Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2625 posts, RR: 7 Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
I heard a radio interview today with a Nigerian journalist who was ecstatic that SAA was finally starting its new nonstop flight from JFK to Nigeria (and of course on the South Africa).
Not earth-shattering itself, but the gist of the story had to do with how, for a few years, all most Americans knew of Nigeria was at the airport security checkpoint: "Lagos, Nigeria / Murtala Muhammad Airport has been determined to have poor security. " I'm sure every American passenger remembers this sign at almost every airport in the country, even the tiniest ones.
This journalist believed that Nigerians in this country were unfairly considered a security threat whenever they had to show their passports, plane tickets to security. As a result of this ban on flights from the US, they were hassled a second time whenever they transited in Europe or Dakar/Abidjan on their way to Nigeria for the same reasons.
However, all this is just an interesting aside, as my real question is: how long have South African been operating this flight? It was my understanding that this flight was placed in limbo for quite some time, although a news archive check on the new www.flysaa.com site reveals that it supposedly started in August 2000.
Have I just awakened from a coma, or did SAA indeed just start flights recently?
SilverWing From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 927 times:
So, what happened to SAA´s flight via Ilha do Sal/Cabo Verde? I have been there 3 years ago and every night you could hear their 744s coming from JFK and Jo´berg. Did this new service via Lagos replace the one with the stop at Sal?
Nickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 909 times:
The CPT - ATL service stops in FLL. All other flights from South Africa to USA (ie JNB - ATL / JFK) stop in Cape Verde.
On whether DL will code-share on the new SAA flight, that's an interesting topic. Isn't this new SAA flight a new unique arrangement reached with the Nigerian gov't and jointly operated with Nigerian Airlines. This arrangement may prevent DL from code-sharing on the route??
LXLGU From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 907 times:
This is a new flight .Ops only started this week.
I doubt many passengers from Johannesburg to
New York will travel on the flight as the ac stops in
Lagos for 3 hours enroute.SAA always carry quite a
few pax on the Johannesburg Lagos Johannesburg
run and the fares are quite high revenue
Frostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 893 times:
DL is not going to be codesharing on the JFK-LOS-JNB service. It's strictly between SAA and Nigerian. Apparently the dispute that held up the service was that SAA wanted to claim the lion's share of seats on the flights, leaving Nigerian with less than a third of the seats. Don't know how the issue has been resolved. I could be wrong, but I don't think the service has started just yet. Maybe within the next month; I'll check on it next time I'm at work. The JFK-JNB nonstop service will still operate as before, daily with 747-400s.
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 867 times:
Service has started and ZS-LAU, a SAA B747-300 was spotted at JFK on Thursday. It has large NIGERIA AIRWAYS titles along with standard SAA markings. It operates Mo/We/Fr on the JNB-LOS-JFK rouute (it arrives JFK on Tu/Th/Sa. This is in addition to the daily JNB-SID-JFK B747-400 flight.