Comair takes delivery of new Boeing

2013-09-11 09:44
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Johannesburg - British Airways (operated by Comair), has taken delivery of its first Boeing Next-Generation 737-800, which forms part of the aviation group's fleet upgrade plan. This aircraft heralds a new phase for the flight operator, which aims to replace its entire British Airways fleet, which currently comprises of six B737-300s and nine B737-400s.

Locally, JSE-listed aviation company, Comair Limited, has an exclusive relationship in sub-Saharan Africa with British Airways and has managed it under a licence agreement since 1996, proudly flying under the colours and livery of British Airways.

"The R3.5-billion investment in its fleet upgrade is fundamental to Comair's business strategy of consistently improving customer service and value, while ensuring a sustainable airline," says Iain Meaker, Commercial Distribution Executive for Comair.

Comair, which carries 5.1 million passengers a year, embarked on its fleet upgrade in 2012 when it purchased four new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft for its no-frills airline, The new fleet will be partly financed through equity (15%) as well as loans (85%).

In its British Airways configuration the 158-seat aircraft will service the popular Johannesburg and Cape Town route. Along with the overall additional capacity, there will be 20 seats to accommodate more of our Club (Business class) customers and 138 seats for our customers in Traveller (Economy class). A second B737-800 is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2014.

Meaker says that globally, airlines have experienced pressure on operating costs due to the volatile fuel price and high maintenance costs.

"The 737-800's utilise 18 percent less fuel per seat than the aircraft we are replacing, thereby saving two million-litres of fuel per aircraft per year for the equivalent total seats. The 17 additional seats further contribute to the improved efficiency. Both are a critical component in managing the impact of high fuel prices," says Meaker.

He adds that the new Boeing 737-800 aircraft will also require significantly less maintenance than the B737-300 and B737-400s in its existing fleet, allowing for higher utilisation and lower operating costs. All of Comair's pilots have been trained extensively on the new aircraft as Comair invested in a new Boeing 737-800 flight training simulator in 2011 at a cost of R80 million.

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