Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 12 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 3828 times:
If I remember correctly there were times when SAA had scheduled nonstop flights between Jo'burg and New York. Not sure whether they were also nonstop westbound, but at least eastbound they were.
Which airplanes were used for that? 747-400? A340-600? A340-200? A340-400?
Can someone also give me a little historic overview of the JNB-New York nonstops, why the stops were made scheduled stops rather than tech stops on an as-needed basis, and why both the IAD and the JFK flights route through DKR rather than having one of them go through ACC or another West African airport (IIRC the Washington flight was first routed through ACC).
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 3788 times:
Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 1): Starting in May South African will start nonstop flights to JFK with the A340-300, ditching the DKR stop.
I believe when the A340-600 flew to JFK last summer it was nonstop in one direction with a stop in DKR in the other.
Really? All I can see in the reservation systems are nonstop flights from IAD to JNB. Flights to IAD from JNB still stop in DKR. Flights to and from JFK all route through Dakar. But then maybe that source is not correct.
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 3758 times:
Quoting Mozart (Reply 2): Really? All I can see in the reservation systems are nonstop flights from IAD to JNB. Flights to IAD from JNB still stop in DKR. Flights to and from JFK all route through Dakar. But then maybe that source is not correct.
According to Amadeus there is still one stop as well.
I can't remember my source but I believe it was posted here on Airliners.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 3710 times:
Quoting Mozart (Thread starter): If I remember correctly there were times when SAA had scheduled nonstop flights between Jo'burg and New York. Not sure whether they were also nonstop westbound, but at least eastbound they were.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27521 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 3701 times:
Quoting Jj (Reply 4): I remember reading an article a LONG time ago in Airways, in which they flew the 744 JFK-JNB non stop...
I believe many of those flights made a fuel stop at Ilha do Sal (SID) in the Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, especially westbound, both due to the usual headwinds in that direction plus JNB's high altitude.
In earlier days all SA 747-200 flights JFK-JNB stopped at SID in both directions (I made that trip about 1976 and clearly remember the stop at SID in the middle of the night both ways). Many SA flights to/from Europe also made fuel stops at SID during the Apartheid period when they weren't permitted to overfly the rest of Africa. That's why SA bought their 747SPs to avoid the need for the SID stop en route to/from Europe when they had to fly around the "hump" of Africa.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
SA utilized low-capacity 744s for their nonstop flights between the USA and South Africa.
Their ship "The Great North" for a long time held the record for longest scheduled commercial nonstop flight time, set on its ATL-JNB nonstop segment (which until SIN-LAX was the longest ever scheduled commercial nonstop flight distance)
Hinckley From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 3676 times:
I don't have all the answers, but SAA historically flew 744s non-stop eastbound from JFK to JNB and from ATL to both JNB and CPT. Westbound, all of the flights did a tech stop at SID. SID is an airport with a long SAA history dating back to the apartheid days when SAA was not allowed to overfly any African countries and needed a refueling point for both their European and North American routes.
Around the same time as they switched to 340s on the Atlantic routes, they began the west African stops, first at DKR and ACC and then at DKR only. My understanding is that although the 346 has the legs for eastbound non-stops, SAA wanted the additional revenue of DKR passengers. I know that a lot of the long-time SA passengers aren't too happy with the DKR stop, from both the perspective of longer travel time as well as perceived safety concerns.
Btw, at one point, SAA flew FLL - JNB. I'm sure it was non-stop eastbound, but I'm not so sure about the westbound routeing.
Umhlanga From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3332 times:
Quoting Willyj (Reply 17): JFK - JNB was supposed to go nonstop this May, but that has been put on hold, along with the proposed service to ORD.
Correct. Because the announced ORD service has been postponed indefinitely, and because the IAD-JNB service is now nonstop (at least until the warmer weather hits Washington in the northern summer, when the flight is expected to revert to one-stop), SAA needed to find a way to get USA-DKR passengers to DKR. So the JFK flights will not become one-stop. They will instead stop in DKR.
I wish SAA would just drop the west African stops (regardless of where they take place). As SAA admitted when they announced the IAD-JNB nonstop, the west African stops add nearly 3 hours to the trip. (And they disrupt sleep.) When I flew IAD-DKR-JNB and return this past August, very few passengers deplaned & boarded in DKR. Obviously that was just 2 flights, so I can't speak for loads as a whole. Plus, in the past year SAA have had to switch the west African stopover point from DKR to SID for two periods of several days each, due to strikes by fuel haulers & airport workers at DKR - not exactly helpful to SAA.