I flew their longer (in miles) non-stop route in 2000, ATL-JNB. It was half-full, and I heard a comment that was due to the length of the trip. It was on a 744. On the return, we made one refueling stop, in Cape Verde I believe (I think the code was SID).
I know that both westbound routes stop at Cape Verde right now, but both eastbound flights are nonstop. I would assume that during the summer season there is a payload restriction, but I would think that the flight could be full during the winter.
a 747-400 with full payload is only good for maybe 6900 statute miles. But filling every seat and carrying their baggage (but no cargo), adds up to less than a full payload-- enough to fly maybe 1000 miles farther. So depends what you mean by fully loaded.
SAA must still be making money out of New York as the airline announced today that it will be adding two addtional flights from 1 Dec 2002 to bring it back up to a daily service. I would imagine that it is difficult to justify this if the flights are not being filled!
When I flew SAA from JFK to JNB in January 97, it was a completely full flight and it was nonstop. Westbound flights from JNB to US have to stop at Cape Verde because JNB's 5,000 foot altitude limit the fuel load and therefore range.
I flew the JFK - JNB route on SA 202 in August 2001. The aircraft was chock 'n block in terms of passenger numbers. The initial cruising level was FL 330. Not too bad, so I assume they restrict the cargo payload.
No, all of the JFK-->JNB flights operate non-stop, except on a Wednesday when the flight operates via Ilha do Sal. This particular flight is able to uplift maximum cargo and is an important link for the people of the Cape Verde Islands who apparently have quite a large population living in the US.
When the flight operates with the stop over what happens with the passengers and crew? Does anybody get off? Also what does this do to the flight time? Does it make it just as long as flying via Europe? How long is the flight with the stop over in total? Many thanks for your help.
Does JFK-JNB have to stop in CPT now? No, all of the JFK-->JNB flights operate non-stop, except on a Wednesday when the flight operates via Ilha do Sal. This particular flight is able to uplift maximum cargo and is an important link for the people of the Cape Verde Islands who apparently have quite a large population living in the US.
TACV now has a JFK-SID flight on Mondays. I don't know if that will result in SA's discontinuance of the Wednesday SID stop, or whether there's enough demand for both services.
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