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by trees
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of stored aircraft due to COVID/groundings
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: Commercial airports with stored (Covid) aircrafts on Google Maps

JNB has updated imagery from lockdown on both Apple Maps and Google Maps. The terminals are deserted and only a few cargo flights can be seen parked on the remote apron. Tons of stored a/c can be seen packed in tightly at various maintenance facilities. Quite eerie.

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by trees
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 207
Views: 30960

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

Is not like Delta ever intended to fly A350 in domestic routes anyway. Airlines fly repositioning flights between hubs all the time. So in this case, they don't have the option. Well, Delta can just add a Canadian or Mexican stop-over in such re-positioning flights, with a change of flight number a...

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by trees
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

A319 ZS-SFG RTL 2020 ZS-SFH RTL 2020 ZS-SFI RTL 2020 ZS-SFJ ZS-SFK ZS-SFL ZS-SFM RTL 2020 A320 ZS-SZA RTL 2020 ZS-SZB RTL 2020 ZS-SZC RTL 2020 ZS-SZD RTL 2020 ZS-SZE RTL 2020 ZS-SZF RTL 2020 ZS-SZG RTL 2020 ZS-SGI RTL 2020 ZS-SGJ A330 ZS-SXI RTL 2020 ZS-SXJ RTL 2020 ZS-SXK ZS-SXL RTL 2020 ZS-SXM RT...

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by trees
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

A319 ZS-SFG RTL 2020 ZS-SFH RTL 2020 ZS-SFI RTL 2020 ZS-SFJ ZS-SFK ZS-SFL ZS-SFM RTL 2020 A320 ZS-SZA RTL 2020 ZS-SZB RTL 2020 ZS-SZC RTL 2020 ZS-SZD RTL 2020 ZS-SZE RTL 2020 ZS-SZF RTL 2020 ZS-SZG RTL 2020 ZS-SGI RTL 2020 ZS-SGJ A330 ZS-SXI RTL 2020 ZS-SXJ RTL 2020 ZS-SXK ZS-SXL RTL 2020 ZS-SXM RT...

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by trees
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Breathe wrote:
Anybody know if SAA are planning on keeping their leased A350s from Air Mauritius or are they planning on returning them back to MK?


They are being returned to MRU today (20 Aug). SA4717 (SDE) SA4718 (SDF).

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by trees
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-19/south-africa-starts-talks-with-potential-buyers-of-state-airline The South African government has started talks with potential investors/partners for the airline ...and the CEO of low-cost division Mango just resigned. Would be interesting to know ...

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by trees
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

You are worried about all "technical pilots, IOSA audit specialists, test pilots, instructors and examiners" being made redundant. If many of them are black, they should be fine and there is little disproportionate loss of experience. You'd expect SAA to have about 10, maybe even 15% whit...

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by trees
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

SAA plan to keep 88 out of its 617 pilots. Those probably leaving include technical pilots, IOSA audit specialists, test pilots, instructors and examiners. The government is hell bent on getting rid of the White pilots and retaining the Black ones (refer to SA Presidents statement on the matter) I ...

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by trees
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

SAA should just officially quit long haul. Focus of Domestic and regional flights and feed into Star alliance carriers at JNB (ET, TK, LH, CA, LX, etc.) At this point SAA seems to have quit everything. Too bad they don’t have the resources to try alternatives in their long haul network. Why compete...

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by trees
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

15 planes left for SAA. But still with highly paid staff. How can they make this airline ever profitable?! The staff are paid in line with global standards. At least they were before covid. The issue is that there are too many staff. Just let it go bankrupt, sell the name and planes for $1 to Mango...

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by trees
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Aren’t all the A340s not airworthy or is it only a few. Why would you think that? The remaining owned A340s have been flying regular repatriation and cargo flights in recent months. I can see ZS-SNC/D/F/G and SXF in recent weeks. This article https://onemileatatime.com/south-african-airways-getting...

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by trees
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Good article but it does omit the 9 A340’s SAA still own. 5 -300’s (4 airworthy) and 4 -600’s. Unless plans have changed I don’t believe the 3 A319’s are staying.

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by trees
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 29569

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

C-GOFW is listed as a A330E, not a X version. Will this be the first A330 enhanced for AC? I think the A330Es have the higher MTW and the moving map display. https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Air%20Canada-planed-a330.htm KrisYYZ First, the "moving map", you mean on the IFE systems? That...

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by trees
Wed May 20, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: SAA to be liquidated!

cv990Coronado wrote:
The question is will the government let it die?


It would appear not... https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2020-05-20-saa-gets-r38bn-eskom-r33bn-as-covid-19-ups-soes-financial-woes/

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by trees
Mon May 18, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

You won’t see all four together on the ground as some have already departed to MZJ. There were only two on the ground at a time.

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by trees
Sat May 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Aircastle says it expects to take back all four A330-200s on lease with SAA during May 2020. There are currently four A332’s enroute to JNB to GRU under SA4701/3/5/7 flight numbers (16 May). They could be repatriation or freight, but SAA have mostly been using the A346 for freight and repatriations...

