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South African Airways (SAA) is one of the world's longest-established airlines. It was formed on 1 February 1934, when the South African government acquired the assets and liabilities of a private airline, Union Airways, to create a new national airline, South African Airways.
This was the aviation arm of the state-controlled South African Railways and Harbors (SAR&H). On 1 April 1999, SAA ceased to be a division of what had by then become Transnet and was incorporated as a company in its own right, South African Airways (Pty) Limited.
 State ownership of the airline allows for greater control in partners, contriadvancing national objectives such as promoting air links with South Africa’s main trading buting to the growth of the tourism industry, and strengthening air transport capacity on the continent.
SAA is in the process of a comprehensive and fundamental restructuring plan – an aggressive campaign to bring the airline back into profitability following significant losses in recent years.
The support that Government is giving to the recapitalisation of SAA is contingent on its turnaround strategy being successfully implemented.



Media Liaison
Tel: + 27 11 978 9166
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OR Tambo International Airport
South Africa