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Airlines

Name: SUN AIR
7JetSet7 Code: SUQ
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: JOHANNESBURG
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Employees 712
Web: sunair.co.za
Email: feedback@sunair.co.za
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

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SUQ-MAP-FEB09

ESTABLISHED IN 1979. FORMERLY BOP AIR. SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 736
LANSARIA 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.

FEBRUARY 1995: WHOLLY STATE OWNED. TO BE PRIVATIZED.

OPERATES OUT OF JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GAUTENG.

1 DC-9-30 (JT8D-9A) DELIVERY.

DECEMBER 1995: TO ADD SERVICE, JOHANNESBURG - DURBAN BEFORE 6/96.

ACQUIRED SEVERAL EX-IBERIA AIRLINES (IBE) DC-9'S, BEING REFURBISHED BY SHANNON AEROSPACE.

JANUARY 1996: 1 DC-9-30 (JT8D-7B).

APRIL 1996: 1 727-230A (20757), SAFAIR (SFA) WET-LEASED.

AUGUST 1996: ALLIANCE DISCUSSIONS WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA). (VAA) TO START FLYING INTO JOHANNESBURG IN OCTOBER 1996. TO CODE SHARE.

NOVEMBER 1996: LIKELY TO BE 1ST GOVERNMENT OWNED AIRLINE IN SOUTH
AFRICA TO BE PRIVATIZED (MARCH 1997). ONLY 25% CAN BE SOLD TO A FOREIGN AIRLINE.

CURRENTLY FLIES JOHANNESBURG (JNB) - CAPE TOWN (CPT), (JNB) - DURBAN (DUR), (DUR) - (CPT) & TO VICTORIA FALLS.

+1 727-230, EX-SAFAIR (SFA) IN JANUARY 1997.

JANUARY 1997: TO BE PRIVATIZED BY MARCH 1997. WORTH $200 MILLION R. CAP OF 25% FOREIGN OWNERSHIP.

APRIL 1997: 1 MD-82 (JT8D-217C), EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).

JUNE 1997: 355 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 80 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

2 MD-82'S, EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), SAFAIR (SFA) LEASED. NOW HAS 3 EX-(AUL) MD-82'S LEASED FROM SAFAIR (SFA) & PLANS TO LEASE +2 MD-81'S IN DECEMBER 1997.

SEPTEMBER 1997: CONSORTIUM OF RETHABILE AND COMAIR (CML) HAS WON BID FROM GOVERNMENT FOR PRIVATIZATION OF (SNB). RETHABILE CONSISTS OF A BLACK EMPOWERMENT GROUP, COORDINATED NETWORK INVESTMENTS, A BLACK OWNED INVESTMENT COMPANY TO OWN 55%. (CML) OWNS 25%, EMPLOYEES 5%, 15% FOR SALE TO NATIONAL EMPOWERMENT FUND. (CML) & (SNB) TO SCHEDULE THEIR FLIGHTS FROM JOHANNESBURG (JNB) TO CAPETOWN & DURBAN TO PROVIDE MORE COMPETITION TO SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA). (SNB) FLIGHTS TO VICTORIA FALLS TO RESUME MARCH 1998.

NOVEMBER 1997: DC-9-32 (ZS-NRD) OPERATING FOR ZIMBABWE EXPRESS HAS "BUSINESS EXPRESS" AND "WATER FOR BULAWAYO" TITLES ON LHS OF FUSELAGE.

DECEMBER 1997: MD-81 (47563), EX-AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).

FEBRUARY 1998: 1 727-200 (20757) SUBLEASED TO ZIMBABWE EXPRESS (ZXP), SAFAIR (SFA) OWNED.

MAY 1998: 355 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 80 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1998: 1 MD-81 (48016), SAFAIR (SFA) LEASED.

AUGUST 1998: JOHANNESBURG TO VICTORIA FALLS.

747-400 DELIVERY AFTER POST DELIVERY MODIFICATIONS AT TRAMCO (BFG).

APRIL 1999: 712 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 59 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 168 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.sunair.co.za). (feedback@sunair.co.za).

JUNE 1999: RETURNED 727-230 (ZS-NVR) TO SAFAIR (SFA).

AUGUST 1999: CEASED OPERATIONS AND IS LIQUIDATED.

75% OF ASSETS BOUGHT BY SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA).

OCTOBER 1999: GOVERNMENT REJECTS SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) ACQUIRING 75% OF SUN AIR (SUQ).

FEBRUARY 2002: MILLION AIR CHARTERS (MIL) WITH FELLOW CHARTER OPERATOR AIRQUARIUS AVIATION BUYS 3 DC-9'S FOR $3.5 MILLION FROM SUN AIR (SUQ) LIQUIDATORS AND PLANS TO RESTART (SUQ) AS A BUSINESS (C) CLASS AIRLINE WITH DC-9'S EQUIPPED WITH 76 LEATHER SEATS FOR OPERATIONS BETWEEN LANSERIA AIRPORT, NORTH OF JOHANNESBURG TO CAPE TOWN (2/DAY).

JOHAN BOTHA, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

DC-9'S HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED AT AERONEXUS, A MAINTENANCE FACILITY BASED AT JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

MARCH 2002: RESUMED OPERATIONS WITH DC-9-30'S IN NEW COLORS, INCLUDING (47430, ZS-NRA), 72C.

February 2004: DC-9-32 (47516, ZS-NNN), returned to Million Air Charter (MIL).

March 2004: Ceased operations.

July 2004: South African Airways (SAA) is facing 2 lawsuits amounting to ZAR 275 million/$46 million over allegations that it conspired to take control of Sun Air (SUQ) to prevent Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) from buying it, then deliberately put (SUQ) out of business.

Fleet:
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SUQ

August 2004:

0 727-230 (JT8D) (20757), (922-20673, /73), (SFA) WET-LSD (20792), 1 TO (ZXP) (ZS-NVR RTND (SFA) 1999-06), RTND.

2 DC-9-32 (609-47430, ZS-NRA), 47516 RTND 72C.

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-15), 2 LSD TO (ZXP), RTND (MIL) 2004-02.

0 MD-81 (941-48016; 48018), EX-(AUL), (SFA) LSD, RTND.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (48019; 48020, /82 "MALETSATSI;" 48059), EX-(AUL), (SFA) LSD. 48019; & 48059; LSD 4 YRS BY (SFA) TO (ALB), 48020; 5 YR (SFA) LSD TO (DIR).

0 B AE HS 748.

0 EMBRAER EMB-110 BANDEIRANTE.

0 EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA.

0 CESSNA CITATION II.

Management:
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JOHAN BOTHA, MANAGING DIRECTOR (2002-02).

GREG HAVERMAHL, GENERAL MANAGER.

RODNEY JAMES, MANAGING DIRECTOR AMTEC (ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE DIVISION).

PETER RUNDLE, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1998-10).

 
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