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Name: NATIONWIDE AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: NWR
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: JOHANNESBURG
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Employees 800
Web: flynationwide.co.za
Email: vbricknell@nationwideair.co.za
Telephone: +27 (11) 344 7222
Fax: +27 (11) 327 4925
Sita: JNBCESN
Background
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NWR-2
NWR-MAY05-A
NWR-MAY05-B
NWR-NEWS
NWR-NEWS-1

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 422
LANSERIA AIRPORT
LANSERIA, GAUTENG, 1748, SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA (REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1910. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE: AFRIKAANS, & ENGLISH. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1.12M SQ KM. THE POPULATION IS 44 MILLION. THE CAPITAL CITY IS PRETORIA.

JUNE 1996: PROVIDES SERVICES FOR THE POST OFFICE TO CAPE TOWN, & DURBAN.

2 727-100'S (19251 & 19811), EX-LADECO (LDE), COOPESA (COO) FOR "C" CHECK, AND CARGO CONVERSION (JT8D-7B). 1 PASSENGER (PAX), THE OTHER CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER. 727-95, & 727-116C DELIVERIES.

JULY 1996: 1 BAC 111-400 (SPEY 511-14), EX-MAERSK UK (MSK).

JULY 1997: 85 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 727-200 (JT8D-9) (20843), EX-(TWA), "D" CHECK BY COOPESA (COO).

OCTOBER 1997: BAC 111'S NOW SHOW "SABENA NATIONWIDE" ON FUSELAGE.

APRIL 1998: 85 EMPLOYEES.

DECEMBER 1998: BAC 111-537GF (ZS-NUI) PAINTED ALL BLUE LIKE "THE RIGHT WHALE" TO PROMOTE ITS NEW CAPE WHALE ROUTE.

DECEMBER 1998: 737-230 (22634), EX-LUFTHANSA (DLH) & CROATIAN AIRLINES (CRH), AEROTRANS LEASED.

JANUARY 1999: 737-230 (22118, ZS-OIV), EX-CROATIA AIRLINES (CRH), "D" CHECK MAINTENANCE, BY COOPESA (COO), COSTA RICA.

APRIL 1999: 400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 60 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

SEPTEMBER 1999: SERVICE TO VICTORIA FALLS & WINDHOEK, FOLLOWED BY LIVINGSTONE, AND NDOLA.

727-200 (20843), EX-(TWA), LEASED TO OMAN AIR (OMR).

NOVEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA), CAPE TOWN, DURBAN, GEORGE, & JOHANNESBURG.

DECEMBER 1999: 737-200 (22140), EX-CROATIAN AIRLINES (CRH).

APRIL 2000: 700 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 106 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 75 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

BASED AT LANSERIA AIRPORT, NORTH OF JOHANNESBURG.

(http://www.nationwideair.co.za). (peterg@nationwideair.co.za).

SITA: JNBCESN.

2 737-258'S, EX-EL AL (ELA). 737-200'S WILL REPLACE BAC 111'S.

JULY 2000: "C" CHECK, & CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO COOPESA (COO) FOR 727-100 (19251).

FEBRUARY 2001: IN APRIL 2001, TO LIVINGSTONE (ZAMBIA) (4/WEEK).

APRIL 2001: 700 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FC, 106 CA, & 75 MT).

TO BLOEMFONTEIN (737-200, 12/WEEK).

AUGUST 2001: TO EAST LONDON (727-200, 4/WEEK).

SEPTEMBER 2001: 700 EMPLOYEES.

DECEMBER 2001: DURBAN - CAPETOWN (4/WEEK, NONSTOP).

FEBRUARY 2002: CODE SHARE WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA), JOHANNESBURG - CAPE TOWN/DURBAN.

MARCH 2002: (TELEPHONE: +27 (11) 701 33 30).

(FAX: +27 (11) 701 32 43).

TO EAST LONDON (737-200, 7/WEEK).

APRIL 2002: 600 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FC, 90 CA, & 65 MT).

(http://www.flynationwide.co.za).

June 2002: Plans to wet-lease 2 747-300's for service to Brussels, at end of 8/02.

July 2002: In 8/02, Livingstone - Pilansberg (operations by Nationwide Airlines Zambia, 737, 2/week). In 9/02, to Mpumalanga (737, 11/week).

Acquires 2 737-200's, for a total seven. One is now based in Durban.

August 2002: To Port Elizabeth (4/week). Livingstone - Pilansburg. In 10/02, Livingstone - Kilimanjaro (weekly).

September 2002: 737-236 (661-21800, ZS-OVG), ex-Pace Airlines (PIE), bought from Aeroparts.

December 2002: 1 737-2R8C (573-21711, ZS-OWM), operates for Trans Air Congo.

February 2003: 2 727-281's (881-20572, ZS-OZP; 888-20573, ZS-OZR), ex-MIAT Mongolian (MNG).

