(And welcomes Boeing 800’s)
Johannesburg, 25 January 2011: Comair has bid farewell to its fleet of Boeing 737-200 aircraft that was instrumental in the company launching into the mainstream airline business 15 years ago. The Boeing 737-200 fleet, which flew across the kulula.com and British Airways liveries, were gradually phased out of operation with the last planes taking their final flights in December 2010.
During their service with Comair the Boeing 737-200 planes together clocked more than 200 000 flying hours and have carried over 15 million passengers, getting customers safely to their destinations. The company operated 12 Boeing 200 planes with the first taking flight in October 1995.
As an ever evolving brand committed to sustainability, Comair has made a substantial investment with the purchase of eight new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. An additional three Boeing 737-800 aircraft are currently on lease. The new aircraft are more technologically advanced, require lower maintenance and are more eco-friendly as they emit fewer carbon emissions. The aircraft are also economically more efficient, consuming more than 40 percent less fuel per passenger. Comair additionally operates nine Boeing 737-300 and ten Boeing 737-400 as part of its fleet.
Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair says “We’ve reached a new and exciting stage in the life of Comair, and we are pleased to welcome the new additions to our fleet, which sees us keeping abreast of technological advances while ensuring the ongoing comfort and safety of our customers. Our company has really come full circle from when we started operations with turbo aircraft, then moving to MD82’s and onto 737-200’s”
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety, kulula.com is the only independent, low-fare South African airline accredited with IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certification. The IOSA programme is the airline industry’s first globally accepted audit programme, which enforces airline operational safety.
Phasing in of the new aircraft commenced in 2010, with the gradual induction of the additional new planes planned over the next four years. “Our retired Boeing 737-200 fleet has really serviced the company well over the years with many happy customers enjoying their flying experience on these aircraft,” concludes Novick.
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Heidi Brauer (Executive Manager: Group Marketing)
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Comair is a leading South African aviation company that is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange (JSE:COM). Since 1996 the company has operated the local and Southern African regional services of British Airways. Comair also operates Africa’s first low fare airline, kulula.com, which celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year. This quirky brand has since inception revolutionalised air travel in South Africa by making flying much easier and affordable to customers. Launched in 1946, Comair has made global aviation history by having posted 65 years of operating profit - an aviation record that is held by no other airline. For more information, visit www.comair.co.za