Effective 13th September 05 SAA will operate daily on the CPT-FRA route. Initially the flight was planned to go daily on 1st May 2005 but due to a shortage in equipment due to delivery delays of the remaining A340-600 the introduction of daily flights has to be delayed.
The northbound flight (SA262) will operate as a daytime flight. Departure in CPT will be 7.35 am with an arrival time of 7.45 pm in Frankfurt. The southbound flight (SA263) leaves Frankfurt at 5.40 pm with an arrival of 5.35 am in Cape Town. The southbound flight is operated with the equipment arriving in the morning (5.55 am) from JNB. The southbound JNB flight (SA261) will have a new departure time of 9.45 pm (instead of 8.45 pm in order to have enough time to turn around the SA262 CPT equipment).
SAA has chosen this combination of daytime (CPT-FRA)/nighttime flights (JNB-FRA,FRA-CPT,FRA-JNB) under the assumption that travelers to/from CPT rather accept a daytime flight as CPT is primarily a destination for the leisure market while JNB caters for high yield business traffic. With this schedule SAA only needs three aircraft to operate both the CPT-FRA and JNB-FRA routes daily while with nighttime flights four aircraft would be needed which helps lowering the already very low break even load factors for the 346 on both routes even more (and, of course, helps saving quite a lot of money for parking fees at FRA).