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About Safair

Safair is a cargo and aircraft chartering company, operating both leases for aircraft and crew services. In addition, the company also provide flight crew training which includes medical and safety training, aircraft maintenance and modification services and general support. The company was founded in 1965 as an airline charter company, where it was known as Tropair. It changed its name to Safair Freighters in 1970 where it remained serving regional cargo markets until 1991 when they redshifted their focus to leasing and chartering operations.

Safair’s niche offering is its Humanitarian Aid and relief operations, with agencies such as the United Nations and the World Food Programme. It operates from its base in O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Safair launched a subsidiary in 2013, a low-cost airline called FlySafair.



Safair Current Fleet

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-400

Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules

Lockheed Martin LM-100J

Safair Historical Fleet

ATR 72

Beechcraft 1900D

Boeing 707-320

Boeing 727-100

Boeing 727-200

Boeing 737-200

British Aerospace 146-100QT

British Aerospace 146-200QC


Convair 580

Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules

McDonnell Douglas MD-81

McDonnell Douglas Md-82

Partenavia P.68B

Partenavia AP.68TP-600 Viator



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Safair Hub Airport 

O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport is South Africa’s major international airport, located outside Johannesburg. This airport is Africa’s busiest airport, and in 2017 handled a total of 21 million passengers, with a capacity for 28 million.

This airport is also the hub for South African Airways, Mango and Kulula among others. A number of global airlines also fly to this airport including British Airways, Air France, Air China and Virgin Atlantic.