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Comair
IATA
MN
ICAO
CAW
Callsign
COMMERCIAL
Founded 1946 (as Commercial Air Services)
Hubs OR Tambo International Airport
Focus cities Cape Town International Airport
Durban International Airport
Frequent flyer program Executive Club
Member lounge Terraces Lounge
Alliance Oneworld (Affiliate member)
Fleet size 16
Destinations 10
Headquarters Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
Website http://www.comair.co.za/

Comair is an airline based in South Africa. It operates scheduled services on domestic trunk routes as a British Airways franchisee and an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance. Its main base is OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, with hubs at Cape Town International Airport and Durban International Airport[1]. Its headquarters are near OR Tambo in the Bonaero Park area of Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.[2]

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History

The airline was established and started operations on 14 July 1946 as Commercial Air Services. It was founded by Second World War South African Air Force colleagues AC Joubert, JMS Martin, L Zimmerman and JD Human. Scheduled services between Rand Airport, Johannesburg and Durban began in 1948, using a Cessna Model 195.

The airline grew over the next decades, to the point where it was able to start service on major domestic routes in 1992, using Boeing 737-200 aircraft. In addition to domestic flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Durban, it also offered a few international flights in Southern Africa, e.g. to Gaborone and Harare.

A franchise agreement with British Airways was signed in 1996 and in early 2000 British Airways acquired a minority holding. It was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in July 1998. The airline is owned by the management (25%), institutions and public (52%), British Airways (18%) and employees (5%) and has 1,447 employees (at March 2007).[1]

In 2001, kulula.com was set up. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comair and was set up as a low-cost airline.

On 6 September 2007, Comair extended its franchise agreement with British Airways for a further 11 years.[3]

Destinations

Map of the Comair network

Comair serves the following destinations (at 5 July 2009): [4]

Future Routes

Comair are expected in the next few months to announce flights from Johannesburg - to Dar es Salaam and Walvis Bay Airport in Namibia. They will also increase their current daily flight to Windhoek from Daily to 10 times per week.[6]

Fleet

The Comair fleet includes the following aircraft in BA livery (as of 25 February 2010): [7]

Comair/British Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Stored Passengers
(Club/Traveller)[8]
Registrations Notes
Boeing 737-200 3 0 3 118 (0/118)
97 (15/82)
ZS-NNG
ZS-OLA/ZS-OLB
Stored aircraft are at
OR Tambo International Airport
Boeing 737-300 8 0 0 137 (0/137)
121 (15/106)
117 (17/100)
ZS-OAH
ZS-OAI
Remaining 6 Aircraft
Boeing 737-400 5 0 0 170 (0/170)
162 (0/162)
148 (13/135)
133 (13/120)
131 (17/114)
ZS-OAG
ZS-OAG
ZS-OTG
ZS-OAV
ZS-OAA
Total 16 0 3

Comair has announced it is in advanced talks with both Airbus and Boeing to replace its fleet of 22 aircraft.[9]

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Fleet in 1970

Comair fleet in 1970 [10]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Cessna 401 1 0
Douglas DC-3 4 0
Total 5 0

Incidents and accidents

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