Ahead of South African Airways’ return to operations later this month, South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has appointed former Group CEO of Denel, Riaz Saloojee, as its interim chief executive.
Saloojee said he is optimistic about joininh the refreshed and rebranded SAA.
“I’m looking forward to playing my part in rebuilding SAAT into a powerful and respected local and international MRO [maintenance, repair and operational] services brand. SAA is known the world over for its exemplary safety record and its pedigree of technical excellence. Continuing with and building on that ethos will be one of my primary functions,” Saloojee said.
Among other responsibilities, Saloojee will be expected to work with other SAA executives in order to “rebuild the airline’s fleet, with a strong focus on efficiencies and environmental responsibility”.
SAAT board chairperson, Nick Fadugba, expressed confidence in Saloojee’s abilities in the sector.
“We are delighted that [Saloojee] comes on board at a crucial time as we prepare for SAA’s return to the skies. He has a respected track record in the aerospace industry and his leadership experience in this field makes him the ideal person to steer SAAT through its current challenges, and help transform it into a commercially successful enterprise,” Fadugba said.
SAAT is a subsidiary of SAA and provides aircraft maintenance services to commercial airlines.
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