SAA denies ‘snubbing’ Emirates

Old Jun 28, 15, 2:10 pm
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SAA denies ‘snubbing’ Emirates

"Sunday Times reported at the weekend that after months of negotiations, SAA Chairwoman, Dudu Myeni, and SAA Acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, were set to meet top officials from Emirates Airline in Paris to conclude the equity deal. However, the chairwoman allegedly did not arrive in Paris and instructed Nico to not sign the deal. “The manner and process in which Myeni reneged on this agreement is bizarre and reeks of political interference from the highest ranks. Parliament must be fully briefed on what exactly transpired in this deal falling through,” Natasha Mazzone, Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, said.

[SAA spokesperson] Tlali added that, as with all relationships or engagements, there might be “a segue in conversation along the way but SAA believes that its longstanding friendship and conversation with Emirates will continue”.
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A "segue in conversation along the way"?

What a fancy attempt at obfuscation. Where did this guy buy his GED certificate? At the fish market?

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Old Jun 30, 15, 12:15 am
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Nothing to see here. Outrage is again misplaced.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Tourism Update that there were no discussions with any potential strategic equity partners. He added that SAA and Emirates had had a codeshare relationship for more than two decades and the two airlines were in conversation to deepen the relationship on a non-binding and mutually beneficial basis.

“While the conversation is ongoing between management of SAA and Emirates within the context of the existing relationship, and the scope of the conversation between the two carriers is well within positive territory, circumstance has thus far not allowed for finality,” he said.

Tlali added that, as with all relationships or engagements, there might be “a segue in conversation along the way but SAA believes that its longstanding friendship and conversation with Emirates will continue”.
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Old Jun 30, 15, 1:17 am
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Nothing to see here. Outrage is again misplaced.
Indeed, the outrage is misplaces, although it does seem as though SAA are doing a decent job at playing Etihad and Emirates off each other to get the best deal. I think it's only a matter of time before they end up in a Qantas type arrangement with Etihad or Emirates.
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Old Jun 30, 15, 2:51 pm
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SAA are doing a decent job at playing Etihad and Emirates off each other.
And they can keep playing for as long as SAA is kept afloat with billions of Rands, courtesy of South Africa's taxpayers.

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Old Jun 30, 15, 5:16 pm
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Loan guarantees, not government cash.
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Old Jun 30, 15, 10:37 pm
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It's a shame that SAA have discontinued their flights to Mumbai.
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Old Jul 1, 15, 2:30 pm
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not government cash.
The taxpayers' cash is needed for more important things, such as "security upgrades" to the president's private home.

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Old Jul 1, 15, 9:07 pm
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Not sure what that has to do with SAA. But I guess we can take your word for it.
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