Thando Maeko
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13 Mar 2021
7:42 am

SAA looking to replace locked-out pilots

Thando Maeko

The airline is unlikely to be granted emergency exemptions again.

Running on empty. Picture: iStock

South African Airways (SAA) is in urgent need of pilots. More specifically, it needs specialised pilot instructors to train its slimmed-down pilot contingent to enable those pilots to requalify for line operations in terms of the relevant technical and safety standards. SAA’s own specialised pilot instructors are among the pilots who have been locked out of the airline since December. The airline’s emergency training procurement request appears to have been issued on Monday. The document calls for replies “by latest tomorrow [9 March]”. However, it also requests recipients to confirm their availability for “the weekend of 6 March”. The attempt...