Airlink commenced its first scheduled flights today, operating one of its three recently delivered Embraer E190 E-jets on the Pietermaritzburg and Bulawayo routes.
Airlink’s new flagship aircraft type, will slowly be phased in to replace the fleet of 12 Avro RJ85’s currently used on various routes, including Pietermaritzurg and Bulawayo The E-Jets provide customers with additional seat pitch and a business class product will be introduced on both of these routes.
The E-Jets provide Airlink with superior operational performance range, and efficiency coupled with an enhanced cabin environment which is highly appealing to passengers. The cabin layout features two plus two seating, with large eye-level windows that let in lots of natural light. Under seat areas are free of support railings, so that passengers can stretch out in greater comfort. The eight rows of economy seats forward of the emergency exit feature a 33 inch seat pitch providing added personal space on longer sectors. Airlink will make use of air-bridges at OR Tambo to facilitate quick and convenient boarding, adding to the enhanced passenger experience. The E-Jets are configured with 6 business and 92 economy class seats.
Airlink is a privately owned airline business. As a Regional Feeder Airline, Airlink offers a wide network of regional and domestic flights within southern Africa and operates as a franchisee of South African Airways. Airlink is a member of South African Airways Loyalty programme – Voyager.