Etihad and Emirates, the United Arab Emirates’ world-leading airlines, are reportedly in discussions with South African Airways regarding a partnership deal, according to City Press.
The news compounds months of high-level talks in South Africa regarding a potential deal that is aimed at reviving an ailing South African Airways.
South Africa, which as recently elected new President Cyril Ramaphosa, is eager to draw new investment to the region, and the UAE have signalled an interest in investing.
The aim of the deal is for Etihad and Emirates to share costs.
Further to this South African Airways would receive best standards of practice and investment.
Emirates continues to be one of the air industry’s major success stories in recent years, building itself up to becoming a world-leading liner in terms of speed and service.
It is now the world’s fourth largest liner in the world and the largest in the UAE, and regularly wins awards for the best service in the world.
The second largest liner in the UAE is Etihad.
In a similar fashion to Emirates, which is based out of Dubai compared to Abu Dhabi for Etihad, the airliner has built itself incredibly quickly, and after launching in 2003, now has a fleet of 116 ships flying to 84 destinations.