A happy Velvet Sky management team in Johannesburg before departure for Polokwane: COO Gary Webb (left), Director Flight Operations Paul Green (second left), and Macdonald Holdings’ chairman Stephen Nthite (right). The airline claims to be South Africa’s first 100% Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) airline company.
- Velvet Sky, South Africa’s new low-cost airline that began operations in March this year, expanded its domestic network on 30 September. The new route launched operates from Johannesburg (JNB) to Polokwane (PTG) daily with a 737-400. Notably, the two airports are only 280 kilometres apart. Polokwane, located in northern South Africa, is Velvet Sky’s fourth airport after Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Competition on the new route comes from South African Airways’ 25 flights a week.