Because they have PROVEN they are unable to make money. They have PROVEN that after R20 BILLION or so of government bailouts, that they still CANNOT be competitive. Like USA legacies deep in the red, is this considered a success storey?
The A340 is far from the most efficient airliner out there - just ask LH
who operate nearly every currently availabe 4-holer (and the A330), they're not exactly money burners, now are they?
Hint: The aircraft are not the (sole) problem at SAA. There are other airlines in South Africa making money just fine with much older fleets. So this constant bitching by SAA needing latest generation aircraft doesn't hold any water. Just dig a little into the history of SAA. Like CEO's that insist on being flown by helicopter to meetings because cars don't cut it for him. Stuff like that when an airline is failing are simply not acceptable. Do you even know what has been going on inside SAA?
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