Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA) has refuted claims that its daily operations have been paralysed by the SATAWU labour strike.The airline says its contingency plans have ensured minimal disruptions.SAA says only one flight was delayed as a direct result of the strike, for an estimated 17 minutes - out of the 31 flights that had departed from OR Tambo International on Tuesday."It is unfortunate that SATAWU continues to propagate exaggerated and unfounded claims. A case in point was yesterday’s delay of a flight between Johannesburg and Beijing which was as a result of the requisite replacement of a faulty component. The said delay and the period it took to attend to the aircraft would have been the same, with or without the industrial action.' Said SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali.Maintenance subsidiary South African Airways Technical (SAAT) said claims by SATAWU that the company has assigned uncertified engineers to work on aircraft were untrue. "This is utterly deceitful as the company conducts its business in line with international and local regulatory prescripts. SAAT and SAA would under no circumstances deploy its personnel, or any contractor to work on matters that they are unqualified, or uncertified for. The SAA Group of companies puts the safety of customers and crew above anything else," Tlali saidSAA says it would do its best to resolve the strike action but urged customers to keep checking their flight status before going to the airport.