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FlySafair logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded August 2013
Commenced operations 16 October 2014[1]
Fleet size 14
Destinations 7
Company slogan For The Love Of Flying
Parent company Safair
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Key people CEO: Elmar Conradie
Employees 862 (September 2018)[2]

FlySafair is a low-cost airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Safair.


The airline was established in August 2013 and was granted approval by the South African Air Service Licensing Council to launch operations with ten daily services between Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.[3] The airline had plans to begin operations in October 2013.[4] However, on 8 October 2013, the High Court of South Africa granted an interim court order preventing the airline from starting operations, following an application by rival carriers,[5] on the basis that it did not meet the legal requirement of 75% local ownership. Substantial restructuring of ownership took place and FlySafair's inaugural flight eventually took place on 16 October 2014.[6]

On 29 March 2017, the airline announced its new partnership with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) making it the official domestic carrier for the Springboks and SA Rugby.[citation needed]

In November 2017, Safair and Airlink announced that they will be applying to the Competition Commission to merge. The proposal sees the Airlink and low-cost FlySafair airlines and Safair’s other businesses, including humanitarian aid flights, continuing to operate separately under their unique brands. Elmar Conradie will remain as Safair CEO. According to the statement, more details will be provided when the Competition Commission has made its decision. The Competition Commission did not grant the proposed merger, however the airlines are still interested in merging. On the 26th of October 2018, it was made public that the two airlines have decided to not go forward with the proposed merger.


FlySafair Boeing 737-400
FlySafair Boeing 737-800

FlySafair serves the following domestic destinations:[7]

Interline Agreement

FlySafair Interlines with the following airlines:


As of December 2018, the FlySafair fleet consists of the following all Boeing aircraft: [8]

FlySafair fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
Boeing 737–400 9 0 165
Boeing 737–800[9] 5 3 189
Total 14 3

The airline will start phasing out the -400 series in the first quarter of 2019.

In-flight services

FlySafair offers food and drinks as a buy-on-board programme. FlySafair also offers a monthly magazine on board named In Flight. The airline was also the first airline in South Africa to offer card payments aboard their flights.


In April 2017 FlySafair was awarded for being the number one most punctual airline globally, with a 96% on-time performance (OTP) by OAG, an air travel intelligence company. FlySafair qualified as they were able to provide flight status information for a minimum of 80%, which are calculated over a 12-month period and include airlines and airports with a minimum of 600 operations a month.[10] On 16 October 2017, it was announced that the airline had won the award for The World's Most On Time Airline by OAG for the second year.[11]

On 16 November 2018, The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) named FlySafair the Aircraft Operator of the Year in its South African Civil Aviation Excellence Awards. At the same ceremony, FlySafair also took second place in the Aviation Customer Services category, and was a finalist in the Aviation Safety category.[12]


  1. ^ Ensor, Linda (17 October 2014). "FlySafair will bring needed competition". Business Day. Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
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  3. ^ Moores, Victoria (16 April 2014). "South African startup FlySafair secures license". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "FlySafair -". Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ "FlySafair grounded before first flight". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ Ensor, Linda (17 October 2014). "FlySafair will bring needed competition". Business Day. Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "FlySafair - South Africa's True Low Cost Airline". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 32. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. ^ "FlySafair announces fleet upgrades and reaches passenger milestone". Radio 702. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  11. ^ OAG. "On-Time Performance Star Ratings for October Revealed!". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  12. ^ "FlySafair takes top honours at the Civil Aviation Excellence Awards". FlySafair. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-12-04.


External links

Official website

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