Star Air Cargo

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Star Air Cargo
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1996
Fleet size 5
Headquarters South Africa

Star Air Cargo Pty Ltd is an airline company based in South Africa that (despite its name) leases Boeing 737 passenger 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]


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

After starting to operate passenger flights, SAC 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 Maintenance Pty Ltd (SAM) is a subsidiary company of SAC 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.


Current fleet[edit]

The Star Air Cargo fleet includes the following aircraft as of 31 December 2011:[2]

A Star Air Cargo Boeing 737-219 pictured at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in 2009
Star Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
Boeing 737-200 4
Boeing 737-500 1
Total 5

Future fleet[edit]

SAC 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.

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