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Nationwide From Jo'burg To London Gatwick  
User currently offlineEssjay From South Africa, joined Dec 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2426 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?

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Does a 767 even have the range to make this flight?


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

Good question given they plan to fly an all economy layout(albeit economy plus will be included).

User currently offlineKQ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2345 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?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

Sure, its within the range of a 767-300....AC operated 763's on YYZ-TLV which is nearly 200 miles longer than JNB-LGW...

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

JNB-LGW = 5595mi.... which a 763ER is fundamentally capable of covering.

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

since Sobelair flew this route from Brussels until recently
whose 763 we are now talking about in this thread Smile


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2245 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?!



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