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SAA Flight Schedule Returns to Normal

South African Airways (SAA) flight schedule has returned to normal after the majority of the aircraft identified for compliance checks were released back into service. According to the airline, all flights are now operating on schedule.

A total of 25 aircraft in SAA’s fleet were identified to undergo a compliance verification process required by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

So far, 21 have undergone the compliance verification process resulting in an 84% completion rate of the identified aircraft.

The remaining four are undergoing a scheduled extended maintenance service. Their absence will not affect the airline operations, as they were not included in the schedule to allow for routine maintenance.

Oversight Inspection  

SAA’s decision to recall its aircraft followed an oversight inspection conducted by SACAA at the airline’s maintenance subsidiary, South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and an audit on one aircraft operated by another carrier.

SAA implemented contingency plans to ensure business continuity.

The return to normal flight schedule was in place on Wednesday already as SAA’s average on-time performance was at 93% for domestic, regional and international flights and the airline operated all its flights.

“SAA once again apologises for the inconvenience caused during the past two days and will continue to update customers on an ongoing basis when required.

“SAA wishes to assure all customers that despite the compliance verification process on a specified number of aircraft by the maintenance subsidiary, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), all of the airline’s aircraft are airworthy and normal operations have been restored,” the airline said in a statement.

 

 

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