South Africa’s Airlink operated St Helena’s first commercial airline service on 3 May, when Avro RJ85 ZS-SSH (msn E2285) flew from Cape Town to the Atlantic island. The flight was a charter organized by the St Helena government to cover for repairs to the ship that normally connects the Island to […]
South Africa’s Airlink has announced that it intends to replace its fleet of 12 Avro RJ85s with Embraer E-Jets over the next three years. The airline has already agreed to acquire three ERJ 170s and two ERJ 190s from Embraer subsidiary ECC Leasing, and is looking for an additional eight […]
As anticipated, virtual airline Air Djibouti is adding a BAe 146 that will operate alongside a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from VVB Aviation Malta. South African airline Fair Aviation will operate BAe 146-300 ZS-SOR (msn E3155) on an ACMI basis on behalf of Air Djibouti. ZS-SOR had previously been operating for […]
Airlink‘s Avro RJ85 ZS-ASZ (msn E2318) was involved in a hijack alert on 11 July. She was en route from Cape Town to Wonderboom on flight SA8678 when her transponder emitted a hijack alert. After landing at Wonderboom, the RJ85 was held on a taxiway and the 72 passengers and […]
BAe 146-200 ZS-SBD (msn E2053), who had been stored at Lanseria since 2010, has been broken up. She had last flown for Gabon’s Nationale Regional Transport as TR-LIR, returning to Lanseria in July 2010. Following the collapse of African Airline Investments (AAI), she remained parked at Lanseria, still in NRT […]
South Africa’s Airlink has become the first customer for BAE Systems’ remodelled JetSpares program. Under JetSpares, customers pay a fixed rate per flying hour (RPFH) for spares and repairs. Agreements are customized for each customer, and can now cover over 500 part numbers, including landing gear components, windscreens, and avionics. […]
The lease of BAe 146-300 ZS-SOP (msn E3187) to Equatorial Guinea’s Cronos Airlines has ended. She had been flying for Cronos since 2011. She was noted at Johannesburg in late October, still wearing Cronos titles. The airline still operates series 200 3C-MAKK (msn E2069).
BAe 146-200 ZS-PZY (msn E2051 ex TN-AHX) was broken up at Kruger Mpumalanga during May. She had last been operated by Allegiance Air on behalf of Air Congo, but had returned to South Africa in 2010. She has been stored at Kruger Mpumalanga ever since, in a gradually increasing state of decay.
South Africa’s Airlink has taken delivery of two more Avro RJ85s. Both are former Blue1 examples who have been stored at Kemble since late 2011. G-CHRZ (msn E2388) left on her delivery flight on 6 March, arriving in Johannesburg on 8 March. G-CHSF (msn E2389) followed on 26 March.
BAe 146-200 ZS-SFZ (msn E2030) was damaged at Lanseria on the weekend of 27-28 October, when heavy winds pushed her into a Cessna 500 and a Fokker 100. ZS-SFZ last operated for Comores Aviation International as D6-BJH, from December 2008 to March 2010. She has since remained parked at Lanseria. […]