Valius Venckunas

South African government says it is committed to financing SAA

The bankruptcy administrators of South African Airways (SAA) were told that the government was committed to provide 10.5 billion rand ($650 million) to the restructured airline....


Pijus Jauniskis

Air Zimbabwe to continue operations after six-month travel ban

On September 16, 2020, Air Zimbabwe issued a statement announcing the resumption of some of its domestic and regional flights. The flight resumption comes following the Zimbabwean government’s decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions....


Valius Venckunas

Water, smoke and arcing electricity in the cockpit of Safair B737

On December 10, 2019, a crew of Boeing 737-400 belonging to South African low-cost carrier Safair experienced an incident reminiscent of a Hollywood action movie, as sparks started flying and smoke filled the cockpit....


Michael Jonga

South African government engages investors keen on state carrier

Despite South African Airways having faced a rather turbulent decade, the South African government has initiated discussions with private investors who have shown an interest in buying into the state...


Valius Venckunas

Twist in SAA saga: new rescue plan approved

South African Airways (SAA) rescue plan was approved by creditors on July 14, 2020, ensuring that the airline will continue to function as long as the government provides the funding to keep it afloat.  ...


Michael Jonga

Former Comair CEO eyes for new & efficient South African Airline

Given the recent events the industry has faced in the first half of 2020, many people would question the timing and strategy tied with a carrier launch especially in the African aviation sector as a m...


Michael Jonga

South African Airways‘ rescue plan priced at $580 million

As part of an ongoing restructuring process and effort to salvage South African Airways and maintain the airline as South Africa‘s main state carrier, a rescue plan involving a 10 billion rands ($580...


Clement Charpentreau

Another government bailout for South African Airways?

The South African government is ready to inject more cash into South African Airways, a leaked draft plan revealed. $1.8 billion could be allocated as part of a “final” restructuring plan....


AeroTime Team

South African Comair enters administration

Comair, South African passenger airline and a franchise of British Airways, entered administration on May 5, 2020.  The airline became the third carrier from South Africa to reach the brink of collapse within a week’s span. ...


Clement Charpentreau

South African Airways to be replaced by new airline

The South African government announced that a new national airline would be created on the ruins of South African Airways (SAA), whose fall was accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic....