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by grjplanes
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 22838

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

For how long will the Fokkers still be around then for Alliance? Was hoping to do a trip to Australia next year to get to hop on a few rare types that we don't see here in Southern Africa, which seemed possible there...but now this will probably not happen before 2022 anymore. Was looking at Fokker1...

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by grjplanes
Thu May 21, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 747
Views: 117482

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

JNB-CPT is blocked at about 2h10m by current airlines. I wonder how much time they provide for pax to clear customs in JNB. Additionally, I believe ZA has outbound immigration, so I wonder if they have to provide time in CPT for JNB passengers to go through the outbound customs (does ZA allow passe...

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by grjplanes
Thu May 21, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68544

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

According to FR24 schedules, SAA is scheduled to do flights to SYD and BNE in the next week or so, with A346.

Will this still be for repatriation of Aussie citizens from SA, or other way around, repatriation of South African citizens from Australia?

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by grjplanes
Mon May 18, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?
Replies: 49
Views: 4858

Re: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?

Not a regular scheduled flight...but this past weekend CemAir of South Africe did a repatriation flight, collecting stranded South Africans along the way through West Africa...all the way from Morocco to South Africa...routing CMN-NKC-OUA-ABJ-PNR-JNB, with CRJ900

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by grjplanes
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2371

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

My last real trip was luckily back in November to France. Last domestic trip was weekend at end of February, GRJ-JNB-GRJ with FlySafair Was due to do a weekend trip again on 26 March, literally the day lockdown started in South Africa Cancelled trip in May: GRJ-JNB (Kulula), JNB-MRU-SIN/KUL (MK...no...

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by grjplanes
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116808

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

QF7025 is currently en-route MEL-JNB, with 789 VH-ZND (Yam Dreaming). Taking quite a southern routing, although maybe not as far south as the 744s go.

It also looks like CPT-PER with SAA will in fact be operating tonight, with A346 ZS-SNC (Star Alliance livery).

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by grjplanes
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 22
Views: 8355

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

Just clarify regarding the A350-900

SAA is operating two yes, through MK or then the leasing company...but MK is also operating 2 A359s themselves (3B-NBP and 3B-NBQ)

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by grjplanes
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116808

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

https://www.flysaa.com/za/en/repatriation.action
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According to FR24 it looks like a flight is scheduled by SAA to operate CPT-PER with A346 on 25 April, for repatriation of Aussie citizens.

On SAA site it also gives information of a prospective flight (JNB-CPT-PER)

https://www.flysaa.com/za/en/repatriation.action

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by grjplanes
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 92
Views: 7717

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

A few multi-leg trips I've done, mostly due to it being reasonably better priced, but also to catch certain aircraft types. Also no nonstop perhaps available between the main cities (besides my hometown which is only domestic anyway): GRJ-JNB-DXB-SIN-BNE-AKL GRJ-JNB-SEZ-AUH-HKG-KUL-TGG GRJ-JNB-LAD-O...

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by grjplanes
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116808

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Any idea when the Qantas repatriation flight to JNB will be? Is it confirmed to be with 787-9?

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by grjplanes
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights
Replies: 93
Views: 27817

Re: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights

German government have now come to an agreement with SAA to operate up to 19 repatriation flights for travelers still stuck in South Africa. Flights will be from both JNB and CPT to both FRA and MUC, mostly with A340-600, starting tonight. Apparently a flight to BRU as well at some point. I find it ...

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by grjplanes
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 8411

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

I will not be counting suspended routes due to the coronavirus SWF-DUB (DY and DY op by Evelop) SWF-EDI (DY) JRO-ZNZ (QR) EDI-MAN (Flybe) EWR-SJU (WN) JRO-ZNZ is still served by Air Tanzania and Precision Air Reminder this thread is about routes not available anymore by any carrier, not just if an ...

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by grjplanes
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336820

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Another day with some unusual Latam flights: - JJ9454 GRU-LAX B77W (PT-MUE) - LA1102 GRU-LAX B789 (CC-BGK) - LA1130 GRU-LAX B788 (CC-BBI) Does anyone know why 3 flights to LAX? It's the second day this is happening. It looks like Latam is also scheduling a flight routing GRU-JNB-DPS return over the...

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by grjplanes
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights
Replies: 93
Views: 27817

Re: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights

I can't pick up if any of these aircraft has already arrived at CPT or on their way, is this still happening tonight?

The normal scheduled MUC A346 and FRA A343 did arrive this morning.

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by grjplanes
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13154

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

SAA cancelling ALL international flights until the end of may. https://www.flysaa.com/about-us/leading-carrier/media-center/media-releases/newsroom It's not really making it clear regarding ALL international flights...just mentioning the intercontinental flights. Perhaps some flights to regional Af...

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by grjplanes
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights
Replies: 93
Views: 27817

Re: Lufthansa Repatriation Flights

Read a report that German government in sending 4 flights to Cape Town (CPT) to repatriate citizens that was stuck on a cruise ship, which had to dock in Cape Town.
Any more info on these flights?

