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South African Airways Offers Spare Crew in Bid for Global Alliances

  • CEO Jarana says senior employees are available amid cutbacks
  • Staff transfers could aid to bid to establish new partnerships
South African Airways jets on the runway.

South African Airways jets on the runway.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers

South African Airways is offering surplus pilots and cabin crew to major global carriers as part of a bid to cut costs and secure alliances in its three-year turnaround plan.

SAA, as the unprofitable state-owned company is known, needs fewer staff of its own as it scraps under-performing routes, and views the experienced personnel as a path to discussions with potential partners, Chief Executive Officer Vuyani Jarana said in an interview.