East African Safari Air Express suspends flights

East African Safari Air Express (EASAE), suspended all flights in mid-November, bringing to a quick end its days as a BAe 146 operator. The airline had leased two BAe 146-200s, ZS-SDX (msn E2046) and ZS-AAY (msn E2044), from South Africa’s Allegiance Air, the first arriving in late August and the second in early September. The 146s replaced DC-9s on the East African Safari Air Express’ scheduled services to Juba and Lokichoggio. The DC-9s had been struggling to compete against more modern equipment introduced on those routes by Kenya Airways and Jetlink, and EASAE had lost considerable market share on what had once been very profitable routes. The introduction of the 146s came too late to stop the slide, however, with load factors of only about 30 percent. The suspension of flying was forced when Allegiance Air pulled out its two 146s. EASAE is calling the suspension “temporary”.

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