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Tanzania And South Africa To End Airlines' Merger  
User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

from the wire.......


The governments of Tanzania and South Africa have agreed to separate the ailing Air Tanzania Corporation from South African Airways.

The Tanzanian government has already received a report from a technical committee appointed to investigate the status of its national carrier, which was partly privatised in 2002 after South African Airways bought 49 per cent of its shares for $20 million.

Tanzania Infrastructure Minister Basil Mramba last week said the government was working to "serve its national interests."

Mr Mramba added, "I’ll let you know what has been decided when the time comes. For now, we are still working on on the matter."

Speaking from Johannesburg, South African Airways spokesman Jacqui O’Sullivan said the carrier was at last week still holding discussions with the government over the status of the partnership between the two carriers.

"The discussions are at a formative stage and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome of the process," she told The EastAfrican. However, Ms O’Sullivan said the challenges at ATCL arise from a multiplicity of causes, and SAA cannot take the blame for its failure.

The Tanzania government last month set up a technical committee to look into separating the two airlines.

The report has not been made public yet, but it is expected to advise the government on how to sustain the airline until a new disposal strategy is sought.

Gaynor Kast, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Enterprises in South Africa said an agreement had been reached between the two countries to facilitate an expeditious and mutually acceptable disengagement by SAA from its Tanzanian counterpart, to secure expeditious return of ATCL aircraft under repairs in South Africa, and to provide for continued commercial co-operation between the two airlines. "The process of negotiation of a share sale is soon to commence, and until the key terms and conditions have been finalised, any further comment will be premature," she said.

The technical committee, led by Nshoya Magoti – a consultant with the Presidential Parastatal Sector Reform Commission – included experts from Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, ATCL, Tanzania Airports Authority, Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

While the government ponders its decision over the inevitable split, ATCL is on the verge of collapsing.

Recently, it reduced its flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar, Mwanza and Johannesburg due to its growing incapacity to handle passengers.

Two of its aircraft are in South Africa for maintenance and pledges by SAA to bring in three more Boeing aircraft into the partnership have not materialised.


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User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 3069 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5256 times:

Well it's about time!! Any partnership with SAA is pretty much doomed I think.

User currently offlinePM From Namibia, joined Feb 2005, 7299 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5194 times:

Good. Now time for BA to move into Dar and establish a Oneworld hub through an investment in ATC. Give them some ex-BA 737s and 767s and some of the managers that Willie is letting go. (Well, it's an idea...)

Look, 600Km to the north we have Kenya Airways buying and filling new 777s. There is absolutely no reason why an airline based in Dar with proper management, an appropriate fleet, etc., etc. could not succeed. The problem will be getting from here to there but the potential certainly exists.

User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 948 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5175 times:

According to their web site, Air Tanzania (http://www.airtanzania.com/index.htm) only services Jo-burg, Entebbe, and the Comoros (http://www.legalawa.com/) at the moment from its hub in Dar es Salaam. It is a distinctly regional airline, and small at that. Kenya Airways (http://www.kenya-airways.com/root/pages/English/Home.asp) does all this (except Comoros) and much more with a modern fleet that include modern wide-body planes. They are an international airline in the true sense. The whole East African air transport problem is crying out for co-operation amongst and Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. There has been some return to wider East African co-operation since its mutual self-destruction years ago. See the progress at http://www.eac.int/. The Lake Victoria Development Programme (http://www.eac.int/lvdp/) to re-establish Lake Victoria as the immensely important water transport hub it once was could be an example for air transport to get together to build a well-founded and coherent East Africa-wide air transport iinfrastructure that each country needs. Kenya seems to think it can do it alone with its successful Kenya Airways. With Kenya Airways as the heart of a new airline structure, they could do so much more. The release of Air Tanzania from its strange alliance with a South African airline with interests far from those of Dar es Salaam could be just the opportunity for governmental iinitiatives towards a new co-operation amongst the three countries. It's the politicians that need to do some work here. How much do their countries need them to!

