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A SA Express Dash-8-Q400 aircraft. (Photo: Bob Adams from George, South Africa (SA Express Dash 8-Q400 ZS-NMS) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

SA Express Grounded by South African Civil Aviation a Day After SAA Merger Announcement

The South African commercial aviation sector took another hit this week with the announcement Friday that all South African (SA) Express flights were to be grounded immediately due to maintenance concerns. Following the announcement, news agency Fin24 reported that South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) was behind the grounding of the SA Express fleet. “SACAA suspended SA Express' Operator's Certificate, as well as its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation approvals," the site reported. "SACAA has also suspended the Certificates of Airworthiness for…

South African Airways Posts Seventh Straight Loss, Shows Uncertain Future

South African Airways (SAA) is facing an uncertain future after reporting its seventh straight loss for the latest fiscal year 2017-18. The 5.7 billion rand (445 million dollars) loss, a figure more than double that expected, is the largest since the airline reported a 6.1 billion rand (476 million dollars) loss…

Struggling South African Airways to Receive $400 Million Capital Injection

The South African government has promised another sizeable cash injection to its ailing national carrier to assist with "urgent financial obligations," it was announced on Thursday. The latest 5 billion rand ($400 million) boost will mean that the airline has received over $2 billion in government subsidies in recent years. South African…

Cathay Pacific Adds Second South African Destination

Starting November 2018, Cathay Pacific will launch seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) from Hong Kong. The new flight will be flown by Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350-1000 three times a week, and will be the first non-stop flight between Cape Town and Asia in over six…