground or in the air, if you can see the internet, then the internet - and the hackers - are most definitely able to see you. In other words, altitude doesn't make you safe."

 

Moore and Lord will be sharing some of the realities around aviation and the cyber threat.

 

Research by SD has shown:

·73% of company security experts expect to experience a major security breach within a year.

·Despite the money and resources spent on cyber security, 87% of company security experts believe their security controls are failing to protect their business.

·65% of security professionals identified phishing and social engineering as the biggest security threats to their organization. All it takes is one person clicking a fake email to give a hacker direct access to all the data on their device and a direct path to your network. Yet, even though everybody claims to be aware of this risk, 78% of us click on the links anyway.

·97% of applications tested by Trustwave had one or more security vulnerabilities.

·70% of business respondents think that employees are the biggest risk to the business.

 

"The aviation industry has taken a very casual approach to cyber threats. Minister Fathi is absolutely correct in highlighting the issue," said Aviation Africa Summit chairman Alan Peaford, MBE. "This issue needs to be addressed not by the IT departments of the aviation companies, but by chief executives and chief operating officers. There needs to be a non-technical understanding of the seriousness of the threat, and the rapidly approaching deadlines for action."It may be your own system is ok, but what about your suppliers? The attack on US giant Target was proven to have come via an SME refrigeration supplier. At Aviation Africa we will have the supply chain as well as OEMs and operators. This is the golden opportunity to get together and start taking action."

 

The Aviation Africa event takes place at the Intercontinental City Stars on April 17-18 2018 and includes a business-to-business exhibition and opportunities to network with airlines, government and manufacturers/service providers.

 

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

 

Media Release

19th December 2017

 

BIG NAMES LINE UP FOR AVIATION AFRICA SUMMIT IN CAIRO 2018

 

More of the aviation industry's big names have pledged their support for Aviation Africa 2018 - the high-level summit and exhibition which takes place in Cairo, April 17-18. Event organiser, TIMES Aerospace said today that airframer Bombardier and aviation leasing and investment group Dubai Aviation Enterprises (DAE) have become silver sponsors for the two-day event.

 

DAE's chief executive Firoz Tarapore said: "DAE Capital is pleased to be sponsoring the Aviation Africa 2018 conference in Cairo, Egypt. DAE Capital sees strong opportunities in the African market in the coming years. Africa is just beginning to deregulate and unleash the vast potential of aviation infrastructure to connect markets within individual countries, across the continent, and to connect Africa to global markets.

 

DAE Capital believes aircraft lessors will play an increasing role in the development of African aviation just as they have in other regions and we will continue to redouble their focus on this promising market. "We look forward to a wide-ranging discussion and the many opportunities to meet other industry players at the conference."

 

Bombardier has recently secured aircraft deals across Africa, including a North Africa and Middle East launch customer for the CSeries narrowbody jets with EgyptAir ordering 12 with a further 12 options during the Dubai Airshow. The aircraft will be utilised by EgyptAir regional carrier, EgyptAir Express.

 

 With a likely 120 seat configuration they will also open up new markets for the airline, said the regional carrier's chairman, Captain Helmy Rezk, who will be one of the many airline CEOs participating in the Summit. "The route network will expand considerably. As well as the south of Europe it will give us more markets in Africa. We can go to Casablanca, for example. And we can get to Mumbai with a full payload."

 

The CS300's range will also allow direct flights between Egyptian tourist destinations such as Sharm El-Sheikh and Germany or Italy. EgyptAir Express plans to make the Red Sea resort its third operational base, after Cairo and Alexandria. "This will give us a very big competitive advantage," said Rezk. "We can serve our domestic routes and other destinations with lower costs."

 

The two-day Summit will include key presentations from ICAO, IATA and from airline CEOs across the whole of Africa and the Middle East.

 

TIMES Aerospace managing director Mark Brown said, "We are thrilled that organisations like DAE and Bombardier are with us for this event. Both organisations were at the 2017 event in Kigali and recognise the value of meeting so many decision makers and opinion formers in one room at the same time."

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place at the InterContinental Hotel City Stars, close to Cairo's international airport on April 17-18 2018.

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Release

18th October 2017

 

AVIATION AFRICA 2018 ANNOUNCES KEY SPEAKERS AND EGYPTAIR ENDORSEMENT

 

Links between Africa and the Middle East are being reinforced through the location of the 2018 Aviation Africa event, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars in Cairo, April 17-18.

 

Hosted by EgyptAir and under the auspices of the Minister of Civil Aviation, HE Sherif Fathy, the event includes a two-day top-level summit, an exhibition featuring 70 exhibitors, and a meet-the-buyer programme.

 

The conference programme is being driven by an advisory board made up of no fewer than 10 airline chief executives as well as representatives of key sectors such as MRO, cargo operations, airports, safety and business aviation.

