South Africa Airways is to be positioned right into a “enterprise recuse” following a pointy deterioration in its monetary place.
The flag-carrier has battled mounting losses for quite a few years, and can now search an fairness companion because the South African authorities seeks to restrict its legal responsibility.
The service final made a revenue in 2011.
Officers mentioned they deliberate to herald a enterprise rescue practitioner to take cost of the service and “carry out the operate of working the airline with the help of administration”.
The federal government can even inject R4 billion (£200 million) into the service to keep away from imminent collapse.
The state-owned service mentioned strike motion final month had severely impacted its monetary place.
Full service resumed on December 1st, with the airline agreeing to a six per cent pay rise for cabin crew.
An announcement from South Africa Airways mentioned: “South African Airways is immediately ready to announce that the board of administrators of SAA has adopted a decision to put the corporate into enterprise rescue on the earliest alternative.
“As beforehand introduced, the South Africa Airways board of administrators and the manager committee have been in consultations with the shareholder, the division of public enterprises, in an effort to discover a answer to our firm’s well-documented monetary challenges.
“South Africa Airways understands that this determination presents many challenges and uncertainties for its employees.
“The corporate will have interaction in focused communication and assist for all worker teams at this troublesome time.
“South Africa Airways will endeavour to function a brand new provisional timetable and can publish particulars shortly.
“The corporate significantly appreciates the continued assist of each its prospects and companions within the journey trade around the globe.
“It is very important level out that companies operated by South Africa Airways’ subsidiary airline, Mango, will proceed as traditional and as scheduled.”
The airline is the primary South African state group to enter enterprise rescue for the reason that ruling African Nationwide Congress took energy in 1994.
Nevertheless, it’s more and more seen as expendable, with the federal government eager to divert sources to different areas of the economic system.