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History Of SAA And The A330?

Wed May 16, 2007 11:41 pm

South African Airways (SAA) once had a total of four Airbus A330-200s in their fleet.

They were flown during these periods and came from TAM and Bmi.

A330-223 - PT-MVA of TAM - 2003/04
A330-223 - PT-MVB of TAM - 2003/04
A330-243 - G-WWBD of Bmi - 2002/03
A330-243 - G-WWBB of Bmi - 2002/03

Why did SAA lease these aircraft from TAM and Bmi respectively. I know that SAA subleased the A330s from Bmi, was this also the case with TAM?

What routes were the A332s used on; I gather JNB-ZRH/MXP/LHR, but were there any more?

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The Bmi (RR) powered A330 was painted in full SAA colours and looked amazing. The two TAM (PW) planes were painted in all white with only SAA titles.

Why was the lease taken out, and why didn't SAA opt for the A330?

Thanks in advance,

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RE: History Of SAA And The A330?

Wed May 16, 2007 11:56 pm

Some previous thread on that topic for a start.


A330-200 For SAA (one Year Lease) (by SA-JET Nov 7 2002 in Civil Aviation)
TAM To Wet-lease A332's To SAA (by SAA201 Sep 22 2003 in Civil Aviation)
SAA Leases 2 TAM A330-200's (by SAA201 Nov 28 2003 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: History Of SAA And The A330?

Thu May 17, 2007 1:18 am

Former topics stat that the lease was a wet-lease. In fact only the cockpit crew was from JJ, cabin crew was SA only.

The product at that time on the lease 332 was better compared to the 342. In Y you had PTVs and in C the product was also better compared to the old Business class on the SA 342. If not mistaken, the two TAM planes had also a F class product which has been sold as C.
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