South African Express

Not to be confused with African Express Airways.
South African Express
IATA ICAO Callsign
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)
Fleet size 23
Destinations 19
Parent company Government of South Africa
Headquarters O.R. Tambo International Airport
Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa

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.[1]

Corporate affairs


The holding company is South African Airline Holdings (Proprietary) Limited,[2] which is wholly owned by the Government of South Africa.

Over recent years, South African Express was loss-making, figures that had been made available were disputed, and the previously published accounts were withdrawn in November 2011 after accounting errors were discovered that dated back several years.[3] Fuller reports are now being published, and available figures (for years ending 31 March) are:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Turnover (Rm) 1,857 n/a 1,640 2,022 2,296
Net Profits/Losses after tax (Rm) * −186.9 −365.9 0.7
Number of employees (at year end) 839 n/a 1,026 1,090 1,136
Number of passengers (m) 1.5 1.4 1.6 1.5
Passenger load factor (%) 67 64 61 65
Number of aircraft (at year end) n/a 24 24
Notes/sources [2][4] [3][5] [6] [6]

Profitability figures for 2008–09 are not shown above(*), as they are believed to have been restated since the publication of the Annual Report.[3] Revised figures for 2010–11 are from press reports in April 2013; the financial statements for 2012–13 were audited, but received a qualified audit opinion.[6]


SA Express Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in 2013

South African Express serves the following destinations as of February 2016:

 Democratic Republic of the Congo
 South Africa


SA Express Bombardier CRJ200ER in 2011

The South African Express fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of October 2016):

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ200ER
Bombardier CRJ701ER
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400
Embraer ERJ 145[9]
Boeing 737-529[10]
Total 27 0

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of April 2013):[11]

See also


  1. "Legal." SA Express. Retrieved on 6 February 2011. "Street Address: 4th Floor Offices, West Wing, Pier Development, Johannesburg International Airport"
  2. 1 2 "SA Express 2008–09 Annual Report" (PDF). SA Express. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 "SA Express troubles come to light". Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. "SA Express 2008–09 Financial Performance" (PDF). SA Express. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  5. "SA Express Annual Report 2012" (PDF). SA Express. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 "SA Express Annual Report 2013". SA Express. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  7. "SA Express Adds Pilansberg/Sun City Service from April 2015". 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  8. "SA Express to Start Durban – Lusaka from July 2012". Airline Route. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  11. "South African Express Airways Fleet Details and History – Just Aviation". Retrieved 2013-04-24.
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