South African Airways

South African Airways Seeks to Reassures Passengers as Deadline for $274 Million Emergency Bailout Nears

South African Airways (SAA) has sought to reassure passengers as the deadline for a four billion Rand (USD$274 million) bailout nears.  The South African government has until the end of today to inject the emergency funds for the State-owned airline…

South African Government Guarantees $273 Million to Save National Airline But Refuses to Call it a “Bailout”

In a new development, embattled South African Airways (SAA) is to receive a total of 4 billion Rand (USD $273 million) in new financial assistance guaranteed by the government in order to keep the heavily loss-making flag carrier flying.  The…

South African Airline Unions Call for “Full-On” Secondary Strike That Threatens to Grind Aviation Sector to a Halt

South African Airways says the threat of a full-on secondary strike by the country’s aviation unions would “bring all airport operations to a halt and create huge damage to the South African economy”.  The South African cabin crew association (SACCA)…

Does South African Airways Really Have More Than Seven Times As Many Employees As Bigger Rivals?

South African Airways and two unions that represent cabin crew and some ground-based employees have agreed to meet with independent mediators in an attempt to break a deadlock in pay talks that led to a 48-hour strike on Friday and…

South African Airways Cabin Crew Strike “Endangers Future of the Airline”: All Flights Cancelled Friday and Saturday

An indefinite strike by cabin crew and other workers at South African Airways is at risk of endangering the very future of the airline according to a stark warning from management at the carrier.  Cabin crew are expected to down…

Four South African Airlines Ground Planes for Urgent Checks Ordered by Aviation Regulators

Four South African-based airlines have been forced to ground planes overnight following an inspection by aviation regulators at a maintenance facility they all use.  The South African Civil Aviation Authority has not yet said what exactly prompted such drastic to…

Two Members of South African Airways Cabin Crew Arrested in Hong Kong Drug Smuggling Bust

Two members of cabin crew working for South African Airways have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of attempting to smuggle cocaine with a street value of nearly USD$3 million (HKD$23 million / R45 million) into the territory.  Officials…

Bodyguard Star Deborah Cox Caught Up In South African Airways Emergency Landing

South African Airways (SAA) has apologised after one of its aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing back into Accra International Airport on Sunday evening.  Onboard the aircraft was Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox who documented the unfolding emergency…

Ignore the Usual Awards: Is South African Airways Actually the Best Airline in the World?

It feels like we’re in the midst of airline awards season at the moment and as usual, there aren’t many surprises.  The latest results from hotel and airline rating site Tripadvisor put Singapore Airlines as the number 1 airline in…

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