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SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:18 pm

Last night on SABC TV 3 I caught the tail end of an interview with the deputy CEO of SAA, it was a bit disjointed but when asked about Star he said he expected the airline to be a full member by this time next year. This could mean anything between now and next February of course, but if they expected March this year he would surely have said so.

Funnily enough he also refused to be drawn on the question of whether the airline would have an all Airbus fleet by 2010.

Finally, he said that there were some surprises coming, and when the interviewer asked when he could get him back to find out about them, he replied "in a month"



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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:24 pm

Funnily enough he also refused to be drawn on the question of whether the airline would have an all Airbus fleet by 2010.

B787 comes to mind...


Anyways, SAA would be a fine addition to Star.



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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:25 pm

Why the big delay in SA joining star? So its sounds like SA will remain a b and A airline
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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:54 pm

The A350 makes much more sense for SAA as the airbus product is very much a modular one, especially for an airline which has such a diverse network. The A320 family is perfect for trunk regional routes, the A340/30 family for thin intercontinental routes eg. BGK, NAR, ZRH etc. , the A380 is good for trunk intercontinental routes eg. LHR, CDG, FRA etc and the A350 is perfect for African routes eg. Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi, Cairo.
So, this is the first african carrier for star, and possbly the first for any major alliance? For years, SAA has been carving its own alliance read SQ, LH, Tanzania, but I think that star makes a lot of sense for SAA as they are already affiliated with several star carriers. Also, this will mean that there won't be a terminal change for them when T5 comes into service at LHR.

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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:17 pm

This is from a news item on ATI:

...South African Airways does not yet have a concrete date for finalisation of its Star membership, although a spokeswoman for the carrier says: “For full membership we are looking at February next year.”

She says that SAA is currently working through the alliance’s 54 joining requirements and is aiming to join the grouping when it transitions to Amadeus – an IT platform common to several Star partners - early next year...
 
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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:12 am

And the question remains if SAA will have to relinquish their ties with QF and CX? If so, surely SAA will have to think about service to SYD or MEL in order to feed traffic to NZ-operated Trans-Tasman flights?

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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sun Feb 06, 2005 5:34 am

"And the question remains if SAA will have to relinquish their ties with QF and CX?"

The question never really existed - SAA management said from the outset that the airline would NOT be forced to sever existing codeshare ties as a condition for Star membership.
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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sun Feb 06, 2005 5:37 am

"Why the big delay in SA joining star?"

Joining a major airline alliance requires extensive front-line and back-office manpower and resources - it's one of the reasons why many airlines refuse to do it. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of processes and procedures that must be created/modified in order to bring an airline into a "seamless" alliance network.
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RE: SAA In Star "by This Time Next Year"

Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:33 am

Avek00

I was also under the distinct impression that SAA would not have to sever it's ties with QF and CX, but the issue sure did come up previously.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1661787/

http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/2004/06/06/business/companies/comp10.asp

Currently SA pax and FF have no clue what's going to happen in the future regarding Star.

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