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SAA Takes Delivery Of First NG737.

Wed Jul 12, 2000 2:50 am

South African Airways is now taking delivery of its first NG737, a 737-800 equiped with winglets which will enhance fuel efficency and reduce drag. This is the first of the 21 800's SAA has on order. It's kind of funny that they currently operate the A320 and now they get the NG737, isn't it? They started with the 737-200, then they added the A320 and now they get the 737-800! Can you think of other carriers that have ordered both NG737's and A32X's? I believe Tunis Air is another one, they operate the 767-600 and the A319.


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RE: SAA Takes Delivery Of First NG737.

Wed Jul 12, 2000 3:14 am

SAA has always been Boeing. I think (not entirely sure) the reason they got their A300's and their A320's was because they absorbed Flitestar. I know Flitestar has A320's, and I think when SAA absorbed flitestar, they took the A320's along with them. Flitestar used to be called Lux Air, and they had A300's, which were operated within South Africa. The A300's were also absorbed into the fleet. The reason it was called Lux Air was because it was registered in Luxembourg, but operated in SA. If they were SA registered, they would have had to fly around the bulge of Africa, cause of Apartheid and that stupid stuff!

But the 737-800's are sure to replace the A300, and the A320..

Anyway, on more exciting news, I have been invited to attend the grand ceremony of the new aircraft in September, which should be REALLY cool!

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RE: SAA Takes Delivery Of First NG737.

Wed Jul 12, 2000 9:56 am

SAS also has 737NGs and new A32X's. In fact, the A32X is over a decade old so I think you could group newer 2nd generation 737s in the same category.

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RE: SAA Takes Delivery Of First NG737.

Wed Jul 12, 2000 7:20 pm

Would like to correct the info 747sp_rulez has given re. SAA's Airbus fleet. SAA's A300's came into operation the late 1970s and the A320 aircraft started service in the early 1990s. They are NOT absorbed aircraft from Flitestar. The Flitestar A320s were leased from the a leasing company in Ireland, and returned to them when the airline folded. Luxair and Flitestar and SAA have no connection. The Luxair service between Johannesburg and Luxembourg was using a leased 747SP from SAA and staffed by cabin and flight crew from South Africa. The service was managed by Safair (the aircraft leasing company which at that time belonged to Safren, who was the holding company for Rennies and Safmarine) and they manged the service on behalf of Luxair-which is a intra-european carrier only.

Hope the above helps. PS-Flew back from LHR last week, and the cabin crew confirmed that it's time the A300s got replaced as they are beginning to look tacky inside and everyone can see they've given many years of service to the airline.

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RE: SAA Takes Delivery Of First NG737.

Wed Jul 12, 2000 8:22 pm

Actually, the 737-800s for SA don't have winglets, yet. The winglets have yet to be certified for use. After they are certified they will be retrofited to the aircraft already delivered. I think American Trans Air and AA plan on getting the winglets on their 738s as well, once they are certified. Winglets should start appearing on commercial 738s sometime around the spring of 2001.