All SA Express articles

  • Auction CRJ200

    Initial expressions of interest sought for SA Express jets


    Assets of South African regional carrier SA Express, including Bombardier CRJ200 jets, are being advertised online as part of an initial process to obtain expressions of interest, as the airline edges towards liquidation. The airline was placed in provisional liquidation on 28 April but a final liquidation order has ...

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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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    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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    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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    Government puts R10bn aside for SAA in medium term


    South Africa’s government has provisionally set aside R3.8 billion ($212 million) for troubled flag-carrier South African Airways and another R164 million for SA Express in the current fiscal year. Department of public enterprises deputy director general Kgathatso Tlhakudi gave the figure during a 20 May presentation before the parliamentary ...

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    Coronavirus crisis threatens to push South African carriers over the edge


    While the coronavirus pandemic has had a wide-ranging impact across African carriers, the timing of the crisis has been particularly calamitous for South Africa’s struggling airline sector.

  • Siza Mzimela, South African Airlines

    Interim chief Mzimela leaves struggling SA Express


    Interim chief executive Siza Mzimela is leaving SA Express after 18 months in the role at the challenged South African regional carrier.

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    Pressured SA Express suspends services until further notice


    South African regional carrier SA Express is suspending operations until further notice, in response to various pressures on the airline. While it mentions the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, SA Express indicates this is only one consideration behind its decision, attributing the suspension to “adverse recent developments”. The airline had ...

  • SA Express CRJ

    SA Express confirms business rescue restructuring move


    SA Express’ operations are continuing as normal after the South African regional and domestic operator confirmed it is now under a formal business rescue restructuring process

  • SAA A350

    Why South African Airways network cuts prove painful to implement


    One thing perennial struggler South African Airways has not been short of over the years is restructuring plans. Its latest, proposed under formal restructuring, features a further retrenchment that continues the paring back of its network.

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    SA Express objects as court orders business rescue


    South African operator SA Express has been ordered to enter into business rescue, two months after a similar decision was made for flag-carrier South African Airways. SA Express operates a route network in southern Africa using a fleet of Bombardier CRJs and Q400s. While the business rescue has ...

  • News

    SAA and SA Express 'not going concerns': minister


    South Africa’s public enterprises minister has informed the country’s parliament that South African Airways and SA Express are not going concerns, in a letter explaining delays in the carriers’ annual report submission.

  • SAA fleet

    ANALYSIS: SAA still needs time to complete restructuring


    A year since the taking the reins at South African Airways, it is probably safe to say that the one thing chief executive Vuyani Jarana needs most of all right now is more time.

  • News

    Fresh bailouts for SAA and SA Express


    South Africa's treasury has earmarked a further R5 billion ($349 million) to help the nation's struggling flag carrier to settle maturing debt over the next six month, as well as R1.2 billion support for a state-owned regional airline.

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    ANALYSIS: Ethiopian cements position as African rivals falter


    A dominant theme in African commercial aviation this year has been the widening gap between Ethiopian Airlines’ fortunes and the misfortunes of its rivals in the region.

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    SA Express studies MRO options after operational restart


    ​South African regional carrier SA Express is discussing a potential cooperation with defence manufacturer Denel's maintenance arm as part of evaluations about the airline's future MRO strategy.