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BA 737s In South Africa  
User currently offlineYUL332LX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3864 times:

To our experts in South Africa:

What's the history of British Airways (Comair) 737s in South Africa (number of aircraft, routes, etc.)? Do they operate on behalf of BA or as a full subsidiary of BA?

I was quite surprised to find pictures of several 737s in BA's colours in SA!


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User currently offlineJoKeR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 3836 times:

These aircraft are owned by Comair Ltd, a BA Franchise operator. While the 732's were acquired many years ago, the newer 734's came from BA in the UK. Most operate domestic and certain regional routes.

BTW, Comair is a South African company that also owns and operates Kulula.com, a low-cost carrier.

[Edited 2005-07-17 18:20:20]

User currently offlineSA006 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

As JoKeR pointed out Comair Ltd is a BA Franchise. They operate 732's , former Qantas 733's , and 734's from BA.

Their hub is JUNB and their routes are:
CPT , DUR , PLZ , LVI , HRE , NBO and WDH. They make money out of Kulula on the JNG-GRJ , JNB-MQP , JNB-ELS , JNB-DUR and JNB-CPT route Kulula fly with one 732 , 1 734 and about 6 or 7 MD-82's.

-SA006  wave 


User currently offlineJoKeR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Quoting SA006 (Reply 2):
former Qantas 733's

Thanks SA006, forgot about those little ones!  Smile


User currently offlineJmc1975 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Didn't they use to fly into VFA before all hell broke loose...thanks to idiot Mugabe?

User currently offlineYUL332LX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3419 times:

Thanks for the precisions guys !

 Smile


User currently offlineSAA-SAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

There are currently a host of cute little airlines flying mostly domestic in SA. These being Nationwide (B727s, B737-200s, B737-500s and 1 B767-300ER), Comair (B737-200s, 300s, 400s), Kulula (MD-80s, 1 B732, 1 B734) and 1Time (MD-80s and DC-9s). Very cute little airlines providing good competition for SAA on the domestic sectors. A more dodgy airline being Interair flying B727s to some dodgy cities in Africa.

User currently offlineSA006 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

Quoting Jmc1975 (Reply 4):
Didn't they use to fly into VFA before all hell broke loose...thanks to idiot Mugabe?

Woops , forgot VFA   

Quoting SAA-SAL (Reply 6):
A more dodgy airline being Interair flying B727s to some dodgy cities in Africa.

Not necesarilly. They're a very well maintained airline. They fly into the "dodgy" African destinations because there is quite a market hidden there in terms of the oil business' such as Equitorial Guinea. The lack of service to Antanarivo , Libreville , Brazzaville etc from JNB opens up a gap for them because quite frankly , they can't compete with SAA , CE , BA/Comair , Kulula and 1Time on the domestic market.

Oh and btw just a little extra bit of info:
Before Comair were bought by BA they used to operate 732's , F27's , F28's and DC-3's  Silly Little fast fun fact I'd share. They also had a different (and horrible livery) back then.

-SA006  wave 

[Edited 2005-07-18 21:03:52]

User currently offlineYUL332LX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

DC-3s?... Sweeeeeet!

User currently offlineSA006 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Quoting YUL332LX (Reply 8):
DC-3s?... Sweeeeeet!

Yes not anymore unfortunately. If you search ZS-DRJ in the db you'll see a DC-3. That was one of theirs and is still in their basic livery.

-SA006


User currently offlineRtfm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Before Comair were bought by BA...

Comair have never been bought by BA.... BA have no financial stake in Comair, they are a franchise operator.


User currently offlineBobg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Wrong Rtfm, BA actually owns about 18% of Comair!

Bobg


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Quoting SA006 (Reply 7):
Before Comair were bought by BA they used to operate 732's , F27's , F28's and DC-3's Little fast fun fact I'd share. They also had a different (and horrible livery) back then.

Did MN ever operate ATR42's ? I seem to remember some such thing - they replaced the F27's on routes to PHW and SZK, IIRC.


User currently offlineBobg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

Yes they did for a short while until they went all jet.

Bobg


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