Essjay From South Africa, joined Dec 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Nationwide will be starting services between Johannesburg and London Gatwick on the 28th of November, using a leased 767-300. (Take a look @ www.flynationwide.co.za/press_releases.html for more info).
Does anyone know who they are leasing the aircraft from? I've never been on a 767, but it doesn't look like the best place to be for an 11-hour flight. I travel between SA and the UK fairly often and have grown quite fond of SAA's 747-400s (the dodgy 200s & 300s are a different story...glad these are being retired finally).
How well do you think Nationwide will do on this route? It will be the only non-stop service from Gatwick to JNB, but will people really want to try a "new" airline over the establishment: SA / BA / VS?
KQ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2621 times:
The B767 definately has the range for this service, since Sobelair flew this route from Brussels until recently. I wonder if they would consider also starting a Durban-Gatwick route, that seems like an ideal leisure route during the cold European winter. By the way, whatever happened to African Star Airlines?
Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
The range is not a problem but performance out of JNB is very much restricted by the altitude of the airport. On the VS A340's we lose 15-20T of payload compared to the southbound flight, depending on the temp etc.
It'll be nice to see a new operator at LGW though. Incidentally, I wonder if they'll still have the 'In co-operation with Virgin' stickers on the a/c?!