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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity.

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Jan 19, 2022

In this episode, we meet Simon Newton-Smith, who joined SAA in August 2021 as Interim CCO. He has a deep and varied background including having previously worked with SAA some 20 years ago. 

SAA emerged from business rescue in April 2021 and the airline has entered a turbulent market. 

In the podcast, we cover:

  • How Simon would sum up the progress made since exiting business rescue
  • Where the bright spots are and how the route network has been developed
  • What SAA are looking for from potential airports/ destinations that want to attract the airline
  • Clarification around the KQ/SAA strategic partnership
  • SAA's fleet plans. 
  • His thoughts on the recovery of business travel
  • Immediate strategic objectives for 2022

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