Media Statement October 2022

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Media Statement October 2022

Matsapha, Kingdom of Eswatini. Royal Eswatini National Airways Corporation (RENAC), trading as Eswatini Air, wishes to provide an update on the status of our planned scheduled air service operations.

Our previous statements indicated that Eswatini Air scheduled operations would commence in mid-2022 upon successful completion of the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) certification process.

We also outlined the stages of the AOC process. We further mentioned that the Regulator is working with other civil aviation authorities in the region to ensure that due process is followed and that the certification process meets international standards, to bring credibility to the process since as a country we are undergoing the AOC process for the first time. We must mention that the process is not solely driven by Eswatini Air and as such although we have our obligations to fulfill we have limited control over the timelines relating to the same. All parties on the ground are working together to ensure that this certification process is without flaw and cannot be challenged.

All our initial projections on the launch date were made under the assumption that the process would be seamless. 

Today’s statement serves to inform our esteemed stakeholders that the project is ongoing, and the process has progressed from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of 5 which includes the inspection of facilities, implementation of policies, procedures, and processes, evacuation demonstration, and proofing flights. 

The Regulator jointly with the assigned regional Civil Aviation Authority has been on the ground to audit Eswatini Air’s readiness. A report was received, giving full details of the observations. Eswatini Air has addressed and closed most of the observations by the Regulator.  

On the closure of the remaining observations, which is expected to be within the next week, Eswatini Air shall await the Regulator, together with her regional counterpart to come back to view the progress made on the observations. We do believe that our efforts to close all the observations will be deemed adequate, and the process is cleared to move to evacuation demonstration and proofing flights, which is the final phase of Phase 4. 

We are delighted to announce that Eswatini Air’s systems are ready to go live as soon as the AOC is issued and that the two aircraft to be used for the operation are both serviceable and ready to commence operations.

On another note, we are also happy to inform the public that our subsidiary company Royal Eswatini Travel Agency is fully operational and delivering services to the nation in the sale of air tickets. Our company is also a holder of a ground handling license and provides ground handling services, including the sale of jet fuel, to aircraft arriving and departing our Kingdom. 

We once again confirm that the four routes to be operated using the two Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft are direct non-stop flights linking Eswatini to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, and Harare. 

The date for commencement of operations will be announced after AOC issuance.

For inquiries:

Manager: Marketing & Communication Royal Eswatini National Airways Corporation t/a Eswatini Air  Tel:  +268 2505 6468

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