SA's Comair in Air Malawi talks

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South African carrier Comair has confirmed it is in talks about the privatisation of Air Malawi but insists no deal has yet been done.

Following local reports suggesting its involvement, the carrier has issued a short statement confirming it is in talks with Malawi's privatisation commission about potential involvement in Air Malawi.

It did not disclose further details and Comair joint CEO Erik Venter stresses: “No agreement has been reached between the parties concerned and discussions are still under way.”

Comair is a British Airways franchise partner and also operates South African budget brand Kulula.

Air Malawi was established in 1967 and last year generated MK3 billion ($22 million) in revenues. According to ATI sister product ACAS, Air Malawi operates an ATR 42-300, a Boeing 737-500 and -300, a Cessna Caravan and a Let  L410.

It serves London and Dubai through a codeshare with Air Zimbabwe. The remainder of its network comprises Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi, as well as a domestic link between Blantyre and Lilongwe.