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saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that the South African Airways Pilots’ Association (Saapa) has reiterated its commitment to the national airline and its support of chief executive Vuyani Jarana’s efforts to turn the state-owned airline around.  

In a statement on Wednesday, Saapa chairperson Grant Back said:  “We believe that SAA can be saved and can be an African leader once again.  This can be achieved through calm, rational engagement and the unimpeded implementation of the strategy to return SAA to success.”  Back said Jarana had made some important and crucial interventions since his arrival in November 2017 and that he had also begun to address the issues at SAA Technical and in Operation.  He indicated that Saapa has made several proposals to SAA management to contribute to lowering SAA’s operating costs.  “By implementing these measures, we will realise cumulative savings over three years that will amount to R313 million by the end of the 2019/2020 financial year.  This has been achieved through a voluntary reduction in pilot headcount and salary increases that were not only below the industry norm, but also less than the rest of SAA staff.  We are continuing to engage with management to realise further savings,” said Back.

  • Read the full report in this regard at Business Report
  • Read too, Pilot association comes to SAA CEO's defence, at Fin24


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