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SAA should go into business rescue: Aviation analyst

South African Airways needs to go into business rescue to avoid liquidation. That’s the view of at least one aviation industry expert as the airline awaits the Treasury’s decision on a key aircraft leasing deal. SAA wants to restructure its aircraft deal with manufacturer Airbus. The proposal reportedly championed by chairperson Dudu Myeni is for the planes to now be leased th...

South African Airways introduce new lounge

South African Airways has opened its new VIA lounge in the domestic departure area of OR Tambo International Airport. The lounge features a seating area, dining, an art gallery, an area for children to play, runway views and high speed internet, offering services for both relaxing and working.   SAA business class, Voyager Lifetime Platinum, Platinum, Gold and Silver members, SAA V...

Air Chefs receives ISO 22000 food safety certification

South African Airways’ (SAA) catering arm, Air Chefs, has received ISO 22000 food safety certification, opening doors for further catering contracts. The ISO 22000 certification which Air Chefs received, makes it the only airline catering company in Southern Africa to have received this global food safety management system standard at all its food manufacturing plants, giving it traceabil...

South African Airways suspends its Chief Commercial Officer

South African Airways (SAA) has taken a decision to suspend its Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Sylvain Bosc, pursuant to a forensic investigation by ENSafrica into various allegations that were received through the Deloittes Tip Offs hotline. The forensic investigation confirmed that there is substance to a tip-off allegation which suggested that: “Sylvain doctored the numbers for Abu Dhabi...

Fire at Power Station Delays Flights at South Africa's Cape Town Airport

A fire at a power sub-station near South Africa's Cape Town International Airport delayed flights on Tuesday as fire fighters battled to put out the blaze, an airport official said. Flights were delayed by up to 45 minutes and some services at the airport were operating on back-up power supplies. "We have back-up systems which are coming online with power. There are some baggag...

CAMCOPTER continues trial success

CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) has completed successful shipboard trials when demonstrating its compatibilities to the South African Navy. The S-100 continued its trials last week, at False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.   The S-100 has the ability to extend the eyes and ears of maritime commander beyond the range of on-board sensors.   The unmanned helicopt...

IATA speaks out on South African visa and immigration changes

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a statement in support of the changes made to South Africa's visa and immigration regulations. However, in spite of its support, IATA suggests a need for urgency in announcing the changes: “We urge the South African Government to communicate the changes clearly, expeditiously and effectively to all markets so that th...

Southern African airlines face crisis

The Southern African airline industry is facing a crisis as demand for flights decreases and profits drop. The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned that the airlines ability to create jobs and stimulate economic growth is under threat, mirroring the lack of economic growth across the region.   AASA CEO Chris Zweigenthal explained: “Most African airlines h...

South African Airways partners with Samsung

South African Airways (SAA) has entered into a partnership with Samsung Electronics South Africa to upgrade the in-flight entertainment offered to business class customers travelling on regional flights.     “Our partnership with Samsung is key to our value proposition and will set us apart from our competitors, where no such offering currently exists. We believe tha...

SAA experiences delays due to strike action by employees of Ground Handling Company

South African Airways (SAA) is experiencing flight delays due to industrial action by ground handling staff at OR Tambo International Airport. Swissport, a company providing ground handling services to SAA and other airlines, has advised that some of its employees have embarked on unprotected strike action and will be implementing contingency measures to mitigate the impact on operations...

World Routes 2016 to Take Place in Chengdu, China

As another successful World Routes draws to a close on the African continent, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, has officially handed the event over to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China for 2016. Speaking at the close of the 21st World Route Development Forum in Durban today, Mr Huang Ping, Minister of Chengdu Municipal Government, says: "Hostin...