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South African Airways - logoAs the aviation world watches, South African Airways (SAA) emerges from uncertainty with a clear vision for the future. The recent announcement that SAA will retain its independence from Takatso Aviation marks a pivotal moment, ensuring the flag carrier’s place in the skies for years.

Sustainable Growth on the Horizon

The journey has been extended, with SAA undertaking significant restructuring over the past 33 months. This deliberate path towards recovery has seen the airline resume operations and expand them considerably. After a modest restart in September 2021 with seven routes and six aircraft, SAA has doubled its offerings and is looking to increase its fleet with four additional Airbus A320s. April will see the inauguration of a second intercontinental route to Perth, signalling SAA’s commitment to connecting South Africa with the world.

A newfound financial independence backs this resurgence. Diversifying its funding options beyond the South African national fiscus, SAA now leverages unencumbered assets and an improved credit rating to secure its expansion. The airline’s recovery has opened doors to previously inaccessible funding opportunities, ensuring a stable foundation for growth.

A Bright Future for Partners and Customers

For passengers and partners, SAA’s revival is more than a promise—it’s a commitment. The executive management team, led by Prof. M John Lamola, anticipates a future filled with opportunities for collaboration and excellence. The support from global stakeholders, including memberships with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the African Association of Airlines (AFRAA), and the Star Alliance network, underscores the airline’s respected position in the industry.

As SAA looks ahead, it does so with the legacy of 90 years of resilience and service excellence as its guide. With a strategic vision for sustainable growth, SAA is not just planning for the next 90 years but actively laying the groundwork for a future where it continues to soar.

Thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we embark on a journey of remarkable achievements and shared success.

Yours sincerely, Prof. M John Lamola, Interim Chief Executive Officer.




Written by: My Thanh Pham