Avionics News May 2012 - 25
WEBSITE: www.safair.co.za WHAT THEY DO: In addition to providing special-mission charter services, Safair leases and charters passenger and cargo aircraft to domestic and international operators.
FACILITIES: Headquarters in Johannesburg with outstations in Entebbe, Uganda; and Kandahar, Afghanistan; as well as Singapore and Ireland.
EMPLOYEES: 208 FOUNDED: 1965 AEA MEMBER SINCE: 1996
Safair often works on behalf of the U.N., delivering aid and food to poor communities.
configuration of a 72-passenger and 10.8-ton freight capacity is perfectly suited to the environment and markets Safair and its clients tend to work.” Modified at PEMCO in the U.S., Safair’s first 737-400 Combi aircraft entered service in March 2012. It’s the only one of its kind operating in Africa and the Middle East. In addition to passenger and cargo transportation for traditional airlines, the Combi will be used by oil and gas companies that need to transport employees and freight into remote areas. “Looking to the future, we’ll identify a number of suitable 737400 candidate aircraft to purchase with the sole intention of modifying and converting them to 737-400 Combis,” Andrew said. “An exact figure has not been outlined at this stage, but we would hope to build the fleet of Combi aircraft up to around five in the next couple of years. These aircraft can be used operationally to develop new markets in either the cargo or passenger fields.” Keeping the Aircraft Flying Based at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg, South Africa, Safair was acquired by ASL Aviation Group in No-
vember 2010. The company’s 208 personnel includes 155 permanent employees and 53 contract employees, with most of them based in Johannesburg. Some 93 crew members work in the field wherever they’re needed. Safair’s team works around the clock to keep the fleet functioning across the globe. “Safair Operations operates in a field of aviation that is generally more labor intensive than traditional passenger and cargo airlines,” Andrew said. “Because of the type of terrain our aircraft operate in and out of, and the fact that a large number of the landings and takeoffs are from unpaved and unprepared runways, it is inevitable the aircraft will get damaged at some stage during the various contracts.” The Safair staff, along with the company’s spares providers Derco and Segers, manage the supply chain to ensure the aircraft have all the necessary parts and are serviced quickly and efficiently. “It’s often difficult to foresee what particular parts are more at risk than others,” Andrew said. “During certain time periods,
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