News Listings for African Express Airways

  • Bombardier expands maintenance network in Africa

    News | 12 Jul 2013 19:36 | Kristin Majcher

    Bombardier has signed a letter of intent with Ethiopian Airlines to make the airline's technical division an authorised service facility for Bombardier Dash...
  • Three's a crowd - South Africa focus

    News | 20 Dec 2006 00:00 | Brendan Sobie

    South Africa's existing low-cost carriers are incensed at the arrival of South African Airways' new subsidiary Mango. But is there room for all in the country's vibrant market?
  • Dash 8 double as SAX and Jeju Air take Q400s

    News | 15 May 2006 23:00

    <P> <TABLE borderColor=#000000 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=445 align=center bgColor=#ffffff border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <P align=right><IMG height=297 alt="Jeju Air Q400" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12743" width=445 border=1><BR><STRONG><SUP><STRONG>© Andy Cline</STRONG></SUP></STRONG></P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P> <P>Two airlines, South African Express Airways (SAX) and Jeju Air, have recently introduced their first Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s. SAX is deploying its two Q400s on domestic flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein and George as it looks to boost frequencies. </P> <P> <TABLE borderColor=#000000 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=445 align=center bgColor=#ffffff border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <P align=right><IMG height=297 alt=SAX_Q400 src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12744" width=445 border=1><BR><STRONG><SUP><STRONG>© Hannes Meyer</STRONG></SUP></STRONG></P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P> <P>The airline already operates seven Q300s and six Bombar
  • Shake-up to put SAA back in profit

    News | 20 May 2002 23:00

    <p>HILKA BIRNS / DURBAN</p> <p>South African flag carrier succeeds in shedding $69 million from costs as it swaps Boeings for Airbus</p> <p>South African Airways (SAA) is expected to post positive results next month following a R700 million ($69 million) cost-cutting drive by chief executive Andr‚ Viljoen. The airline suffered a R735 million loss last year. </p> <p>Viljoen says SAA has more than R3 billion cash and a financial footing that is "sound and strong", due to reduced costs, upgraded products and a $3.5 billion fleet renewal.</p> <p>SAA saved R40 million by reducing catering on domestic flights; R10 million by capping internal audit fees; R250 by cutting external consultants; and R100 million by reducing the short-haul fleet by nine aircraft. The airline has also axed 90 management positions.</p> <p>The airline is replacing its ageing Boeing long- and short-haul fleet with 41 Airbus aircraft - A340-600s, A340-300Enhanced, A319s and A320s. Viljoen says that the A340-600 is
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    News | 11 Dec 2001 00:00

    Peter Edwards has been named president of Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft. He was previously executive vice-president sales. Edwards replaces Pierre Beaudoin who was recently appointed president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace South African Express Airways has appointed Boni Dibate as chief executive. She previously held a similar position at Esselen Park. Frans Modiroa has been appointed chief operations officer. Modiroa was executive manager technical and engineering at the regional airline. Bevan Coote, previously general manager of Eastern Australia Airlines, has been appointed general manager of Qantas subsidiary Impulse Airlines. Coote will be replaced by Ashley Kilroy, general manager of Qantas' regional subsidiary Sunstate Airlines. Elsa D'Alessio, Sunstate's commercial manager, has been named acting general manager. Vector Training Systems of North Dakota has named William McGrath as president. Prior to this he was vice-president of business d
  • SAX to restructure its aircraft financing after Transnet buyout

    News | 20 Mar 2001 00:00

    <p>Regional carrier South African Express Airways (SAX) is to restructure its aircraft financing and route network following an ownership change. Transport parastatal Transnet recently bought the 23.99% of SAX it did not already own from its black empowerment partner Thebe Investments, in order to consolidate its aviation portfolio. Transnet also owns 75% of South African Airways (SAA), which in turn owns 10% of SA Airlink. </p> <p>Transnet intends to fix balance sheet problems at SAX by addressing its high aircraft ownership costs resulting from $-based financing of 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200s and alter its route network in line with SAA's regional expansion, says Transnet executive director, Bheki Sibiya. </p> <p>Persistent rumours about a possible merger with SA Airlink are unfounded, he says. Long-term fleet plans at SA Airlink, however, raise questions about SAX's position within the SAA/SAX/SA Airlink feeder alliance, which dominates 70% of the domestic market. </p> <p>The hol