Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3463 times:
could SAA ever start a service that would go to the west coast? routings could be JNB-FRA-SFO, or JNB-FRA-LAX, or some other intermediate stop. also, did SAA ever serve IAH? I was driving into the intl terminal area there, and South African Airways was on the sign listing airlines. Ive been wondering this ever since
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3418 times:
I don't think that South African flights to San Francisco or to Los Angeles would make sense. I guess that the passengers are flying via Frankfurt on Lufthansa (both airlines are partner) or via Atlanta or New York on Delta (also a South African partner airline) to the US Westcoast.
Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3399 times:
well, if the intermediate stop was, say, GRU, they could use that too. i forgot about the LH/SA codeshare. i guess FRA wouldnt be a great one to codeshare through. if the EU/US open skies agreement were opened though,then it could possibly be started. i think that maybe routing it through South America could make sense though
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3362 times:
SAA did fly to IAH in the 80's- one of their five weekly JNB-SID-JFK flights was re-routed JNB-SID-IAH on a 747SP. Service didn't last long before the local Texan Govt. had the service terminated due to apartheid. There used to be a large South African community in Houston- don't know if they're still there or if they moved to Miami!
FYI the JFK flights were terminated later and were operated by a mix of 747 and 747SP although SAA was famous for last minute 747 type substitutions.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
There are very large (and very rich) South African communities in Los Angeles and San Diego. I'm sure SAA would find some passengers if they flew to LAX, but it's easier and a lot more cost-effective to fly them on DL to ATL and JFK first.
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6249 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
Even with the large population down in LA/SD area, lets me realistic. That what codeshare is all about. Thats what codeshare with DL is all about. There is now reason to fly a 747 or A340 on to SFO or LAX withg 30 people when you can put them on a DL flight. I don't think there is a population in SoCal high enough to justify trucking the plane to the west coast.
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