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by GRJGeorge
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair buying Azores Airlines?
Replies: 20
Views: 5440

Re: Icelandair buying Azores Airlines?

Cape Verde hub could be quite nice for different directions: between Africa and North America and also between Europe and South America as the two main connectors, then also a little bit Africa to Europe also; just a few north-south KEF-RAI to make interesting also then. With Azores in between they ...

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by GRJGeorge
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings Ending Seattle?
Replies: 9
Views: 2666

Re: Eurowings Ending Seattle?

Are Eurowing done with their schedule for W18/19...no indication either if CPT is to resume, not from CGN or that it's moved to DUS.

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by GRJGeorge
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5852

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

I know SAA is already in an alliance. However, wouldn’t they be better off in Oneworld? Based on some of their destinations, such as HKG, LHR, GRU, PER. They can easily establish a relationship with Oneworld carriers: BA, LATAM, Qantas and Cathay Pacific. BA will veto any SAA application to OneWorl...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6438

Re: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018

Different times to SA, wonder which is preferred by the market. Do kinda feel sorry for SA. I heard PER was one of their few profitable routes. Similar times on the JNB-PER sector, but very different on the PER-JNB sector. The current SYD-JNB arrives at JNB at 17:00 which gives just enough time for...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6438

Re: Qantas to start PER-JNB from 7 December 2018

I may be off the mark here (I am no expert on ETOPS) but I thought flights SA <-> Australia were ETOPS-restricted? Didn't VA pull out of the market because they had to fly a much lounger and uneconomical routing on their 77Ws compared to Qantas' shorter 744 operations on the same route? VA operated...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China—Africa Connectivity Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2576

Re: China—Africa Connectivity Thread

HKG-CPT will also start later in the year. Not so sure if LAD will work anymore. Is it possible that China Southern might start CAN-JNB route, believe there was talk of it before. Any indication how the Air China PEK-JNB service is performing, with it being quite a long 77W flight I was wondering if...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising comparative distances between airports?
Replies: 42
Views: 1910

Re: Surprising comparative distances between airports?

SYD closer to CPT than JNB

On a different note, picked up interesting comparison of JNB-ATL and JNB-NRT being exactly the same distance (or 1 mile out) and looks like ATL and NRT is close to the same latitude, so the routes look like a mirror-image of each other also.

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 58108

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I was rather hoping for a single flight number same-plane service through to BNE (BNE-PER-JNB) also, for personal connections of course...and as far as I understand there's also a bigger South African expat community around Brisbane and surrounding coastal areas than in Melbourne area...however I do...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8315

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

Last night checked on FR24 when both Air Mauritius and Air France (JOON) were coming in to CPT with A340-300...got me thinking that it's quite a rare thing that an airport nowadays suddenly get more A340-300 services than before...service by AF, LH, WK, SA and MK

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 58108

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I wonder what effect this will have on SAA Perhaps SAA will take on QF in the challenge, and launch something like JNB - MEL or CPT - SYD? :lol: Cheers, C. The writing is on the wall here. I think SA will drop frequency to PER. QF used to fly JNB-PER-SYD and a quite a number of years back used to d...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?
Replies: 164
Views: 12524

Re: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?

Probably also South Africa...at some point there were 2 flights a day on BOM-JNB, now nothing...one route that got totally taken over by 1-stop connections with strong competition...EK, EY, QR, ET, KQ, WB, HM, MK and even TK, SV and UU. Maybe the time is right for an Indian carrier to operate 3 or 4...

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the busiest airport with no jetways?
Replies: 28
Views: 3680

Re: What is the busiest airport with no jetways?

Fun one, not as big though is Luanda Airport

Widebodies parked away quite far from the terminal, all get bussed and seems to be boarding from back...quite impressive boarding a 777-300ER at the back

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The current club of global airports with non-stop services to all other 5 populated continents
Replies: 110
Views: 18677

Re: The current club of global airports with non-stop services to all other 5 populated continents

How about we up the stakes? Now that riffraff like ORD (j/k; it's my hometown airport :-) ) is gaining entry to this exclusive club, and others will be crashing the gates soon with all those ULH twin-engines, we need to create a more exclusive club: how many airports have at least 2 nonstops flight...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD
Replies: 38
Views: 8594

Re: THAI Eyeing MAN, HAM, Return to MAD

I wonder if they'll attempt JNB also again. Think BKK is also now one of the largest unserved routes from South Africa (if not the largest). Since the last time they pulled out of JNB the growth in South African tourists to Thailand have been growing quite a lot...while Asian visitors to South Afric...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 106546

Re: MAN news - 2018

Is there no stats for the Cape Town services that operated in Feb...was it 1 or 2 flights by TCX...is it not showing because it's just charter? The princely total of 385 MAN-CPT (all of which are charter passengers)! Thanks, was just wondering why it's not on that list, as new destination (like Enf...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 106546

Re: MAN news - 2018

Is there no stats for the Cape Town services that operated in Feb...was it 1 or 2 flights by TCX...is it not showing because it's just charter?

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by GRJGeorge
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 106546

Re: MAN news - 2018

And the main talking point. Enhancing rail connectivity with the airport's railway station and introducing an APD holiday should, according to the airport, allow the following Interesting presentation that I've not seen before. Some comments on the following - I've played around with the formatting...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are ET's most profitable long-haul routes?
Replies: 22
Views: 5499

Re: What are ET's most profitable long-haul routes?

