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    SAA’s future remains in limbo as unions secure delay to rescue vote


    Decisions on the future of South African Airways have been pushed back by nearly three weeks, after three unions secured an adjournment of a crucial creditor meeting, in order to buy time to adjust the business rescue plan. The SAAPA, SACCA and NUMSA unions – representing pilots, cabin crew, ...

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    Morocco signs up for 24 AH-64E Apaches


    Boeing has secured a deal to supply Morocco with 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

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    Government urges support as SAA rescue faces critical creditor vote


    South African Airways’ creditors are set to decide the future of the troubled flag-carrier, more than half a year after it entered a business rescue scheme, with the government urging support for a new business plan. At least 75% support from creditor voting interests, following a meeting due to ...

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    Government reviewing funding proposals for restructuring SAA


    South Africa’s government is claiming to have received a number of unsolicited proposals to fund a new national airline in the aftermath of South African Airways’ business rescue process. These proposals have been received from private-sector funds, equity investors, and potential airline partners, says the government’s department of public ...

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    Comair rescuers seek time to consider funding offer


    South African carrier Comair’s rescue practitioners are exploring a potential offer of funding for the airline, and are seeking a further postponement to publication of a business plan. The practitioners have not identified the group behind the non-binding expression of interest. But they state that the offer of ...

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    South Africa’s Airlink bids to have SAA liquidated


    South African carrier Airlink is attempting to disrupt plans to convene a creditors’ meeting to discuss whether to approve the rescue plan for South African Airways, and is seeking to have the airline liquidated. The government’s department of public enterprises says Airlink has filed a court motion “aimed at ...

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    SAA rescue plan revises down initial heavy losses


    South African Airways’ final business rescue plan considerably revises down the losses projected over the first three years for the restructured carrier. While a draft plan circulated at the beginning of June indicated losses close to R20 billion ($1.1 billion) for the period, the final plan estimates pre-tax losses ...

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    SAA rescue plan sets out initial fleet and personnel requirements


    South African Airways’ resurrection plan would involve an initial restart period of eight months, running to January 2021. Over this period the fleet would be gradually built up to around 26 aircraft, comprising seven long-haul jets – about half of which would be in place at the end of ...

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    SA Express liquidation on hold as several potential investors emerge


    Provisional liquidators of South African regional carrier SA Express are attempting to find a buyer for the airline, claiming that they are engaging with six or seven parties which have expressed interest in the company. Their effort follows court approval on 15 June to extend their powers, in order ...

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    Government unsure over SAA plan as opposition demand carrier’s liquidation


    South Africa’s government has expressed doubts as to whether the long-awaited business rescue plan for South African Airways will meet its expectations for creating a viable and sustainable national carrier. Publication of the plan has also drawn condemnation from the opposition Democratic Alliance party, which says the strategy relies ...

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    Loss-making Air Namibia should be liquidated: president


    Air Namibia should be liquidated, the Namibian president has declared following an address to the country, a suggestion which has met objection from unions. President Hage Geingob was answering questions in the parliament building in Windhoek after delivering his state-of-the-nation speech on 4 June. The loss-making airline had ...

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    External carriers should be handed repatriation services: South African opposition


    South Africa’s shadow public enterprises minister is insisting that the government ease air transport pressures by allowing other operators to conduct repatriation services. Ghaleb Cachalia, from the opposition Democratic Alliance party, argues that South African Airways – which has been mired in a drawn-out business rescue process – does ...

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    SAA unions force further delay to business plan publication


    South African Airways’ rescuers are seeking creditors’ approval for a further postponement to the deadline for publishing a business plan for the embattled flag-carrier. The rescue practitioners have previously secured four extensions to deadlines for publishing a plan – the most recent to 8 June – since SAA entered ...

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    Comair to cut fleet and remain inactive until November


    South African carrier Comair requires a substantial cash injection and is unlikely to resume operations until at least November. Its fleet will also be reduced to 16 aircraft, comprising 13 Boeing 737-800s and three spare 737-400s. The airline’s business rescue practitioners have outlined the situation to creditors and ...

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    In depth

    Coronavirus pushes fragile African carriers closer to the edge


    While no region has escaped the impact of the coronavirus grounding, arguably its most immediate damage has been felt among Africa’s already struggling carriers.

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    South African carriers urge system stress-test to speed recovery


    South African carriers are urging the government to stress-test the early restoration of domestic air services, to quicken the introduction of an expanded route network. Operators have been forced to suspend services after South Africa entered a national lockdown on 26 March. The government’s coronavirus response plan entered ...

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    SAA draft rescue plan signals termination of half its fleet leases


    South African Airways’ rescuers are terminating leases on nearly half the airline’s 40 leased aircraft, while those on another 15 have been undergoing renegotiation. The carrier had a fleet of 49 jets when it entered the business rescue process on 5 December last year, including nine A340-300s and -600s ...

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    Congo Airways eyes expansion within Africa as competitors struggle


    Congo Airways’ decision to swap orders for Embraer 175s to larger E190-E2s party reflects an effort by the company to expand on routes previously served by financially struggling competitor South African Airways (SAA).

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    Draft plan indicates restructured SAA would lose R20bn in first three years


    Preliminary projections for a restructured South African Airways indicate the carrier would lose close to R20 billion ($1.1 billion) over the first three years, before it started turning a profit. The operation would have a fleet of 40 aircraft, according to a draft business plan obtained by the country’s ...

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    SAA rescuers request time to consult on government proposals


    South African Airways’ rescue practitioners are seeking an extension to the deadline for publishing a business plan for the troubled flag-carrier. Under South African legislation a business plan is normally required within 25 days of a company entering business rescue, but extensions can be granted if necessary. SAA, ...