What happened to South African Airways planes?

Daily Newsletter | October 22, 2019
State-owned South African Airways (SAA) and Comair have had to ground some of their aircraft for compliance checks after irregularities were discovered during inspection at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary. While the nature of irregularities remain clouded and questionable, the flight cancellations are indeed real, as is the controversy surrounding SAA’s maintenance unit, which services both the flag carrier and Comair. 
Mitsubishi Aircraft is reportedly looking to postpone the hand-off date to All Nippon Airways (ANA) for six months from its previous established timeline of mid-2020. The Japanese aircraft manufacturer could reveal its newest delivery date target next month, as it struggles to acquire certification for the aircraft.
The debt-ridden flag carrier of India is on the selling block once more. According to publicly available tender issued by the airline itself, Air India is already looking for a law firm to carry out legal due diligence “for the proposed sale of Air India, Air India Express and Air India SATS Airport Services”. Another tender also indicates that the Indian government is looking to offload 100% of the Air India Air Transport Services (a ground handling subsidiary) shares.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that six Russian military aircraft entered the country’s air defense identification zone on the East Sea, the West Sea, and the South Sea. More than ten fighter jets were scrambled to intercept them.
Etihad Airways is further strengthening its relations with other carriers from the Middle East. A week after announcing intentions to establish a low cost airline together with Air Arabia, the Dubai-based airline is now advancing its one year strong partnership with its Saudi Arabian partner ‒ Saudia. 
The Pentagon announced that seven contractors would be awarded $6.4 billion in contracts to provide realistic training, known adversary air services (ADAIR), to the US Air Force. The panel of companies will offer a diversified fleet of aircraft.
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