burberry753
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SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 1:32 am

Just got my copy of the June issue of Airliner World and it says Airbus has Delivered 2 two A342's to SAA. Last month it said that they took delivery of 1 A342? Anyone have an explanation for this as i was under the impression that the A342 production had stopped?
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Leskova
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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 1:40 am

The production has stopped - all A340-200s that SAA currently has are ex-Lufthansa airplanes.

http://www.planemad.net/Airline/ZA/S...African_Airways_(SA_SAA)/Fleet.htm

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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:13 am

Quoting Leskova (Reply 1):
all A340-200s that SAA currently has are ex-Lufthansa airplanes

Why did SAA take these? I read that the A340-200 was unpopular amongst airlines because they had high-costs of operation (same as A340-300) with less pax seats.

What route are these deployed on?
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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:29 am

Quoting Ktachiya (Reply 2):
What route are these deployed on?

I've seen them in GRU and ZRH, I know they've been to FRA on occasion (on the CPT-FRA flight, not on JNB-FRA) - but I guess that you can probably see them, depending on demand, on several routes operated by A340-300s.

As for why they took the planes - don't really know, but maybe, in light of their A340-300/600 purchase, they were what was available fastest and most fitting for the fleet that SAA had in mind... SAA being a close partner of LH probably didn't hurt that deal either...

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burberry753
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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:31 am

What i want to know is why AIRLINER WORLD had thses down as new deliveries? is this just a mistake and they really mean A346's?
 
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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:44 am

Quoting Ktachiya (Reply 2):
Why did SAA take these? I read that the A340-200 was unpopular amongst airlines because they had high-costs of operation (same as A340-300) with less pax seats.

Probably the operation costs are compensated by low acquisition costs  Wink

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RE: SAA Getting A342's?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:52 am

Quoting Burberry753 (Reply 4):
What i want to know is why AIRLINER WORLD had thses down as new deliveries? is this just a mistake and they really mean A346's?

It could have been either A340-300s or A340-600s - but no A340-200s were recently delivered to SAA.

Did Airliner World, by any chance, mention registrations for the planes?
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