South Africa's embattled national airline on Thursday flew its first plane since March 2020 after emerging from bankruptcy proceedings, france24.com reported. Passengers on the South African Airways (SAA) flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town were greeted on their departure by singing and dancing airline staff. Once Africa's second-largest airline after Ethiopian Airlines, SAA had survived for decades on government bailouts and had been shedding routes even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The government agreed in June to sell a 51 percent stake to a group of investors called the Takatso Consortium, opening the way to a potential injection of $200 million (171 million euros). Even after a state bailout of more than $500 million (426 million euros) and a restructuring of its debt, the airline only emerged from bankruptcy after slashing hundreds of jobs. Read more.