Allegiance Air shuts down


South Africa’s Allegiance Air appears to have shut down in January. The Lanseria-based airline, which provided BAe 146s to other airlines on an ACMI basis, lost two major contracts last year. In March it pulled three 146s from the Republic of Congo, where they had been operating for Air Congo, after continuing disputes with its Congolese partners. Two of these same aircraft then went to work for East African Safari Air Express in Kenya, but that airline suspended all flights in November. At the beginning of this year, only two of Allegiance Air’s 146s were gainfully employed: ZS-SDX (msn E2046) with Cronos Airlines in Equatorial Guinea and ZS-AAY (msn E2044) with Comores Aviation International in the Comoros Islands. Its three other 146s, ZS-AAX (msn E2092), ZS-AAZ (msn E2039), and ZS-PZY (msn E2051), have all been in storage at Kruger Mpumalanga since mid-2010. ZS-AAY returned to Lanseria on 31 January, while ZS-SDX is believed to be still in Equatorial Guinea.

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