Comair announces new 2016 shake-up plan

2016-02-29 14:11 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town -  In what it calls a multimillion-Rand vote of confidence in the domestic and regional travel sector, Comair is set to launch a new route, take delivery of a brand new Bowing next generation  737-800 plane as well kick-off its Qatar partnership to add 5 new African destinations to it reach. 

The airline confirmed it will be taking delivery of a new Boeing Next Generation 737-800 will in the next few weeks as part of Comair Limited’s British Airways fleet, as airline celebrates its 70th year of operation and the 20th anniversary of its partnership with British Airways.

"The new aircraft, designated ZS-ZWG, is part of the airline’s ongoing fleet upgrade strategy and an important step towards operating the most modern and efficient fleet within southern Africa," says Comair CEO Erik Venter.

“This also coincides with two major developments for our airline: the commencement shortly of scheduled flights to the Atlantic Ocean island of Saint Helena, and a new code-share agreement between Comair and Qatar Airways, that will add five new African destinations to the Qatar Airways route map.

Venter said the airline had strong confidence in the leisure and business travel on the back of  International Air Travel Association( IATA) indicators, showing that in November African airlines enjoyed their fifth consecutive month of growth.

“The new aircraft will help us embrace opportunities like the new Saint Helena route. In addition to our existing British Airways (operated by Comair) route network which includes South Africa, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. This access to centrally-located airports within South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and in the Indian Ocean islands allows our valued customers, access to diverse business and leisure destinations in the region.” 

“The Boeing Next Generation 737-800 is popular on routes around the world. As of last year, 5 000 were in operation and another 4 400 737s had been ordered,” Venter explains.

According to Venter, the Next Generation -800 is the second-longest 737 (Only the 737-900ER is longer) and the new aircraft will  seat up to 160 passengers and with an improvement in the design of the overhead bins, enabling a 50% increase in carry-on bags,  "the overall customer experience will be enhanced".

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