Velvet Sky ready to fly

2012-02-24 13:47

Johannesburg - Velvet Sky was due to resume flight operations on Friday afternoon, after flight delays in the morning, the low-cost airline said.

A Velvet airlines flight has started boarding at OR Tambo airport, sources confirmed to News24.

"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," spokesperson Gary Webb said.

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

On Thursday, Webb said the company was in a dispute with a service provider, and in the process of changing service providers, but this was not concluded in time to operate.

All flights were cancelled on Thursday.

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

Velvet Sky said the delays, which started on Wednesday, were caused by circumstances beyond its control.
- Velvet Sky urged passengers to contact the call centre at 0861 835 838 for any queries.

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  • Mike - 2012-02-24 13:55

    Ready! Not ready! Delayed! Cancelled! Zoom-zoom says the Bee!

      Searcher - 2012-02-24 14:16

      I don't know why this is; but I'd rather pay the extra money than trust the life of my daughter to the lowest and BEE bidder.

      Anthony - 2012-02-24 14:51

      will they fly or die?

  • Thoka - 2012-02-24 14:01

    hold your breath, cross your fingers. pray pray heavenly father.etc.........amen

  • Marion - 2012-02-24 14:03

    On eTV's lunchtime broadcast the breaking news was that BP has filed for liquidation of Velvet Sky. Now less than an hour later they are flying?

      eaust01 - 2012-02-24 15:01

      my point exactly Marion! My flight is booked with them tonight and I just simply ain't going to take the chance. I've got a back=up flight with another airline....

  • Jessica - 2012-02-24 14:07

    My sons waterpolo team have been at the airport since 10h00 this morning - they due to go to Grahamstown for a tournament - there are talks that they might board at 18h00- at this rate they might miss their tournament totally - not cool Velvet Sky - will be the last time thats for sure!

      Colin - 2012-02-24 14:53

      Should never been a first time,never mind the last time Jessica.

      Jessica - 2012-02-24 15:02

      there have not been problems up until this week and flights were booked about 3 weeks ago - so ja one of those things out of our control

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-24 14:09

    I would never book with Velvet sky. Any company who's sole purpose is to be BEE and ake in the dosh, I walk away from.

  • Holden - 2012-02-24 14:14

    I hope that the engines on those antiquated aircraft are properly bolted on.

  • Brent - 2012-02-24 14:17

    And where's the roof rack on those BEE Jets..

      jowza1 - 2012-02-24 14:38

      Sold to your grandfather for his ossewa

      Mike - 2012-02-24 18:36

      The Venter??

  • harley1 - 2012-02-24 14:52


      drishworth - 2012-02-24 16:00

      @harley1, there's not much to laugh at when reading the news but your comment gave me a good giggle.... thanks!

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