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SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:27 am

According to this article SA is planning on establishing a secondary hub for the West African market in ACC. How likely is this to happen? What routes would they be looking to operate from ACC?

http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...ss-may-want-secondary-hub-in-ghana
 
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:12 am

Thats rather interesting... however how many airlines successfully run a multi-hub operation, in two different countries, using one brand only?
 
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:52 am

I have previously read that they were also considering exporting Mango to Ghana and have written about it at the beginning of this month (http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/12914-south-african-considering-exporting-mango-to-other-african-markets). However, one has to really wonder if Ghana can sustain all of these new airline start-ups and growth plans despite growing like crazy (> 10%) and the recent natural resources boom:

1) Africa World has just launched in cooperation with HNA Group (Hainan Airlines) with two ERJ-145s flying domestic.
2) Antrak Air got two ATR 72-500s from Swiftair on wet-lease for domestic routes.
3) CitTylinK had temporarily suspended operations, but now relaunched with its Saab 340s but also is supposed to get Embraer regional jets thanks to its cooperation agreement with EgyptAir.
4) Fly540 Ghana just got a second aircraft and now operates an ATR 72-500 and an EMB-170. Fastjet wants to bring in A319s once they take over.
5) Starbow Airlines already operates three BAe 146s and soon will have four.
6) Add to that that both Ethiopian and South African also want their share of the market ...
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:29 am

Quoting GhanaWeb:
Ghana's domestic air carriers have come under a heightened rivalry with discounted fares among the key players, raising fears of a challenging future for the industry. Suleiman Mustapha reports.

A looming price war between Ghana’s domestic airline operators has raised fears it will spell doom for struggling local airliners, as the sector gets clogged with new entrants.

At the moment, CityLink, which is among the maiden domestic carriers, has for the past few months not operated and industry watchers are worried about the airline’s inability to stake a claim in the local aviation industry.
Source [GhanaWeb]

Lol, how is SAA going to survive a truly cut-throat market when it can't even make it in its own backyard sans constant government bailouts? As the largest, most wide spread African carrier south of the Equator, you would think they'd be able to make more than a killing in southern/central Africa, but apparently not.

Personally, my €0.02 is that they should focus on making it big in southern Africa before venturing out into West Africa and spreading themselves too thin.

And what, if any, experience does Malusi Gigaba, the Minister who calls the shots at SAA, SA Express et al, have apropos the aviation industry?
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:53 am

Well, the CEO of SAA had a testimony for a parliament committee last month in which he confirmed the airline's plan to start a SAA, SA Express or Mango subsidiary. The company is now looking for a Ghanese airline to take-over and rename it to a SAA-brand.

The expansion to Ghana is part of the plan of SAA to link all major African cities to South Africa, so that SAA can funnel more passengers trough its hub on international flights.

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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:00 pm

Quoting kyrone (Reply 1):
Thats rather interesting... however how many airlines successfully run a multi-hub operation, in two different countries, using one brand only?

Easy Jet, Ryan Air, United, Delta, LAN, TACA to name a few

FLY

[Edited 2012-10-03 09:01:37]
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 4):
Well, the CEO of SAA had a testimony for a parliament committee last month in which he confirmed the airline's plan to start a SAA, SA Express or Mango subsidiary.

She, not he.

And yes SAA are in deep doodoo so they should focus on getting out of their financial difficulties and saving my wife's job before getting too ambitious!
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:12 pm

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 5):
Quoting kyrone (Reply 1):
Thats rather interesting... however how many airlines successfully run a multi-hub operation, in two different countries, using one brand only?

Easy Jet, Ryan Air, United, Delta, LAN, TACA to name a few

For EasyJet and Ryanair, they're not really hubs but bases since they don't even sell hub-and-spoke connections. The multiple EasyJet and Ryanair bases are to facilitate operations and scheduling, not to permit passengers to connect at hubs.
 
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RE: SA To Establish Secondary Hub In ACC?

Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:10 pm

For the moment SA only flies from Accra to Abidjan twice a week with the A332. Not a real hub yet...

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