SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS GETS ANOTHER GOVERNMENT BAILOUT

South African Airways (SAA) has received a government bailout of US$ 640 million dollars. SAA has been under business rescue since December 2019. The R10,5 availed to rescue the redundant carrier was generated from cutting budgets from other departments, public entities and conditional grants. Presenting the mid-term budget, South Africa’s minister of Finance Tito Mboweni said “R10.5 billion is allocated to SAA to implement its business rescue plan. This allocation is funded through reductions to

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FASTJET TO LINK VICTORIA FALLS WITH JOHANNESBURG IN DECEMBER 2020

Value based airline fastjet Zimbabwe will resume flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg from early December 2020. The airline released a statement announcing the route. “Fastjet is pleased to announce the reintroduction of flights between Victoria Falls International Airport and Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport from Thursday, 03 December 2020.” Fastjet Zimbabwe, Accountable Manager Ed Berry added, “We are pleased to be starting this route and to be working closely with Zimbabwe Tourism authorities, travel

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Uganda Airlines A330-800neo set for December Delivery

Uganda Airlines one of two Airbus A330-800neo is almost ready for delivery. Airbus released images of the freshly painted aircraft this week registered 5X-NIL.   Uganda resumed flights at the beginning of October with Uganda Airlines resuming flights to select destinations across the East African belt. Currently the Ugandan national carrier operated a fleet of 4 Mitsubishi CRJ900 jets. The addition of the A330-800NEO comes at a time the industry is facing uncertainty amid the

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FlySafair in Fleet Modernisation Drive

South Africa’s domestic airline FlySafair has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft. The new addition is one of two Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft sourced by the airline in an effort to increase capacity. “FlySafair has been slowly increasing capacity since restarting operations in June this year, and these new arrivals will allow for further expansion helping to increase capacity as demand for local travel grows,” reads a statement release by the airline. The

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WRENELLE STANDER APPOINTED NEW AASA CHAIRPERSON

British Airways/ComAir Chief Executive Officer Wrenelle Stander has been appointed as the chairperson of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA). Elmar Conradie, the Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s low-cost airline, Safair has been appointed as the deputy chairperson of the same body. Both will serve for the next 12 months and were appointed at the virtual 50th Annual General Meeting. Speaking on the appointment of Stander and Conradie, Chris Zweigenthal the CEO of

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