South Africa Comair changes AMO under SACAA review

As a precaution, Comair (South Africa) (MN, Johannesburg OR Tambo) has temporarily moved its line maintenance from Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) to SAA Technical (SAAT) following a recent review of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) the subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik. Comair currently uses both SAAT – a subsidiary of the South African Airways group – and LTMI to service its aircraft.

“Although LTMI passed a routine SACAA audit in February this year, the unscheduled review made a number of findings which must be addressed within 24 hours or the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) license is suspended. “Comair explained in a statement.

“The findings are not directly related to the technical issues that led to the temporary grounding of the Comair fleet a few days ago. A regular audit of LTMI by SACAA in February revealed no major complaints and the approval of LTMI has been renewed,” said a spokesperson for Lufthansa Technik.

“We have taken note of Comair’s decision to implement a temporary mitigation plan to protect its operation. The unscheduled audit conducted by SACAA, which concluded recently, produced a low number of single-digit findings. These are being clarified between LTMI and SACAA. LTMI operates the maintenance activities of Lufthansa Technik for customers outside Germany and holds the maintenance contract with Comair.

He clarified that LTMI is a 100% subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik. “There is no connection with Lufthansa and only an indirect connection with the Lufthansa Group because Lufthansa Technik is a 100% subsidiary of it, but Lufthansa Technik acts completely independently in the MRO area. Therefore, it is important for us to clarify that Lufthansa is not at all involved in our business relationship with Comair.

Comair’s decision follows its five-day grounding last week after SACAA suspended its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) citing safety concerns following a series of incidents including breakdowns failure and engine and landing gear malfunctions. Comair said SACAA had provided “no conclusions on the safety and security […] concerning flight operations or maintenance”, but rather seemed to have focused on procedural processes.

“Our priority at this time is to restore a full and reliable flight schedule for our customers so they can book and fly with confidence, which is why in these extraordinary circumstances we acted as soon as we were made aware that suspension was a possibility,” Comair Chairman and CEO Glenn Orsmond said.

“While Comair fully respects and supports SACAA in fulfilling its mandate and in doing so ensuring that flight safety standards prevail in South Africa, Lufthansa and its Technical Maintenance Center rank among the the world’s most respected airlines and maintenance organizations,” Comair said. declared.

In a preliminary report, SACAA’s Accident and Incident Investigation Division (AIID) said it was continuing to investigate an incident that occurred on February 10, 2022 when a Comair B737-800, ZS-ZWD (msn 40855 ), en route to Cape Town suffered engine failure shortly after takeoff from Lanseria. The flight diverted to Johannesburg OR Tambo and landed safely on one engine.