SAA, Mango, Comair ground some aircraft over maintenance concerns


South African Airways (SAA), its low cost subsidiary Mango and Comair have grounded a number of their aircraft due to compliance verification in line with South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) requirements.

SAA on 22 October said some of its aircraft were recalled in order to undertake compliance verification after an oversight inspection conducted by SACAA at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary, South African Airways Technical (SAAT).

Some of the flights will operate later than usual and SAA has implemented its contingency plans to ensure business continuity, the airline said, with four domestic flight cancellations.

Similarly, Mango said it was notified yesterday evening that the SACAA audit at SAAT affected some of its aircraft. “As safety is our primary concern, we immediately began working with SAA Technical throughout the night to rectify these findings. We are confident that we will have aircraft that are safe and ready for service during the course of today. However, as the process is not yet concluded, this does mean that some delays will be experienced throughout the day,” Mango said.

“Mango has activated contingency plans in order to minimise disruption.”

Similarly, Kulula and British Airways flights (operated by Comair) were also affected on Tuesday, with some cancellations resulting from grounded aircraft affected by the maintenance audit. “We are working actively with SAAT to take corrective actions on the affected aircraft to get our flights back on schedule as soon as possible,” Comair said.