Category Archives: SA Express

SA Express’ employees hope to rescue the airline

SA Express suspended operations on March 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 28, 2020, an application was submitted to the Pretoria High Court for the liquidation of the airline. The airline has been under provisional liquidation pending a potential buyer.

The court approved a provisional liquidation of the company.

The former employees now operating under the name of Fly Sax Proprietary Limited have been named as the preferred bidders for the assets of the airline as of September 29, 2020 according to The South African (see below).

SA Express: Workers submit successful bid to purchase embattled airline

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SA Express to resume flights on August 23

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SA Express (SAX) has announced that it will resume its operations on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

This follows the recent reinstatement of both the airline’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) licences by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

SAX has also already received Certificates of Airworthiness for most of its 11 aircraft from SACAA, with the remaining fleet expected to be given the green light soon.

“We are delighted that we have now satisfied the concerns that the regulator had leading to our temporary grounding at the end of May this year. This has paved the way for us to prudently and incrementally reintroduce our flights as from August 23, 2018,” SAX Interim CEO, Siza Mzimela said.

“We would like to thank all our valued customers and loyal staff for bearing with us while we were addressing the regulators operational requirements,” she added.

“Indeed, our temporary grounding was an opportune time for the airline to interrogate all aspects of our operation, as well as our customer value proposition.

“It’s all systems go now and we are coming back stronger, more focused and energised. In this regard, we are determined going forward to set new industry standards for safety, product quality and customer service,” the upbeat Mzimela said.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SA Express): SA Express (South African Express Airways) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ZS-YBT (msn 4146) JNB (Felix Gottwald). Image: 907457.

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SA Express hopes to resume operations

SA Express (South African Express Airways) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ZS-NBF (msn 10028) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923007.

SA Express was forced to suspend operations on May 24, 2018 after its AOC was suspended. At that time the company issued this statement:

Following the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s (SACAA) decision to temporarily suspend SA Express’ Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), as well as its certification as an Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), the airline has since made contingency plans to accommodate passengers affected by this grounding.

SA Express has been in contact with its strategic partners including SAA, to ensure that all our passengers have been accommodated, either on alternative carriers or in hotels where we are not able to get them on to flights last night.

“We regret the inconvenience this frustrating situation has caused our passengers. We assure you that we are doing everything in our power to resolve the situation urgently,” says Matsietsi Mokholo, Acting CEO of SA Express.

Passengers scheduled to depart, between 06h00 and 09h00, are advised to proceed to SA Express counters for information pertaining to the contingency plans made for these flights, or alternatively call 0800 214 774 and +27 11 978 6699.

The updated re-accommodation schedule will be made available after 11h00, and SAA, Mango and Airlink will have designated counters to assist SA Express passengers.

All cargo has subsequently been cleared at all stations, including Kimberly, Bloemfontein and Richards Bay, which has been redirected to Durban. Any queries pertaining to cargo, should be taken up with the relevant airports directly. Until this situation has been resolved, SA Express will unfortunately not accept any requests to transport cargo.

The Facts – What you need to know

  • Passengers on SA coded tickets and SA code share will be accommodated with international and regional connecting passengers on first priority.
  • Should delays arise all passengers will, in accordance to international standards, be accommodated for up to 48hrs while we make every effort to get you on the next flight.
  • We will, in accordance with our compensation policy, compensate all passengers for meals and refreshments (excl. alcohol), accommodation and transport costs applicable.

As an update, the airline is now hoping to resume operations on June 23, 2018 according to its acting CEO. The airline is also experiencing staff shortages which may also hamper its return. For now, all aircraft are grounded.

Copyright Photo (all others by SA Express): SA Express (South African Express Airways) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ZS-NBF (msn 10028) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923007.

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SA Express introduces a South African-like new livery

SA Express (Johannesburg) is independent of South African Airways but its flights are operated in association with SAA through a strategic alliance. The company was introduced this SAA-like livery that is subtly different.

Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ZS-NLT (msn 10024) arrives back at the JNB base with the new look.