Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2358 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2370 times:
I have previously read that they were also considering exporting Mango to Ghana and have written about it at the beginning of this month (http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/12914-south-african-considering-exporting-mango-to-other-african-markets). However, one has to really wonder if Ghana can sustain all of these new airline start-ups and growth plans despite growing like crazy (> 10%) and the recent natural resources boom:
1) Africa World has just launched in cooperation with HNA Group (Hainan Airlines) with two ERJ-145s flying domestic.
2) Antrak Air got two ATR 72-500s from Swiftair on wet-lease for domestic routes.
3) CitTylinK had temporarily suspended operations, but now relaunched with its Saab 340s but also is supposed to get Embraer regional jets thanks to its cooperation agreement with EgyptAir.
4) Fly540 Ghana just got a second aircraft and now operates an ATR 72-500 and an EMB-170. Fastjet wants to bring in A319s once they take over.
5) Starbow Airlines already operates three BAe 146s and soon will have four.
6) Add to that that both Ethiopian and South African also want their share of the market ...
Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
SepulTALLICA From Central African Republic, joined Sep 2009, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2072 times:
Quoting GhanaWeb: Ghana's domestic air carriers have come under a heightened rivalry with discounted fares among the key players, raising fears of a challenging future for the industry. Suleiman Mustapha reports.
A looming price war between Ghana’s domestic airline operators has raised fears it will spell doom for struggling local airliners, as the sector gets clogged with new entrants.
At the moment, CityLink, which is among the maiden domestic carriers, has for the past few months not operated and industry watchers are worried about the airline’s inability to stake a claim in the local aviation industry.
Lol, how is SAA going to survive a truly cut-throat market when it can't even make it in its own backyard sans constant government bailouts? As the largest, most wide spread African carrier south of the Equator, you would think they'd be able to make more than a killing in southern/central Africa, but apparently not.
Personally, my €0.02 is that they should focus on making it big in southern Africa before venturing out into West Africa and spreading themselves too thin.
And what, if any, experience does Malusi Gigaba, the Minister who calls the shots at SAA, SA Express et al, have apropos the aviation industry?
LifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1907 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
Well, the CEO of SAA had a testimony for a parliament committee last month in which he confirmed the airline's plan to start a SAA, SA Express or Mango subsidiary. The company is now looking for a Ghanese airline to take-over and rename it to a SAA-brand.
The expansion to Ghana is part of the plan of SAA to link all major African cities to South Africa, so that SAA can funnel more passengers trough its hub on international flights.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
Quoting flyiguy (Reply 5): Quoting kyrone (Reply 1):
Thats rather interesting... however how many airlines successfully run a multi-hub operation, in two different countries, using one brand only?
Easy Jet, Ryan Air, United, Delta, LAN, TACA to name a few
For EasyJet and Ryanair, they're not really hubs but bases since they don't even sell hub-and-spoke connections. The multiple EasyJet and Ryanair bases are to facilitate operations and scheduling, not to permit passengers to connect at hubs.