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SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela  
User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

Happy 85th Birthday Nelson Mandela!

SAA will name the first delivered A340-600 after Nelson Mandela in order to honor the great achievements of Mr Mandela for South African and the world. In addition Mr Mandela and his wife will receive unlimited free First Class tickets on any SAA flight worldwide.

ZSSNC


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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3242 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Will Mandela's name be at the back of the "bus"?  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

Great news that Nelson Mandela will get his "own" plane.

Yesterday I saw a very interesting report about him on the German TV broadcaster Phoenix. There was also a lot of stuff for us aviation freaks, for example: an interview with Mr Mandela in his private jet as well as in South African`s First Class on a flight from Johannesburg to London-Heathrow. If somebody is interested, they will show the second part of the report tonight at 22:30h.

Patrick


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

I've seen the A340-600 of SAA in FRA in May.
It looks marvelous in their colours.
Any info whether Mr. Mandela's face will be on there?

codeshare



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User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

The aircraft is question is ZS-SNB.

It did a flypast over Uncle Nelson's house on Friday at 500'AGL using the callsign "Springbok 85"!


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Jmc1975

I am not sure many caught your tongue in cheek posting.



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User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Very nice news!

It is also nice that the airline is giving free 1st class tickets for the whole live to Nelson's woman.... Guess... if she is an aviation enthusiast... I would be flying every night and day  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlinePlanenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

The only problem I see in naming the new plane Nelson Mandela is that I thought, as a general rule, plane names were given on memorium, that is to recognize people who had died. Nelson Mandela is very much alive!


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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

planenutz

i think you are right, but after being jailed for 20+ years just becouse he was black he deserves to get that plane named after him.

i was whanting to ask someone in SA, how is his state of health, he seems to be very worn out.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5910 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

I think it's quite good - at least his mental state is up & running, especially since he was able to say "no thanks" to Mr. Bush Big grin

User currently offlinePlanenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Luisca:

Still, if I were Nelson Mandela I'd be like: "hey, I'm not dead yet."



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User currently offlineWunderk From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 3467 times:

Didn't Virgin name a plane after Princess Diana before she's dead? And one after supermodel Claudia Schiffer?

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Yes, an exception to the rule is made for rulers of states. Just like in the US you have airports named after Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and GHW Bush Sr, in Holland living members of the royal family, I guess Mandela can qualify as well.
The idea behind this is, that ordinary citizens can more easily fall out of grace or do something controversial, like when they revert to killing or drugs smuggling. Chances are smaller Reagan will ever do that, but maybe that's why they wait in the US a few years for Clinton bridges, airports etc.
In Almere, a new developed town in the Netherlands, there was a bit of controversy because in the music area, there were streets named after current groups ("Rolling Stones straat") but also musicians like Jesseye Norman or Ella Fitzgerald who are or were alive when the city was developed. Like if they would feel for suddenly becoming a bankrobber or singing pro nazi lyrics !



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

The amount of things we've renamed or built here in DC to honor Ronald Reagan is starting to make me ill...

He deserves to be remembered, like our other leaders, but there are at least 7 things in DC including the International Trade Center and National Airport that have been renamed.

N


User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

This is nice news.

An inspiration to all is this man. Even the SAA plane naming department, it would seem  Big grin

GoAround



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

MEA-707.
Why not Mariska Veres straat, or Shocking Blue Park?
Its the only dutch band that I know of who had a HUGE one-hit-wonder
with "Venus"
 Laugh out loud
Reg
Michael/SE



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Oh might be an idea... BTW some other Dutch bands had nr 1 hits all over the world as well... Golden Earring (Radar Love) IS featured in Almere. But they are something like the Dutch Rolling Stones, succesful for 40 years... And don't forget George Bakers Una Palona Blanca, or Two Unlimited (No Limits!) or JXLs remix of Elvis Presleys "A little less conversation" and some others... OK maybe a little less per capita as Sweden (Abba, Roxette, Aha ) I admit...


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

MEA-707:
I would lööve to have SAS a/c named ABBA/Roxette/A-ha and so on Smile/happy/getting dizzy




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