South African Airways net loss hits $475m

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South African Airways (SAA) suffered a net loss of R5.6 billion ($475 million) in the 2016/17 financial year, compared to a loss of R1.5 billion a year earlier, Chief Executive, Vuyani Jarana said on Thursday.

SAA is regularly cited by ratings agencies which is a drain on the government’s purse and has not generated profit since 2011.

Jarana said in a news conference that the airline was in talks with unions about reducing staff costs and expected the airline to break even by 2021.

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