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SAA's Hopes For Their Multiple Hubs

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:42 pm

It's old history that SAA owns 49% of Air Tanzania, but how much has SAA put into this airline? DAR, Air Tanzania's home base and SAA's East African hub, is served by BA to London, AI to Bombay, LX to Zurich, KL to Amsterdam, EK to Dubai, WY/GF to Muscat, ET to Addis Ababa and a few others, all ranging from 3x per week to more than daily services, none served by Air Tanzania. While it is obvious that there is money to be made on the above-mentioned routes, why is it that SAA is not doing much to pursue business to destinations beyond DAR? Even flights to Nairobi, which has high frequency, is still dominated by Kenya Airways!

The only progress that has been noticed on TC's part is a daily service to Johannesburg, which IMO is nothing but a feeder service which ends up benefiting no one but SAA. Heck, SAA still operates another daily service between DAR and JNB, which they don't appear to yield to TC. TC still operates one or two 737-200s, and has not seen an improvement on the equipment front.

So, is SAA's plan of setting up multiple hubs within the continent just a way to boost its business in and out of JNB? Is there anything being cooked for TC for the upcoming season? Wouldn't it be wise for TC to get at least one route to Europe, which would be much more competitive than having to sell tickets for flights that go to Europe via JNB (which require a 3.5 flight south before jumping on a JNB-Europe flight)?

While on a related subject, DL codeshares with SAA to East African cities - honestly, do they really get pax flying all the way south then back up north to these destinations? Is it not saner to fly through Europe or even ADD?
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RE: SAA's Hopes For Their Multiple Hubs

Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:41 pm

On SAA's webside was a power-point presentation about their future plans. I dont know if it is still on their webside. It was called Durban_Indaba and held by CEO Viljoen in May 2004.

There is a nice map inside which indicates their proposed route map around their three African Hubs in JNB, DAR and LOS. From DAR they are planning long-hauls to Mumbai, Muscat, Dubai and London and short-hauls to LUN, FBM, Kinshasa, Kigali, Lagos, Entebbe and Nairobi.

Thats the paper, lets see what comes reality. On the other side their webside is under construction since several month. So it looks like that not much is going on there nso far.