Naturelink Aviation

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Naturelink
Naturelink Aviation Main Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
- NRK NATURELINK
Founded 1997
Ceased operations 2011 (merged into National Airways)
Operating bases Wonderboom Airport
Headquarters Pretoria, South Africa
Website naturelink.co.za (defunct)

Naturelink Aviation, also known as Naturelink Charter,[1] was an airline from South Africa, which offered corporate and private charter flights, as well as worldwide aircraft lease services. The company was based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria.[2]

History[edit]

Naturelink Aviation was founded in 1997 by Chris Briers. In mid-2004, 60 percent of the shares were acquired by Safair, through Imperial Holdings.[3] As Naturelink operated charter flights to possibly unsafe regions like Iraq or Afghanistan, the company participated in the testing of CAMPS, a countermeasure against portable anti-aircraft missiles developed by Saab.[4]

In September 2008, Naturelink was purchased by Runway Assets Management.[3] Another change of ownership happened in 2010 through the acquisition by National Airways. Subsequently, Naturelink's fleet and operations were gradually merged into the Lanseria-based company.[5] By mid-2011, this transition had been completed, and the Naturelink brand was shut down.

Fleet[edit]

The fleet of eight Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia[1] that formed the backbone of the Naturelink fleet were transferred to National Airways upon takeover.[5] Over the years, Naturelink also operated the larger aircraft types Boeing 727, 737-200, Douglas DC-3 and DC-9,[3] as well as smaller airplanes like Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante,[6] Cessna 208, PAC 750XL or Socata TBM.[7]

Accidents[edit]

On 1 October 2004, a Naturelink Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante (registered ZS-OWO) crashed when, during take-off from Douala International Airport in Cameroon, control was lost following an engine failure. The airplane was destroyed, but the four occupants survived the accident.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Naturelink Embraer fleet list at airfleets.net
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 54. 
  3. ^ a b c Information about Naturelink at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  4. ^ Flightglobal.com: Naturelink tests Saab anti-missile system. Published online on 16 March 2007
  5. ^ a b "Embraer Names National Airways Corporation New Authorized Service Center". Embraer press release issued 16 December 2010, regarding the transition of the service contract for its aircraft from Naturelink to National Airways.
  6. ^ a b 2004 incident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  7. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 3 (2009)". Flight International: 29–90. 2009-04-14. 

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