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  • Uber to target Saudi female drivers after driving ban lifts

    SAUDI ARABIA, 2017/10/21 Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies plans to sign up women drivers in Saudi Arabia to take chance of the kingdom’s decision to overturn a ban on female drivers. Chief of Uber's Middle East operations says recruitment process will begin 'in a little while' Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief of Uber’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said in an interview in Riyadh that the process will likely begin "in a little while" before women can start applying for driver’s licenses, which is expected to be in June 2018, but would not elaborate.
  • UAE set to complete major airspace restructuring project

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2017/10/21 The UAE's aviation regulator is set to complete a major airspace restructuring project in December which aims to next-proof the country's skies for the forecasted traffic increase to 2040. The announcement comes as major expansion projects are in the pipeline for both Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion.
  • Cameroon: Gov’t drills driving school owners in Douala

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/16 Owners of driving schools in Douala are currently undergoing a training on how to entirely drill potential drivers. The training in Douala was organised by the Minister of Transport as part of efforts to curb the numerous road accidents that has rocked the country’s roads recently.
  • Uber and African’s economic transformation

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 WHEN Uber was initial established in 2009, its mission was to help people everywhere get a ride, safely, quickly and at the push of a button. Eight years later, that mission remains the same and Uber’s innovative, technology-driven business model is still fundamentally changing the way people think about conference their transport needs. For the completed four years, Uber has been delivering this same level of transformation across sub-Saharan Africa, SSA, and with additional than 1.8 million active riders using the app, Uber certainly has reason to celebrate its fourth anniversary on the continent this September. Uber And it’s not just Uber that has benefited from the stellar uptake of its convenient offering in Africa.
  • Great Western mainline: what does a £10bn rail upgrade buy you?

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2017/10/14 It has come years late, with bits missing and at double the price. But a landmark moment in one of rail’s most costly and controversial sagas, the Great Western mainline upgrade, may still give cause for appreciation this week, at the same time as an Inter City Express train carries passengers for the initial time along an electrified section of the route. The train and, in particular, the electrified track, have had a long and painful genesis: interlinked projects costing billions additional than originally planned. The idea to purchase bi-mode trains, able to run on diesel and electricity, was conceived by the Department for Transport a decade ago, leading to a new Hitachi assembly plant in Britain rolling out Class 800 trains.
  • Gambia orders govt appointees to fly economy class for cost saving

    GAMBIA, 2017/10/05 As part of cost cutting in government spending, a category of Gambian civil servants have been instructed to fly economy class, the Data Minister Demba Ali Jawo has disclosed. According to him, the decision was part of the outcome of a cabinet conference that was held on Monday. The affected appointees are Permanent Secretaries and persons holding the post of Director-General.
  • Aluminium-Lithium Alloys Fight Back

    FRANCE, 2017/09/16 At the same time as it comes to the aviation industry, new technologies and manufacturing techniques have been mounting a silent revolution in the new generation of commercial twin-aisle aircraft: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. Both these aircraft contain around 50% of CFRP composites, as opposed to their previous iterations where aluminium alloys had dominated. This explains why, at the same time as Boeing and Airbus introduced these two crafts several years ago, most experts thought that the next generation of planes would be made out of composites, a trend that would again expand to include smaller jets – but as turns out, they were wrong.
  • Kenya Airways Gets Permit For Direct U.S. Flights

    UNITED STATES, 2017/09/11 The United States government has granted Kenya Airways a permit to operate direct flights to America. According to an order issued by the Department of Transportation, the permit became effective on September 5. The Department of Transportation had in June recommended that KQ, as the airline is commonly known, be granted the permit if there were no public objections.
  • China to buy over $1tn worth of planes by 2036 as economy expands – Boeing

    CHINA, 2017/09/07 Economic increase in China has spurred an increasing request for aircraft, says Boeing. The US airplane maker has updated China's purchasing estimate to $1.1 trillion in the next two decades. Boeing estimates China will buy 7,240 aircraft by 2036, 6.3 % higher than the US company’s previous prediction of 6,810 planes last year.
  • Airport redevelopment part of Bahrain’s wider infrastructure push

    BAHRAIN, 2017/09/06 The move is part of the $1.1bn Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP) launched in 2015 to develop a new 220,000-sq-metre passenger terminal and conduct renovation work at the airport, which was last upgraded in 1994. Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications in June selected French technology company Thales and Switzerland’s telecoms services firm SITA as providers of Bahrain International Airport’s new security and operations management system. Due to be completed in 2020, the project is being funded by the Gulf Development Fund (GDF) and should allow the airport to handle roughly 14m passengers a year, up from 8m currently.