South African Express
|Founded||24 April 1994|
|Hubs||O.R. Tambo International Airport|
|Secondary hubs||Cape Town International Airport|
|Focus cities||King Shaka International Airport|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Company slogan||We Fly For You|
|Parent company||Government of South Africa|
|Headquarters||O.R. Tambo International Airport|
Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
|Key people||Siza Mzimela (Acting CEO)|
Mpho Selepe (CFO)
South African Express Airways SOC Ltd, known as South African Express or simply SA Express, is a state-owned airline based in South Africa that started operations on 24 April 1994. Although the airline is operationally independent of South African Airways, its flights are incorporated within the strategic alliance with South African Airways. The airline has its head office at Airways Park, Jones Road, next to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.
SA Express is loss-making, and its accounts have been qualified by the auditors since 2012/13; the 2016/17 accounts remain unaudited (as at July 2019) and have been subject to parliamentary questions.
On 24 May 2018 the South African Civil Aviation Authority grounded the airline due to "serious safety risks". They reported it could be months before the airline was operational again. Flights resumed on 23 August, following the issuance of airworthiness certificates for a portion of the airline's fleet.
South African Express has been loss-making over recent years; figures that had been made available were disputed, and the previously published accounts were withdrawn in November 2011 after accounting errors that dated back several years were discovered. Some fuller reports have been published since then, although figures are frequently restated in the following year's Report. Available figures (for years ending 31 March) are:
|Net profit/loss after tax (Rm)||*||−186.9||−365.9||0.7||−10.0||−169.4||16.9||−234.0|
|Number of employees (at year end)||839||n/a||1,026||1,090||1,136||1,188||1,127||1,036|
|Number of passengers (m)||1.5||1.4||1.6||1.5||1.5||1.4||1.3|
|Passenger load factor (%)||67||64||61||65||65||62||64|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||n/a||24||24||24||22|
Notes: Profitability figures for 2008/09 are not shown above(*), as they are believed to have been restated since the publication of the Annual Report. Revised figures for 2010/11 are from press reports in April 2013; the financial statements for 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 were audited, but received a qualified audit opinion.
- Bloemfontein – Bloemfontein Airport Focus City
- Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport Hub
- Durban – King Shaka International Airport Regional Hub
- Hoedspruit – Eastgate Airport
- Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International Airport Hub
- Kimberley – Kimberley Airport
- Richards Bay – Richards Bay Airport
- Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth International Airport
The South African Express fleet consists of the following aircraft as of November 2018:
|Bombardier Dash 8-Q400||10||—||74|
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of April 2013):
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