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CEMAir – Press Release


CemAir is pleased to confirm that The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has lifted, with immediate effect, the suspension of CemAir’s Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) approval.

In addition, the SACAA has lifted the grounding of CemAir’s Dash-8 Q400 aircraft. The aircraft is one of Bombardier’s flagship products offering turbo-prop short-field performance with jet-like speeds and comfort. CemAir will be operating the aircraft on selected domestic routes.

CemAir’s newest addition to its fleet, the 90-seat CRJ900 is also due for imminent release into operation. As the ‘big brother’ to CemAir’s 50-seat CRJ 100/200 fleet, the CRJ900 is an impressive aircraft which is extremely popular in the North American and European markets but is the first of its variant registered in South Africa.

The SACAA has committed to expediting the inspection and release back into operation of the remaining 11 grounded aircraft.

“The safety and well-being of our customers, our people and our aircraft is our top priority” said Miles van der Molen, CEO of CemAir. “For this reason, we are working closely with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and based on the progress achieved to date we expect to return to full operations soon”

“I wish to thank our customers for their patience and their loyalty. I am sorry that we have let you down during this period. We are working hard to return to full capacity within the next two weeks and in the interim, where possible, chartering 3rd party aircraft to enhance capacity.”

CemAir’s safety compliance has been recognised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which requires all of its members to pass its comprehensive and globally benchmarked biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). CemAir renewed its IOSA accreditation last September and is on the IOSA register of approved airlines.

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