saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) chairwoman Dudu Myeni may have blown a hole in a critical arbitration between the SAA Pilots Association, SAA and Mango when she said SAA subsidised Mango.  

SAA pilots are demanding the right to fly for Mango, as career progression in SAA is slowing down, while Mango has been growing.  But SAA pilots have conditions and pay way better than those at Mango, which is one of the reasons for Mango’s lower costs.  The SAA pilots’ claim rests on the "scope agreement" that it has with SAA, stating that SAA pilots will service all flying done by or in the service of SAA.  While SAA’s case in the arbitration was that Mango is a standalone company as it is a 100% subsidiary of SAA, the pilots argued that SAA subsidised Mango and the two companies were not distinct.  The arbitration ended last week and judgment is expected in two weeks, but SAA's statement about Mango is unlikely to go unconsidered by the mediators.

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