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BA 737s In South Africa

Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:08 am

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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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:19 am

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.

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:02 am

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.

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:13 am

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

Thanks SA006, forgot about those little ones!  Smile
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:26 pm

Didn't they use to fly into VFA before all hell broke loose...thanks to idiot Mugabe?
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:03 am

Thanks for the precisions guys !

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:49 am

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.
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:57 am

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.

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:14 am

DC-3s?... Sweeeeeet!
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:18 am

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.

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:29 pm

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

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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:35 pm

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.
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RE: BA 737s In South Africa

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:43 pm

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

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