FastJet (FastJet.com) (Dar es Salaam) is reportedly in talks with the interim liquidator about purchasing the assets of grounded 1time Aero (1time.co.za) (Johannesburg). If the talks are successful by the new operator, 1time would be restarted and rebrand as FastJet (South Africa). Eventually the aging 1time McDonnell Douglas fleet would be replaced with Airbus A319s if a deal can be concluded.
1time Aero (Johannesburg) ceased all operations and filed for liquidation on November 2, 2012. The low-fare airline cancelled all flights and stranded passengers. The company was unable to secure additional investors and capital.
Using the South African slang word of “1time”, meaning “for real”, 1time Aero (1time.co.za) launched its low-fare operations on February 25, 2004.
The airline issued the following statement:
1time Airline has applied for business liquidation (November 2, 2012) and that all of its operations have been grounded with immediate effect.
The business rescue practitioner has advised that there are no reasonable prospects of survival as a potential financier notified us this afternoon that they are no longer able to invest in our airline. It is therefore with the utmost regret, disappointment and heartfelt disbelief that we have to file for liquidation, which means the end of a dream and an era for all of us.
“I sincerely thank our employees who worked so hard over the years to drive 1time.s business, the travel trade who have been steadfast in their support, and our passengers who carried and maintained 1time during our most difficult and trying financial times, your loyalty is appreciated.
Although 1time ceases to exist, the airline that we’ve built up through blood, sweat, tears and undeniable passion, will live on in the hearts of our passengers and also our competitors, who know that they have lost a formidable and world-class player in the low cost market.”
Blacky Komani (1time Group CEO)
1time’s Business Rescue practitioners will be in contact with creditors and future passengers to finalise all outstanding matters.
Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. 1time had some very unique color schemes. In July 2010 1time Aero (1time.co.za) introduced this special “zebra” logojet to celebrate the launching of the new route to Livingston. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) ZS-SKB (msn 49966) approaches the Johannesburg hub for landing.