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Emirates Expands South African Presence With New Interline Agreement With Airlink

Johannesburg-based Airlink and Dubai-based Emirates have formed a new interline agreement that will connect passengers from the United Arab Emirates' capital to over 45 destinations in South Africa and neighboring countries. The new agreement comes after Airlink, a South African regional airline, cut its partnership with South African Airways in March. New Destinations Available for Emirati Passengers  The two airlines' new partnership will allow passengers flying from Dubai to Johannesburg and Cape Town to continue onwards to 45 destinations in…

Ethiopian Introduces Global COVID-19 Insurance

Ethiopian Airlines Group has introduced a global COVID-19 medical insurance scheme dubbed "Sheba Comfort" aimed at providing "an extra security measure" to all of its international passengers while ensuring they travel with a peace of mind. Sheba Comfort will cover all international flights booked through Ethiopian tickets, covering medical expenses,…

SAA Suspends All Operations As Government Continues to Look for…

On Tuesday, Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) announced that South African flag carrier South African Airways has suspended all operations and the airline put under "care and maintenance" until the ongoing discussions between the BRPs and the government lead to a deal with suitable funding for the airline. All existing cargo…

Mango’s Fleet Grounded Over Non-Payment, Still In ‘Critical Discussions’ with…

South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has withdrawn its maintenance services effective Sept. 27, due to outstanding payments owed by South African Airways budget carrier Mango Airlines. The entire fleet of Mango Airlines now remains grounded with Mango flights currently being operated by Johannesburg-based Global Aviation Operations, confirmed Operations Manager Sybrand…

Ethiopian Eyeing Stakes in South African Airways

Another day, another rumor that Africa's largest carrier Ethiopian is considering ways to potentially offer support to the insolvent South African Airways with sources familiar with the matter citing talks between Ethiopian Airlines Group eyeing stakes are already in place with the South African government. The long-rumored potential tie-up between…

Creditors Approve New Rescue Plan for South African Airways

South African Airways has had yet another business rescue plan approved by creditors. The new plan requires at least 10 billion rands funding ($596 million) of government funding to sustain the airline. This was approved during a creditors meeting held on Tuesday, July 14 by 86% of voters, as reported…

South African Airways to Receive $1.2 Billion Government Bailout

The South African government has agreed to finance the restructuring of South African Airways (SAA) as indicated in a copy of a draft plan shown on Monday. The draft plan involves a government agreement to spend R21 billion ($1.2 billion) to restructure SAA. According to the draft plan, a working…

South Africa Budgets More Funds for SAA and SA Express

In a briefing on Wednesday to the Parliament for the South Africa Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), acting Director-General Kgathatso Tlhakudi presented the department’s budget plan for state-owned South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express airlines. South Africa’s government is being asked to set aside R3.8 billion ($212 million) for…

Pandemic Continues to Fuel More Pressure on African Airlines

The global aviation industry remains to be the worst-hit industry with the unprecedented pandemic continuing to bite out the world's biggest economies which the industry plays an integral role. COVID-19 has hit African airlines with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) calling for collaborative efforts and the stakeholders developing an "all-inclusive…

South African Airways Axes Routes to Regain Profitability

As part of the bankruptcy protection process initiated at the end of 2019, South African Airways last week announced a series of measures that seek to return profitability to its operations. The process is in the hands of two consultants specialized in these practices, led by Siviwe Dongwana and Les…