I saw mention in the "boeing loosing R & D edge" article, of the recent purchase of the 737-800 by SAA. With reference, I would just like to mention that the pace at which the airliners were delivered was largely due to the fact that 10 737-800's were purchased from GATX flightlease... a subsidiary of SAirgroup. We all know that SAirgroup recently acquired 20% of SAA. Apparently GATX had 12 737-800's in stock for close on 2 years, they couldn't find buyers for. SAirgroup saw SAA as a scapegoat for the "release" of these aircraft, SAirgroup recommending they take up 10 of those. SAA already had 7 A320-231's as well as a flightsim. Flip side of the coin: AI couldn't deliver more A320's in time. I still think the whole DEAL was a tad dubious, but the result... the 737-800 is not a bad buy.