South Africa’s Comair Suspends Operations Over Safety Concerns
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for Comair, including its Kulula.com subsidiary.
For context, Comair is the British Airways franchise based in South Africa. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, which it flies domestically, as well as to nearby countries.
The decision to suspend Comair’s AOC came after an investigation into a recent spate of safety incidents at the airline. This precautionary suspension was initially for a period of 24 hours, and during that time Comair was supposed to demonstrate that the risk and safety management systems at the airline are effective in managing potential hazards. Unfortunately the airline wasn’t fully able to do that, so operations have now been suspended indefinitely.
Dublin aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation Capital terminates leases with Russian airlines
The Irish-based aircraft leasing company with the second-largest exposure to the fallout from the war in Ukraine has confirmed it has terminated leases with Russian airlines.
Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital is one of a number of Irish companies seeking the recovery of airplanes after aircraft lessors were forced to terminate leases with Russian airlines to comply with European Union sanctions imposed to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The company, owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Sumitomo Corporation, said that it was severing leases to comply with the EU sanctions. The company owns 34 aircraft worth about $1.3 billion (€1.1 billion) that are leased to Russian airlines.
Lessors have until March 28th to terminate the lease agreements, triggering a frantic scramble to recover and repossess aircraft from state-owned airline Aeroflot and other Russian airlines.
Now is the time to redeem points for flights
Frances Meredith of Raleigh, N.C., used a branded American Airlines credit card for everything from groceries to medical expenses during the pandemic, piling up points with nowhere to spend them. That meant she had plenty to redeem when her family of four decided it was time for a winter getaway to Miami.
Although the seats were pricey at 50,000 points each, Meredith, an internist, was excited to save money by using her rewards balance.
"It was easy. There were lots of seats," she said.
As travelers return to the skies, many, like Meredith, have amassed larger than usual totals in airline and credit card rewards programs. And they are starting to spend them. Several factors make now the time to cash in points.
List of Aerospace Companies Cutting Ties with Russia Mounts
A growing number of aerospace companies with businesses or services in Russia have terminated or suspended business in Russia and Belarus due to economic sanctions imposed on Russia by governments.
While it isn’t immediately clear how those moves will reverberate through the various supply chains, the retractions aren’t insignificant, as many companies depend on Russia for commerce and raw material.
Here’s the latest list of companies who have made moves:
Air Serbia turns back decision to double flights between Belgrade and Moscow after criticism
Only one day after Air Serbia announced to double flights between Belgrade, Serbia and Moscow, Russia, the decision was turned back. The country (and Air Serbia) received much criticism and backlash. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar wrote on Twitter: “Serbia is the only one in Europe with an open sky to Russia. Making money on Ukrainian blood is unworthy of a European Union candidate country.”
Serbia is one of the few that did not impose sanctions on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is also one of the few to be spared from the closure of Russian airspace. Therefore, the only European air corridor left open to Russia is via Serbia, which is now acting as a gateway.
Air Serbia planned 15 weekly flights against 7. But Serbia’s populist president, Aleksandar Vucic, said Air Serbia will go back to one flight to Moscow a day following “the witch hunt” against his country.
Emirates and Garuda Indonesia launch codeshare partnership
Emirates and Garuda Indonesia announce the launch of their codeshare partnership, with effect from today. The new partnership allows customers of the world’s largest international airline, based in Dubai, and Indonesia’s national carrier, to enjoy seamless connectivity on routes across the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Under the new codeshare partnership forged, customers will be able to enjoy seamless connectivity on 16 routes, including popular European destinations, in addition to other travel benefits that will introduce additional levels of convenience.
Emirates will place its code on Garuda Indonesia operated flights on ten routes via two of its hubs, both Jakarta and Denpasar. Emirates passengers are able to travel to seven additional domestic points in Indonesia, beyond Jakarta and Bali, and enjoy the convenience of seamless booking, easy connections, one baggage policy and baggage-check through to the final destination. Domestic points which Emirates customers can travel to include Denpasar, Surabaya, Makassar, Balikpapan, Manado, Medan, Padang and Solo from Jakarta, while, from Denpasar, customers can fly to Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar.