Please don't say anything about stuff you don't know anything about.
Get off your high horse for a minute and reread what I wrote. Where did I claim to know anything about the management decisions of SAA, or about cargo capabilities of the A340 vs. the 747?
My feeble mind does know a few things, though. For example, that (a) the 747s were going nonstop for years, (b) now the A346 can't, (c) from a passenger's perspective, that middle-of-the-night fuel stop at Sal Island is not fun, and (d) doing it in both directions is even worse.
So, no matter how much money they make from cargo (which generally doesn't mind tech stops, I might add), it doesn't change the fact that this is a setback in passenger comfort and convenience, and given the fanfare with which SAA advertised their new A346 (they even hinted at one point that it would operate nonstop in BOTH directions!), I think it's fair to call this at least a bit "disappointing." That's all--nothing more, nothing less.
Now, back to the original topic. In particular, I am very interested to know if SAA is planning to fly nonstop from IAD
. If not, would they operate via SID (like the ATL
flights)? Or perhaps DKR
(like the JFK
flights)? Or maybe somewhere else entirely, like ACC or LOS?
Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire