Day flights will help SAA grow its network and add frequencies without having to add aircraft. But Ngqula says it also needs more widebodies to fully meet its growth ambitions. In a few months it will take back the three A340s subleased to Jet Airways and plans to add nine widebodies by 2008.
I´m not fully current on SAA´s backlog, but I understand that they don´t have any current orders placed. That would mean that we are looking at a minimum of 6 additional widebodies for 2008 (nine minus 3 A340-300s coming from 9W), possibly 9. Anyone willing to place bets? I go for A330-200s and additional A340-600s.