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Meet Wrenelle Stander of Comair, a company profitable for 72 years in a row

Kulula.com aircraft. Picture: Kulula travel

I’ve always wanted to run an airline… It was always my passion… When the opportunity presented, I took it!

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

We are going to be looking at a number of responses [to FlySafair]… We need to up our game…

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

We’ve got eight Boeing Max aircrafts on order. We took delivery of one… We haven’t lost faith, but… we’ve self-grounded the first Max and deferred the second one. The third Max, we’ve requested not to do the pre-delivery payment yet… The Max aircraft has been operating for a number of years…

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

In September last year, Comair appointed aviation veteran Wrenelle Stander as Executive in charge of its airlines division.

Comair is the owner of Kulula.com and British Airways.

The company has been profitable for 72 years in a row; a feat no other airline company in the world has achieved.

Stander holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed her for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

The airline is customer facing and extremely competitive.

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

We’ve obviously had service disruptions in the past 18 months… I want to apologise to our customers… Our staff has taken a lot of strain… I want to personally assure our customers we’re doing everything possible to turn this situation around… SAA technical has tried to come to the party...

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

We are beginning to see it [being on time] improve… It was terrible and it was starting to affect the morale of staff…

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

I’m having tremendous fun!

Wrenelle Stander, Executive - Comair airlines division

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