This has to be a record, after only 3 weeks back in the air the unions representing cabin crew and other employees are planning a picket and strike due to salary cuts of up to one third (which was well known before my wife took her severance package more than a year ago) as well as loss of medical a...Jump to post
Okay so we have all done it but how many have done it starboard side?
SAA 747 at SID en route from JNB-JFK and JNB-ATL, I have done it a couple of times, it's quite an unusual feeling.
I would hope crew aren't expected to operate back to back red-eyes and rest during the day however I suspect that may be the case? SA had a similar long day on the ground in Europe as was already mentioned, many years ago the layover in London or Frankfurt was 4-5 days but more recently it was a on...Jump to post
SAA To be privatised. Massively good news for South Africa and the South African aviation market. https://www.reuters.com/article/safrica-saa/update-1-consortium-to-take-51-stake-in-south-african-airways-minister-idUSL5N2NT1FN I read in yesterday's paper that the airline will be renamed. It is fitt...Jump to post
There's a United 787 at JNB right now. Nice to see a new tail on the tarmac.Jump to post
Has ANet ever had a discussion on what plane was the loudest? I vote for the 1-11 cause I never heard a Trident which had 3 Sprey's and a booster. VC-10 was up there, when I was in high school BA had a Sunday morning flight that would go out over my house near JNB, part of a round the world if I re...Jump to post
Actually no. Back before covid the route was a strong performer. Bologna and the surrounding areas are important business, technical and industrial areas. I have personally flown the route at least 3 X returns over the last few years, and in my experience the 77W always seemed pretty well filled up...Jump to post
bennett123 wrote:IMO, this is more likely to lead to dismissal..
PM wrote:Did Austrian ever serve JNB?
I mentioned this one before, I just watched it again and I think it is the greatest music video of all time. a-ha "Take on Me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 The view count is staggering for a song from the 80s, or indeed from any era: 1,189,188,788 views... that's over a bill...Jump to post
Erdowie, erdowo, erdowann: https://youtu.be/R2e2yHjc_mc (The original from Nena: https://youtu.be/oas5nAlfrwg ) I prefer this version with Kim Wilde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrKlO1Tr2IE Another great song is Cutting Crew "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" Original: https://www.you...Jump to post
BubbleFrog wrote:Agreed. We deplaned a 744 once in LHR by the stairs.
I had a delicious Fatburger at City Stars Mall in Cairo a few years ago, I think the place had just opened because there were Americans working in the store and all the staff were really jumping. Hardee's in Nairobi Airport international departures serves a great Jalapino chicken burger, hot and spi...Jump to post
cjg225 wrote:Mine is The Hunt for Red October. Easily my favorite movie ever. I've watched it hundreds of times.
Half way over the Atlantic, cabin crew announcement: “ladies and gentlemen, if there is a doctor on board, please make yourself known to the cabin crew.” “Can ai ‘elp..?” Says Valentino Rossi as he wanders into the galley... I think that comment went over most peoples' heads but my wife and I had a...Jump to post
Not a 744 but a 74L, SAA put a 74L into Rand airport for it's museum, runway is 4898ft According to the aerodrome chart, runway 11 is 1,579m (5,180ft) x 15m wide. Notwithstanding, both the SP and the -200 landing on 11 stopped before the intersection with 35 then turned onto 35 to taxi to the termi...Jump to post
Lovetravelling wrote:Some crew have even have their children help them on the flight, obviously this was done extremely diligently to ensure that safety wasn't impacted and that the service and passenger experience wasn't impacted!!
I had a hernia repair and hydrocele at the same time some 15 years ago from which I recovered quite quickly, then several years later I was in for another procedure including a vasectomy and when I woke up the urologist told me that he had needed to do a hydrocele on the same side again. This was 8 ...Jump to post
SAA all types, the first time in November 1972: -200 (including Helderberg), -300, -400, SP
British Airways -400 and also on the first RR RB-211 powered 747 in 1977
Lufthansa -400 and -8i
Not airline-specific but at DUR they announce "(flight number) a departure flight to XXX" which is just terrible English.
