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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.

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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. A number of global airlines also fly to this airport including British Airways, Air France, Air China and Virgin Atlantic.


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
  • CASA CN-235
  • Convair 580
  • Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-81
  • McDonnell Douglas Md-82
  • Partenavia P.68B
  • Partenavia AP.68TP-600 Viator