SA-JET From South Africa, joined May 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3762 times:
SAA will be leasing two A330-200s from British Midland for one year to serve Paris and Milan (Paris now becoming a non-stop service from Jo'burg). So, look out for those A330 in SAA colours!! SAA's international fleet is obviously being stretched to the max-new additional service between JNB and LHR, as well as 22% increase in pax between Europe and SA, as well as the retirement of the SPs/767s. (747 classics to go soon) Also note a delay in A340-600s to SAA by about five weeks.
SA-JET From South Africa, joined May 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
Thanks ChrisA330-got the other thread. Will the lease include cabin crew, or only flight-deck? Also, with the planes staying in BMI colours will the cabin also remain BMI? I would imagine SAA would like as much of the product to conform to their in-house specifications. Pitty about the planes not being re-painted, but understand that it's only for one year.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4049 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
I heard from my sources at BMi, that the deal is off.
The BMI A330's do not have crew rest areas which SAA required so they are looking elsewhere now.
That one deal would have made BMi's profits for the whole year and got them out of the red, but due to penny pinching when they ordered the a/c by not having the crew rest areas installed it has now cost them.
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