South African Airways secures AOC before restart
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has confirmed that it has reissued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg OR Tambo) for domestic and international flights ahead of the planned relaunch from the airline later this month. .
According to a spokesperson for SACAA, only eight aircraft are currently listed in the SAA AOC operating specifications. The regulator referred ch-aviation to the airline for clarification on the planes it would operate under the approval.
The SAA, in a separate statement, confirmed that it had obtained a renewed operating license, but failed to specify which aircraft it would operate. Spokeswoman Vimla Maistry confirmed to ch-aviation that the current certification covers the A320 and A340 types totaling eight aircraft. She said no requests for proposals (RFPs) for any additional aircraft – and “certainly none for regional jets” – had yet been issued.
According to advanced ch-aviation fleets module, SAA still owns three A340-300s and four A340-600s, while it still has three A319-100s on lease from Castlelake and one A330-300 on lease from Aergo Capital. The airline’s commercial bailout calls for a fleet of 26 planes, comprising 10 “small, tight bodies” (presumably regional jets SAA never had); nine narrow bodies; and seven broad bodies.
SAA Acting Managing Director Thomas Kgokolo said in the statement: “This is an important development as SAA prepares to take off again in just a few weeks. At our Airways Park headquarters, in hangars and in terminals across the country, our staff are working hard to complete the final preparatory phases before making an official announcement on the exact take-off date. “
“While I recognize that there is frustration with the delay in confirming this date, all of us at SAA need to make sure that the essential components of a very complicated and multifaceted process are working seamlessly. before you start. I am confident that we will be able to make this announcement soon.
As SAA ramps up its preparation, Kgokolo also confirmed that all management pilots and specialists have now been appointed and that the pilots who would form the core of the flight crew have been identified and will be on board within the next two weeks.