Interair (Johannesburg) on June 23 launched Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam flights with its Boeing 737-200s. Interair is one of the last passenger operators of the 737-200.
Interair’s business plan as a regional carrier is to connect French-speaking African countries.
Besides Dar es Salaam, the airline’s current routes are: St Denis, Réunion Island; Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, Congo; Cotonou, Benin, Douala, Cameroon: Bangui, Central African Republic: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Bamako, Mali.
Interair has code-share agreements with Air Austral.
The South African airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Some of the aircraft the airline has operated during these 20 years have been the de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7, Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and the Fokker F.28. The airline is currently operating the Boeing 737 and Boeing 767.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-South African Airways Boeing 737-244 ZS-SIH (msn 22587)
Boeing 737-244 ZS-SIG (msn 22586) was painted in this attractive livery. The airframe is currently stored at Cape Town. Copyright Photo: http://www.afavia-fotos.co.za.
Victoria International Airways (VIAuganda.com) (Entebbe) was a Ugandan airline in 2006 and 2007. It was proposing to become the Ugandan flag carrier and planned to operate Boeing 737-200s. One 737 was actually painted and two were leased and operated. Operations started on October 1, 2006 but quickly ended on January 10, 2007. It appears the government’s investment money of $250,000 for 20 percent of the stock is now gone.
Comair's 737-244 ZS-SIL (msn 22591) taxies at Johannesburg in full Air Zara International's 2008 colors. Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt.
Air Zara International (Zara Airways) (Dar es Salaam) is now planning to launch its first international routes to both Johannesburg (originally planned for July 4) and Moroni (Comoros Islands) on August 3. The new airline is leasing two 110-seat Boeing 737-200s from Safair. The company received its AOC in October 2008 and has been operating domestic flights in Tanzania with a Beech King Air B200 and a Beech (Raytheon) 1900C.