South Africa

New South African airline LIFT nears flights launch

The new South African airline prepares to overpower the domestic services while operating three Airbus 320 aircraft to two destinations....


New Uber-inspired South African airline to fly in December 2020

A new low-cost South African airline is set to launch on December 10, 2020 ‒ just in time for the holiday season....


SAA suspends operations, no funding found

South African Airways (SAA) is being put under “care and maintenance” by administrators in charge of its restructuring, meaning a complete stop of the carrier's operations....


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....


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....


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....


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...


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.  ...


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...


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...