South African Airways on September 23 resumed operations after being shut down for a year and reorganized as a leaner carrier.
The flag carrier issued this statement:
Following months of preparation after exiting business rescue, SAA has resumed both domestic and continental service. The carrier’s first scheduled flight flew from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to Cape Town International on Thursday, September 23, 2021 and is one of three return flights per day between the two cities. Flights are also started to five African capitals – Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, and Maputo.
SAA’s Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo says, “This week is a proud and significant one for SAA and its staff as well as all South African citizens. Our journey back to the skies has not been easy and I pay tribute to our dedicated workforce in all areas of the business all of whom have and are putting in long hours ahead of this day. People in every facet of the business want nothing more than for SAA to succeed and for us to build a new airline based on safety and exemplary customer service.”
Kgokolo says while SAA has big ambitions it’s overriding ethos will be one of responsible and prudent fiscal management and a commitment to transparency. “We restart this business with a new vision of pride in the brand and one that has been inculcated into every staff member. Our first order of business is to service our start-up routes efficiently and profitably and then look to expanding the network and growing our fleet, all depending on demand and market conditions.
Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A320-232 ZS-SZY (msn 5011) JNB (Christian Volpati). Image: 955216.
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