Burberry753 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
Just got my copy of the June issue of Airliner World and it says Airbus has Delivered 2 two A342's to SAA. Last month it said that they took delivery of 1 A342? Anyone have an explanation for this as i was under the impression that the A342 production had stopped?
I've seen them in GRU and ZRH, I know they've been to FRA on occasion (on the CPT-FRA flight, not on JNB-FRA) - but I guess that you can probably see them, depending on demand, on several routes operated by A340-300s.
As for why they took the planes - don't really know, but maybe, in light of their A340-300/600 purchase, they were what was available fastest and most fitting for the fleet that SAA had in mind... SAA being a close partner of LH probably didn't hurt that deal either...