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SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:21 am

Happy 85th Birthday Nelson Mandela!

SAA will name the first delivered A340-600 after Nelson Mandela in order to honor the great achievements of Mr Mandela for South African and the world. In addition Mr Mandela and his wife will receive unlimited free First Class tickets on any SAA flight worldwide.

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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:34 am

Will Mandela's name be at the back of the "bus"?  Laugh out loud
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:40 am

Great news that Nelson Mandela will get his "own" plane.

Yesterday I saw a very interesting report about him on the German TV broadcaster Phoenix. There was also a lot of stuff for us aviation freaks, for example: an interview with Mr Mandela in his private jet as well as in South African`s First Class on a flight from Johannesburg to London-Heathrow. If somebody is interested, they will show the second part of the report tonight at 22:30h.

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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Sat Jul 19, 2003 2:03 am

I've seen the A340-600 of SAA in FRA in May.
It looks marvelous in their colours.
Any info whether Mr. Mandela's face will be on there?

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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 2:08 am

The aircraft is question is ZS-SNB.

It did a flypast over Uncle Nelson's house on Friday at 500'AGL using the callsign "Springbok 85"!
 
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 2:12 am

Jmc1975

I am not sure many caught your tongue in cheek posting.
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:17 am

Very nice news!

It is also nice that the airline is giving free 1st class tickets for the whole live to Nelson's woman.... Guess... if she is an aviation enthusiast... I would be flying every night and day  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

 
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:54 am

The only problem I see in naming the new plane Nelson Mandela is that I thought, as a general rule, plane names were given on memorium, that is to recognize people who had died. Nelson Mandela is very much alive!
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:18 am

planenutz

i think you are right, but after being jailed for 20+ years just becouse he was black he deserves to get that plane named after him.

i was whanting to ask someone in SA, how is his state of health, he seems to be very worn out.
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:35 am

I think it's quite good - at least his mental state is up & running, especially since he was able to say "no thanks" to Mr. Bush Big grin
 
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:59 am

Luisca:

Still, if I were Nelson Mandela I'd be like: "hey, I'm not dead yet."
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 10:39 pm

Didn't Virgin name a plane after Princess Diana before she's dead? And one after supermodel Claudia Schiffer?
 
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:45 pm

Yes, an exception to the rule is made for rulers of states. Just like in the US you have airports named after Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and GHW Bush Sr, in Holland living members of the royal family, I guess Mandela can qualify as well.
The idea behind this is, that ordinary citizens can more easily fall out of grace or do something controversial, like when they revert to killing or drugs smuggling. Chances are smaller Reagan will ever do that, but maybe that's why they wait in the US a few years for Clinton bridges, airports etc.
In Almere, a new developed town in the Netherlands, there was a bit of controversy because in the music area, there were streets named after current groups ("Rolling Stones straat") but also musicians like Jesseye Norman or Ella Fitzgerald who are or were alive when the city was developed. Like if they would feel for suddenly becoming a bankrobber or singing pro nazi lyrics !
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:52 pm

The amount of things we've renamed or built here in DC to honor Ronald Reagan is starting to make me ill...

He deserves to be remembered, like our other leaders, but there are at least 7 things in DC including the International Trade Center and National Airport that have been renamed.

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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:57 pm

This is nice news.

An inspiration to all is this man. Even the SAA plane naming department, it would seem  Big grin

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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:16 am

MEA-707.
Why not Mariska Veres straat, or Shocking Blue Park?
Its the only dutch band that I know of who had a HUGE one-hit-wonder
with "Venus"
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:20 am

Oh might be an idea... BTW some other Dutch bands had nr 1 hits all over the world as well... Golden Earring (Radar Love) IS featured in Almere. But they are something like the Dutch Rolling Stones, succesful for 40 years... And don't forget George Bakers Una Palona Blanca, or Two Unlimited (No Limits!) or JXLs remix of Elvis Presleys "A little less conversation" and some others... OK maybe a little less per capita as Sweden (Abba, Roxette, Aha ) I admit...
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RE: SAA A340-600 To Be Named After Nelson Mandela

Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:00 am

MEA-707:
I would lööve to have SAS a/c named ABBA/Roxette/A-ha and so on Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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