SA Express is undertaking a strategic review with sister carriers South African Airways and Mango which should see it create a West African operation and complete a fleet revamp.
"We are looking to duplicate the hub operation we have in South Africa in other parts of the continent," said SA Express boss Inati Ntshanga during the recent IATA AGM in Cape Town. These will be set up in conjunction with local partners, and West Africa is likely to host the first hub.
He adds that the operation could begin in a year and would serve as a feeder network for SAA.
Meanwhile the airline is evaluating various 70-90-seat jets to replace its 50-seat Bombardier CRJs, and will meet with the Canadian manufacturer along with Embraer, Mitsubishi and Sukhoi at the Paris air show this month. "We need 14 aircraft and deliveries from 2015-16," says Ntshanga.