Dudu Myeni has defied an order from Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, which will test her pull with the president.
The South African Human Rights Commission says it will investigate the South African Airways' cadet pilot programme on allegations of racism.
Despite the hype, the number of work hours lost has been declining since 2010.
Workers from the automotive industry will meet to discuss revising pay demands as the strike involving 30 000 people enters its 11th day.
"Unfounded claims" by Satawu that its strike disrupted SAA operations are false, says the airline, adding that its contingency plans were effective.
Acsa will not permit demonstrations on airport premises during a strike by Satawu members at airline SAA's technical department.
About 4 000 South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union members employed by SAA will strike on Thursday, says the union.
Air Zimbabwe is trying to win back passengers with low fares as it attempts to resuscitate itself.
Former SAA chief executive Vuyisile Kona has launched an application with the North Gauteng High Court to challenge his dismissal.
South African Airways has postponed its bond issue in favour of borrowing R1.5-billion from two banks.
Although the appointment of Monwabisi Kalawe as chief executive of SAA has been criticised, industry commentators are cautiously optimistic.
SAA, Alexkor and Denel have been singled out in a Budget Review document for poor performance.
It is just six weeks into 2013 and it appears that it will be another turbulent year for SAA.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba must get the CCMA to determine whether a striking union has recognition at SA Airways, the DA said.