That's exactly right Lumumba. Today there is absolutely no feeder traffic for the Sobelair flights to Johannesburg (Jo'burg) and it is an ESSENTIAL part in making this destination successful!
I have never understood the logic why all airlines in Belgium each want to do their own thing SEPARATELY, while at the same time they are killing each other.
Brussels Airlines can not fill their European flights because there is not enough long haul feeder traffic and Sobelair can't fill their long haul (Jo'burg) flights because it doesn't have any
European feeder. It was the same problem back in the VG
/Delsey Airlines days. You would think, after all this time, they would learn from their mistakes??? Maybe this time, with Sobelair they
Everybody would be a winner if they would only work together. This does not necessarily mean that each company should lose their own identity. It would be perfectly possible to offer (for
example) Sobelair flight numbers, operated by SNBA flights, from several European cities to feed the Jo'burg flights, while having SNBA flight numbers, optd. by Sobelair aircraft.
It would be a win/win situation, allowing load factors on both airlines to improve. It is so important, that it may make a difference whether a certain route is profitable or not.
One of SNBA's 3 A330-300 aircraft (OO-SFO
) is in maintenance for the moment (New cockpit door being installed, landing gear and engine replacement, amongst other things...) Not that the timing is intentional but actually this comes at a bad moment because extra capacity could easily be used right now on the Nairobi route (since British Airways stopped flying there).
If the rumor is correct, SNBA is in negotiations to allow Sobelair to take over SNBA's holiday flights to Dakar and Banjul, using their Boeing 767-300's, while freeing the A330-300 aircraft and adding extra capacity to Nairobi. Not a bad move I would say. Now that's what I would call cooperation!
Let's hope for the best for everyone. This mysery has lasted long enough here in this country and as you all know, there is enough competition to worry about outside Belgium.