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by trees
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Rumors about a government backed airline / successor for SAA https://liveandletsfly.com/new-south-african-airline/ If the government has anything to do with it, South African Airways 2 with quickly become South African Airways 3 and then 4 and 5 and 6 and so on... much like “flag” carriers in the r...

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by trees
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 324
Views: 71180

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

FlySafair (which only flies domestic routes in South Africa) was delayed in starting scheduled service (it did so with the B738s coming off lease from South African Airways, which were owned by Safair's parent ASL Aviation Group) because it had to restructure its ownership. Safair's first flight to...

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by trees
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years
Replies: 28
Views: 8940

Re: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years

blacksoviet wrote:
Did they use a hardstand or a gate?


Gate J11A

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by trees
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years
Replies: 28
Views: 8940

Re: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years

JNB is hot-and-high, probably factors into it It was more than likely completely empty leaving JNB. The 359 can get out of JNB at 275t. Which they most definitely don't need completely empty. All of SAA's A350's are leased and it is possible that the lessors put a takeoff weight limit clause into t...

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by trees
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 129
Views: 14088

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

https://fr24.com/TAM9517/2449805c


Repatriation flight GRU-JNB-DPS. Fuel stop in JNB.

Edit: I should clarify the repat flight is the DPS-JNB-GRU leg obviously.
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Williamsb747 wrote:
uhh bit of a weird flight latam A359 JNB-DPS, anyone know what it is for?

https://fr24.com/TAM9517/2449805c


Repatriation flight GRU-JNB-DPS. Fuel stop in JNB.

Edit: I should clarify the repat flight is the DPS-JNB-GRU leg obviously.

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by trees
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 129
Views: 14088

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

A must read! Its regarding the restructuring process of SAA. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-05-the-plan-to-rescue-saa-from-collapse-takes-shape/ The 16 aircraft rumour has been floating around for a while. Unfortunately that article is not well researched and is full of misinformat...

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by trees
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30817

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

What's the strategy behind cutting a money-making flight in the name of "managing capacity"? If capacity must be managed, wouldn't it be better to cut the lowest performing flights? Let’s say if one or two of the rotations are half empty it’s a waste of fuel, money and employees to operat...

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by trees
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30817

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

I want to have sympathy, but how can Ethiopia who in the same 41 years as your wife managed to run their airline through revolutions and famine? Comparing Ethiopia to South Africa is a distraction. Ethiopia is an authoritarian state which enable massive implicit subsidies to the airline with stagge...

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by trees
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30817

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

blacksoviet wrote:
Why isn’t South African selling any of their A340-200s?


They retired them in 2011

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by trees
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30817

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

dstblj52 wrote:
Someone83 wrote:
There is anyway quite a few A350s stored that SAA can get their hand on. If they get the money

Uh who was stored A350's their brand new aircraft


Hainan.

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by trees
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30817

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

andz wrote:
I was at Airways Park about an hour ago and they are holding a lunchtime prayer vigil in the atrium to pray for the airline's future.


Yeah that’ll do it

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by trees
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 129
Views: 14088

Re: South African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Williamsb747 wrote:
trees wrote:
seat64k wrote:

It was listed as flight SA307 a few days ago. I booked and was disappointed to find equipment changed to A332.


Only ZS-SDC is flying.


ZS-SDD is currently flying from JNB-CPT as SA317.


As of today, the rest were added to the AOC and are now flying. ;)

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by trees
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 129
Views: 14088

Re: South African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

They have stopped training flights to DUR and are currently flying commercially between JNB-CPT. It was listed as flight SA307 a few days ago. I booked and was disappointed to find equipment changed to A332. Only ZS-SDC is flying. It had a weather radar failure and got stuck in CPT on the 6th. It’s...

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by trees
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 52796

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Anyone know when SAA will start the JFK route on the A350....looking in Feb and still.showing the A346..... I would like to know too. The booking site shows A340-600 as far into the future as it goes, so I'm guessing they haven't decided yet. ZS-SDF has done a bunch of crew training flights to DUR,...

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by trees
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 14959

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

The cockpit windows wearing that new black paint design makes it look like the planes are wearing a Lone Ranger mask. Whats the reason for that silliness? I see it on the A320 series, 330 and 350. And can airlines opt out of that if they don't want it? Why "silliness"? That's your opinion...

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by trees
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61202

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Crew training flights. No passengers. You’ll see a few we’re done two weeks ago and more are scheduled.

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by trees
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways to enter bankruptcy protection
Replies: 23
Views: 7798

Re: South African Airways to enter bankruptcy protection

FSDan wrote:
aemoreira1981 wrote:
Also, as for the A359s, will they only be for JNB-JFK, which requires 3 frames? Where would the 4th frame go?


JFK-JNB should only take 2 frames, I believe... DL only needs two for ATL-JNB. Perhaps the other two will be used on LHR or FRA?


