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and from Beeld, Nationwide is not the only one affected.Press statement by Nationwide :
30 November 2007
Dear Valued Customer :
Early this morning we determined that the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA C.A.A.) has suspended our Aviation Maintenance Organization (AMO) license.
We apologize profusely for any inconvenience or confusion that has been caused.
With immediate effect, all flights have been suspended until further notice. We have approached the C.A.A. for further details and guidance in respect of any actions they would like us to implement that would enable them to reinstate the AMO’s license at which point normal operations will resume.
Safety is our number one priority and we will not compromise the safety of our customers or crew.
We do not anticipate a prolonged disruption of air service due to the close cooperation that exists between the Civil Aviation Authority and Nationwide Airlines.
Once again we apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced. We thank you in advance for your cooperation at this difficult time.
Nationwide ticket – holders will be given an opportunity to either re-book or have their tickets refunded. More detailed information will be available from airline customer service personal at airports served by Nationwide Airlines and we will keep you updated on the website.
Chief Executive Officer.
JOHANNESBURG Nov 30 Sapa
NATIONWIDE AIRCRAFT GROUNDED INDEFINITELY
Nationwide's aircraft will remain grounded until the airline has fixed deficiencies within its maintenance section, the SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday.
The CAA suspended approval for the airline's aircraft maintenance organisation from midnight on Thursday, said CAA chief executive officer Zakes Myeza. It had also suspended the certificates of airworthiness of Nationwide's fleet of 16 aircraft - twelve 737 - 200s, five 727s andone 767. If the airline did not comply, its licence would be revoked altogether. "It was unavoidable," said Myeza.
He said the suspension arose from the airline's failure to comply with an airworthiness directorate issued in September and subsequent audits of its compliance. "We cannot afford to be reckless on this because we are dealing with human lives," said CAA executive legal manager Ntheri Magoai. This was not the first time the CAA has grounded an airline, said CAA aircraft safety executive manager Obert Chakarisa.
It had already grounded the airline maintenance organisations of the smaller airlines Nel Air and Executive Aerospace. It would be suspending two more in the next week, he said but would not name them.
They were also smaller airlines. Nationwide was notified by fax late on Thursday night that the CAA had revoked its aviation maintenance organisation licence, said the airline's sales and marketing manager Charmaine Thome.
I think SAA would only benefit from killing the competition and raising the prices. I doubt there is a conspiracy though since this is all a reaction from a Nationwide incident.I wonder if its a conspiracy to get more ppl on SAA flights??? god knows SAA needs the cash
The accident didn't help, but this problem stems from an audit of their maintenance workshop in September. Apparently they failed and had to implement an action plan. The CAA says when they checked up on them after the engine fell off, they hadn't implemented some aspects of the plan yet.I think SAA would only benefit from killing the competition and raising the prices. I doubt there is a conspiracy though since this is all a reaction from a Nationwide incident.
I'm booked with them in AprilWonder if Nationwide will be able to salvage their reputation after this debacle? I certainly won't touch them now!