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South Africa to sell its 51% share of SAA to Takatso

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South African Airways is being saved with new private investors. The government has agreed to sell 51% of the stock in the flag carrier.

Under the agreement, SAA will now be majority owned by the Takatso Consortium (meaning “aspire” in SeSotho) with a 51% control of the shares.

The South African government will hold the remaining 49% of the shares.

The Takatso Consortium is composed of Harith General Partners (which owns Lanseria Airport) and Global Aviation, which will together control 51% of the national carrier.

SAA through reorganization, has cut its workforce by almost 80% and cut its liabilities to around N$2.6 billion.

Global Aviation partially owns Lift, the new South African airline which launched operations on December 10, 2020.

Lift is a joint venture between former Kulula.com CEO Gidon Novick, former Uber executive Jonathan Ayache, and aircraft leasing company Global Airways, a South African-based ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) company operating a fleet of Airbus A320 and A340 aircraft.

Lift currently operates three Airbus A320s.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/06/14/south-africa-to-sell-its-51-share-of-saa-to-takatso/

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Swoop Flight Attendants represented by CUPE Local 4070, ratify collective agreement

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CALGARY, AB, Sept. 25, 2021 /CNW/ – Swoop today announced the successful ratification of the airline’s first five-year agreement for its Inflight Crew Members (Flight Attendants), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). 

“I am pleased to share that we have achieved our first collective agreement with CUPE,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “This five-year agreement with our Flight Attendants demonstrates the continued professionalism and respect between Swoop and CUPE Local 4070. As we move forward with a focus on our recovery, we welcome the successful ratification of the agreement and thank all parties involved for their efforts, diligence and advocacy throughout this process.” 

The time invested in the negotiations by both parties, leading up to ratification, was necessary to work through the many complex terms and conditions. 

“Since our first flight in 2018, our flight attendants have played a vital role in delivering on Swoop’s mission to make air travel more affordable for Canadians,” said Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations at Swoop. “Swoop Flight Attendants are first-rate, regularly receiving positive feedback from travellers for their professionalism, service and most importantly, commitment to safety.” 

This ratified agreement is in place from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2026. 

About Swoop 
Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.  

Swoop’s modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. 

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/09/26/swoop-flight-attendants-represented-by-cupe-local-4070-ratify-collective-agreement/

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Oman Air seeks oneworld alliance membership, restores London route

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Oman Air announced today it will seek oneworld membership. The carrier has asked Qatar Airways to assist in its attempt to join the alliance.

In other news, Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, resumed flights between Muscat and London (Heathrow) on September 22, 2021. The flights operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Muscat at 14:25 local time and arriving in London at 19:10 local time. Flights from London depart at 20:50 local time and arrive in Muscat at 07:15 local time on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

All flights are scheduled to operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Top Copyright Photo: Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SY (msn 36045) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 933621.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/09/26/oman-air-seeks-oneworld-alliance-membership-restores-london-route/

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Bamboo Airways and SFO sign agreement to launch first nonstop flights between Vietnam and the United States

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Bamboo Airways (BAV) and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch the first regularly scheduled nonstop flights between Vietnam and the United States.

The agreement was signed following a test flight (above and below) from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to SFO using the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The MOU between BAV and SFO aims to promote the connection of the two aviation markets as well as two countries, Vietnam and the US, through nonstop commercial flights. These two countries are diverse in cultural and historical heritage, natural landscapes, traditional and human values. Based on the MOU, BAV and SFO will consolidate and promote the built-in conditions to deploy regular nonstop flights from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to SFO.

BAV has initially planned 4 flights per week of non-stop services between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco using 787-900 Dreamliners with a build-up to daily frequencies based on market demand and is subject to US government approvals.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/09/26/bamboo-airways-and-sfo-sign-agreement-to-launch-first-nonstop-flights-between-vietnam-and-the-united-states/

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Historic Photo: Lauda Air (1st) Boeing 767-3Z9 ER OE-LAW (msn 26417) (Star Alliance) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 955255.

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Lauda Air Boeing 767-3Z9 ER OE-LAW (msn 26417) (Star Alliance) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 955255.

Copyright Photo: Lauda Air (1st) Boeing 767-3Z9 ER OE-LAW (msn 26417) (Star Alliance) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 955255.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/09/26/historic-photo-lauda-air-1st-boeing-767-3z9-er-oe-law-msn-26417-star-alliance-zrh-rolf-wallner-image-955255/

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