April 2003: Adds service to Zambia in cooperation with subsidiary, Nationwide Airlines Zambia (NWZ). Has approval for service from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London and from Johannesburg to Brussels and Munich. The Johannesburg - Brussels route will be operated by Sobelair (SBL).

July 2003: 700 employees. (http://www.nationwideair.co.za).

In 11/03, Johannesburg - London Gatwick (767, 3/week).

October 2003: 1 767-300ER (Sobelair (SBL) wet-leased for Johannesburg - London.

July 2004: Plans Johannesburg - Munich.

727-225 (21291), Finova (GRB) leased.

August 2004: 737-205 (21765, ZS-PIU) & 737-2L9 (22071, ZS-PIV), AAR leased.

January 2005: 600 employees (including 50 FC, 90 CA, & 65 MT).

November 2005: 737-529 (25249, ZS-PKU), Finova Capital (GRB) leased.

July 2006: Nationwide Airlines (NWR) provides scheduled domestic jet airplane services between the primary metropolitan centers of South Africa and has expanded across its borders into Tanzania and Zambia. The airline also provides passenger and freight charters, with specialization in the sub-Saharan African region, and wet-lease services to other airlines.

800 employees (including 60 Flight Crew (FC), 170 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 70 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: CE - 567. (ICAO) Code: NTW - NATIONWIDE AIR.

Parent organization/shareholder: Privately held (100%).

Alliances: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA).

Main Base: Johannesburg International Airport (JNB).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cape Town; Durban; George; Johannesburg; Nelspruit; & Port Elizabeth.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Livingstone; & London.

January 2007: Starting January 27th, Johannesburg - London Gatwick (LGW) increased from 3 to 5/week using the 767-300.

December 2007: Nationwide Airlines (NWR) of South Africa announced that the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suspended the carrier's Aviation Maintenance Organization (AMO) license, resulting in the grounding of all flights. "We have approached the (CAA) for further details and guidance in respect of any actions they would like us to implement, that would enable them to reinstate the (AMO)'s license, at which point normal operations will resume," Nationwide (NWR) CEO, Vernon Bricknell said in a message to customers posted on the airline's website. He said Nationwide (NWR) does "not anticipate a prolonged disruption of air service."

INCDT: On November 7, the right engine failed and fell off a Nationwide (NWR) 737-230 (704-22118, /81 ZS-OEZ) during takeoff from Cape Town International Airport, resulting in the temporary grounding and inspection of all 737-200s in South Africa. The airplane had 106 occupants who were OK. There were early reports of engine failure caused by birdstrike, but investigators have also been studying evidence of damage to the engine mounting points.

The airline said the (CAA) inspected its maintenance operation on November 12 to 13 "without any findings of nonconformance or noncompliance." It operates one 767-300, two 737-500s, 11 737-200s, and three 727-200s on more than >350 weekly flights to eight destinations including London Gatwick.

Later, Nationwide Airlines (NWR) remained grounded, as it denied press reports that it leased a 767 from (KLM) in order to continue its Johannesburg - London Gatwick service. (KLM) has performed Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on Nationwide (NWR)'s own 767, but the South African carrier vehemently denied any other arrangement. "The entire management team and staff have been working around the clock to resolve the crisis with the aim of resuming normal flight operations as quickly as possible," the carrier said on its website. CEO, Vernon Bricknell said Nationwide (NWR) already has provided the national (CAA) with a "full action plan" aimed at demonstrating "our full compliance with South Africa's aviation laws." He said the (CAA) raised concerns about the "administration, data capturing and storage processes in our maintenance organization," specifically the authenticity of components - - which he defended - - and issues such as toolbox inspection, grease gun labeling and battery storage, which he said "have now [been] addressed." (IATA) (ITA) has suspended Nationwide (NWR) from participation in its billing and settlement plan, but has not suspended its membership in the organization.

Later, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) announced the resignation of CEO, Zakes Myeza. It said he resigned following a ruling by Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe, that the CEO and Commissioner for Civil Aviation positions be merged. The (SACAA) board "reluctantly accepted" the resignation, it said, adding that the move was unrelated to the current crisis involving Nationwide Airlines (NWR).

Soon after, however, Nationwide Airlines (NWR) resumed its Johannesburg - London Gatwick service and restarted Johannesburg - Cape Town flights, both aboard its 767 airplanes, that it said received "a clean bill of health" from the (CAA). Its 737-200s, 737-500s and 727s were released into service "in accordance with (SACAA) approval" and flights "have gradually returned to normal," Nationwide (NWR) said on its website.

April 2008: South Africa's Nationwide Airlines (NWR) shut down operations following a March and April, during which fuel costs climbed +30% and load factors decreased. The carrier has faced difficulties since a November engine separation on a 737-200 led to grounding of its fleet by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. It said it "attained a gradual recovery of the business" in December and January, but was unable to secure investment from a consortium with which it was negotiating. "Our cash flow has become critical and as a result, we have decided to voluntarily cease all flight operations until further notice," it said. Nationwide (NWR) operated 11 737-200s, two 737-500s, three 727-200s and one 767-300 on domestic and African routes, as well as to London Gatwick.

