Frankfurt services with A340-600's commence on 13 March. All three aircraft will rotate on the 5 weekly flights each to Hong Kong and Frankfurt.
At the moment, SAA has 3 B747-200's (ZS-SAL,M,P) in regular service and one as a backup/spare aircraft (ZS-SAN
The SAA Museum Society is due to take receipt of Boeing 747-244, ZS
some time in the middle of April. Discussions are still underway as to where the aircraft will finally be parked and Rand Airport and JIA are both showing considerable interest in having it on their property. Go to http://www.saamuseum.co.za
for more info.
Another snippet of news, the vertical stabilizer (fin) removed from ZS
-SAO (the first B747-200 to be taken out of service) was rumoured to be destined for a final resting place in front of the SAA buildings at JIA, now it appears that a pilot might have purchased the ‘relic’ which he plans to erect on his farm. Also, the plan to move SAO to the same place where ZS
-SPA was “dismantled” bogged down, literally. Moving on body gear only across a newly graded sand road, the footprint pressure was too great and the landing gear sank into the unstabilised ground and resisted all attempts to move her further. The aircraft will now be cut up where she is stuck.