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Comair and Kulula to be liquidated, was unable to secure funding

Comair and its low-fare subsidiary will be liquidated. The airline group was not able to find new investors.

Comair also operated as a British Airways franchise in South Africa.

The airline issued this statement:

Comair’s business rescue practitioners have on June 9, 2022 lodged a court application to convert the business rescue proceedings into liquidation proceedings.

One of the BRPs, Richard Ferguson, says with its two airline brands – British Airways (operated by Comair and kulula.com), market share, modern aircraft fleet, experienced employees, sales and distributions channels Comair was an inherently viable business. Unfortunately, though, despite their best efforts the BRPs had been unable to secure the capital required for the airline to recommence operations.

“We did our utmost to secure the funding, but when we were unable to do so had no option to lodge the application. It is an extremely sad day for the company, its employees, its customers and South African aviation.” After entering business rescue, Comair was able to start flying again when the Comair Rescue Consortium (CRC) invested R500m for a 99% share of the equity in the company at the time.

Although the amounts indicated by the business rescue plan were invested, the Company unfortunately faced unforeseen headwinds including three further COVID-related air travel lockdowns inter alia the “Red Listing” of South Africa by certain European countries, notably the United Kingdom, the suspension of the Company’s AOC in March 2022 by the regulator as well as significantly high fuel prices experienced in the past five months. Each of these events had a material negative impact on the business. The CRC were only able to finance the impact of these events up to a certain point.

The BRPs ongoing requests to the CRC to provide a plan to raise the further funding necessary to absorb the balance of these and other future potential economic shocks were not successful. In the circumstances, the BRPs approached other lenders to raise the funding required. Regrettably when this funding could not be secured before the existing funding was exhausted, scheduled flight operations were suspended on 31 May 2022.

Comair’s BRPs continued the process to secure additional funding from other sources but despite several parties expressing interest, they were unable to secure sufficient substantive commitment.

Ferguson said that the company’s employees and customers who held bookings or were owed refunds will now become creditors of the Company.

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Comair suspends all flights pending additional funding

Comair has announced that regrettably it is obliged to suspend all British Airways (operated by Comair) and kulula.com flights from Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022 pending successfully securing additional funding.

The company’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have advised that the process to raise the necessary capital is in progress and that there is reason to believe such funding may be secured. Once received, the airline will be able to recommence operations, but regrettably under these circumstances, the practitioners have no choice but to voluntarily suspend all scheduled flights until the funding is confirmed.

British Airways (operated by Comair) and kulula.com ticket sales have also been suspended with immediate effect.

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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

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2012

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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Kulula and British Airways by Comair return to the sky

Comair’s Kulula.com and British Airways operations in South Africa returned to the skies today, September 1.

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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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KLM and Kulula.com sign a codeshare agreement


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the South African airline kulula.com today announced that they have signed a codeshare agreement to expand both airlines’ network.

The new agreement will offer both KLM and kulula.com’ customers more destinations and more options to choose from starting May 29. KLM will add a KL code to kulula.com’s domestic route network, enabling KLM’s passengers from around the world connecting in Johannesburg and Cape Town to continue with a single ticket issue and a one-stop check-in and baggage transfer to:

  • East London, Cape town, Durban and George from Johannesburg
  • Durban also from Cape town

Your face on a plane: Only at Kulula

Kulula has started a #faceonaplane contest as we previously reported. The contest is moving ahead.

The airline is asking for people to submit their mug shots. There will be six winners:

Have a familiar face? We’ve got a plane for it.
Picture it now: 6 faces on 6 planes and a pair of return tickets for each winner, we’ll also be giving away 5 random return tickets so you can also take to the skies.

Here are the rules:

You’re not just a pretty face, are you? Do you have a face that reaches for the skies? And when you come face-to-face with fame, are you ready to enter the game?

Well fame is staring you straight in the face. kulula.com is calling on all the poker faces, funny faces, fresh faces, long faces and those who simply just want to be in your face to enter the Travel Hater, Face on a Plane competition. The competition will have you facing off with other pretty faces from Monday today to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your face on a kulula plane.

So, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Go online and enter now to be one of the six lucky famous faces who will get their face on one of our kulula planes.

As part of your entry you will see a preview of just how fabulously crazy your face will look on the side of one of our plane’s and you will have a chance to share the video with your friends to challenge them to a face on a plane face-off.

But first you need to face the facts:

  1. Visit kulula.com/faceonaplane
  2. Fill in your deets and upload your best plane face to enter
  3. Receive your own personlised video and share it with you family and friends
  4. Challenge them to a face-off

Let’s face it, you are not just another pretty face. So, enter and come face-to-face with fame.

We want your face on the side of our plane, I mean who wouldn’t?

Terms and Conditions:
  1. The promoter of this campaign is Comair Limited, in respect of its kulula.com brand, Reg No 1967/006783/06, having its principal place of business at No.1 Marignane Drive, Bonaero Park, Kempton Park (the Promoter).
  2. The Competition starts at 00:01 on 06 March 2018.
  3. From all valid entries, winners will be chosen during three separate selection processes at the discretion of the Promoter based on the funniest, silliest and wackiest faces submitted. Each winner of a Prize will be notified by email or phone call within 48 hours of the decision being made. Should the Promoter be unable to successfully contact any winner after 24 hours, such person will be disqualified and another winner will be selected in the same fashion.
  4. Entries will be considered incomplete and thus disqualified if the entrant does not complete all requested information on the Microsite, including name, telephone number and email address.
  5. By entering this completion, all entrants acknowledge and agree that should they win the prize, they will transfer ownership and copyright in any photos taken for the purpose of this competition to the Promoter and their image shall, free of charge be placed on the kulula.com plane and will become kulula.com brand stock. The Promoter may require the winner at (no fee) to be identified and in addition to the image on the plane, have their photo taken and complete a Public Relations interview which may be published on any media platform up until 31 August 2018.
  6. Employees, non-executive directors, agents, partner agencies and consultants of Comair Limited and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  7. The Prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  8. The Promoter, its associated companies, agent, contractors and sponsors assume no liability whatsoever for any direct or indirect loss, injury or damage arising from any persons participation in the competition.
  9. The winners agree to the use of their names, images and videos in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. Any entrant who submits an obscene and/or offensive and/or image that distracts from the kulula brand will immediately be disqualified and stand to have their Face on a Plane video deleted from the respective channel. In such case, the Promoter reserves the right to institute legal action against the entrant who offends anyone or damages the kulula brand.
  10. The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
  12. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified
  13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  14. The conducting of the competition will be overseen by an independent auditor.

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