About Velvet Sky

Velvet Sky FleetVelvet Sky, the only airline to be situated at King Shaka International Airport, was established in 2009 as a subsidiary of Macdonald Holdings.  Operations started in March of 2011 but unfortunately the airline was liquidated shortly thereafter in May 2012.  They also claimed to be the first broad-based black economic empowerment compliant airline company in South Africa.

In 2011, Macdonald Holdings announced that they sold the airline to Excalibur Aerospace.  Stephen Nthite became the new chairman of Velvet Sky and had big plans to increase the fleet and to expand their flight routes into neighbouring countries of Southern Africa.  In November of 2011 two more 737s were added to the fleet and made it possible for a new route between Durban and Cape Town. Services came to a halt quite suddenly in January of 2012 when major corruption allegations came to light.  Although no longer in operation, Airlines SA still offers you plenty other flight options!



In January 2012, BP South Africa applied for a liquidation order against Velvet Sky due to outstanding fuel bills.  At the same time air maintenance organisation, SAA Technical, stopped their services due to monies owed to them.  All of this resulted in the airline having to suspend services in February of 2012 due to a lack of maintenance services and fuel delivery.  In May 2012 the airline was placed under provisional liquidation.  Velvet Sky was liquidated in June 2012 and all services were seized.

Flight Routes

During their time in the sky, Velvet Sky serviced the following destinations:

  • Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport
  • Durban – King Shaka International Airport
  • Johannesburg – OR Tambo International Airport
  • Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Polokwane – Polokwane International Airport

The Fleet

At the time of disbandment, Velvet Sky consisted of the following aircraft:

  • 3 x Boeing 737-300s which could carry 148 passengers in a single class cabin
  • 1 McDonnall Douglas DC-9

Aergo Capital and Global Aviation leased the above aircraft to Velvet Sky.


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With Velvet Sky no longer in operation, don’t despair.  You still have a choice of low-cost flights including Comair, Kulula.com, SA Express, SA Airlink and FlyMango right here at Airlines SA.  Simply use the booking engine above to search and compare flight prices in a safe and secure environment. Everything instant and convenient.