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The secret to 72 years of profit at South Africa’s Comair

For the past 72 years — all of its existence — South African aviation company Comair has posted a profit, a remarkable run in a fickle industry.

Founded in 1946, Comair is the only aviation company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest exchange in Africa. In 2018, Comair posted record earnings, with profits of $23.5-million.

The company is perhaps best known as a franchise partner for British Airways in Southern Africa. Its jets, which wear the British Airways livery, fly among the region’s major cities. In addition, Comair also operates the low-cost carrier kulula, based in Johannesburg.


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Japan’s cherry blossoms are predicted to arrive early again this year

It may still be snowing where you are, but spring is closer than you think. In fact, the first cherry blossom forecasts are already out for Japan—and the highly anticipated pink and white flowers are scheduled to arrive earlier than usual in 2019. Typically travelers plan their cherry blossom trips for mid-April to maximize their chances.

But if you’re booking a flight to Japan in 2019, aim for late March to early April to see this year’s blooms, because the trees will start flowering as early as March 18 in some regions.


Heathrow hawk Milo snatched by thieves from parked van near airport

A Harris hawk used to patrol the skies over Heathrow to scare away other birds has been stolen from its owner’s van.

Police are hunting a gang that smashed a window of the parked vehicle outside a hotel near the airport on Tuesday evening and snatched six-year-old Milo from his box on the back seat.


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