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South African Airways to enter into “business rescue”

South African Airways Boeing 737-844 WL ZS-SJS (msn 32632) JNB (Christian Volpati). Image: 948484.

South African Airways (SAA) is today (December 5) in a position to announce that the Board of Directors of SAA has adopted a resolution to place the company into business rescue at the earliest opportunity.

 

As previously announced, the SAA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have been in consultations with the shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), in an effort to find a solution to our company’s well-documented financial challenges.

 

The considered and unanimous conclusion has been to place the company into business rescue in order to create a better return for the company’s creditors and shareholders, than would result from any other available solution.

 

Furthermore, the company is seeking to minimize the destruction of value across its subsidiaries and provide the best prospects for selected activities within the group to continue operating successfully.

 

SAA understands that this decision presents many challenges and uncertainties for its staff. The company will engage in targeted communication and support for all employee groups at this difficult time.

 

SAA will endeavour to operate a new provisional timetable and will publish details shortly. The company greatly appreciates the continued support of both its customers and partners in the travel industry around the world.

 

The Board of Directors will also announce the appointment of business practitioners in the near future, and provide media updates as and when appropriate.

 

It is important to point out that services operated by SAA’s subsidiary airline, Mango, will continue as usual and as scheduled.

 

ISSUED BY SAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Boeing 737-844 WL ZS-SJS (msn 32632) JNB (Christian Volpati). Image: 948484.

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Unions end their strikes against South African, airline restores full service

South African Airways has issued this update:

South African Airways (SAA) is pleased to announce that the airline will be restoring a full flight schedule in stages over the weekend.

This process has been made possible following the agreement reached to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute between SAA and the coalition between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) unions.

In practical terms, this means that SAA will operate a near normal service on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Whilst there will be selected cancellations, principally on the domestic network and on a small number of regional flights, the airline expects to be able to provide service to all customers.  Any customers requiring re-accommodation on a rescheduled service or on another airline will be contacted accordingly or assisted at their departure airport.

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, SAA expects to operate its full schedule as usual. This means that SAA will operate services as usual on all three of its networks: domestic, regional (points on the African Continent) and international.

“We are delighted to be able to announce a resumption in normal schedules. On behalf of SAA, I would like to express our deep regret at the inconvenience caused to our loyal customers during this industrial dispute. We will continue to assist those passengers, that have still not been able to travel, to reach their intended destination as soon as possible,” said Philip Saunders, SAA’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“At the same time, I would like to express our commitment to return to the skies with renewed passion and energy to serve all our customers. We also thank our airline partners, Mango, Airlink and SA Express, for assisting us during this difficult period,” Saunders added.

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South African suspends services to Hong Kong, resumes some strike-impaired services

South African Airways (SAA) has announced the suspension of all services between Johannesburg and Hong Kong from Saturday, November 23, 2019 until and including, December 14, 2019.

This decision has been taken to curb significant financial losses incurred on the route, exacerbated recently by the ongoing political tensions in Hong Kong.

In other news, South African Airways (SAA) has also announced its intention to resume selected flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls, with effect from Thursday, November 21, 2019.

SAA is continuing to operate all international flights on an ongoing basis and without disruption. The airline is now also successfully operating services to six destinations on the African continent, namely Accra, Lagos, Lusaka, Maputo, Windhoek and Harare on an ongoing basis.

SAA would like to record its appreciation for those staff deciding to work despite receiving threats and intimidation from the unions. It is clear that SAA’s people are increasingly determined to put our customers first.

South African Airways cancels flights today and tomorrow due to a strike

Delivered on December 1, 2016

South African Airways (SAA) made this announcement for today and tomorrow:

South African Airways operations affected by industrial action. SAA has cancelled all domestic, regional and international flights for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16.

Additionally it issued this statement:

South African Airways (SAA) regrets to advise all customers that we been served with notification by the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACAA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) of their intention to embark on a strike effective Friday, 15 November 2019.

It is expected that the strike would cause maximum disruptions to SAA operations; therefore, in the best interest of protecting our customers and their travel plans, we have taken the decision to cancel all domestic, regional, and international flights on Friday 15 November 2019 and Saturday 16 November 2019, with the exception of a few international flights. Customers are requested not to travel to their departure airport unless in possession of a rebooked itinerary.

The following international flights would be operating:

Friday, November 15, 2019

DEPART ARRIVE

Maputo                   SA147      07:30        08:35

Lusaka                    SA067     07:15        09:15

Harare                    SA025      07:20       09:00

Windhoek               SA073      06:40       08:25

Accra                      SA210      09:10       16:55

Frankfurt                 SA261      20:45       08:25 next day

New York                SA204      10:40       08:15 next day

Munich                    SA265      21:05       07:40 next day

Hong Kong              SA287      23:50       07:10 next day

Perth                       SA281      23:40       04:55 next day

London                    SA235      19:00       07:05 next day

Washington             SA210      17:40       17:25 next day

The cancellations only affect flights operated by SAA. All flights operated on our partner airlines Mango, SA Express, Airlink and all codeshare partners will not be affected.