HKG (when it resumes)

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by trees
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 537119

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

IIRC the damage happened a week or two before it got reported, so there was a bit of down time. I'm sure there are more in the know on here than me who can correct me if wrong? Yeah it happened like 3 weeks ago. Probably irrelevant and already repaired by now. Would BA be entitled to a discount on ...

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by trees
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any fixed wing operators between JFK-EWR-LGA ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3273

Re: Any fixed wing operators between JFK-EWR-LGA ?

AAL9649 yesterday was a positioning flight LGA-JFK took 0:30

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by trees
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comfort comparison of A330neo?
Replies: 19
Views: 4313

Re: Comfort comparison of A330neo?

8,000 feet is the regulatory limit. The A330 can be adjusted for lower values, but 7,500 is usual. Lower values, bring more wear and tear, so it depends partly on the airline, what pressure and humidity they run on, with the humidifier being optional equipment. The cabin pressure of the 330NEO is s...

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by trees
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint
Replies: 62
Views: 14187

Re: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint

I know what it’s supposed to represent, but it doesn’t do a good job of it, and looks awkward. To each their own. The mask is a direct nod to the original Air Canada scheme, first unveiled in 1965. This was the same year Canada unveiled its modern flag.... hence AC's simple Red & White colours,...

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by trees
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?
Replies: 66
Views: 11100

Re: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?

-767s: other airlines have blended winglets, but not fleet-wide—is this correct? AA and DL are fleet-wide blended winglets DL actually has a few retrofitted 757s that don't have them. I was on N670DN on ATL-MCO last month and didn't have them and yet had a brand new interior. Yes, I was talking abo...

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by trees
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint
Replies: 62
Views: 14187

Re: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint

I’m still waiting for AC to tell us the cockpit paint was just a cheeky gag and remove it. At the official “unveiling”, it was indicated that the cockpit window effect was to emulate the B.C. totem pole thunder bird. They had an easel with an A321 nose with a thunderbird totem pole shadowed behind ...

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by trees
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?
Replies: 66
Views: 11100

Re: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?

simairlinenet wrote:
-767s: other airlines have blended winglets, but not fleet-wide—is this correct?


AA and DL are fleet-wide blended winglets

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by trees
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint
Replies: 62
Views: 14187

Re: This just in: First AC A220 out of paint

I’m still waiting for AC to tell us the cockpit paint was just a cheeky gag and remove it.

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by trees
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61202

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Whatever problems SAA has some of their ultra long haul routes have to be dogs, is flying nonstop with either an A350 or A340-600 to JFK profitable ? Highly doubtful. Many SAA routes are flown for political reasons for the South African Government. Which ones are those? While it's a nice soundbite ...

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by trees
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61202

Re: SAA Leasing A350

There’s now many photos of the livery online and by the looks of it it seems the titles on the left (which starts after Door 1L) are more forward than the right (which start after the 4th window). Is that some sort of mistake? They are decals (not paint). Suspect they did not want to go over doors ...

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by trees
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61202

Re: SAA Leasing A350

South African Airways is due to get 4. MSN 226 Hainan B 304z. Currently in Singapore in full SAA colours now ZS-SDC. MSN 345 Hainan B 305a. Currently in Singapore being painted in SAA colours. Will be ZS-SDD MSN 354 Air Mauritius ntu. Awaiting paint and delivery TLS. Will be ZS-SDE MSN 365 Air Maur...

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by trees
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 537119

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

JerseyFlyer wrote:
audidudi wrote:
Williamsb747 wrote:
Does MSN354 (SA#1) have a reg number yet.

MSN 354 will be ZS-SDA
MSN 365 will be ZS-SDB
MSN 226 (ex-HU) will become ZS-SDC
MSN 245 (ex-HU) will become ZS-SDD
At least I believe this will be the correct order!


So SAA will be getting 4?


6

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by trees
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 537119

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

audidudi wrote:
Williamsb747 wrote:
Does MSN354 (SA#1) have a reg number yet.

MSN 354 will be ZS-SDA
MSN 365 will be ZS-SDB
MSN 226 (ex-HU) will become ZS-SDC
MSN 245 (ex-HU) will become ZS-SDD
At least I believe this will be the correct order!


I heard that 354 and 365 will be ZS-SDE & SDF?

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by trees
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 537119

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Well yeah, but for clarity: I'm asking why AvGeeks have decided to randomly use that for airline designators, when no one in the industry does that? The origin is what I'm wondering. I think it was used on Boeing 737-700 as B73G Enviado do meu ASUS_X017DA através do Tapatalk J & G are different...

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by trees
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 297
Views: 52796

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

chrisfrommalawi wrote:
[Speaks loudly hoping SAA will hear] Wow an African airline refurbishing and updating its older aircraft interiors....


With what money?

DexSwart wrote:
Isn’t SA upgrading interiors on their A340’s? New business class in 1-2-1?


Nope

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by trees
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 398
Views: 125618

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
A330 -343 1012 C-GEGI Air Canada ferried 22aug19 GIG-LIS, CS-reg, Star Alliance cs prior delivery ex CS-TOW


Except it was flown as CS-TOW and flight tested the following day.


Because it hasn’t been delivered yet.

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