#AviaDevAfrica – New Podcasts and more …


(Posted 24th November 2022)



Outlining TAAG’s Intra-African Expansion, Previewing the 54th AFRAA AGA and

Retaining International Air Services in South Africa

Outlining TAAG’s Intra-African expansion with Eduardo Fairen Soria, CEO


TAAG is one of the most interesting airline stories out there currently as it is reinventing itself, expanding its fleet and network and restructuring itself ready for private investment.


We spoke with the CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines, Eduardo Fairen Soria, the man charged with leading this transformation who is also an experienced pilot and airline executive.


In this podcast, we understand the vision and mission of the airline and focus on the new routes being launched – Durban and Accra.


We discuss Eduardo’s philosophy when it comes to airline management and his mandate for the airline and the timelines.

Why now is the right time to launch Durban and Accra and where next within Africa?


What they look for from an airport/destination working to attract TAAG and their fleet plans – TAAG have ordered 6 A220s for the airline which should start arriving in January 2023.  We ask of these will replace the 737s, compliment them and what he will look to do with them.  We ask if the 777s will remain for the long-haul markets and about airline partnerships.

Previewing the 54th AFRAA AGA with Maureen Kahonge, Senior Manager Business Development and Communications


Between 11th and 13th December, AFRAA (African Airlines Association) will host the 54th Annual General Assembly in Dakar, Senegal.


In this podcast,  Maureen joins me to preview the event and provide an outline of what AFRAA’s current priorities are for its members.


Together we discuss how AFRAA’s member airlines are performing, the top 3 pressing issues AFRAA are occupied with currently, why the theme of the AGA is “Acing the roadmap to sustainable African aviation” and who are some of the industry speakers speaking at the AGA.


Finally, we look into 2023 to discuss AFRAA’s outlook for the industry’s prospects. Will it be the year that we finally see liberalization coming to the continent?

Plotting a course to attract and retain international air services in South Africa with George Mothema, CEO of Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA).


We met with George Mothema, the CEO of BARSA and discussed his background and the progress made in his first 12 months at the helm, how BARSA views the recovery so far and what else needs to be done to ensure a sustained recovery?


What the current objectives of BARSA and and an insight into the BARSA conference coming in 2023. What it aims to achieve and who will be in attendance.

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AviaDev Africa is the only dedicated air service development event for Africa.


The event is focused on developing air connectivity to, from and within the continent. We facilitate this process via pre-arranged meetings, interactive workshops, an exhibition and networking events.


Join us on 14th – 16th of June in #Nairobi and participate in proactive discussions, educational insights and facilitated networking activities.

AviaDev Africa will bring together the key players in the African aviation community to forge new collaborations and partnerships to ensure that Africa remains connected regionally and internationally.


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