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South African Airways and Africa's airlines; outlook bleak for SAA

27th August, 2009

Southern Africa’s aviation scene has for many years been dominated by South African Airways (SAA). This position is now seriously challenged, as the airline struggles to come to grips with a new world, at home and internationally. Foreign airlines are strengthening their positions, as SAA’s product deteriorates and as continuing management and funding uncertainty undermine the outlook. [4101 words]

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This report contains the following subheadings:

  • South African Airways in a fight for survival
  • 1. Domestic Market
  • 2. International Market
  • Johannesburg-London challenges
  • Africa
  • Outlook: Some big decisions loom for SAA

This report contains the following charts and tables:

  • SAA Group Balance Sheet: 2007/08
  • SAA airline net profit (loss) (ZAR million): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • SAA airline revenue (ZAR million): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • SAA ASKs and RPKs (mill): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • SAA average passenger load factor (%): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • SAA passenger yield (ZAR cents/RPK): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • SAA unit costs (ZAR cents/ASK): FY03/04 to FY07/08
  • South African Airways fleet in service & on order
  • LCC capacity share within South Africa (%): Jul-01 to Jul-09
  • LCC capacity share within Africa (%): Jul-01 to Jul-09
  • South African Airways capacity (seats) share (%) by market
  • London-Johannesburg capacity (seats) and frequency share (%)
  • Johannesburg Airport total passenger numbers: FY04/05 to FY08/09 (years ended 31-March)
  • Johannesburg Airport carrier capacity share (%)
  • Ethiopian Airlines network: Aug-2009
  • Ethiopian Airlines fleet in service & on order
  • Addis Ababa Airport carrier capacity share (%)
  • Ethiopian Airlines capacity (seats) share (%) by market
  • Kenya Airways capacity (seats) share (%) by market
  • Nairobi Airport carrier capacity (seats) share (%)
  • Kenya Airways fleet in service & on order