Star Air (South Africa)

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Star Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size5
HeadquartersSouth Africa

Star Air, incorporated as Star Air Cargo Pty Ltd, is a South African airline leasing out passenger and cargo aircraft.


Star Air has been trading since 1996. Originally it operated smaller aircraft, flying courier freight and small cargo for DHL Express (hence the Cargo name) and other companies contracted to fly for FedEx.

After starting to operate passenger flights, Star Air decided to move out of the smaller aircraft and to begin operating the Boeing 737, and started with their first 737-200 aircraft in 2007. Star Air has begun negotiating with aircraft leasing companies to lease in the newer generation 737-300 and 737-500 aircraft, which will begin to replace the 737-200s over a two-year period.

Star Air Maintenance Pty Ltd (SAM) is a subsidiary company of Star Air that provides all the AOC’s maintenance requirements up to B check. SAM is based and operates from a hangar in the Denel Aviation Campus facility, at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. SAM also offers line maintenance to third parties.


Star Air leases aircraft on short and medium terms leases to scheduled airlines in the sub-Saharan African Region. According to their website, at various times they have had as customers Rwandair, Air Botswana, Air Malawi, Air Tanzania, LAM Mozambique Airlines, South African Express, Air Namibia and Mango Airlines (South Africa), amongst others.[1]


Current fleet[edit]

A former Star Air Boeing 737-200 at OR Tambo International Airport in 2009

The Star Air fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[2]

Star Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
Boeing 737-300 4 One Wet-Leased To Royal Jordanian

from Jun 6 till The End Of The Year

Boeing 737-300F 4
Total 8

Historic fleet[edit]

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of December 2011):[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 32. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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