South African Airways has in the past months been gradually returning leased aircraft to the lessors in accordance with the Business Rescue Plan proposal to reduce both the fleet and route network.
Speaking to local media, spokesperson of the Business Rescue Practitioners, Louise Brugman, “SAA will terminate all its aircraft leases by the end of the month, the last to leave being three narrow-body A320s will be returned to lessors at the end of the month, along with two wide-body A350s sub-leased from Air Mauritius.”
The new SAA is primed to operate six narrow bodied jets in the short run then adds up 10 narrow bodies before finally adding seven wide bodied for international operations by December 2021 with a fleet of 26 aircraft.
The single functional A320 is currently under charter on United Nations, World Food Programme assignments. Prior to the Business Rescue, SAA operated a number of A340s and is now struggling to get rid of nine of these.
In July, SAA returned two A350 (ZS-SDC and ZS-SDD) to the lessors Avolon and the aircraft were delivered to a Spanish aircraft storage airport, Teruel Airport. The two A350s joined another SAA A330 (ZS-SXU) at the Spanish storage airport.
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