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by grjplanes
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not
Replies: 376
Views: 56054

Re: Project Sunrise Approved - Pilot Agreement or Not

Why hasn’t QF started CPT all they need is a B789 or a standard A35k? - 1. Don't think the demand is there. The only Aus-SA routes are - SA PER-JNB Daily 340/330 - QF SYD-JNB 6/wk 747 QF had talked about a 330 from PER, but dropped that with the ongoing issues with PER airport, plus I suspect it wo...

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13154

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Mango has applied for quite a few international rights over the last few weeks, probably taking over some from SAA. They've applied for MRU, LVI and DAR on 7 February and MPM, LUN and LLW on 14 February. So some of this might be just in conjunction with SAA. With Mango suspending all services from L...

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by grjplanes
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9932

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

I wonder if CPT might be run as a tag on either the Luanda or Maputo flights rather than a nonstop from LIS; KL tags Windhoek to their Luanda flight and Emirates tags Harare onto theirs, so there is some precedent there. Sorry, I don't see what the precedent is with KL doing AMS-LAD-WDH and EK doin...

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by grjplanes
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP new routes, rumors.
Replies: 55
Views: 9932

Re: TP new routes, rumors.

And, Isn't there a Portuguese population in the Cape region? Correct. Quite sizable population. Yes, maybe there is...but there's an even bigger community in the north around JNB. However, if it's leisurely focused and more on offering connections to the rest of Europe and even North America, then ...

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by grjplanes
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

I am guessing the US services (NYC and IAD via ACC) will be served with the A350 (which SAA has 4) and LHR, FRA and PER will be served with A333 (which SAA has 5)? That means the airline can get rid of all A340 and A332. With the reduction of regional and domestic routes, it can get rid of all the ...

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by grjplanes
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 66080

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2020

I think also if SA was to axe PER-JNB given its current dire financial straits, PER and QF would both have vastly increased motivation to work things out so that QF could launch its own PER-JNB service ASAP. That's a moot point. QF have been quite clear that they wont expand out of PER until all th...

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 13277

Re: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020

The other flight is open for bookings just to LOS, not all the way to LFW anymore, still 3 weekly JNB-DLA-LOS and 4 weekly JNB-LBV-LOS. The nonstop JNB is more timed to connect to all the other routes to West Africa. Both flights are scheduled with 737-800, and will be in JNB together, as the new no...

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37942

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

BA also announced the seasonal LGW-CPT flight will increase from 3 to 5 weekly from January 2021...this is in additiona to the 2 daily LHR flights.

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 13277

Re: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020

Reports today that ASKY will launch nonstop JNB-LFW from middle-March, with a focus to connect to ABJ. SAA flights have been removed from end of Feb. It is unclear whether ASKY is adding this in addition to the current routing LFW-LOS-DLA/LBV-JNB...and thus having 2 daily flights to JNB, any more cl...

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by grjplanes
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37942

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

What drives the market at Cape Town, is it tourism mostly? Yes, mostly tourism. But a lot more high-end tourism at that. Over the last few years there might also have been a better increase in business travel, as several companies moved headquarters (be it national, regional or continental) to Cape...

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by grjplanes
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes
Replies: 193
Views: 37942

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

Jip, CPT it is...just announced on their Facebook page. To start 25 Oct'20, bookings open 18 Feb

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by grjplanes
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation February 2020
Replies: 181
Views: 18442

Re: Turkish Aviation February 2020

According the FR24 some TK flights to JNB and CPT will be operated by 77W next week...is this due to reductions to China, making this available, with maybe some more demand to South Africa?

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211158

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

While we're seeing a lot of cancellations, suspensions and reductions for travel to and in China and Hong Kong (would be interesting to know what % of flights to/from and in China is already cancelled)...I'm wondering if other routes outside of this might start to be affected, either for being in th...

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

What is the point of keeping SAA around? When was the last time they weren't hemorrhaging money? It has been mentioned a couple of times in this thread that the last year SAA made a profit was 2011 so coming up to 9 years. There's lots of talk that just closing it down will cost the government a lo...

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

Does anyone have any information regarding JNB transfer passengers? JNB seems to be rather a dead end destination so I'm wondering if there's such a strong O&D demand between JNB and destinations like EBB, TNR or FIH; or do passengers travelling from those airports transfer in JNB (where to? I ...

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

With regards to GRU, in addition to LATAM I think TAAG might be carrying quite a bit of transit traffic via LAD. That is true yes, carrying a lot of that traffic and actually TAAG in that way maybe also picked up more traffic from MPM via LAD to GRU...taking both MPM-JNB and JNB-GRU marketshare fro...

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by grjplanes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

So how many planes will SAA ground once these routes ended? At least a large part of their A340 fleet. The 4 A350s they lease are apparently enough to cover long haul routes. FRA is now also an A350 route, a destination which doesn't really require the range of the A350. I actually find this encour...

