Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8503 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
Last night on SABC TV 3 I caught the tail end of an interview with the deputy CEO of SAA, it was a bit disjointed but when asked about Star he said he expected the airline to be a full member by this time next year. This could mean anything between now and next February of course, but if they expected March this year he would surely have said so.
Funnily enough he also refused to be drawn on the question of whether the airline would have an all Airbus fleet by 2010.
Finally, he said that there were some surprises coming, and when the interviewer asked when he could get him back to find out about them, he replied "in a month"
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
VS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3549 times:
The A350 makes much more sense for SAA as the airbus product is very much a modular one, especially for an airline which has such a diverse network. The A320 family is perfect for trunk regional routes, the A340/30 family for thin intercontinental routes eg. BGK, NAR, ZRH etc. , the A380 is good for trunk intercontinental routes eg. LHR, CDG, FRA etc and the A350 is perfect for African routes eg. Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi, Cairo.
So, this is the first african carrier for star, and possbly the first for any major alliance? For years, SAA has been carving its own alliance read SQ, LH, Tanzania, but I think that star makes a lot of sense for SAA as they are already affiliated with several star carriers. Also, this will mean that there won't be a terminal change for them when T5 comes into service at LHR.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3478 times:
This is from a news item on ATI:
...South African Airways does not yet have a concrete date for finalisation of its Star membership, although a spokeswoman for the carrier says: “For full membership we are looking at February next year.”
She says that SAA is currently working through the alliance’s 54 joining requirements and is aiming to join the grouping when it transitions to Amadeus – an IT platform common to several Star partners - early next year...
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3392 times:
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And the question remains if SAA will have to relinquish their ties with QF and CX? If so, surely SAA will have to think about service to SYD or MEL in order to feed traffic to NZ-operated Trans-Tasman flights?
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Avek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4458 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3357 times:
"Why the big delay in SA joining star?"
Joining a major airline alliance requires extensive front-line and back-office manpower and resources - it's one of the reasons why many airlines refuse to do it. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of processes and procedures that must be created/modified in order to bring an airline into a "seamless" alliance network.