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South African Airways: East)(Brief article)

The Johannesburg-based airline became the first African carrier to join a global alliance when it officially was inducted into Star in April. But the spring was not without internal discord. CFO Tryphosa Ramano resigned in April "to pursue other interests," but insiders told ATW she left because of a disagreement with President and CEO Khaya Ngqula over his plans to launch an LCC by year end. It had been clear for some time that the pair did not see eye-to-eye on several issues.

Ngqula believes there is "a clear demand for low-cost travel in the country" and is adamant about the need for SAA to get into the LCC game. "The market for domestic travel has increased by 50% over the past five years and we have only captured 5% to 10% of this," he says. …

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