Hurdles hinder launch of Nordwind's Moscow-Pretoria air route
South Africa and Russia want a connecting flight between their capitals, likely run by Russian firm Nordwind. But Western sanctions are getting in the way.
A new company has been set up whose ostensible purpose is to acquire aircraft for the Congolese leader's second presidential bid in December 2023. Pulling the strings of this discreet enterprise is a 'friend' who previously navigated the murky business waters of Gaddafi's Libya.
Airbus Helicopters is in pole position to sell several dozen transport and reconnaissance helicopters to Morocco's air force and its gendarmerie. But the competition is stiff, with the US firms Sikorsky and Bell and Italy's Leonardo keen to get a piece of the pie.
Following the invasion of Ukraine and ensuing sanctions on Moscow, Visa and Mastercard bank cards issued in Russia no longer work outside the country. In order to keep attracting Russian tourists despite this ban, Egyptian banks have decided to take on the former's payment system, Mir.
Breaking published on 30/07/22, 9:00 - Determined to remain at the head of the executive, Abdelhamid Dabaiba is keen to get into General Khalifa Haftar's good books. Africa Intelligence can reveal how Haftar's son travelled to Dubai to negotiate with the Prime Minister's missi dominici for several key positions in a future reshuffled government.
The French armed forces are keen to be involved in the creation of a light aviation unit within the Nigerian Army. There is a chance that Airbus will supply helicopters, but despite Paris' support, competition from Turkey's TAI and Italy's Leonardo remains tough.
UK Export Finance is walking a tightrope as it contends with pressure from both NGOs and industry. The agency responsible for promoting British exports has abandoned fossil fuels but continues to back the airline industry.