South African Airways: 5-Year Network, Alliances, & Fleet Plan


Our Role

  • Developed a comprehensive 5 year Network and Fleet Plan to support the carrier’s Long Term Turnaround Strategy
  • Calibration of Lufthansa Systems network planning model to South African Airways (SAA) network
  • Optimized flight times of marginal and low performing routes to improve route performance
  • Optimized connectivity at its Johannesburg (JNB) hub; focused on regional intra-Africa and international passenger flows between North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Executed an alliance analysis: analyzed network benefits from SAA’s membership in Star Alliance; performed analysis on other alliance scenarios
  • Facilitated between SAA and other group airlines: South African Express and Mango.
  • Developed a 5 year fleet plan to overhaul SAA’s narrowbody and widebody fleet to optimize long term profitability


  • SAA executive management and the South Africa Department of Treasury has accepted the findings of the Comprehensive Network & Fleet Plan
  • The airline has begun to implement the network and fleet recommendations