Global Airways

Global Aviation Operations, trading as Global Airways and Lift, is a renowned South African airline established in 2001. Based in Johannesburg and with its main hub at OR Tambo International Airport, the airline specializes in wet leasing (ACMI) of aircraft. Over the years, Global Airways has upheld high operational standards, offering a range of aviation services, including ACMI Leases, Ad hoc, Charter, and more. The airline’s approach emphasizes operational control, cost-effectiveness, and partnerships to benefit both the airline and its clients.


Historically, Global Airways operated McDonnell Douglas aircraft, but the fleet underwent a transformation, introducing Airbus A320 and A340 aircraft. The airline holds EASA TCO approval since 2016, permitting operations within EU territories. Challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Airways, under the LIFT Airline brand, initiated domestic flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town, and George in December 2020, adapting to the evolving aviation industry landscape.


As of August 2023, Global Aviation boasts a fleet of Airbus aircraft. This includes Airbus A320-200 planes, with configurations seating either 162 or 180 passengers, which are operated for LIFT. The airline also possesses Airbus A340-500 aircraft, capable of accommodating up to 356 passengers.


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