Star Air (South Africa)
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.
The Star Air fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of December 2011):