 

The following flight number ranges would operate normally:

SA1000 to SA1999

SA2000 to SA2999

SA7000 to SA7999

SA8000 to SA8999

Assistance will be provided to all ticketed customers holding a South African Airway is Ticket (only) through any SAA Contact Centre, City Ticket Office or dedicated Travel Agent with the following conditions:

– Rebook onto another South African Airways flight for any flight until 31st October 2020 at no extra charge and subject to availability in the same booking class

– If the customer no longer wishes to travel, then the booking can be cancelled and a full refund (including taxes) will be offered to the original form of payment.

– Re-routing would be permitted, Where possible rebook onto flight(s) operated by any of SAA’s Star Alliance, Codeshare and Interline Partners to transport customers to their final destination with minimal disruption.

– Change of cabin will not be permitted

– All tickets must be reissued on or before 30th November 2019.

– SAA will not be able to provide any support for Special Service Requests or Unaccompanied Minors during this period of Industrial Action

Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A330-343 ZS-SXI (msn 1745) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 946361.

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SAA is introducing the Airbus A350-900 between New York – JFK and Johannesburg

South African Airways has made this announcement:

South African Airways is introducing the most technology-advanced aircraft available for ultra-long-haul flying with the new Airbus A350-900 on nonstop flights between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The A350-900 will accommodate 339 customers across Premium Business Class, Extra Legroom Economy and Economy cabins that are designed for maximum comfort. The exclusive Premium Business Class Cabin will provide 30 seats, each of which can be converted to a fully flat bed. Extra Legroom Economy with 63 seats, offers more personal space with 35 inches of pitch. These seats are located in the first six rows of the Economy cabin allowing our customers seated in this section to quickly deplane upon arrival. Customers in Economy Class will enjoy newly designed slim-line seats with adjustable headrests. Each seat in both Extra Legroom Economy and Economy are equipped with a USB port and access to PC power ports, an on-demand entertainment system with high definition 10” screens to enjoy movies, television shows, interactive games or audio programming.

All customers on board will benefit from the aircraft’s larger windows, improved LED lighting, and optimized cabin pressure and temperature controls which allow you to feel relaxed and refreshed upon arrival. Additionally, the A350-900 reduces fuel burn by approximately 20% when compared to the current aircraft operating on the route, thereby significantly reducing carbon emissions.

In other news, South African Airways and Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, announced a new code share agreement for customers traveling between New York – JFK and the Seychelles.

The new code share partnership with Air Seychelles will provide convenient connections and a seamless travel experience for travelers during their entire journey. Customers on both carriers will be able to book flights operated by the other and enjoy the added convenience of travel on one single electronic ticket and through interline baggage transfer upon check-in

with each airline in the U.S. or the Seychelles. Air Seychelles offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services.

South African grounds some aircraft due to maintenance issues

South African Airways issued this statement:

South African Airways (SAA) advises customers that it may operate an amended flight schedule following a decision to recall some of its aircraft to undertake compliance verification in line with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) requirements.

The decision to recall the aircraft follows an oversight inspection conducted by SACAA at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary, South African Airways Technical (SAAT).

Some of the flights will operate later than usual and SAA has implemented its contingency plans to ensure business continuity.

Whilst there were only four (4) domestic flight cancellations, SAA took steps to combine flights and deploy bigger aircraft to accommodate affected passengers. This has significantly reduced the impact of the inconvenience on the customers.

SAA understands that the inspection conducted by SACAA was in accordance with its regulations and a necessary exercise to ensure compliance and safety.

SAA apologises for the inconvenience caused to its customers and passengers.

SAA will continue to update the situation on an ongoing basis.

South African Airways to introduce the Airbus A350-900 on the New York JFK route

South African Airways has made this announcement:

South African Airways (SAA) is introducing the latest technology, available in ultra-long-haul aircraft, hailing exciting news for customers travelling nonstop between Johannesburg and New York JFK.

SAA will supplement its existing long-haul fleet with new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which are modern, twin-engine, and wide-body aircraft. These new-generation aircraft boast fuel-efficiency and other benefits and advantages. The aircraft will operate on one of SAA’s ultra-long haul routes between Johannesburg and New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), replacing the A340-600 aircraft on this route and will still be operated on a nonstop basis.

SAA will lease the aircraft for up to three years.

The A350 configuration has 246 Economy Class seats with the first six rows offering extra legroom to provide a more comfortable experience, especially on longer flights. The Business Class cabin has lie flat beds.

SAA will take delivery of the aircraft in the second half of 2019. The aircraft will be operational in SAA’s branding as soon as SAA has met the regulatory authority requirements.

Photo: South African Airways.