Neels Blom Writer at large

In another blow to South African Airways (SAA), Comair has announced that its future fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be serviced by Lufthansa Technik.This means JSE-listed Comair, which operates British Airways in SA under licence and the low-cost carrier, will cut back its long-standing arrangement with South African Airways Technical (SAAT), with which it had an exclusive deal.Comair’s partnership with SAAT would, however, continue as normal "at this stage, with a number of long-term agreements still in place" Comair MD Erik Venter said on Thursday.Earlier in 2018, Venter said Comair was satisfied with the technical service provided by SAAT, but it was considering its options, including forming a relationship with Lufthansa. He said Comair was cognisant of the challenges at SAA and SAAT, especially at managerial level where it could affect workflow, but it circumvented this by having its own structures in place at SAAT.In April, it was reported that seven senior...

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