No delays after BA aircraft grounding

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Cape Town - Passengers booked on British Airways flights this week can rest assured that travel plans will go ahead unhindered despite Comair Limited grounding five of its BA aircraft over the weekend.

Comair Limited grounded five of its British Airways Boeing aircraft over the weekend after it was found that a component in the wing section area of the B737-400 and B737-300 aircraft is not compliant with a specific regulation.

Around 16 British Airways flights to and from the local and regional destinations have been affected by this decision, resulting in the disruption of approximately 1 200 British Airways customers travelling over the weekend.

All local passengers have, however, been re-accommodated on and passengers flying to Mauritius or Maputo, on SAA. Comair foresee only one delay on its operations, as a result of this disruption.

Deborah Francis, a spokesperson for ACSA, has, however confirmed that all problems have been ironed out. "There are no delays, BA is up and running and the flight number [of the possible delay] isn't reflecting anymore as all the passengers have been rebooked on the other BA flights, so all is sorted," she said.

British Airways customers who think they might be affected by this disruption can phone the British Airways Comair Contact Centre on 0860 4 359 22 / +27 11 921 0222 or visit one of the British Airways Ticket Sales Offices at the Airport.

Martin Louw, Comair Operational Director said, "Originally 11 aircraft were affected, including our spare aircraft, but at the moment only five scheduled aircraft are affected, as the other craft have been fitted with new parts.

"SAA Technical (SAAT) is working flat-out to correct the situation and we will have all our scheduled aircraft available by Tuesday, 6 August. The parts affected were subject to a calendar limitation and a 12 000 flights limitation by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The flight limitation was not exceeded, but the calendar time was exceeded and this was picked up only this week by our maintenance service provider, SAAT.

"On Friday, 2 August, Comair received instruction from the SACAA to ground affected aircraft and replace the parts in to ensure compliance. At no time were any aircraft flown with unserviceable components and safety was never compromised."

British Airways said in a statement,"The aircraft in question do not belong to British Airways, they are registered to and operated by Comair."

Comair's CEO, Erik Venter says; "We apologise for the inconvenience we have caused our customers and we understand that our decision to ground the affected aircraft is a major disruption to our passengers. Comair will however never compromise on safety nor on compliance with the regulations governing our airspace. All of our affected customers have been re-accommodated on alternative flights, and our staff in the contact centre and airports are available to handle further enquiries."

Comair maintains an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration, ensuring the implementation of global best practice in managing its operational safety. The company is also audited by British Airways Plc, as well as the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
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