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2117

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

All -400s
Lufthansa
South African Airways
British Airways

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

SAA plans to axe all domestic routes except the JNB-CPT shuttle as well as international routes to ABJ, CAN, EBB, HKG, LVI, LAD, MUC, NLA and GRU. All routes mentioned will be axed from February 29th. So they are cutting about half the network. Just to to note on these: ABJ...was just 3 weekly, as ...

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 251
Views: 52628

Re: SAA shrinks even further

Does the cuts include flights operated but SA Express ? No, this is not including SA Express at the moment...as they are run as two different companies. SAX has already made several cuts last year when they resumed service. However, in a court case ruling today it was said that SAX should also be p...

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 13277

Re: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020

It is reported that SAA will drop ABJ tag from 29 Feb

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by grjplanes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 9589

Re: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread

Any idea how QR is doing on the recently launched Gaborone(GBE), Botswana service? I have the idea it can't be great, the JNB-GBE sector almost feels like the same type of operation as SYD-CBR.
Now that there are mention of EK launching DXB-MPM-GBE, I just can't see that it could work for both.

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by grjplanes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 180
Views: 19493

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread - 2020

https://clubofmozambique.com/news/emirates-to-start-operating-in-mozambique-in-july-151186/ Will this be true...EK to launch Maputo. Somewhere else I've read that they actually plan to do DXB-MPM-GBE. I just can't see how Gaborone can sustain this as well...QR have only recently started GBE 3 weekly...

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by grjplanes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3307

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Tyrolean Airways
SkyEurope
Pacific Blue
Origin Pacific
Zambezi Airlines
Nationwide
Interlink
1Time

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by grjplanes
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211158

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

All these airlines that are suspending and reducing flights to China...do some of them have other options to re-deploy those aircraft and slots for other flights somewhere else on such short notice...temporary increases on some high demand seasonal routes?

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by grjplanes
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 107
Views: 8626

Re: Your 2020 Booked/Flown Flights

Few domestic and 1 holiday trip booked so far: 21 Feb GRJ-JNB FlySafair 737-800 23 Feb JNB-GRJ FlySafair 737-800 26 Mar GRJ-JNB FlySafair 737-400 29 Mar JNB-GRJ FlySafair 737-800 12 May GRJ-JNB Kulula 737-800 13 May JNB-MRU Air Mauritius A350-900 13 May MRU-SIN Air Mauritius A330-200 26 May KUL-SIN-...

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by grjplanes
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opportunities if SA goes under
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Opportunities if SA goes under

Long-haul there might not be many one-for-one replacements necessarily: On the current nonstop routes: IAD/JFK...might bring another US carrier to launch JNB from somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard...but probably not two daily extra flights...perhaps someone else for IAD-ACC...UA keep CPT year-round ...

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by grjplanes
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020
Replies: 114
Views: 36739

Re: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2020

juliuswong wrote:
blacksoviet wrote:
Why doesn’t South African Airways sell their A340-200s to Iran?

Not the smartest idea unless they want to be hit by US sanctions.


SAA don't have A340-200s...they got rid of them several years ago, replacing with A330.

Currently selling -300s and -600s.

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by grjplanes
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30634

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

MUC continues to be served. Not according to my source, and if you try to book JNB-MUC on flysaa.com it is via FRA. Not according to my LH profile. I am on that flight in July. For now it's only this week cancelled, scheduled to resume on Saturday...however this route stands a good chance to be cho...

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by grjplanes
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30634

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

The future fleet of SAA needs to be A350 and A330. They dropped MUC. So their destinations left are JFK (A350), IAD-ACC (A330), LHR (A330), FRA (A330), PER (A330), and HKG (A332). I have no idea if the HKG flight can be made with the A332 but if they get more A350's it should go to HKG due to the h...

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by grjplanes
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13154

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Things are moving quickly now with the SAA saga, I guess we'll find out more concretely in the next few weeks. As I understand, the first month of Business Rescue has passed, thus certain decisions had to be taken already...although several reports are conflicting, so nothing is all that clear. The ...

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by grjplanes
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 13277

Re: West and Central African Aviation Thread - 2020

Any idea how SAA is actually doing on ABJ route...are they actually carrying good traffic on the ACC-ABJ sector, or just relying on JNB-ABJ traffic? Otherwise (depending on how long they last anyway) it might be a better option for them to rather suspend that sector when restructuring, it's probably...

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by grjplanes
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1391

Re: Your Most Delayed Flights of 2019

Had 4 hour delay on KQ from GVA to NBO. Inbound arrived about an hour late, we were only about 30 pax from GVA, were bussed to the plane, stood in the bus for about half-an-hour and then taken back to terminal, just told some technical issue, only boarded again about 2hours later...then had to wait ...

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by grjplanes
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions
Replies: 44
Views: 11621

Re: St Helena (HLE) "The World's Most Useful Airport" - Wendover Productions

It seems today's flights actually didn't go. It went to Walvis Bay, but landed back at CPT an hour ago...see it's rescheduled for tomorrow. In the video I think it is said that there's been no cancellations...which is technically not correct, as this has happened a few times before, where the flight...

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