BA franchisee Comair – License SuspendedBack to Forum
13 Mar 2022
Some of the recent events have been published on other websites.
8/2/22 – TCAS alert at Lanseria
10/2/22 – Engine failure Lanseria
20/2/22 – Gear failure East London
10/3/22 – Engine failure Lanseria
Not a great record….13 Mar 2022
“South African CAA grounds Comair citing safety concerns”, (ch-aviation 14-03-22)
There are three paragraphs which stand out……
“Comair Chief Executive Officer Glenn Orsmond …….. earlier told ch-aviation that Comair would be moving its maintenance from South African Airways’s subsidiary SAA Technical to Lufthansa Technik.” If these events happened under the the contract with SAA Technical then that company should have a lot to answer for.
“…(the suspension) effectively takes 40% of the capacity out of the market. The implications for the aviation sector and the country are considerable should the suspension continue for any length of time.” The moot question is who fills the gap left?
“The SACAA’s reputation took a knock in recent years when it was found to have contravened its own aviation regulations before the crash of its Cessna S550, ZS-CAR (msn S550-0078), in January 2020. Amongst other things, South Africa’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AIIB) found the aircraft was not maintained properly, rendering its certificate of airworthiness invalid.” So is the agency now trying to make an example of any infringer of norms?
As an extension of these points I would like to say the following. It would be interesting to see comparable results between Comair (in both its guises) and its competitors, SAA and Airlink especially. If Comair´s errors are exceptional then fine suspend the airline. If, on the other hand, they are similar to those of the competition then I would suspect that there might well be a campaign to denigrate Comair to try and put it out of business.
I have been around too long to accept that everything is transparent.
1 user thanked author for this post.15 Mar 2022
This is the link I did not put in the previous post.
“South African CAA grounds Comair citing safety concerns” (ch-aviation, 14-03-22)15 Mar 2022
It is good news to see this article today.
“S Africa’s Comair resumes flights after safety all-clear,” (ch-aviation 16-03-22)
The fact that the matter has been resolved so quickly is comforting.17 Mar 2022
To me this whole episode reeks of political interference, bribery and and involvement of third party players.
Nothing here seems at all transparent to me (I lived in SA for some years) – all in all a very African scenario.4 May 2022
Comair regrets to advise that its flights have been voluntarily suspended from 1 June pending successfully securing additional funding to resume operations. If your flight has been cancelled, please do not travel to the airport unless you have been able to make alternative arrangements. Our heartfelt apologies for the inconvenience.
As of 1 June 20221 Jun 2022
The ownership of the Comair group that claims a 40% market share of the SA domestic market changed late last year and it is now owned by CRC (Comair Rescue Corporation whose owners appear to be previous investors and directors. They signalled a couple of months back that they would need to secure more funding in order to see through the “rescue”.
According to a spokesman the financial package is almost in place and they expect resume operations in the near future. American investors are rumoured but time will tell!1 Jun 2022
Get all the Comair crews and aircraft up to LHR as soon as possible! Aircraft and crews in BA colours ready to operate the cancelled BA flights…Simples! It might also save Comair for South Africa as well….1 Jun 2022
Kulula have become so unreliable lately that we no longer use them. Safair and Airlink are much more reliable and comfortable.
I also read that Comair have now sold all their lounges, so yet another service degradation.2 Jun 2022