Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4160 posts, RR: 36 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3721 times:
From Airline Business:
Quote: Day flights will help SAA grow its network and add frequencies without having to add aircraft. But Ngqula says it also needs more widebodies to fully meet its growth ambitions. In a few months it will take back the three A340s subleased to Jet Airways and plans to add nine widebodies by 2008.
I´m not fully current on SAA´s backlog, but I understand that they don´t have any current orders placed. That would mean that we are looking at a minimum of 6 additional widebodies for 2008 (nine minus 3 A340-300s coming from 9W), possibly 9. Anyone willing to place bets? I go for A330-200s and additional A340-600s.
RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3699 times:
They tried to secure more new A340 series aircraft from Airbus earlier this year, but the production schedules dont allow it in the timeframe SAA want. Expect secondhand A340s to be sourced and added instead.
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3582 times:
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Quote: In IT, SAA is behind other Star carriers. While SAA has completed a painful transition to the Apollo reservations system, it still takes SAA staff several minutes longer than most of their Star counterparts to check in the average passenger..
Maybe SAA staff should try using the Amadeus system, It's actually the reservations-and inventory system they migrated to...
Quote: One option under study is day flights to Europe.
IMHO this will not work - customer demand will show the way.
Quoting Express1 (Reply 2): Im Wondering when SAA will replace their B744s on the LHR route,surly thay are getting near their frame time?
4x of the planes are about 8 years old, while the remaining 2 are respectively 13 and 14 years old. IMMHO they still have quite a few years of active service in them.
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