Matterhorn From Switzerland, joined Feb 2004, 135 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
that's definitely they way to go for SN. they have a good amount of O&D passengers and yields are extremly high compared to flights to north america or asia. concentrating on routes to africa was the main factor for SN's recent success.
i hope that LX with extend its operations to africa with being a member of star alliance. we'll see....
Last Flight: BSL-AMS on EZY, Next Flight: ZRH-LHR on LX
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 73 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2369 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4): With its history of flying to destinations like Kigali and Kinshasa, SN would be the airline, if any, who could take on the challenging and poor infrastructure of Mogadishu.
Sabena did not only have a history of serving those destinations, but I had also a reputation for not abandoning then during times of hardship. After the orchestrated crash of the plane of Rwanda's President Juvenal Habyarimana and the ensuing geneocide in the country, Sabena was the only airline brave enough to send in airplanes to repatriate Europeans.
Same goes for the repeated troubles in Zaire/DRC, where Sabena kept on flying to Kinshasa when others (AF, TP, SR) had long ceased operations. Sabena was also the last airline operating into Freetown when things heated up there, as well as the first airline to restart operations into Monrovia, Bujunbura and Brazaville.
Quoting PM (Reply 5): Does this mean new (=more) long-haul equipment for SN? As we discussed recently, GE-powered A330-300s are very rare. Time for a few A330-200s (again!)?
It has been discussed here that the airline plans to add one more A333, with which it plans new operations into Ouagadougou, another former Sabena destination, albeit a more stable one as well as possibly other destinations in Africa.
Wassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 18 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Sabena used to fly to Dar Es Salaam in the mid eighties, these were DC-10 flights routed via Jeddah; I believe the airline had fifth freedom rights on that sector. It's great to see that SN-Brussels is successful and that it is considering expanding long haul flights.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4): I would love to see SN Brussels take on Mogadishu. It would be a bold step but it would mean it would be the first major airline to serve Somalia and the only European connection.
Alitalia used to serve Mogadishu before shit hit the fan... it would be great to see other airlines operate there as well... heck, forget the airlines, i hope things will calm down and straighten up there.