Airways’ South African franchise partner Comair, the parent of budget carrier Kulula, has applied for authority
to start long-haul services to London.
operates a fleet of Boeing 737s on regional flights within Africa as a BA franchise, and will
switch to an all-737 fleet at its Kulula
budget operation by the year-end when it phases out its Boeing MD-80s.
in a short statement today Comair says it has applied to South Africa’s
International Air Services Licensing Council for authority to start flights to London.
joint CEO Gideon Novick
says: “We believe that the London
route would contribute positively to our already-extensive domestic and
regional network and are preparing a very strong case for the licence
carrier says it will disclose further details of its long-haul intentions after
receiving route authority, although it does say it is “simultaneously
investigating various options to acquire widebody
aircraft that would be required to operate the long-haul route”.
earlier this year told ATI sister
publication Airline Business it was
looking at expanding its British Airways franchise to include long-haul services.
carriers currently operate between London and South Africa.
Nationwide Airlines in 2003 became the second South African operator on the
route, flying from Johannesburg
to London Gatwick. Star Alliance carrier South African
Airways already serves London Heathrow twice-daily from Johannesburg and daily from Cape Town.
side British Airways connects Heathrow to Johannesburg twice-daily and Cape Town daily, while Virgin Atlantic
operates a daily service from Heathrow to Johannesburg.