At the old ELS departures they used to ask departing passengers to "take their leave of friends and loved ones" which struck me as a bit morbid.
Concorde used to come to JNB for hot and high testing, I can recall several visits when I was in high school in the 70s and the plane roaring over the school (less than 2.5km from the north end of 03L) every half an hour. Regarding the ban on overflying Africa, SAA had stops in Abidjan, Ilha do Sal ...Jump to post
wingman wrote:Why didn't he land in the emergency airplane runway in the middle?
The Citizen newspaper reported yesterday on a plan to revive SA Express. An entity owned by SAX employees (Fly-SAX) has secured two anchor investors, Imperial Capital and the Landile Shembe Foundation to raise R250 million towards the recapitalisation of the airline. The transaction is subject to ap...Jump to post
Take On Me - A-Ha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 Don't Answer Me - The Alan Parsons Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLvFbBR4XOg Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VQ_3sBZEm0 Not really a music video but this Stairway to Heaven featuring Heart and Jason ...Jump to post
By the way, Lufthansa / Swiss seems to offer pretty cheap round flights from Johannesburg to Europe around those dates. They're cheaper than Emirates. Thanks for this, but as I mentioned in my opening post I already have 2 EK tickets to anywhere in Europe and if our friends come with us we will wan...Jump to post
EK quotes Vueling for BCN-BLQ so I checked their site, for the same flight, including checked baggage, it is EUR 80 per person. So, my question is, why are EK adding EUR 2,113 for a flight that costs 80 Euro? Does Emirates provide the cheapest, most basic ticket on Vueling, or the fully flexible &q...Jump to post
Sorry but need to disagree with you here. You know the rules of ID tickets-it's always standby. If you want to travel during peak periods or on popular routes you need to do your research carefully about loads or fly to somewhere nearby less popular (hypothetical example: ZRH instead of FRA). Actua...Jump to post
investing in a competently managed carrier like Conair. You mean Comair who are also in business rescue. That's quite a low blow considering the facts. Those two airlines aren't really comparable Andz and I think you probably know it. All SAA employees also rode the gravy train so long. Just look a...Jump to post
Today while I had some spare time I started looking into travel costs for a trip we want to take next September. Fly to Spain, attend the Aragon MotoGP, then go to Italy for the Misano MotoGP the following weekend then home. Renting a car to drive from Spain to Italy is silly money and the train cos...Jump to post
SAA did this with their 747-200's and SP's... sure they cost a lot more to fuel, but that was peanuts compared to leasing new aircraft... only when the maintenance costs could no longer be justified were they were eventually disposed of. Only when Airbus made them "an offer they couldn't refus...Jump to post
Today is exactly a year since I was told by my former company that my position was being made redundant. I got 2 weeks salary per year of service plus untaken leave plus an extra 6 weeks salary for taking voluntary redundancy (paid in December 2019), I still got my performance bonus for 2019 (hit 5 ...Jump to post
The only guarantee about living in South Africa is that nothing is guaranteed. SAA workers will have to wait a little while longer for their voluntary severance packages. The R10,5 billion promised to SAA in the finance minister's medium-term budget speech will only be granted in January, meaning th...Jump to post
SAA was granted R10.5 billion in today's medium term budget to implement the business rescue plan. Hopefully my wife will get the severance package she deserves after over 41 years' service. Most State and private rescue plans exclude paying out staff, unless there is a risk they can frustrate or b...Jump to post
usflyer msp wrote:investing in a competently managed carrier like Conair.
In the last year I have lost both my parents (2 weeks apart), my job in December 2019, my wife lost her job in August this year, it can seem too much in a short time. To stop my mind turning to mush I started learning French on Duolingo between job searches, I started Italian as well for a planned h...Jump to post
SAA was granted R10.5 billion in today's medium term budget to implement the business rescue plan.
Hopefully my wife will get the severance package she deserves after over 41 years' service.
Having a semi (or "artic" in UK English) stop, in an awkward place, with traffic backing up behind it, is absolutely going to be a real pain. I'm British, I know what an artic is. What I meant is that there should be a way of preventing it going all the way to the tunnel entrance before c...Jump to post