South African Airways is to be placed into a “business recuse” following a sharp deterioration in its financial position. The flag-carrier has battled mounting losses for a number of years, and will now seek an equity partner as the South African government looks to limit its liability.
The news comes after labour groups staged days of strikes in response to a decision from the carrier to cut almost 1,000 jobs and rejected union demands for an eight per cent wage increase.
South African Airways will increase its frequency on non-stop flights between Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport to five days weekly starting April 2nd.
South African Airways has announced plans to introduce the new A330-300 on the London route from March. The airline has also decided to adjust frequencies on the route to a single daily service.
South African Airways made history earlier when a plane going to Cape Town from Johannesburg became Africa’s first to fly on jet fuel made from tobacco plants. Boeing 737-800 flights on SAA and low-cost subsidiary Mango between Johannesburg and Cape Town were the first sustainable biofuel flights to take place on the African continent.
Etihad Airways is now able to provide enhanced access to and from South Africa following the launch of a new daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi by its codeshare partner, South African Airways. A delegation of senior SAA management, South African government officials and visiting travel trade and media representatives, was welcomed to Abu Dhabi when flight SA 278 touched down on schedule at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 20:25 last night.
South African Airways will resume its daily nonstop flights between Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York-JFK International Airport, on March 7th. The resumption of the nonstop service on the northbound flight from Johannesburg to New York-JFK will reduce the overall travel time on the route by nearly 90 minutes.
Etihad Airways and South African Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership, marking a new era of cooperation between the two national flag carriers. As part of the extended cooperation, South African Airways will launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi on March 29th 2015, which will complement Etihad Airways’ existing flights between the two cities to offer a combined double-daily frequency on the route.
South African Airways is undergoing final preparations ahead of its move to the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow tomorrow. Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal is the new home of Star Alliance at London Heathrow and will offer SAA’s passengers an unrivalled travel experience with easy transfers, whether flying to or from London or making a connection.
Travelport has announced a further merchandising milestone as South African Airways becomes the first carrier in Africa to sign up for Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding. Travelport Rich Content & Branding is highly progressive technology which enables airlines to more effectively control how their fares are visually presented and described on travel agency screens, bringing them more in line with the airline’s own website experience.
Kenya Tourism Board has successfully defended its title as Africa’s Leading Tourist Board as World Travel Awards winners in Africa & Indian Ocean are revealed. The organisation was among the most successful entrants at the 2014 awards, taking the prize for the third consecutive year, while South Africa Airways took the trophy for Africa’s Leading Airline.