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SAA Insiders...info Please!  
User currently offlineEssjay From South Africa, joined Dec 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

Hi everyone!

Hopefully someone will be able to give me some more info on this: I have just been on SAA's website checking for flights to London in November/December and I see that there is a "strange" flight calling itself SA3223 operating the LHR-JNB route on the 14th of December.

Where does this "extra" flight come from? I'm assuming this flight is in addition to SA235 and SA229...i.e. 3 flights from Heathrow to Jo'burg on that day? Also, does anyone know if this extra flight is operating on any other days, and if there is an extra one going from Jo'burg to Heathrow on any days? The fares on this extra flight seem to be very good for this time of year.

Thanks for any info you guys would like to share!

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User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Just a random guess - but for some sporting event maybe? An additional flight for supporters?


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1885 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

I've just asked my mother about this(she worked for SAA). The 3 at the start of the flight number just means it's an extra flight. eg. SA201 JNB to JFK.
If there were to be an extra flight it would be SA3201 JNB to JFK. All it means is that the flight an extra to that particular route but only for international routes.

Hope this helps Big thumbs up

Proudly South African
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

VS also have a couple of extra flights around this period, ie VS675 LHR-JNB 11+18Dec, VS676 JNB-LHR 13+20Dec (planned on A340-300).

I'm not sure of the reason for the extra flights but I guess something to do with school holidays/Xmas?  Confused


Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineEssjay From South Africa, joined Dec 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Thanks for the feedback guys.

There is certainly going to be quite a bit of traffic between SA and London this December! I mean, we could have about 12 direct flights on one day: 2 x Virgin Atlantic (1 CPT; 1 JNB), 4 x BA (2 CPT; 2 JNB), 5 x SAA (2 CPT; 3 JNB) and 1 x Nationwide (LGW-JNB).

SA006...if what you are saying is true, then the extra flight would be to Cape Town (not JNB) as SA223 is LHR-CPT. Anyone have any more information?

User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

The aircraft operating that flight actually leaves Jo'burg very early that same morning to LHR. By the looks of things on on the Galieo system, the flight is full:

1 JNB LHR 0510 1430 SA3222 FC AC JC CC ZC YC MC BC KC HC#743 B
2 JNB LHR 2105#0625 SA 234 F9 A7 J9 C2 Z0 Y9 M9 B9 K9 H9#744 B
3 JNB LHR 2135#0655 SA 226 F9 A9 J9 C9 Z6 Y9 M9 B9 K9 H9#744 B

Must be an additional seasonal flight to cater for the extra amount pax that fly between JNB&LHR and vice versa visting friends and relatives (VFR).

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