Johannesburg - A new SA airline called Redair has been given the rights to operate five weekly round-trip flights from Cape Town or Durban to Stansted in the UK, the Independent Online reported on Monday.
Its owner, charter airline Civair chief executive Andy Cluver, said he hoped that the airline would start operating this year.The Air Licence Council was to apply for the four round-trip flights not used by SAA to be put back into a pool for redistribution.
"There's a lot still to do," Cluver said, referring to his trip to the UK next week to look for one or two aircraft.He was in the market for a Boeing 767-300ER, 777-200ER or 747-400.
The Redair service would not have first class - just economy and business classes and the latter would be similar to premium economy class on other airlines, but cheaper.The lowest-priced tickets would cost R1 999 one-way, excluding tax.
Passengers would be able to select and pay for extras, such as a choice from among 16 types of meals, films, and access to the business-class lounge."You pay for what you want, so there's no wastage." Extras could also be bought on board, but would come at a premium.
Keep in mind that the same Civair tried to start up a longhaul service between CPT-STN, sold thousands of tickets and in the end left the pax in the lurch. Let's hope they succeed this time around.
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Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3079 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4610 times:
Interesting! I wonder what frequency would be from CPT and how many from DUR... My wife's family live in KZN and we're in Norwich, so a direct STN-DUR flight would be great! Even if it were only a few days per week.
The article states that currently, there are 4 flights "unused" - I take it that this is SA (gvt)'s side of the bilateral? What chance an open skies agreement with SA?
I just hope things don't go belly up, like the Globespan CPT (and JNB) flights.
ZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1419 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4605 times:
Sounds promising. I think it's about time we saw some non-stops from Durban into the UK again; KZN still has a large British colonial population, and of course Durban is a more populous city than Cape Town.
That said, startups like this have a history of disappearing as quickly as they appear.
BHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4590 times:
VS seem to be dropping LON CPT frequency to 3 times a week, then cutting it out all together. If I check for summer flights all it gives me is via JNB. Any idea now full those CE 767's are these days ?
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Planesavvy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4553 times:
It sounds like a great idea. I am glad it is coming from Civair who have tried it before themselves, so they know what they are in for. Saying that, starting a new airline flying from SA to the UK is a bit of a minefield.
It would be nice if they took on Durban as that is the one place that still doesn't have direct flights and there would be a lot of traffic for them.
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4493 times:
Its all in the marketing. If they can get in with people like Kuoni and Trailfinders etc in this country then they'll get the traffic - question is whether they can get the yields. I would be talking like mad to some freight forwarders re block booking the cargo space. Wont be much with a 767 but they could do very, very well using a 747 to Durban if they fill its belly.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???