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Airlink & South African Express Airways apply service between Johannesburg and Kigali

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17/09/2017

 

 

In 2014 & 2015, we published two articles about Airlink, which planned to serve Kigali, from Johannesburg. Airline has applied for a daily service, using an ERJ-135.  Since 2 years, no informations were published about this route. However, 4 days ago, a South African newspaper, spoke to Karin Murray, Airlink marketing and sales manager.

 

"According to Karin Murray, Airlink marketing and sales manager, the jet will allow the airline to broaden its horizons by allowing it to transport passengers to destinations that are further afield – including Libreville, Brazzaville, Pointe Noire and Kigali."

 

Source: Lowvelder: Here

 

She said, that the airline plans to serve Kigali, using the ERJ-190 delivered month ago. The airline plans also to operate some routes currently operated by South African Airways, which is currently struggling.

 

In 1997 SA Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express in a powerful strategic alliance which led to the establishment of the leading aviation network in Africa.

 

Today, Airlink is largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to the smaller towns, cities and regional centres than any other local airline servicing more than 30 destinations in Southern Africa, utilising a fleet of Jetstream 41 aircraft, ERJ 135 jet aircraft and BAe RJ85 aircraft.

 

Currently, the airline operates 3 ERJ-190s, but more will arrive in the coming months, including the smaller version, the ERJ-170.

 

The first Rwanda South Africa flight was operated in 1998, with Alliance Express. Both South African Airways & RwandAir started to operate the route, from 2003, one year, after Alliance Express collapse.

 

South African Airways ended the route in 2006, before to resume it, in January 2012, till December 2013. RwandAir is currently operating 11 flights a week.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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16/03/2015

 

According to the South Africa Green Gazette issued, last week, South African Express Airways plans to serve Kigali, 4 times a week. It's too early to know when the airline will start to serve Rwanda, and what aircraft they will use.

 

SA Express will probably use the CRJ-700, which is probably more appropriate for the Rwandan market.

 

Its "big sister", South African Airways has served Kigali, in the past. From 2003 and 2006 and from 2012 to 2013.

 

The airline used aircraft such as, Boeing 737-800, A319 or A320 (120 seats - 157 seats), which were too big for the Rwandan market. Furthermore, RwandAir operates a daily service to Johannesburg, thanks to its good reputation attracts many passengers, flying between Kigali and Johannesburg.

 

About SA Express (Wiki) :

 

South African Express Airways SOC Ltd, known as South African Express or simply SA Express, is a state-owned airline based in South Africa that started operations on 24 April 1994. Although the airline is operationally independent of South African Airways, its flights are incorporated within the strategic alliance with South African Airways. The airline has its head office at Airways Park, Jones Road, next to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

 

Related :South African Express Airways  already planned to fly to Rwanda, in 2010 (see the article posted on 10 August 2010).

 


 

 

Airlink plans daily service between Johannesburg and Kigali using an ERJ-135 (replacing by SA Express)

 

 

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14/01/2015

 

We received an email some days ago from the Airlink Marketing Analyst, where he has confirmed us that Airlink (the real name is South African Airlink) has the intention to begin service to Kigali.

 

 

Dear *******

 

 

Thank you kindly for your enquiry regarding Airlink services into Eastern Africa.

 

"It is our intention to launch scheduled air services into Kigali, Bujumbura and Francistown. We would like to keep your contact details on file and we will be sending you further information once the planned schedule has been loaded on the reservations system."

 

I sincerely hope you find the above in order and please feel free to contact me for any further assistance.

 

Kind Regards

 

Watch this space, for more news.

 


 

 

31/10/2014

 

According the South African Gazette issued last month, Airlink plans to serve Kigali 7 times a week using an ERJ 135 (see the picture above).

 

(A) SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd; Airlink. (B) Airlink Building, No. 3 Greenstone Hill Office
Park, Greenstone Hill, Modderfontein. (C) Class I; I/S073. (D) Type S 1. (E) Category
Al. (F) OR Tambo International Airport. (G) and (H) Adding the following.

State Destination Frequencies


Botswana Maun Three (3) return flights per week (with 83 seats)


Botswana Francistown Seven (7) return flights per week (with 37 seats)


Rwanda Kigali Seven (7) return flights per week (with 37 seats)


Burundi Bujumbura Seven (7) return flights per week (with 37 seats)

 

http://www.greengazette.co.za/notices/international-air-service-act-60-1993-grant-amendment-of-international-air-service-license_20140919-GGN-37999-00816

 

About Airlink :

 

Airlink's origins are rooted in three small airlines, Magnum Airlines, Border Air and City Air, which merged to form Link Airways in the ‘80s. Subsequently, Link Airways was liquidated in 1992. After Rodger Foster and Barrie Webb, the two founders, had successfully bid for the business, they named the newly acquired airline ‘Airlink’.

 

 In 1997 SA Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express in a powerful strategic alliance which led to the establishment of the leading aviation network in Africa.

 

Today, Airlink is largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to the smaller towns, cities and regional centres than any other local airline servicing more than 30 destinations in Southern Africa, utilising a fleet of Jetstream 41 aircraft, ERJ 135 jet aircraft and BAe RJ85 aircraft.

 

http://www.flyairlink.com/about_airlink.php



31/10/2014
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