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User currently offlinePlane holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 441 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Does anybody know if SAA still flies aircraft with the description Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens?

regards, PH

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User currently offlineWpr8e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

Not if they are painted in the new livery

User currently offlinePlanenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2656 times:

No. When South African Airways launched its new brand identity in 1993 (after the apartheid government lost the country's first democratic elections), the Afrikaaner titles were removed from the one side of all aircraft.

There are now 11 official languages in the new South Africa. The decision was maide to have the new livery in English only, as its the one language that a majority of all South Africans understand.

I think that the South African Airway's current livery is one of the most striking of all commercial airlines.



Not all who wander are lost....
User currently offlineSouthflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Planenutz wrote:
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No. When South African Airways launched its new brand identity in 1993 (after the apartheid government lost the country's first democratic elections), the Afrikaaner titles were removed from the one side of all aircraft.
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No, that's incorrect - the Afrikaans titles weren't removed after the elections in 1994, but only as the aircraft went into the paint shop during scheduled maintenance to receive the new livery (which was launched in 1997). There are still a handful of domestic aircraft in the old orange-tail livery, awaiting their turn in the paint shop (or, in the case of the A320 that flew over me this week, to be sold). These still carry the same livery as pre-1994, with the bilingual titles, but with a small post-1994 South African flag added on both sides aft near the rego number, as shown here by B737-200 ZS-SIA in Feb this year.

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On the international fleet side, I believe the "Durban" (ZS-SAV) was the last B747 to carry the old livery.
The first photo shows this aircraft at Miami in Jan this year, the second one was taken at Perth in Sept.

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Photo © Neville Murphy



Andrew (Southflite)
Cape Town, South Africa


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