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Airlink rerouting, refunding flights

2009-12-28 11:22

Johannesburg - SA Airlink on Monday was continuing to reroute and refund flights following last week's grounding of 14 of its aircraft due to safety concerns.

Talks between the airline and the manufacturer about the plane's engine problems would resume on Monday, said Airlink spokesperson Karin Murray.

"It's business as usual with accommodating rerouting where we can," said Murray. "We are in contact with passengers, if they have opted for refunds and wanting to make their own travel arrangements, we are assisting with that."

Last Wednesday, the SA Civil Aviation Authority grounded Airlink's fleet of 14 Jestream aircraft.

Accidents

The plane's airworthiness status was retracted following a series of accidents and near-accidents over the past few months.

A problem with an engine component of the craft was subsequently identified.

Airlink said maintenance related to the engine was the manufacturer's responsibility.

However, the plane manufacturer, BAE Systems, said it was confident that its plane and the Honeywell-manufactured engine would meet international safety standards.

Murray said the process of rectifying the technical problems would resume after the Christmas break.

"Negotiations and discussion will commence today [Monday]," she said.

The other aircraft types operated by SA Airlink - the BAE 146 and Embraer 135 - continued to operate.