 

“The value of the advisory board has been priceless,” said Alan Peaford, MBE, who will be chairing the conference. “We are really getting into the nitty gritty of what is important for the airlines and the whole aviation industry and I think we will be going into some new areas of thinking.  With involvement in the programme from organisations like AfRAA, IATA, ACI, and ICAO I am confident there will be a line-up of speakers and panellists that will be both impressive and drive the discussions forward.”

 

Heading the agenda will be security.  Minister Fathy backed the need to have the subject as a major theme. “Security – especially cyber security – is one of the biggest threats to aviation.” he said.

 

Former EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering chairman Hisham Nasser, who is now recognised as a leading advisor on MRO will be one of the speakers addressing how the maintenance industry must change. “From physical security to the protection of paperwork and records, the industry needs to be focused.” he said.

 

Speakers will be coming from across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Chris Zweigenthal, chief executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa will be leading airlines from the south of the continent. Speakers from the main associations, from the African Development Bank, major manufacturers and the innovators of the latest technology developments will also be addressing the conference.

 

The Summit will be looking into the region’s infrastructure to understand what is needed and how it can be funded; “Of course the old thorny issue of Open Skies will arise, but with several airline panels from legacy flag carriers to new LCCs, I don’t think there is consensus. We could really get to grips with why it is taking so long … and if it will ever happen,” Peaford said.

 

Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace who are the main organiser of the event said the exhibition was already at 60% sold with nearly six months to go.

 

“With 10 airline CEOs as partners on the event, we have been promised great support from those companies to bring along key personnel. The exhibitors are excited and so are we. Having the backing of the Minister and the support of the whole EgyptAir group as our main sponsor has been fantastic.  There are government to government invitations being sent out and I am convinced we will be seeing a great turnout.”

 

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018.

 

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

 

Media Release

6th June 2017

 

AVIATION AFRICA SUMMIT AND EXHIBITION SET FOR CAIRO DEBUT

 

 

The premier event covering the entire aviation industry is to take its 2018 edition to the Egyptian capital.

 

Aviation Africa, the exhibition and summit covering the full aviation and aerospace spectrum across the African continent, is to hold its third edition in Cairo on April 17-18 2018, under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.

 

Under the theme ‘Building blocks for North African revival’ the two-day summit will focus on the key drivers to grow business and opportunities across North Africa. Alongside the summit will be an exhibition area featuring more than fifty exhibitors.

 

His Excellency Sherif Fathi Attia the Minister of Civil Aviation said he welcomed the decision to bring the event to Cairo.  “We are working with the event organiser to shape the agenda for the Summit,” he said. “There are key issues affecting Africa in general, North Africa in particular in subjects like aviation security, infrastructure needs and regional cooperation. The Egyptian government is lending its full support to the event and will be inviting our neighbours and friends across North Africa to be part of this important event.”

 

EgyptAir is to be the host airline of the event. Chairman and CEO of the EgyptAir Holding Group -which includes the national carrier as well as regional carrier Egyptair Express; Egyptair Cargo; Egyptair Tourism ( Karnak ) & Duty Free; Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering; Egyptair In-Flight Services; Egyptair Medical Services and Egyptair Supplementary Industries - Safwat Musallam said: “This event gives an opportunity for all of our businesses to come together with suppliers, customers and competitors under one roof. We are very positive about the future but agree it is important that we can share ideas and get new ideas too.”

 

Mark Brown chief executive of show organiser Times Aerospace, said: “We are also pleased to have MoUs from all of Egypt’s airlines including charter, cargo and low cost carriers. These will all have top executives taking part in the event and meeting with exhibitors.  We are expecting delegations from other African governments and their civil aviation authorities and of course other airlines, business aviation operators and from companies across the Middle East and Africa.”

 

The two-day summit will be chaired by Alan Peaford, MBE, the editor-in-chief of African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace. “Cairo is the cross roads between the Middle East and North Africa and I would expect to see a lot of interest from the region – particularly given the close ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about the current situation in North Africa – but there are also some hard realities. Business has been in freefall for a few years. Tourism is the key to the revival of North Africa fortunes and that involves some challenges in terms of security measures, in safety culture and political will,” Peaford said.  “This cuts across our entire industry from airline operations, to maintenance and other service providers through to airports, air navigation service providers and regulators.

 

“We proved at Aviation Africa in Kigali last year that the very open summit, addressing some challenging issues in an open and frank way and across the whole gamut of stakeholders proved beneficial and I was delighted that His Excellency, the Minister of Civil Aviation agreed that we should aim as high for the Cairo event.”

 

The Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition will take place in Heliopolis, close to Cairo’s international airport on April 17-18 2018.   

 

Note to editors:

Aviation Africa is organised by Times Aerospace Events in partnership with Aerocomm Ltd and Access Group. Times Aerospace Events has organised 2 previous editions of Aviation Africa in Dubai and Kigali, Rwanda. The 2017 event attracted 700 delegates & 56 exhibitors. For Press information please contact: Alison Weller, Access Group, Alison@accessgroup.aero +44 7501 185255

 

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