Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13443 times:
Awesome - great to see a picture to what has seemed like a ghost all through! Congratulations to 9W on getting their first wide-body! I can't wait to hear about or experience their service standards on international
TRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1375 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13311 times:
Great picture, I was waiting to see the 340 in the new livery. I guess this should be the first airbus in 9W's fleet after the 35 Boeings and 8 ATR's. Isn't it the first A340 in India's tricolor? So, it is very special.
OURBOEING From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13234 times:
I have a question here. I just did a search on its previous registration here (ZS-SXD) on a.net and only two pictures popped up. This aircraft was apparently painted in November 2004 in new SAA colors (6 months ago?) and now its being sold/leased to 9W? Whats up with that? Does anyone know?
Heard that SA got a great deal from Airbus which thy just couldn't resist. But later I guess they didn't want to use those aircraft. I could be wrong though. Seems like they thought they could make more money leasing it out.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13219 times:
Quoting OURBOEING (Reply 11): This aircraft was apparently painted in November 2004 in new SAA colors (6 months ago?) and now its being sold/leased to 9W? Whats up with that?
9W offered SAA more money (significantly above market rates) to sub-lease the aircraft for 2 years than SAA was paying Airbus. Since SAA is currently running operationally negative, the sound financial decision was to simply sublease the aircraft out and make more money doing that than by operating them in the current environment with high fuel prices.
Xkorpyoh From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 821 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12770 times:
Quoting Yago (Reply 19):
Personnally I find the livery a bit boring but I've read it's a very good airline.
I agree with you. The livery is boring. Looks like SQ plane with an "Broken Egg" logo in the tail... but.. it is one of the best airlines I have ever flown.
Their domestic service is amazing. The staff is genuinly friendly on land and on-board. When you start approaching their counter they start smiling and the smiles never stop. When we had delays (due to the famours Delhi fog) they were coming to the lounge frequently and updating the passengers, one by one, about the status of the delay. The planes are all new, the food is excellent (provided by SQ catering according to the label) and they always had a choice of vegetarian and non-veg meals for each passenger in coach. You get meals even in flights that last 45minutes.
I am so happy that they finaly got the chance to fly internationaly. India needed such an airline to represent them.