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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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SkyWise - New Domestic Airline

1time founders to launch SkyWise airlines in 2013
2012-11-16 08:47

In the wake of 1time's demise, its founders have revealed that they are planning to launch a brand new low-cost carrier in South Africa next year.

Going by the name of Skywise, the airline is expected to silence critics in the aviation industry who say there isn't a need for a new carrier in the domestic market. At least, this is the hope expressed by founders Rodney James and Glenn Orsmond (ex-1time CEOS), Michael Kaminski (ex-1time CIO) and Johan Borstlap (ex-Sun Air MD), Tourism Update reports.

According to James plans to start a new low-cost airline started around six months ago and, since then, the highly experienced team had developed an "exciting business plan". While the founders are still in the process of applying for an air service licence, the plan is to launch SkyWise in the first quarter of next year.

Using two Boeing 737-300s, the airline will offer flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport, with plans to expand the network as market shares grow.

While many in the industry have stated that the high fuel costs and airport taxes provide an unfavourable environment for airlines, particularly new entrants into the market, James says the same was said before 1time launched nine years ago, and after launching it was able to grow the market.

According to James, SkyWise will lease purchase the two aircraft, however he did not reveal where they will be sourced from.

Unlike 1time, which was self-funded, SkyWise has external investors. James explains that the airline will start off with a BEE component as well as investment from a Dubai-based aviation company looking to expand into Africa.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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seems a trifle dodgy what these men get up to. Of course there is a gap in the market now, prices for flights in SA are crazy
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Old November 17th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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Eish, I hope they have a good business strategy. We don't need another 1time saga.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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New budget airline set to launch
2013-01-14 08:49

New budget airline, SkyWise looks set to launch by its target date, March 1. This comes after objection by those who questioned the intentions of its founders, ex-1time bosses, Rodney James, Glenn Orsmond and Michael Kaminski.

Tourism Update reports that DoT deputy director: licensing and permits, Andries Ntjane, has confirmed that SkyWise has submitted all the documentation required to obtain its air service license. The Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC) will meet again on January 16 to make a final decision regarding the application.

James says it is unfortunate that SkyWise didn't get its license before Christmas but acknowledges that it was a tall order to expect it to be issued during the holiday season.

In response to the objections by critics, including ex-1time employees, Ntjane says the ASLC is managed in terms of the Air Services Licensing Act and not the Companies Act (which looks at the previous business endeavours of those running a company).

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Old January 16th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #5
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Seems like a crazy approval process that doesn't take into account previous F-ups
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Old February 1st, 2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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Skywise launch date postponed
2013-02-01 09:00

Cape Town - Skywise has had to delay its initial launch date but this has not deterred the new low cost carrier's preparations, Tourism Update reports.

The low-cost airline, established by ex-1time founders, did not receive its Air Service Licence last month as hoped, due to a request by the Department of Transport for additional information.

The DoT told Tourism Update that once Skywise submits the additional documents, they would not have to wait till the next ASLC meeting for a decision to be made, but that the Council will sort it out as soon as possible.

Skywise originally earmarked 1 March as their launch date, but this is no longer attainable.

"The beginning of March was our target date with the assumption of being issued an ASL at the beginning of the year. As soon as the ASL is hanging on our wall we will set another target launch date," says Skywise co-founder, Rodney James.

Skywise has already recruited management staff, office space in Cape Town and finalised its branding, but the rest of the team will be recruited once the launch date is confirmed.

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Old August 20th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #7
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Skywise to push ticket prices down
2013-08-20 16:15

Johannesburg - Tickets for Skywise, a new low-cost airline started by the founders of 1time, are expected to cost a quarter less than current tickets for the ever popular Johannesburg-Cape Town route.

Beeld reports that the cheapest return flight currently costs a little more than R1 800 on Mango or Kulula.

Rodney James, executive head of Skywise, said that they were planning on using proper low-cost business models to lower ticket costs by about 25%.

The former head of 1time believes that the South African market is in dire need of more low-cost airlines.

"When 1time was liquidated, the other budget airlines pushed their prices up instead of increasing capacity," he explained.

This tendency has led to a demise in local flights, according to Acsa, which noted a 5% drop in local traffic between May and June this year.

James hopes that by keeping prices as cheap as possible, those people who are currently not flying because it's too expensive will take to the skies again.

Skywise is hoping to receive its operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority at the end of August, with the hope of starting flights about a month later.

A deposit has been put down for two Boeing 737-300 aircraft for the Cape Town - Johannesburg route.

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Old August 20th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #8
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Interesting that they still don't even have a functioning website...
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Old August 20th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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Interesting that they still don't even have a functioning website...
...or even a single aircraft.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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Well they now have some official branding











More can be found on the following link from the design agency.

http://www.garageast.co.za/113655/18...lines-branding
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Old September 16th, 2013, 08:07 AM   #11
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I kinda like it.. nice and simple.
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long as its simple to book and no delays, it will be a winner.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #13
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That's wishful thinking
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Old October 28th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #14
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Skywise Air Service License bought by PAKafrica.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/tra...ervice-licence
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Seems like the branding have changed.

www.skywise.co.za
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https://www.linkedin.com/company/skywise-airline
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http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airlin...irlineCode=S8*
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They would have to really differentiate their approach to make it. We can't have all these airlines in SA with no differentiation. The issue though is the need to liberalise regional travel
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Old October 30th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #19
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They must launch it soon to bring the price down
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The prices wont get much lower...SA doesn't have the volumes to sustain it. If we can slowly over time develop more demand the prices will. But if we throw two new airlines into a price war we will lose at least one if not both of them
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