Comair announces new route and airliner
By MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – COMAIR, the South African aviation company, has invested US$48 million in a new Boeing Next Generation 737-800 as part of its ongoing fleet upgrade strategy.
The investment is seen as an important step towards operating the most modern and efficient fleet within southern Africa, said Comair Chief Executive Officer, Erik Venter.
This also coincides with two major developments for the airline, including the commencement shortly of scheduled flights to the Atlantic Ocean island of Saint Helena.
In addition, Comair has entered a new code-share agreement with Qatar Airways, which will add five new African destinations to the Qatar Airways route map.
Comair this year celebrates its 70th year of operation and the 20th anniversary of its partnership with British Airways.
“This acquisition is a strong indicator of our confidence in leisure and business travel, and that’s borne out by IATA (the International Air Travel Association), whose recent statistics show that in November African airlines enjoyed their fifth consecutive month of growth,” said Venter.
The new aircraft will help the airliner embrace opportunities like the new Saint Helena route, in addition to its existing British Airways (operated by Comair) route network.
The route includes Mauritius, Namibia South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
“This access to centrally-located airports within South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and in the Indian Ocean islands allows our valued customers, access to diverse business and leisure destinations in the region,” said Venter.
Among other specifications, the Boeing Next Generation 737-800 reduces improves fuel efficiency by 25 percent.
It enables a 50 percent increase in carry-on luggage.
– CAJ News
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