April 2009: 7 737-200s bought by Sharjah-based KAL Aviation from Aerotyrans Leasing Limited and delivered to Shaheen Air (SHK).

Fleet:
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NWR-767-3YOER

March 2015:

0 727-95 (JT8D-7B) (315-19251, /66 ZS-NYY), EX-(NOG)/(DAL)/(LDE) 1996-06, WFU IN STORAGE 2005-02. 129Y.

0 727-116F (JT8D-7B) (520-19811, /68 ZS-NYX), EX-(LAN)/(LDE). PARTED OUT AT LANSERIA 2003-07. FREIGHTER.

0 727-225 (1239-21291), (GRB) LSD 2004-06. RTND.

1 727-231 (JT8D-15A) (1063-20843, /74 ZS-ODO), EX-(TWA), LST (OMR) 1999-09, 12C, 135Y.

2 727-281 (JT8D-17) (881-20572, /72 ZS-OZP; 888-20573, /72 ZS-OZR), EX-(MNG) 2003-02. 12C, 135Y.

1 737-2L9 (JT8D-17 HK) (620-22071, /79 ZS-PIV), (AAR) LSD 2004-08. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-2L9 (JT8D-17 HK) (705-22408, /80 ZS-PIW), BF (AAR) 2004-11. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-2R8C (573-21711, /79 ZS-OWM), WET-LST (TSG) 2002-12.

2 737-205 (JT8D-17A HK) (572-21729, /79 ZS-PNU; 595-21765, /79 ZS-PIU), (AAR) LSD 2004-08. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-228 (JT8D-15A) (944-23006, /83 ZS-OVE; 952-23008, /83 ZS-OVF), RANCEMONT LSD 2002-01. 23006; ST KAL AVIATION & LST (SHK) 2009-07. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-230 (JT8D-15) (704-22118, /81 ZS-OEZ), EX-(DLH)/(CRH) 1999-01, "D" CHECK MAINT BY (COO) 1999-08, (SAB) LSD. RH ENGINE FELL OFF IN INCDT 2007-11. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-230 (JT8D-15) (793-22140, /81 ZS-OMG; 840-22634, /81 ZS-OIV), EX-(CRH) 1999-12, (SAB) LSD. 22634; TO KAL AVIATION, LST (SHK) 2009-04. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-236 (JT8D-15A HK) (661-21800, /80 ZS-OVG), EX-(PIE), EX-AEROPARTS 2002-09. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-258 (JT8D-17A) (910-22856, /82 ZS-OOC; 919-22857, /82 ZS-OOD), EX-(ELA) 2000-04, 22857 TO KAL AVIATION, LST (SHK) 2009-05. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-529 (CFM56-3C1) (2145-25249, /91 ZS-PKU), (GRB) LSD 2005-11. 8C, 102Y.

1 737-529 (CFM56-3C1) (2163-25418, /91 ZS-PKV), (TCI) LSD 2005-01. 8C, 102Y.

1 767-3YOER (PW4062) (450-26200, /92 ZS-PBI), (GEF) LSD 2003-11. 38C, 182Y.

2 BAC 111-400 (SPEY 511-14) (108, /67 ZS-NNM; 132, /68 ZS-NYZ; 114, /67 ZS-OAF; 066, /67 ZS-OAG; 115, /68 ZS-OAH), EX-(MSK), 63Y.

1 BAC 111-537GF (SPEY 512-14DW) (186, /69 ZS-NMS; 201, /69 ZS-NMT; 237, /71 ZS-NUG; 257, /77 ZS-NUH; 258, /78 ZS-NUI; 261, /78 ZS-NUJ), 12F, 82Y.

1 BEECH KING AIR 90.

4 BEECH SUPER KING AIR 200.

Management:
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VERNON BRICKNELL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (vbricknell@nationwideair.co.za).

HUGO SMIT, GENERAL MANAGER.

PETER GRIFFITHS, FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE (peterg@nationwideair.co.za).

CHRIS HOARE, COMMERCIAL EXECUTIVE (choare@nationwideair.co.za).

ETTIENNE NEL, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

ROB VAN PLUTTEN, EXECUTIVE LINE MAINTENANCE AND ENGINEERING.

LIONEL CHAPMAN, HEAVY MAINTENANCFE/ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE (3/01), (lchapman@nationwideair.co.za).

ANNE BRICKNELL, DIRECTOR CABIN SERVICES.

RODGER WHITTLE, EXECUTIVE MANAGER CABIN OPERATIONS & COMMERCIAL SERVICES.

JOHNNY HEINEKE, TECHNICAL MANAGER.

ALAN HILL, PLANNING MANAGER (11/97).

DOUG ROBINSON, CHIEF INSPECTOR (11/97).

FRED YOUNG, 1ST OFFICER AIR SAFETY.

 
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