South Africa’s domestic airline FlySafair has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft.
The new addition is one of two Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft sourced by the airline in an effort to increase capacity. “FlySafair has been slowly increasing capacity since restarting operations in June this year, and these new arrivals will allow for further expansion helping to increase capacity as demand for local travel grows,” reads a statement release by the airline.
The B738NG is one of two secured by the airline and a second aircraft is expected in Johannesburg by the end of October. Kirby Gordon the CMO of FlySafair said, “Now’s a great time to look to expand your fleet, if you’re in a position to do so, because with the industry being where it is, there are plenty of aircraft up for grabs at very reasonable prices.”
FlySafair resumed flights in June when domestic travel restrictions were lifted in South Africa. Gradually the airline has been increasing capacity on the domestic scene and will look set to continue doing so with the new equipment and the growing demand.
“This new addition will help to increase capacity and hopefully push fares down a bit,” says Gordon who added, “We’ve been holding the mantle for a while now and it’s important that we get more capacity into the market through our own expansion, and through the return of competitors. Our economy needs lots of affordable air access as a catalyst for recovery.”
The newly added aircraft is currently undergoing registration by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and once complete will be deployed for service.
Meanwhile FlySafir Chief Executive Office, Elmar Conradie has been appointed as the deputy chairperson for the Airlines Association of Southern Africa at the recently held virtual 50th Annual General Meeting.
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