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Delivery Of SAA B744 To Cathay  
User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

Hi all,

SAA's B747-444, ZS-SAW 25152 (861) "Bloemfontein" left South Africa for the very last time from Jo'burg International at 1206z today on a non-stop flight to Xiamen (XMN / ZSAM) as SA4288, still in full SAA colours. This was the delivery flight of the aircraft to Cathay Pacific Airways. Over the next few months the aircraft will be undergoing a conversion to a full freighter and will thereafter join Cathay's Cargo fleet.

Sister aircraft, ZS-SAV, will be doing her last flight for SAA this week and will be also be delivered to Cathay soon.

[Edited 2006-03-15 20:49:11]

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User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Parts are already coming off the plane.
Some will find a new home on the next two ex-SQ 744 being converted to CX configuration late 2006/early 2007.

Tod


User currently offlineLazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Is it just 2 744's going to Cathay from SAA?
Are they being "replaced" by A346's?



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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

Is SAA getting any new aircraft that will replace those 744s, or have their expansion plans stalled for the moment

User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

Quoting Lazyshaun (Reply 2):
Is it just 2 744's going to Cathay from SAA?

yes

Tod


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
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I just told my wife and she is very sad, she was aboard the 744 when it visited Bloemfontein for the naming ceremony. For those who have visited BFN you can imagine that a 744 arriving there caused a lot of attention!

Quoting SAA201 (Thread starter):
ZS-SAV, will be doing her last flight for SAA

ZS-SAV "Durban" was SAA's first 744, delivered on 20 January 1991. I remember the welcoming ceremony in Hangar 8 at JNB, the plane did a low fly by then circled round and landed, it taxied in almost among the tables where the guests were seated. I still have the commemorative model that was on the table that day.

Master stroke by SAA... hey we haven't got enough capacity, let's get rid of some aircraft!



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User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Quoting Tod (Reply 1):
Parts are already coming off the plane.

Huh????  Wow!  eyepopping 

The aircraft only left at 12:06 GMT today (intact), so as I type this it is still in the air on the way to Xaimen!!!

I sincerly hope parts are not coming off it!!!!  scared  rotfl 


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Sad day for SAA 744's lovers like me.  banghead 

User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

ZS-SAW is the first 747-400 I ever flew on...

It does seem SAA are losing interest in their 744s, CPT-LHR-CPT is all A346 now for example.



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User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Quoting SAA201 (Reply 6):
The aircraft only left at 12:06 GMT today (intact), so as I type this it is still in the air on the way to Xaimen!!!

Ah hah, that means that the CX people sitting across the conference table from me right now are pulling my leg telling me that they need know what I want removed immediately because the process started.

Tod


User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Busted!!!

Well, I guess they'll get to work as it lands.

Please take good care of our aerie, she is a beaut!


User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Quoting LHR27C (Reply 8):
It does seem SAA are losing interest in their 744s, CPT-LHR-CPT is all A346 now

That's because SAA will only have 6 B744's in their fleet now. They'll be used for 2 daily JNB-LHR-JNB flights and on the IAD and LOS routes. On certain days they'll also do day flights from JNB to CPT and LAD.


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Quoting SAA201 (Reply 10):
Busted!!!

Thank you SAA201, I already rubbed there noses in it.

Quoting SAA201 (Reply 10):
Please take good care of our aerie, she is a beaut!

Looking forward to it.
Did some plumbing and air conditioning mods to zone B on these back around 1995.
Nice plane, sad to see SA reducing their 744 fleet.
At least they are going to a good home.
CX will be kind to them.

Tod


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