South Africa’s Cemair acquires CRJ100s from Delta

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South African operator Cemair is to become the largest Bombardier CRJ100 operator in Africa after agreeing to purchase a 16-aircraft portfolio from Delta Air Lines.

The transaction includes aircraft last operated by Delta subsidiary Comair, along with engines and parts, and will bring the South African carriers fleet to more than 10 units over the next year.

Cemair, which currently operates three aircraft of the type along with a Beechcraft 1900 fleet, says it will gradually introduce the newly acquired CRJ100s to service over the next 12 months.

Five aircraft will be placed on contract operations outside South Africa, while another three units will operate in the domestic network.

The other aircraft will either be parted out or sold to be parted out, says the carriers chief executive Miles van der Molen.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that the CRJ100ERs were built between 1996 and 1999. They have been parked at the Kingman storage facility in Arizona for over two years.

Cemair was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Lanseria International airport, near Johannesburg.

It initially started operations with turboprops but shifted to CRJs in 2012, when it acquired an ex-Comair unit from special-purpose vehicle ALF V and leased another aircraft.