Service to SIN
would make sense, in consideration of the Star Alliance connection possibilities at both airports, but, as pointed out above, it could be a yeild issue and not enough premium traffic to support the routes. The A343s would make sense on these routes, far less seats to fill up and the potential to keep fares a bit higher and make the routes more profitable.
It is surprising that SAA does not fly to Sydney, due to the historical connections between South Africa and Australia, and the fact that so many South Africans have immigrated to Australia. There must be business ties as well between the two countries.
As for service to Europe, I do not expect SAA to add many more destinations, by now flying from both Joberg and Capetown to key European hubs (ie, F R A and MUN), passengers can transit the hub and LH
can get the pax to their final destination. More and more, airlines are reluctant to enter a market where daily service cannot be supported (yeilds tend to be lower on routes that do not operate on a daily basis.....premium business travellers more or less demand daily service). Also, tag-on flights (say flying to Munich and then to Copenhagen) are rather ineffecient and expensive to operate - sending out an A340 with 100 pax for a short segment is an expensive hobby.
I also heard that SAA was thinking of moving their US services from ATL
......while I understand the logic of going into IAD
instead of ATL
due to Star Alliance connections and support at IAD
, I never really understood why the JFK
change was being considered......UA
is no longer a strong player at EWR
and I think that the majority of traffic on the Joberg-NYC flights is O & D.....any updates?