Category Archives: British Airways (Comair)

Comair’s AOC is reinstated

 

British Airways (operated by Comair) and Kulula.com flights will start operating again tomorrow (March 17) following the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reinstating Comair’s Air Operators’ Certificate.

Comair’s aircraft are now grounded indefinitely

First MAX 8 for Comair (South Africa), delivered February 26, 2019

Comair issued this statement:

 

Comair is unable to confirm when it will start flying again as the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has indefinitely suspended its operating license until such time as the SACAA has had time to review and satisfy themselves that the items are closed.

 

This is despite the airline working through the night to provide documentation the SACAA had requested following a review of certain policies, systems and procedures.

Comair was advised of a 24-hours suspension to its license on the morning of 12 March. That afternoon the CAA requested additional information, which Comair provided overnight and into the early morning of 13 March 2022.

“We have since received an acknowledgment that the information has been received, but no other formal communication has been received to date. In the interim the CAA has issued a press release saying it will be reviewing and assessing the documents provided,” says Glenn Orsmond, Comair CEO.

“This is a huge blow to our customers, employees and the flying public as it effectively takes 40% of the capacity out of the market. The implications for the aviation sector and the country are considerable should the suspension continue for any length of time.”

He says the airline is continuing to engage the SACAA in a bid to get the suspension lifted but has been forced to cancel flights indefinitely as it cannot say when this may be.

“Our priority now is to assist passengers who have been stranded. We have chartered two aircraft to assist vulnerable passengers and those who most urgently need to travel.”

Customers will be kept informed via SMS.

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Top Copyright Photo: British Airways-Comair (South Africa) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ZS-ZCA (msn 60432) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 945738.

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All Comair flights in South Africa are grounded

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Comair Limited has been grounded for 24 hours by Civil Aviation Authority. This affects British Airways franchise flights and Kulula flights.

Three of the Comair’s aircraft were involved in mid-air emergencies in the last month.

Comair issued this statement on social media:

Top Copyright Photo: Kulula (kulula.com) Boeing 737-8LD WL ZS-ZWF (msn 40856) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 929703.

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Comair to relaunch operations on September 1

Comair has issued this statement:

Comair aircraft will be back in the skies again from September 1, 2021 as planned.

The airline, which operates kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) temporarily suspended services on Monday, July 5, 2021 in response to the implementation of an adjusted Level 4 lockdown, the prohibition of all non-essential travel in and out of Gauteng and low demand for air travel.

It is now preparing its aircraft, flight and cabin crews and airport personnel to ensure a seamless restart of services.

 

During the suspension its revenue management team has been working on some new, flexible fare options to better meet customers’ differing requirements.

Called Travel Your Way the three bundled affordable kulula.com fare offerings allow customers to pay only for what they need. They are:

  • Fly Light: A hop-on, hop-off option for those with only cabin bags offering the best possible fares. A change of booking fee of R299 applies.
  • Pack & Go: An all-round option to suit most traveller’s needs including one piece of checked luggage weighing up to 20kg and two free booking changes.
  • Fully Loaded: A fully flexible option allowing unlimited booking changes, two checked bags and Q-Jump to speed-up check-in procedures.

Comair marketing executive, Brian Kitchin, says temporarily suspending flights was the right decision while COVID-19 cases peaked and the vaccination program gained momentum.

British Airways (operated by Comair) will re-launch it’s Johannesburg/ Mauritius route operating two flights a week from November 30. It plans to add a third flight in future.

Third wave of COVID-19 forces Comair and kulula.com to temporarily suspend services

Comair is temporarily suspending all scheduled kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) flights for three weeks. This follows the President’s announcement of a move to an adjusted Level 4 lockdown and the prohibition on all non-essential travel in and out of Gauteng.

Flights will be suspended from Monday, July 5, 2021 and Comair aims to recommence services from July 30 subject to regulations being eased and Covid-19 infection rates, particularly in Gauteng, being contained.

Comair CEO, Glenn Orsmond, apologized to customers affected by the suspension.“This was a difficult decision, but we believe under the circumstances is the right course of action for our loyal customers and employees.” Comair business rescue practitioner, Richard Ferguson, described the temporary suspension as a “bold, brave and responsible step in light of the prohibition on leisure travel to and from Gauteng, very little business travel and no connecting traffic from international carriers.”

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