South Africa’s Airlink has announced plans to merge with Safair. The two airlines would retain their separate identities, but be owned by the same company. Airlink operates 12 Avro RJ85s, but has begin to replace them with Embraer E-Jets. Safair was the first South African airline to operate BAe 146s, operating a 146-100QT freighter and a 200QC convertible freighter from 1991-92 to 1995. Later, it acquired several former Mesaba RJ85s which it then passed on to Airlink. The merger has to be approved by South Africa’s Competition Commission.
Previous news items on Airlink:
- Airlink ends flights from Pretoria (2018-05-08)
- Airlink barred from merging with Safair (2018-02-24)
- Airlink Avro RJ85 suffers uncontained engine failure (2017-11-09)
- Airlink puts Embraer 190 into service (2017-08-04)
- Atlantic Star bid for St Helena service rejected (2017-05-04)