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de Havilland Dash 8-400 (ZS-YBT)

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A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 wearing the colours of SA Express, turning onto the taxiway to line up on Runway 26 for a direct departure path for the 1 hour hop from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. The photo was taken on 26 Oct 2017, quite some time before SAX was grounded in May 2018 for "irregularities". SA Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Government-owned National Flag Carrier, South African Airways. Unfortunately I cannot identify the aircraft in the background, which is parked near the old Airforce Museum Hanger.

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CHRIS ROBEY
The crew appear to be cycling the wipers, although the ramp looks dry. Appears to be an Aero Commander AC680 Grand Commander in the distant background to the right...
Viv PikePhoto Uploader
Hi Chris, thanks for the info re the aircraft in the background. About the wipers, maybe the crew pulled the washer button and were cleaning the windshields? (only kidding) :)
Viv PikePhoto Uploader
Further on this airline which was grounded in May 2018, according to a statement from the airline, it has already received Certificates of Airworthiness for most of their 11 aircraft from SACAA and they are expecting the green light for the rest of the fleet soon. SA Express has announced that they will be resuming their operations on 23 August 2018.
CHRIS ROBEY
Thanks for the background on SAX Viv and Regards from SYD!
Viv PikePhoto Uploader
You're most welcome, Chris !!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
20-Aug-2019 DH8DKimberley ()OR Tambo Int'l () 07:15PM SAST 08:00PM SAST Scheduled
20-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Kimberley () 05:30PM SAST 06:20PM SAST Scheduled
15-Aug-2019 DH8DSir Seretse Khama Int'l ()OR Tambo Int'l () 10:20PM CAT 12:56AM SAST (+1) (?) 2:36
15-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Sir Seretse Khama Int'l () 09:21PM SAST 09:57PM CAT 0:36
15-Aug-2019 CRJ2Sir Seretse Khama Int'l ()OR Tambo Int'l () 04:53PM CAT 05:30PM SAST 0:37
15-Aug-2019 CRJ2OR Tambo Int'l ()Sir Seretse Khama Int'l () 03:29PM SAST 04:01PM CAT (?) 0:32
15-Aug-2019 DH8DAir Force Base Hoedspruit ()OR Tambo Int'l () 02:05PM SAST 02:31PM SAST 0:26
15-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Air Force Base Hoedspruit () 12:20PM SAST 01:04PM SAST (?) 0:44
15-Aug-2019 DH8DKimberley ()OR Tambo Int'l () 07:33AM SAST 08:34AM SAST 1:00
15-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Kimberley () 06:04AM SAST 06:55AM SAST 0:50
14-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Sir Seretse Khama Int'l () 05:52PM SAST 06:29PM CAT (?) 0:36
14-Aug-2019 DH8DSir Seretse Khama Int'l ()OR Tambo Int'l () 05:24PM CAT 07:31PM SAST 2:07
14-Aug-2019 CRJ2OR Tambo Int'l ()Sir Seretse Khama Int'l () 03:22PM SAST 03:58PM CAT 0:36
14-Aug-2019 CRJ2Sir Seretse Khama Int'l ()OR Tambo Int'l () 02:09PM CAT 05:11PM SAST 3:02
14-Aug-2019 DH8DAir Force Base Hoedspruit ()OR Tambo Int'l () 02:05PM SAST 02:30PM SAST 0:25
14-Aug-2019 DH8DOR Tambo Int'l ()Air Force Base Hoedspruit () 12:18PM SAST 01:03PM SAST (?) 0:44
13-Aug-2019 DH8DWalvis Bay ()OR Tambo Int'l () 02:55PM CAT 05:41PM SAST 2:46
13-Aug-2019 CRJ7Walvis Bay ()Cape Town Int'l () 01:45PM CAT 03:25PM SAST Cancelled
13-Aug-2019 CRJ7Cape Town Int'l ()Walvis Bay () 11:02AM SAST 12:52PM CAT (?) 1:50
12-Aug-2019 DH8DWalvis Bay ()Cape Town Int'l () 01:45PM CAT 04:36PM SAST 2:51
12-Aug-2019 DH8DCape Town Int'l ()Walvis Bay () 11:34AM SAST 01:54PM CAT (?) 2:20
11-Aug-2019 DH8DCape Town Int'l ()Walvis Bay () 12:09PM SAST 02:02PM CAT (?) 1:53
09-Aug-2019 DH8DWalvis Bay ()Cape Town Int'l () 01:45PM CAT 04:02PM SAST 2:17
09-Aug-2019 DH8DCape Town Int'l ()Walvis Bay () 10:58AM SAST 01:12PM CAT (?) 2:14
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