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Kenyan lawmakers propose nationalisation of Kenya Airways

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2019 Kenya’s Parliamentary transport committee proposed the nationalisation of Kenya Airways after rejecting the airline’s proposal to allow it to manage the nation’s biggest airport. The committee proposed creating a holding company with four subsidiaries including the carrier and the Jomo Kenyatta... 

State capture inquiry hears about 'Myeni's person' at SAA

By: News24Wire      18th June 2019 The judicial commission of inquiry into State capture on Tuesday heard from a former South African Airways executive about how she was advised by then board chairperson Dudu Myeni to interact with her "personal advisor". The airline's former chief financial officer Phumeza Nhantsi, a chartered... 

SAA defends interim CEO, warns against strikes 

By: News24Wire      18th June 2019 The board of South African Airways has backed its new interim CEO Zukisa Ramasia after the South African Airways Pilots Association criticised her appointment and threatened to go on strike.  Ramasia was appointed as the flag carrier's interim head earlier this month after Vuyani Jarana stepped... 

Threats to embark on industrial action could hurt SAA, airline warns

By: Nadine James     18th June 2019 South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday noted a “deep sense of disappointment” at the South African Airways Pilots’ Association’s (Saapa’s) comments that it may embark on industrial action in protest against the appointment of Zukisa Ramasia as the airline’s acting CEO. Saapa chairperson Captain... 

South African Express says that it is turning itself around

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African State-owned regional airline SA Express (SAX) affirmed on Friday that it was making substantial progress in its turnaround programme. It has also been taking action against employees found to have been engaged in wrongdoing. All those employees who have been charged with offences,... 

Unions agree to give SAA one week to deal with their demands on Jarana

By: African News Agency      14th June 2019 Workers unions at the South African Airways said on Friday the State-owned airline has requested one week to deal with their demands of reinstating Vuyani Jarana as group chief executive and a complete overhaul of the board. This as the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South... 

Comair expects financial hit from 737 MAX grounding, but is filling the fleet gap

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair has suffered financially from having to ground its newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX airliner earlier this year, following two fatal crashes involving the type in just five months in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed 346 people. “We’re obviously... 

Comair’s new CEOs to press ahead with diversification strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced at the end of last month, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance and Star Air Cargo. The deal involves paying the sellers... 

Unions demand reinstatement of former CEO of SAA and purge of its board

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association jointly presented a memorandum to beleaguered State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday. The memorandum contained a number of demands. “Should our demands not be met, we... 

Kenya Airways proposes State-run structure as airport bid fails

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 Kenya Airways is willing to operate under a State-owned holding company after the troubled airline failed in its bid to jointly run the country’s main airport, according to chairperson Michael Joseph. Lawmakers in the East African nation in May rejected the airline’s proposal to operate Jomo... 

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