Flying-tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4167 posts, RR: 35 Posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 786 times:
As perviously mentioned in one post South African Airlines will order some planes, maybe up to 25. At least 15 will be narrow-bodies, here the decision will be most likely between the A320/312 and the 737-400 or 737NG with having the 32X the lead. The other up to 10 planes will be wide-bodies, it seems like they will order some B747-400 and A340-600. The 777X seems not to be in the race due to SR´s 26% stake in SAA. The widebody-order might be financed via Flightlease-GATX, SR´s leasing company.
Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 716 times:
I would be interested to know where you are getting your information from. Are you able to disclose this?
SAA might be showing a profit at the moment, but for years and years, while it was a wholly government run operation the Company lost millions. This was partly due to the fact that there were too many different aircraft types and too many different engine types in service. The fact that they already have a fleet of Airbus A320's and an A320 simulator makes me think that they will buy more of the same rather than 737NG's.
range are getting quite old, they will want to ditch these and it would make a lot of sense to get more 747-400's. The Airbus A300B2/B4 fleet is also getting quite old, although they are still in excellent condition and I am not sure what a suitable alternative for these will be.
A previous order for 777's was cancelled and I don't believe that these would be re-ordered for intercontinental routes Remember they have three 767's in the fleet. Would there not be a possibility of getting more 767's to replace the A300 fleet?
Does your source say the aircraft will be all new, or a mixture of new and second hand?
I know the Swissair MD-11 fleet is destined to go to Fedex, but I wouldn't mind seeing SAA taking over the MD-11's. After all, the MD-11 was considered previously and there is no need for them to have an all new fleet. They could use them on the lucrative Cape Town - Johannesburg route where 747's are frequently used and they could use them to destinations to the Far East where ETOPS restrictions otherwise apply.
Flying-tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4167 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 705 times:
Nick, we all know that rumours can´t be disclosed. The information I previously have posted on this subject comes from local newspapers in South Africa and from the orders list at egroups. It seems quite reliable. I add the for the meassage: http://www.egroups.com/list/orders/8101.htm When you´ve read it you understand the SAA order better.
The A300 will be for sure replaced, I think it is possible that SAA becomes a launch customer once the new A300 is launched. The MD-11s from SR are already sold to Fedex so they can´t go to SAA. Here I think the A340-500/-600 will get the deal with some B747-400, the reason are the SR stake and the existing facilities at SAA.