SAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 516 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13520 times:
Today SAA's A340-600, ZS-SNH, landed at the brand new King Shaka International Airport (ICAO code FALE) serving Durban, South Africa on a demo flight from Johannesburg. It thus became the first airliner to touch down at the airport. The aircraft was carrying members of the press ahead of the airport's official opening on 1 May 2010.
Tomorrow will thus mark the end of commercial flights to the existing airport, Durban International (ICAO code FADN) after 59 years of service. Most equipment and aircraft that usually overnight at Durban will relocate to the new airport during the evening of 30 April and early morning of 1 May 2010.
I am not so sure that it is a horrible name as such .... but I am waiting for news reports of pax who thought they were buying tickets to the DRC rather than South Africa 'What do you mean this isn't the Congo ? I thought I was buying a ticket to Kinshasa !
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