SAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
It is with baited breath that we wait to see where SAA will deploy it first few A340-600's when they receive them later this year. Here are some possibilties:
ATLANTA: Since new US regulations have been imposed, SAA has re-routed its thrice weekly JNB-CPT-FLL-ATL flight [SA209] via Ilha do Sal (SID) in the Cape Verde Islands instead of Fort Lauderdale. This adds up to an hour to the journey. The A340-600 has the ability to fly CPT-->ATL non-stop as well as provide more payload on the return legs. The ATL-JNB and ATL-CPT flights are currently flown by a B747-400 with payload restrictions in place at certain times of the year. Placing A346's on the ATL routes would free up B744's to be redeployed on the London/Frankfurt routes and thus allow the 2 leased ex-Swissair B743's (ZS-SKA,B) to be returned to their leasor.
LONDON: This is SAA's prime business route and could be a good route to place start the Airbus fleet on as it provides immediate exposure to the airline's frequent travellers.
ZURICH: Apparently, the airline is charged major fines for operating B747Classics as they are unable to comply with strict noise legislations.
HONG KONG: Currently operated by B747-200's. Which I understand is the longest route operated by a B747 "Classic". Being such a long flight, it is subject to payload restrictions, especially on a hot day out of JNB.
FRANKFURT: A346's will provide much more cargo capacity than the B743's that currently fly the route.
Obviously, as the airline receives additional A346 aircraft, they are likely to be placed on all the above routes, I'm just really curious to see where the A346's will operate FIRST!
SAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
The GRU & PER routes are currently handled by B747-200's and B747SP's. They are not regarded as prime business routes and therefore will probably continue to be served by B747's until SAA's A340-300's arrive in 2004. There is still talk of SAA leasing Lufhansa A340-200's from February next year as an interim measure until their A340-300s arrive.
SA-JET From South Africa, joined May 2000, 297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
I'm puzzled by something, and I hope you can help me out. SAA placed an order for long-haul jets to replace all the B747 aircraft except the -400s, or so I thought. Print ads by the airline state that the entire fleet is being replaced by Airbus jets. So, does this mean the -400s are on the way out. The A340 order only covers 12 aircraft (I think), enough to replace the classic 747s, but that still leaves 8 747-400s. Are they going? If they are to be replaced, then that will mean about 3000 seats less-surely not?
If you have any news, please let me know. I just cannot imagine SAA without any 747s, as they are such a part of the SAA long-haul image
Spaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
SAA ordered 9 A340-600 and 6 A340-300E that's 15 planes not 12. The 744 will stay with the fleet still, since they do not need to replace them yet. They have not ordered any aircrafts to replace those 744s, so I imagine they are going to stay in the fleet.
Will they use the A340-600 to fly to JFK, any one knows?
Rizzibird From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 232 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
A 2 class layout for SAA A340-600 would not surprise me, LH is doing that as well and plans on using them on routes where the demand for first class is not big enough. Maybe SAA will go that way, too. BTW, which are, besides JNB-ATL, SAA's B747-400 routes?