All South African Airways articles

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    SAA tie-up reflects need for African airline collaboration: Kenya Airways chief


    African airlines must work together to “change the face of aviation” if the region’s industry is to be competitive after the Covid-19 pandemic, in the view of Kenya Airways Group chief executive Allan Kilavuka.

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    SAA and Kenya Airways ink pact eyeing pan-African co-operation


    Kenya Airways and South African Airways have struck a preliminary co-operation deal with a longer term view of launching a pan-African airline group.

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    South African Airways resumes flights for first time in a year


    Restructured South African Airways has this morning resumed flights, carrying out its first service since last year on the Johannesburg-Cape Town domestic route.

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    South African Airways and Comair to restart flights in September


    South African Airways plans to resume passenger flights on 23 September, restoring services after a major restructuring and the continued impact of the pandemic on air travel demand.

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    SAA closes in on relaunch after operating licence renewed


    South African Airways has taken a step closer to resuming operations after the country’s civil aviation regulator renewed the carrier’s operating licence.

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    Airline Business Weekly Briefing: Vaccine inequity weighs on African recovery


    The danger is that in a world where Covid jabs are the main currency for international travel, a region such as Africa, where only around 2% of the population has received a vaccine dose, is further pushed into the mire.

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    Opposition and unions concerned government will abandon Mango


    South Africa’s political opposition and aviation unions are concerned that the government is prepared to abandon South African Airways’ subsidiaries, including operator Mango, in order to remove potential obstacles to the proposed strategic partnership deal for the flag-carrier. Under a legislative act for special appropriations, signed off on 6 ...

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    Low-cost unit Mango to enter business rescue: SAA chief


    South African Airways’ (SAA) challenged low-cost carrier unit Mango Airlines is set to enter a formal business rescue process, the acting head of its parent airline Thomas Kgokolo has disclosed.

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    SAA reaches peace deal with pilots after months of wrangling


    South African Airways has reached an agreement with its pilots’ association which, it hopes, will mark an end to a drawn-out conflict over the carrier’s restructuring programme. The carrier says members of the cockpit association have overwhelmingly backed the agreement, with almost 95% voting in favour. Negotiations have ...

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    Opposition sceptical over details of SAA public-private pact


    South Africa’s political opposition has expressed characteristic scepticism over the public-private partnership unveiled for flag-carrier South African Airways, questioning the financing of the proposed agreement. The Democratic Alliance says the deal includes the Takatso consortium’s acquiring a 51% stake in SAA and providing R3 billion ($220 million) in capital. ...

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    South African government to sell majority of SAA to investor consortium


    South Africa’s government is to sell a majority share in South African Airways to a consortium of investors, as part of the effort to relaunch the troubled flag-carrier. Preferred investment consortium Takatso would take a 51% stake in the airline while the government would retain the balance, as well ...

  • Mango Airlines

    South African airline woes continue as Mango reportedly set to pause flights


    Low-cost carrier Mango appears to be the latest South African operator to run into financial difficulties amid reports the airline could temporarily suspend flights in May and seek to enter a formal restructuring until it can secure state funds.

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    Ethiopian reports lack of progress in SAA joint-venture talks


    Ethiopian Airlines is making slow progress with talks regarding cooperation with South African Airways, according to the former’s chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam.

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    Government urged to direct SAA rescue funds to vaccine resource


    South Africa’s political opposition is urging the country’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, to abandon the R10 billion ($680 million) funding plan to restructure South African Airways and plough the capital into a vaccination programme. The Democratic Alliance has written to Mboweni claiming that the government should “divert” the SAA ...

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    Airlink loses case to retrieve revenues held by former partner SAA


    South African carrier Airlink has failed to convince the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal that it is owed R510 million ($33 million) in ticket funds held by South African Airways. The court has upheld a Gauteng high court decision rejecting Airlink’s claim to the ticket revenues collected by SAA ...

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    Government defends public funding of SAA rescue plan


    South Africa’s government has defended its R10.5 billion ($640 million) funding of South African Airways’ rescue plan, insisting that the financing will help finalise the restructuring and assist the selection of a strategic equity partner. It is dismissing criticism of the plan from the Democratic Alliance, its political opposition, ...

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    South Africans urged to boycott SAA over government bailout


    South African citizens are being urged to boycott flag-carrier South African Airways by an anti-maladministration organisation which focuses on the country’s state-owned enterprises. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has sharply criticised the South African finance ministry’s bailout of SAA in its mid-term budget, after months of uncertainty over the ...

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    Finance minister castigated as state bails out SAA


    South African Airways is to be allocated R10.5 billion ($642 million) to implement its business rescue plan, the country’s finance minister has disclosed in a speech to parliament. Tito Mboweni outlined the funding in a medium-term budget policy statement on 28 October. He said that R10.5 billion would ...

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    SAA maintenance arm lifts service suspension against house carriers


    South African Airways’ maintenance arm, SAA Technical, has started reinstating its services after suspending them to four customers over outstanding payments. It says it has reached an agreement with two of these customers – SAA itself and sister carrier Mango – but is still holding talks with the other ...

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    SAA suspends operations as rescuers seek to preserve finances


    South African Airways has suspended all airline operations while its rescuers assess options to obtain urgent funding for the embattled flag-carrier. While the government has been claiming continuous engagement with potential funding sources, SAA’s rescue practitioners have warned of dwindling reserves, and have been keeping creditors updated over the ...