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 AASA 2018 News 

AASA sponsors WOA's attendance at 48th Annual General Assembly
WOA news. October 2018

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) will hold its 48th AGA from 11 to 14 October 2018, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia. The theme of the AGA is Enabling African Airline Service Excellence. AASA is sponsoring the attendance of Gift Kgadima (WOA General Secretary), Keanu Schubert (WOA Mentor) and Mahlatsi Hlongwane (WOA Mentor) to the 3-day annual event. Comair Limited is sponsoring their flights. 

SAA to host AASA's 48th AGA: Enabling African Airline Service Excellence
WOA news. October 2018

South African Airways (SAA) is the host airline for the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) 48th annual general assembly, which will focus on customer service. 

The assembly, at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia from 11-14 of this month, has attracted around 300 delegates, comprising leading airline industry executives and government policy makers from Southern Africa’s airlines, airports, air navigation services, regulatory bodies as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handling service providers and associated businesses. 

“The Africa Union’s initiatives to establish the Single Africa Air Transport Market to complement the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) requires political will and muscle; but it will be irrelevant unless travellers, importers and exporters are provided with an end-to-end air transport system and user experience that is smooth, seamless, stress-free and affordable,” explains AASA’s CEO, Chris Zweigenthal. 

“As an industry, we are concerned with closing those gaps between customers’ expectations and their experiences. Hence the assembly’s theme: “Enabling African Airline Service Excellence”. The gathering will provide the forum for the stakeholders in governments and industry to jointly examine the areas that impact customer experience and opportunities to improve them at all points from start to end, from the keyboard, via the kerbside, at the airports and in our skies,” he added.

AASA is a non-profit industry body mandated to represent the common interests of its 19 member airlines in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. It works closely with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to lobby and work with governments, regulators and service providers on industry-wide matters. 

AASA’s associate members include the major aircraft and engine manufacturers, airports, air navigation and meteorological services and other partners to the air transport industry. 

 AASA 2017 News 

AASA sponsors WOA's attendance at 47th Annual General Assembly

WOA news. 16 October 2017

The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) held its 47th AGA from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The theme of the AGA was Building Human Capital for African Airlines. AASA sponsored the attendance of Gift Kgadima, WOA Secretary, to the 3-day annual event, and Comair Limited sponsored his flights.

Fortunately, several aviation-orientated programmes have been initiated and target school learners. Among them are “Wonders of Aviation”, which is a South African non-profit organisation founded by our good friend Don Schenk, from the USA, and actively supported by AASA and the aviation industry in South Africa. Its objective is to use “… the magic of flight to inspire and educate previously disadvantaged youth about the aviation industry…” with “… outreach programs that encourage learners to consider a career in aviation…” 
Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA), in his industry address at AASA's 2017 AGA: Building human capital for African airlines - developing our most precious resource - our people. 
Download Chris Zweigenthal's complete industry address.

Cemair hosts AASA's 47th Annual General Assembly
AASA news. 10 October 2017

Cemair, a privately-owned South African airline, is the host of AASA's 47th AGA, to be held from 12 to 15 October 2017, at the Wild Coast Sun in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.  The theme of this year's AGA is Building Human Capital for African Airlines.  

"Challenges such as skills development, training, transformation, the economy, environmental impact and other topical issues affecting airlines and air travel in the SADC region will dominate the debates and panel discussions. Speakers include regional and international experts and we expect the Assembly to generate follow-up initiatives and actions to address the challenges," says Chris Zweigenthal, AASA CEO. 

This annual event is a gathering of over 300 delegates, including leading executives and policy makers from Southern African airlines, airports, air navigation services, aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handling companies, government representatives, regulatory bodies and associated business sectors. 

Distinguished speakers and guests include the Honourable Sihle Zikalala, KwaZulu Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; the Programme Director is Alan Khan, Senior Director of Coroprate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology; Paul Steele, Senior Vice President, Member and External Relations and Corporate Secretary at the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Professor Nawal Taneja, an Airline Business Strategist, a published Airline Business Author and Aviation Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University in the USA;  Refilwe Ledwaba, Founder and Executive Director of Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace (SAWIA) and Women and Aviation; and Dr. Thabi Leoka of Argon Asset Management, a world-renowned South African economist.

Distinguished Aviation Leadership Forum panel discussion members include Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation of the South African Civil Aviation Authority; Dithoriso Victor Xaba, Acting Chief Executive Officer at SA Express; Miles van der Molen Founder and CEO of CemAir; Rodger Foster, CEO of SA Airlink; and Musa Zwane Acting CEO of South African Airways, and CEO of SAA Technical.  

Read the full article in on the AASA website.