First I would like to wish you all a happy new year 2003. I just came back yesterday from a trip to South Africa (I flew KLM to Cape Town, I haven't had time yet to make a trip report, rest assured folks, I will make one when I have time) and I noticed that South African Airways was operating only B737 aircraft (200 and 800 series) on it's domestic system, mainly on it's Johannesburg-Cape Town route. They used to operate A300 and A320 aircraft and I noticed they got rid of both types when I was in South Africa.
I can understand that they got rid of the A300's because those were getting old, the first one was delivered in the 70's when the type was new, but what I don't understand is why they got rid of the younger A320's as well and keep instead it's old B737-200's. They got rid of the A320's, sold them to TAM in Brazil, and now they want to go back to an all-Airbus fleet. They ordered additional A320 aircraft along with the brand new A340-600 which was recently delivered. Now they want to get rid of the 737-800's!
They order an aircraft, get rid of it, order another one, get rid of that one and then they order again an aircraft they previously got rid of. Does that make sense? I don't understand.