Another South African low-cost airline that didn’t survive. 1Time (One Time Airlines as it is sometimes mistakenly referred to) was based at OR Tambo International Airport and operated local and regional flights between 2004 and 2012. In November 2012 the company was unfortunately liquidated. The very expressive and catchy name ‘1Time’ was derived from the colloquial South African term for ‘For Real’!
When still operational, they flew to various domestic destinations including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban as well as East London, George, Zimbabwe and Zanzibar. They started their service with 3 daily return flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg. but grew quickly and by 2006 they were flying more than 1 million passengers yearly to 8 different destinations. In 2012 the company filed for financial help and shortly thereafter filed for liquidation. It is believed that the underhanded dealings of SAA and Mango Airlines led to 1Time’s demise. They simply could not compare with the government funded price war. Although they no longer exist, Airlines SA still offer plenty other airlines that can fly you where you need to go!
1Time operated a fleet of 11 aircraft when they were grounded. This included 3 McDonnel Douglas MD-82’s, 5 McDonnell Douglas MD-83’s and 3 McDonnell Douglas MD-87’s. Together they could carry 1652 passengers.
Flying 1Time Airlines
Flying with 1Time was a fun, truly-South African inspired experience. The general public was saddened when the brand was no more. Not only were they going to miss the company but it also reduced competition in the market which means less competitive pricing.
During the time in which the airline was still operational, they serviced the following airports in and around South Africa:
- Cheap flights to Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport
- Cheap flights to Durban – King Shaka International Airport
- Cheap flights to George – George Airport
- Cheap flights to East London – East London Airport
- Cheap flights to Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Airport
- Cheap flights to Johannesburg – OR Tambo Airport
- Cheap flights to Zambia – Livingstone Airport
- Cheap flights to Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls Airport
- Cheap flights to Zanzibar – Zanzibar International Airport
Since liquidation, the founders of 1Time Airlines have since closed a deal to acquire Global Airways. This British Virgin Islands based operator has net assets to the value of R30 million. With this deal, 1Time also became the holding company for Pak Aviation Africa as well as One Time Zimbabwe. This might mean a new low-cost South African airline in the near future.