I received an update from my contact at SA
sales which pretty much states the same, but goes into a bit more detail...
CEO signs MOU with STAR Alliance:
- our new CEO, Mr. Khaya Ngqula, has very recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a meeting of all STAR Alliance CEO’s.
- details are yet to be provided, but by joining STAR, “the alliance for the earth”, such benefits as synchronization of loyalty programs, implementation of codeshare agreements and access to lounges of various partners will all be part of the process.
- it is not expected to cause any immediate changes to our two current Gateways in the USA, but there may be a possible option for an additional Gateway later in the new year. We will try to communicate any developments as much in advance as is possible.
Changes of Schedule to JNB
- Ex ATL
: effective 01 February ’05, our Atlanta Schedule will change, with the daily flights now going into and out of Johannesburg, as follows:
- SA210 ATL
/ SID Depart 10:30 am Arrive 10:25 pm
SID / JNB
Depart 11:25 pm Arrive 10:15 am (next day)
(Passengers arriving in JNB
must collect their bags and clear customs)
- SA211 JNB
/ SID Depart 7:40 pm Arrive 2:35 am (next day)
SID / ATL
Depart 3:35 am Arrive 8:20 am
- Ex JFK
: also effective 01 February, all southbound daily JFK
services will stop in DKR
- SA204 JFK
Depart 5:55 pm Arrive 6:20 am (next day)
Depart 7:20 am Arrive 5:40 pm
Economy Class Seating:
- there has been considerable comment on the Economy Class Seats on the Airbus, particularly relating to seat pitch and room under the seat in front.
- these comments have been heard, and appropriate changes are currently being planned
- intended changes include removing some seats to allow a 33 inch pitch, making the In-flight Entertainment (IFE) boxes under the seats thinner, giving the IFE monitors a more upward tilt and looking at changing the type of foam used in the seat cushion.
- to effect these changes will take time, but the changes are certainly very positive.
E – Ticketing:
- SAA now has E – Ticketing on total domestic travel, using SAA, SA
Express and SA
Airlink, the only exceptions are Mmabatho (MBD) and Ulundi (ULD).
- The majority of Travel Agents in South Africa, are now selling SAA by E – Ticketing
- SAA International E – Ticketing will be phased in from early ’05, initially where SAA facilitates its own check-in functions within AxsControl. This will start between JNB
and Regional Africa and UK / Europe.
It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.