Airlink to merge with Safair

Airlink Avro RJ85 ZS-SYO

Airlink Avro RJ85 ZS-SYO seen on 3 December during a rare visit to Lanseria, where she had diverted due to a storm closing Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (Timothy Brandt)

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.

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