SAA reviews alliances

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According to businessweek, South African Airways CEO Monwabisi Kalawe has said that the airline will explore closer ties with local operators, whilst also reviewing the benefits of its Star Alliance membership.

Kalawe, who took up his position on 1 June, said he has received messages from Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways, indicating they’re keen to explore “win-win relationships.” He also said that he has plans to talk with Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab in the coming months, to establish what SAA gains from its membership.

Kalawe said that there is a restructuring plan for state-owned SAA, which seeks to cut costs, refresh the fleet and focus on money-making routes, and this is due to go before South Africa’s cabinet.

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