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PostPosted: 27 Nov 2017, 20:04 
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Just saw this

"Airlink and Safair seek regulatory approval to merge"
https://www.fin24.com/Companies/Industr ... e-20171127?

Is this a move to avoid joining the "junk yard" of local airlines that have gone broke in recent years?


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PostPosted: 28 Nov 2017, 07:56 
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Both airlines are successful and profitable, so they will make a tough competitor to the other established players.

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PostPosted: 28 Nov 2017, 15:06 
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Will Safair still be getting the ten new LM-100J Hercules that ASL have ordered? Their curent Hercs are almost as old as the SAAF's.


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I'm not sure if it's just the commercial airline (flysafair) business Airlink is acquiring, or the entire Safair operations. I think it is just the flysafair side of things?

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The deal is for all of Safair, not just FlySafair. ASL Aviation, Safair's current owner, will receive a minority share in Airlink Group as a result of the merger.

I'm not sure what this means for the LM-100J acquisition, as that was being handled by ASL and had already, from what I've heard, been reduced from a letter of intent for 10 to a firmer commitment for only 4. I have not yet been able to confirm that yet.

All in all I think this is probably a good thing, both Airlink and Safair are well-run and efficient operations and should be complementary.


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