All South African Airways articles – Page 2

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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 ...

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    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 ...

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    South Africa’s airline sector can overcome challenges


    The country has been hit hard by Covid-19, exacerbating connectivity challenges created by SAA’s retrenchment, but there is hope that the sector will recover, writes Zuks Ramasia, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa

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    South African Airways will not be liquidated: government


    South Africa’s government is insisting that flag-carrier South African Airways will not be liquidated, and that it will detail measures relating to funding the airline in upcoming legislation. Its department of public enterprises gave the reassurance as creditors met to discuss the airline’s future, after its rescue practitioners warned ...

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    SAA creditors to meet as critical rescue funds fail to materialise


    South African Airways’ rescue practitioners are to call a meeting of creditors to discuss the future of the troubled company after doubts emerged over crucial government funding for the airline’s business plan. The practitioners had warned on 10 September that procuring the funding necessary to support the plan was ...

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    SAA restructuring team sifts through unsolicited investor approaches


    More than 10 unsolicited approaches expressing interest in South African Airways have been received from potential investors and partners. The South African government’s department of public enterprises states that the approaches concern SAA and its subsidiaries Mango Airlines, SAA Technical, and catering arm Air Chefs. “[We have] been ...

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    Opposition remains highly suspicious over SAA rescue funding


    South Africa’s treasury has yet to detail how it intends to fund the rescue plan for South African Airways, as the country’s political opposition warns that it will intervene to prevent any illegitimate attempts to finance the airline’s revival. While finance minister Tito Mboweni appears to have reassured the ...

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    Government yet to clarify any funding commitment to rescue SAA


    South African Airways’ state shareholder, the department of public enterprises, is claiming that the government is committing to funding the newly-agreed rescue plan for the airline, but details on the source of any financial support remain hazy. The department says the government is required to provide the rescue practitioners ...

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    Creditors approve South African Airways rescue plan


    Creditors have today approved a business rescue plan (BRP) for South African Airways.

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    Government tries to divide SAA pilots as creditor vote looms


    South Africa’s government is appealing to individual South African Airways pilots to break from their union’s position and accept voluntary severance packages, as the beleaguered airline faces a critical creditor vote on its proposed rescue. Cockpit union SAAPA has put forward alternative proposals intended to reduce retrenchments and increase ...