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Fuel woes see Velvet Sky flights grounded

2012-02-27 17:38

Cape Town - Troubled low-cost airline Velvet Sky suspended all its flights on Monday after it was unable to acquire fuel, a report said.

According to Eyewitness News (EWN), suppliers refused to sell fuel to the company.

The low-cost carrier's website says flights are suspended until March 4. No further information was available.

Several flights were delayed or cancelled last week because the airline failed to pay its service providers.

All flights had gone ahead as scheduled over the weekend, according to Velvet Sky's Gary Webb.

"We got off to a good start on Monday. Unfortunately, we had to cancel flights due to the unavailability of fuel," Webb said.

The company is also fighting off an application by BP Southern Africa, which it allegedly owes more than R29m, to have them liquidated.

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Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 17:44

    This seems to be a "flikkerlig" airline - off, on, off, on...

      Francois - 2012-02-27 17:56

      Actually it is a Cosatu Airline mimicking a flikkerlig: Hy werk, hy werk nie, hy werk, hy werk nie.

      John - 2012-02-27 18:04

      "I Belive.....I can Fly" Hahaha......that Velvet Sky is such a joke company.

      Fanie - 2012-02-27 18:51

      No they are Kaput!

      Donovan - 2012-02-27 21:18

      Vervet Sky.

  • jonomillion - 2012-02-27 17:52

    Another BEE failure.

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-02-27 17:52

    another problem ! Nxt thing d flights will fly without pilots

  • Brent - 2012-02-27 17:52

    Eish BEE, Where has all the money gone.

      Fussed - 2012-02-27 18:28

      Limpopo airlines, chitty chitty bang bang

  • Bomb - 2012-02-27 17:54

    R29 mil, thats small change for a BEE company, cmon guys pay the suppliers, and stop stuffing your mouths, or go learn proper business principles.

  • Vusi - 2012-02-27 17:59

    Airlines should put down a holding deposit for fuel. That way this would have been avoided. Did all the passengers get a refund? That is all that matters, because I feel nothing for the fuel company. They screw us a million times a day with the fuel prices. They together with the government have made every motorist their cash cow. Bring those electric cars please PLEASE!!!!!

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-27 18:01

    "Unfortunately, we had to cancel flights due to the unavailability of fuel," Webb said. No Gary, there was fuel available. The issue here is that your money was not!!! Nationwide all over again. I feel for the staff who have to deal with the irate public, not knowing when/if they will receive their next salary.

      Gideon - 2012-02-27 18:08

      Exactly. There's plenty of fuel available. Problem is where it is located: in the bowser and not the 737's tanks. Paying your suppliers usually rectifies the aforementioned problem.

      Dmitri - 2012-02-27 19:28

      @Gideon, about 4-5 years ago we did a Tranaero charter ex CPT. Those Russians paid with US Dollars - cash after their company credit card bounced. Bowser hooked up to the 76 and no probs :)

  • Rodney - 2012-02-27 18:04

    wonder if the guys in charge did their homework , the airline business is not for chops

  • Lawrence - 2012-02-27 18:12

    It's aphartheid,no-one else.if not may be is malema.hahaha

  • Craig - 2012-02-27 18:15

    This can't be a BEE company. Bee's can fly.

  • guyt1 - 2012-02-27 18:16

    Idiots ....

  • Chloe - 2012-02-27 18:18

    Hahaha kwela kwela in the sky, no no no

  • Chloe - 2012-02-27 18:19

    How can a company operated by tai drivers work, ag please Mugabe would not even try that ??

  • Lourenstrieg - 2012-02-27 18:20

    Just another shameful BBBEE disaster!!

  • Celtis - 2012-02-27 19:06

    Out of curiosity I try to book a ticket on their site but also checked their sales stuff: “Established in 2008 by a diverse group of local businessmen, Velvet Sky is South Africa's first 100% Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) airline company.” So please help me understand this BBBEE concept. Who was empowered in this case? And if it is 100% BBBEE, who will they blame?

      Chloe - 2012-02-27 20:58

      Ja bru, you know who they gonna blame again, Still the old apartheid regime again, omg what can we say ?? The only velvet in this story is the guys who lined their Velvet pockets with corruption money again

      wally.snr - 2012-02-28 10:25

      This is a laugh , Apartheid did not teach them to fly!!!! Ha-ha

  • Inno - 2012-03-11 17:30

    i APPLIED FOR A REFUND ON THE 19th OF JANUARY 2012. I WAS SUPPOSE TO BE REFUNDED TWO WEEKS AFTER BUT THAT HAVENT HAPPENED YET, EVEN THE REFUND DEPARTMENT DOESNT ANSWER CALLS BY NOW. FOR GODS SAKE WHERE IS MY MONEY!!!!!

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