User currently offlineA330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 674 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5150 times:

Look out for a Kenya Airways expansion...
They are quickly becoming the best choice in Sub-Sahara Africa, with a good Hub-and-spoke system, great service, and above all: a SAFETY FIRST culture with top training and the most modern aircraft.

User currently offlineMarambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1172 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5116 times:

Good afternoon gentlemen,

Let me copy you an Air Tanzania press release appeared on today's Dar es Salaam newspaper "The Citizen":

Air Tanzania


In the last few weeks, reports carried by various publications have suggested that Air Tanzania's rationalized schedule to various destinations of its network is due to its growing incapacity to handle passengers. It is further suggested that as a result of this, ATCL is on the verge of collapse.

ATCL would like to state categorically that the rationalization of the schedule and reduction of frequencies to some destinations has nothing to do with the current shareholder issues nor is it a result of the company's inability to handle passengers.

As much as the airline is faced with capacity constraints due to scheduled maintenance requirements, the decision to rationalize the schedule was taken by the management on commercial and economical reasons and dictated largely by the market forces.

Traditionally, mid January to end of March and part of April is a low season and therefore planned scheduled maintenance of aircraft was deliberately designed to fit into this period of the year. The travel trade and the travelling public at large were informed well in advance of this decision and its eventualities.

No pronounced disruption has occured as a result of this temporary change which is to end by the end of March 2006 (next month) and where there has been any disruption due to this schedule change, passengers have been comfortably provided with suitable alternatives. All destinations on the Air Tanzania network are still being served albeit with less frequencies and capacity to some destinations depending on the market needs.

Where there are slight constraints as a result of unexpected demand, Air Tanzania has proactively put in place arrangements to ensure no passengers are displaced. Through this statement ATCL requests the travelling public to understand that the recent reduction of frequencies and capacity must be delinked from the broader shareholders issues surrounding the company.

Air Tanzania will continue to strive to provide better services in the most efficient way to the satisfaction of our customers and would like to thank you for your support.

The "Wings of Kilimanjaro" lives and continues to fly high.

Air Tanzania - Communications Department


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User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4982 times:


SAA pulls out of Air Tanzania

SOUTH African Airways (SAA) is set to dispose of its 49% stake in money-losing Air Tanzania.

SAA’s divestment from Air Tanzania could put on hold its plan to create three African hubs as part of its growth strategy. The plan was to have a hub in eastern, western and southern Africa.

With the imminent withdrawal from the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam as a hub, SAA would be left with Accra in west Africa and Johannesburg as its two gateways to the rest of the world.

SAA bought the Air Tanzania stake for $20m in 2002.

SAA said yesterday that it was in discussions with the public enterprises department on the status of the relationship between the Air Tanzania Company Limited and SAA.

“The discussions are at a formative stage and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome,” said SAA spokeswoman Jacqui O’Sullivan.

Tanzanian Infrastructure Development Minister Basil Mramba told his country’s parliament this week that “there are problems in the Air Tanzania merger as reported by media recently.

“We have decided to part ways and we are now negotiating with SAA.”

Mramba declined to give details of the nature of the problems.

But the east African newspaper last month quoted government officials who accused SAA of failing to meet part of the management agreement.

It quoted Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority director-general Margaret Munyagi as saying Air Tanzania was in a “worse state than before it was taken over by SAA”.

SAA in turn accused Tanzania’s government of not “being serious” in failing to release about $30m needed to implement Air Tanzania’s business strategy to reverse continued losses.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4982 times:
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Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 1):
Well it's about time!! Any partnership with SAA is pretty much doomed I think.

What a stupid statement.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2289 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4982 times:

Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 1):
Well it's about time!! Any partnership with SAA is pretty much doomed I think.

Well your right to think that but what do you base your claim on? I think that SAA is an excellent airline even though its management leave alot to be desired - overall, a carrier to look up to.

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