Velvet Sky flights take to the sky

2012-02-24 16:11

Johannesburg - Velvet Sky resumed flights on Friday at about 14:30, after delays in the morning, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said.

"Velvet Sky's flight from OR Tambo International Airport departed for King Shaka International Airport at around 14:30 on Friday. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 06:20," Acsa spokesperson Solomon Makgale said.

"More flights are expected to depart this afternoon."

Velvet Sky spokesperson Gary Webb said that on Thursday flights were delayed due to a dispute with a service provider.

He said the airline was in the process of changing service providers, and that this was not concluded in time to operate.

"We changed a major service provider and there was a lot of paperwork that took longer than we expected.... We are legal now, all the processes were completed," said Webb.

Velvet Sky flights were delayed by up to five hours on Friday morning - two hours longer than originally expected.

All flights were cancelled on Thursday.

The broad-based black economic empowerment company is based in Durban and flies between that city, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Polokwane.

  • Brett - 2012-02-24 16:13

    Hope they remembered to put fuel in.

      John - 2012-02-24 22:00

      "I belive I can fly....." It's good to be a son of the minister in the end.

  • Robert - 2012-02-24 16:25

    Too late - i will never fly with this bunch of cowboys, especially when they cant pay their debts.

  • Leon - 2012-02-24 16:33

    Had two flights on Velvet, my first and last. Was delayed for so long it cost me an enormous amount of goodwill and credibility. NEVER again.

  • Deon - 2012-02-24 16:46

    Not even 1 year old air lines, rather not fly with them.

  • Derk - 2012-02-24 16:50

    Velvet Sky owe BP 28 million

      Spotty - 2012-02-24 20:22

      Next thing the government will give them a hand-out from the tax coffers.

  • johan.troskie - 2012-02-24 16:59

    This airline is run by mamparas of note. I was supposed to fly at 10h30 this morning. If you're lucky to get through to their atrocious telephone telephone system, they tell you to go to the airport and wait. No time, no apology, and arrogant. They deserve to go bankrupt. They don't care anything about passengers.

      Spotty - 2012-02-24 20:24

      Look at who runs this airline. Nuff said.

  • Annelene - 2012-02-24 18:06

    Absolute bull...passengers are still waiting. Second practice run to get back on the 'plane, then delayed waiting for fresh crew (interesting expression) and now some bags are missing? If it wasn't so ridiculous I would have been laughing. Is this really happening? Wish all of Velvet Sky management a pleasant flight to a very, very, very warm place - no return tickets will be issued.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-24 19:05

    Against all odds...but remember to pay BP back or its the same again...

  • Spotty - 2012-02-24 20:00

    Ah, yes .... BEE explains it all. Just like the ANC government, it stuffs everythinh up. Guess who will never be flying with them, or SAA for that matter.

  • Ken - 2012-02-24 20:47

    BEE at it's best.

  • Cindy Trimalley-Alexander - 2012-02-24 21:02

    Thank u velvet for ruining my special weekend. Haven't seen my husband in 2 weeks and his leaving for 6 weeks next week. Thank u very much. Spoke to nomonde at their call centre she told me that head office gave the go ahead for velevt staff to place THEIR customers on other airlines been on the phone the whole day and guess what my husband still stuck on the airport. Still waiting on management to give me a call. How a nice way 2 treat your consumers :((((((. Never ever again velvet. Told my husband the flight would be @ 8:20 then 22:10 and then again 23:10. Now I've got 2 drive almost an hour 2 Cpt inter. In the middle of the night alone past dangerous areas. Thank u very much :(((((((

  • Stu - 2012-02-25 06:46

    Y would you be so idiotic to buy a ticket from them anyway, considering the bad press they have from day1.

  • Adair - 2012-02-25 07:52

    Who on earth would fly on an airline that now has a liquidation application pending against it?

  • Ismail - 2012-02-26 23:03

    its sad to see a bunch of hypocrits, when you enjoyed cheap flights you smiled, you all dont say much when acsa raised their tariffs 70%, fuel price is through the roof, the rich get richer, i say, well done velvet, fight for the common man on the street, i applaud you for your efforts to get going again under tremendous operating expenses, cos you get me from A to B and still leave money in my pocket, i will always support your airlines, well done, to stand up to the fat cats, all the best for the future, im behind you all the way.

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