ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2736 times:
Nationwide has been operating from Johannesburg to London Gatwick for a while now with a B763... I was wondering if a) they regularly have payload restrictions, and b) how they are doing overall on this route? Anyone flown them?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2635 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
A B767-300 on that route wouldn't allow you to carry much cargo with a full pax load. Johannesburg is not "twin" friendly at the best of times but even on the southbound service from Gatwick the aircraft will be approaching MTOW or Max Fuel due to the reasonably high-density configuration Nationwide offer (no F or C)
If any carrier isn't managing to fill their JNB-Europe flights then they have a real problem! Demand is high when measured against the available capacity, which is controlled to protect SAA. Much UK-JNB traffic transits over European hubs and the Middle-East, as much due to lack of availability as pricing - real "bargain" fares to South Africa are often difficult to obtain through normal distribution channels.