Comair has taken delivery of its first B737 Max 8 aircraft, becoming the first airline in sub-Sahara Africa to operate the new-generation Boeing jet.

It’s also the first B737 Max 8 to appear in British Airways colours, as Comair operates as a BA franchisee on domestic routes with South Africa.

The aircraft is the first of eight B737 Max 8s Comair has on order – the carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of B737-400, B737-800 and B737 Max 8 aircraft, under British Airways branding and that of its own low-cost brand

Comair’s Max 8 has been configured with 174 seats in a two-class layout.

Commenting on the news, Wrenelle Stander, Executive Director, Comair’s Airline Division, said:

“The arrival of the Max 8 aircraft is a continuation of our fleet renewal programme and builds on the most modern and efficient fleet in South Africa.

“It is the first of these aircraft to operate in Southern Africa. These newer aircraft, which showcase state-of-the-art technology, will improve our customer experience, enable us to hedge against fuel price volatility and enhance our operating efficiency.”

Subscribers to Business Traveller can read Waiting Game, our special report on African aviation in the March 2019 edition.