State-owned aircraft maintenance company SAA Technical (SAAT) has appointed an interim chief executive in preparation of South African Airways’ (SAA) return to operations later this month.
The interim chief executive is former group CEO of Denel Riaz Saloojee, who said he was looking forward to being part of the new SAA brand.
“I’m looking forward to playing my part in rebuilding SAAT into a powerful and respected local and international MRO [maintenance, repair and operational] services brand.
“SAA is known the world over for its exemplary safety record and its pedigree of technical excellence. Continuing with and building on that ethos will be one of my primary functions,” Saloojee said.
SAAT is a subsidiary of SAA, and provides aircraft maintenance services to commercial airlines.
Saloojee’s presence has been welcomed by SAAT board chairperson Nick Fadugba, who expressed confidence in his track record in the industry.
“We are delighted that [Saloojee] comes on board at a crucial time as we prepare for SAA’s return to the skies.
“He has a respected track record in the aerospace industry and his leadership experience in this field makes him the ideal person to steer SAAT through its current challenges, and help transform it into a commercially successful enterprise,” Fadugba said.
Salojee’s main responsibilities will be to work with the SAA executive team to “rebuild the airline’s fleet, with a strong focus on efficiencies and environmental responsibility”.