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equipment ourselves. We have           preview of the features of              to regions not serviced by other      are created. This is exactly what
operating experience in some of        CemAir’s new aircraft, the Dash-8       airlines. What are your plans for     we are achieving with a new
the harshest places in the world       Q300                                    these routes and possible new         service to Margate and Plettenberg
including our current locations                                                routes?                               Bay. Every year we bring tens of
plus Afghanistan, DRC and Sudan.       MvdM: We are delighted to                                                     thousands of visitors to these
We continually look to progress        be taking delivery of our Dash          MvdM: Launching a previously          towns, each one with the spending
and to this end we have just           8-Q300 during April 2016. The           serviced route is challenging and it  power to create jobs. In addition,
completed our final IOSA audit         aircraft is a larger variant of         takes a great deal of time to inform  Cemair proactively invests in youth
and will shortly be applying for full  our popular Dash 8-100 with             the market of the new option and      projects in these communities
IATA membership.  IOSA is the          passenger seating increased from        to build market confidence in the     with the aim of giving youngsters
safety standard of IATA and there      37 to 52 on this variant. The aircraft  route and the airline. As such we     skills to be able to provide for
are only 405 airlines worldwide        has the same impressive short           believe our growth has just begun     themselves and their families on a
with the accreditation including       runway performance which we             in Margate and Plett and that the     sustainable basis.
all major carriers. This depth of      require for our Margate and Plett       growth prospects for both these
experience, infrastructure, technical  flights but will allow us additional    destinations are considerable, both   CS: What do you hope the airline
understanding and financial            seating capacity to grow these          because we can capture a larger       will look like five years from now?
stability can only come after years    markets. The ‘Q’ designation            portion of the existing market and
of operation and sets Cemair apart     in Q300 is from Bombardier’s            because these towns are now           MvdM: CemAir will maintain a
from a start-up airline.               inclusion of noise dampening            growing so the overall market is      strategy of slow managed growth
                                       technologies in the construction        expanding.                            with continuous improvement
CS: You have several types of          of these aircraft giving it jet levels                                        and internationally recognised
aircraft in your fleet. What aircraft  of cabin noise with turboprop           We are contemplating additional       standards. Over the last decade we
do you currently operate with and      efficiencies and field performance.     routes such as Bloem to PE,           have created a strong foundation
why did you decide on these?                                                   Bloem to Nelspruit and Joburg         and a company with good inherent
                                       CS: What do you see as your niche       to Grahamstown, and some or           value. Our short term goal is to
MvdM: We operate three aircraft        in the airline industry?                most of these routes will be          complete our IOSA certification
types, the Beech 1900, the                                                     implemented in time. The resources    and IATA membership process
Bombardier Dash 8 and the              MvdM: CemAir’s strategy is based        required to launch a previously       and to form better relationships
Bombardier CRJ. These type all fall    the overarching concept of creating     unseviced route are considerable      with larger carriers to allow for
into the commuter/regional airliner    value. We aim to create value in        and ongoing so these will be rolled   improved connectivity throughout
class of aircraft and have the         our customer’s lives by offering        out in a controlled and sustainable   our network. We will now continue
appropriate seating capacity for the   something that other airlines don’t.    manner.                               to build a scheduled flight network
work we do. The types were chosen      This can take the form of a service                                           across SA focusing on our services
as they fit our market profile and     to a new destination as was the         CS: What social projects has          to smaller destinations and linking
each type represents the best          case with Margate or an improved        CemAir been busy with over the        regional centres on regional aircraft.
supported, best performing and         service to an already serviced town     past three years?
most reliable aircraft of those        as with our service to Bloemfontein
offered by manufacturers serving       where we offer an option of             MvdM: The concept of Corporate
these market segments. Our             improved punctuality and reliability.   Social Investment is entrenched
expansion plans are focused on                                                 in CemAir’s strategy of value
the Dash and CRJ fleets.               CS: CemAir is rather unique in          creation. For me true social
                                       the South African airline industry      upliftment is achieved when jobs
CS: Can you give us a sneak            in that you started flight services     and entrepreneurial opportunities

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