imag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 199 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
According to the article below, SA is keen to serve China. With all the Chinese investment in Africa, it makes a lot of sense, but there is a lack of capacity in fleet. The A346 is used on the LHR and JFK routes and doesn't SA have to use the A346 to Perth as well (in terms of the code-share agreement with Qantas). With the 744's going/gone and the 342 going (apparently) when the 332's come, wouldn't it make sense to keep the 744 to see how the China route performs as a start up?
It would also be more profitable for SA to route people up into Africa through JNB and provide competition to the likes of Emirates et al.
Also, they're stopping the Cape Town to Durban route and leaving it to Mango. No a bad move, but is there anough capacity on this route to take out 4 flights a day (I think it's 4 mostly in the 319's).
Hirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 596 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Any chance of SAA getting hands on Thai's A345s? Perhaps they get them for a reasonable price as Thai always wanted to get rid of them.
Another posibility is keeping the A342s for some more years until enough lift (more A346s?) is purchased.
If they take out a daily flights between Cape Town and Durban, that will be a huge loss of capacity on this sector. Yields should go up. I´m curious as well to see if there is enough capacit yleft.