Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has taken delivery of its first B737-8 following the handing over of ZS-ZCA (msn 60432). According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, the twinjet was ferried from Seattle Boeing Field to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo via Punta Cana, Sal Amilcar Cabral Int'l, and Accra on February 26-28.

The South African carrier has a total of eight MAX 8s on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) with deliveries to run through to 2022. The second MAX is due to arrive in March. Financing for the order of jets has been mandated to Investec Bank.

Comair operates a fleet of seven B737-400s, eighteen B737-800s, and is wet-leasing three A320-200s from Global Aviation Operations (GE, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo). According to its latest financials, between April and September of this year, four more leased B737-800s will be inducted thus replacing older B737-400s as they are retired.

Comair operates two brands; British Airways (as a franchisee) whose fleet entails six B737-400s, nine -800s, and two A320s. ZS-ZCA will operate under the BA brand as well. Its Kulula Air low-cost brand uses one A320, one B737-400 and eight -800s.

Operationally, under its British Airways brand, Comair plies routes to Tier I and II cities across South Africa with international flights offered from its Johannesburg O.R. Tambo hub to each of Windhoek Int'l, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Harare Int'l, and Mauritius. Its Kulula brand is, however, restricted to the South African domestic market with flights connecting Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Lanseria, Durban King Shaka, East London, George, and Cape Town.

Editorial Comment: Corrected delivery flight routing - 28.02.2019 - 18:05 UTC