Ethiopian Airlines reports lack of progress in SAA joint-venture talks

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam. Ethiopian Airlines is making slow progress with talks regarding cooperation with South African Airways (SAA), according to the former’s chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam. The Addis Ababa-based carrier said in October last year that it was willing to provide “planes, pilots and maintenance services” to ailing SAA as part of a “joint venture” with the country’s government, but noted that it did not wish to take on legacy issues such as debts. Speaking during a CAPA Live session today, Gebremariam says that talks with South Africa’s government “have been a challenge so far”. “We are still discussing, but I would say it has not made the expected progress,” he states. Read More from Flight Global

Ethiopian Airlines reports lack of progress in SAA joint-venture talks
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Ethiopian Airlines is making slow progress with talks regarding cooperation with South African Airways (SAA), according to the former’s chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam.

The Addis Ababa-based carrier said in October last year that it was willing to provide “planes, pilots and maintenance services” to ailing SAA as part of a “joint venture” with the country’s government, but noted that it did not wish to take on legacy issues such as debts.

Speaking during a CAPA Live session today, Gebremariam says that talks with South Africa’s government “have been a challenge so far”.

“We are still discussing, but I would say it has not made the expected progress,” he states.

Read More from Flight Global