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SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:06 am

"We will not introduce new flights [to Entebbe] as we are now consolidating our business. We are also studying new destinations; we are looking at Addis Ababa, Tanzania and Zambia,"

http://allafrica.com/stories/200507270202.html
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:28 am

Having read the article that is in the link - wouldn't a more appropriate title be "KLM start AMS-EBB nonstop"?
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinat

Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:41 am

that's definitely they way to go for SN. they have a good amount of O&D passengers and yields are extremly high compared to flights to north america or asia. concentrating on routes to africa was the main factor for SN's recent success.
i hope that LX with extend its operations to africa with being a member of star alliance. we'll see....
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:33 am

Quoting 747400F (Reply 1):
Having read the article that is in the link - wouldn't a more appropriate title be "KLM start AMS-EBB nonstop"?

Yes, and that's already been discussed. The idea of this thread is developments with SN, not KL.
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:23 pm

I would love to see SN Brussels take on Mogadishu. It would be a bold step but it would mean it would be the first major airline to serve Somalia and the only European connection.

With its history of flying to destinations like Kigali and Kinshasa, SN would be the airline, if any, who could take on the challenging and poor infrastructure of Mogadishu.
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:32 pm

Does this mean new (=more) long-haul equipment for SN? As we discussed recently, GE-powered A330-300s are very rare. Time for a few A330-200s (again!)?
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:48 pm

Quoting Matterhorn (Reply 2):
concentrating on routes to Africa was the main factor for SN's recent success.

I think SN could be compared to TAP, both operating from not big European hubs to some niche routes to strategic areas so that they can be the numb. 1 there.

TAP's operations in Brazil it's clear, and they are a profitable airline. Maybe if SN strengths their operations in Africa could have similar results.

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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:56 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
With its history of flying to destinations like Kigali and Kinshasa, SN would be the airline, if any, who could take on the challenging and poor infrastructure of Mogadishu.

Sabena did not only have a history of serving those destinations, but I had also a reputation for not abandoning then during times of hardship. After the orchestrated crash of the plane of Rwanda's President Juvenal Habyarimana and the ensuing geneocide in the country, Sabena was the only airline brave enough to send in airplanes to repatriate Europeans.

Same goes for the repeated troubles in Zaire/DRC, where Sabena kept on flying to Kinshasa when others (AF, TP, SR) had long ceased operations. Sabena was also the last airline operating into Freetown when things heated up there, as well as the first airline to restart operations into Monrovia, Bujunbura and Brazaville.

Quoting PM (Reply 5):
Does this mean new (=more) long-haul equipment for SN? As we discussed recently, GE-powered A330-300s are very rare. Time for a few A330-200s (again!)?

It has been discussed here that the airline plans to add one more A333, with which it plans new operations into Ouagadougou, another former Sabena destination, albeit a more stable one as well as possibly other destinations in Africa.
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:32 pm

I am very eager to see SN coming to DAR and perhaps ZNZ (Just got the sad news for ZNZ that OMAN AIR is cancelling scheduled service to ZNZ due to poor airport infrastructure).
 
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:30 am

Sabena used to fly to Dar Es Salaam in the mid eighties, these were DC-10 flights routed via Jeddah; I believe the airline had fifth freedom rights on that sector. It's great to see that SN-Brussels is successful and that it is considering expanding long haul flights.
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:04 am

Are they looking to operate to Tunis?
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RE: SN Brussels Looking At New E. African Destinations

Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:34 am

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
I would love to see SN Brussels take on Mogadishu. It would be a bold step but it would mean it would be the first major airline to serve Somalia and the only European connection.

Alitalia used to serve Mogadishu before shit hit the fan... it would be great to see other airlines operate there as well... heck, forget the airlines, i hope things will calm down and straighten up there.

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