Not exactly sure what you're asking...since you're then starting with a statement talking about "They" ? I guess some of those routes are not necessarily just profitable or not purely on O&D, but more calculated as a whole with their hub network, some other routes making these work etc...

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by GRJGeorge
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The loneliest flight in the world?
Replies: 51
Views: 12350

Re: The loneliest flight in the world?

SYD-JNB is obviously loneliest not just because of the far distance south only, but then also being the only one everyday...while PER-JNB also has more flights closer by for the first few hours up until passing south of MRU and closer to PER again, plus MK MRU-PER is also around...same with Oceania-...

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by GRJGeorge
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The loneliest flight in the world?
Replies: 51
Views: 12350

Re: The loneliest flight in the world?

I’d say SYD-JNB; would have to top my list of lonely. Along with SYD-SCL and MEL-SCL, AKL-EZE. QF 744 crew must have some very long lonely nights. Of interesting note VA - when it was VAustralia flew MEL-JNB with a 77W but I believe at that stage CASA hadn’t relaxed their ETOPs requirements so it t...

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian increase London Heathrow flights from 7 - 10 Weekly
Replies: 15
Views: 2242

Re: Ethiopian increase London Heathrow flights from 7 - 10 Weekly

Those times look wrong? They don't to me. If they want to make there connection network work at ADD it's essential that all Europe flights are red-eye in both directions and thats exactly how the current LHR schedule is designed if I remember correctly. So this essentially evades the plane sitting ...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?
Replies: 26
Views: 5597

Re: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?

I think there's some confusion over the Thomas Cook (MT) flights discussion: MT operates 3 weekly seasonal scheduled LGW-CPT...these are obviously open for standalone bookings. Then they also operate bi-weekly (once every two weeks) another LGW-CPT and a MAN-CPT...since 11 January, both on the same ...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Town Int'l 3.8bn runway plan approved
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: Cape Town Int'l 3.8bn runway plan approved

The water situation is temporary, besides that it can change in a short period and hopefully the natural way over the coming winter season...the projects as mentioned in the thread is also in progress, just won't be ready in time...yes it won't be all enough, but will be able to make some difference...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?
Replies: 26
Views: 5597

Re: BA to CPT, both LHR and LGW?

I believe BA carries a big chunk of traffic from North America to CPT via LHR...since there's no direct flights to CPT from NA, so quickest besides going via JNB is then via UK/Europe...yes there's traffic probably on all carriers (BA/LH/AF/KL/TK/EK/QR/ET)...but BA should have a reasonable chunk of ...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Domestic wide body routes feasible?
Replies: 92
Views: 16724

Re: Are Domestic wide body routes feasible?

In SAA's case the widebodies is also to cover some cargo that needs to go to/from CPT, as majority of cargo go via JNB, while the A320/737s don't have that enough cargo capacity or fit into the same space as they arrive in to JNB. At the same time they still carry good loads of passengers, since SAA...

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: oneworld in talks with African carriers, considers LCC members
Replies: 21
Views: 5065

Re: oneworld in talks with African carriers, considers LCC members

Do not forget there are still Air Mauritius , Air Austral , Air Madagascar , TAM ( Mocambique ) , Air Seychelles , Air Tanzania , Air Mauritania , Air Senegal etc etc From LCC Safair and 1Time Airlines , Fast Jet On the LCC front...1Time doesn't exist anymore, FastJet at the moment isn't much of an...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X suspends KUL-MRU service
Replies: 10
Views: 2807

Re: Airasia X suspends KUL-MRU service

Were they really planning to operate onwards to South Africa from MRU...chances are very slim that they would have received 5th freedom on MRU-JNB...so not sure if it would have been very economical to this as a tag-on... Probably (hopefully) they'll return to MRU when they have more long-haul aircr...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swazi Airways debuts?
Replies: 20
Views: 3604

Re: Swazi Airways debuts?

Think SA Express are using that aircraft mostly now. ZS-SPU and I think the other one is ZS-VDP is owned by Star Air of South Africa, leasing it out to several airlines, these aircraft (and ZS-VDB) have been used by several airlines on short leases over the last few months...SA Express, FlyBlueCrane...

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by GRJGeorge
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about the Namibia market
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Questions about the Namibia market

Namibia attracts quite a reasonable amount of high-end travellers on luxury safaris and hunting trips, while the ties to Germany remain strong. For many years the only longhaul links were to Germany, now with Qatar and Ethiopian it also opens up more markets east-bound. The KLM link won't really hav...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Long Haul - Gatwick
Replies: 58
Views: 13321

Re: BA Long Haul - Gatwick

How many longhaul destinations are served from both LHR and LGW by BA? For instance the reasoning behind them launching LGW-CPT flights, while operating double-daily LHR-CPT...in fact this month operating 2 more extra weekly flights LHR-CPT. Would they have rather opted to fly more from LHR, but don...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMB190 Lands On St. Helena
Replies: 135
Views: 35913

Re: EMB190 Lands On St. Helena

Airlink have officially made an application to South African CAA for rights to 3 weekly service to St.Helena from either JNB or CPT Not sure if Comair means they're sticking to that bid or perhaps have other plans...however they have said before that the new applications should only be until a solut...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2016 Airport PAX numbers thread
Replies: 120
Views: 15752

Re: 2016 Airport PAX numbers thread

South Africa's main airports all recorded healthy growth and stabilisation. The top 3 have all crossed thresholds putting them into a next level...JNB passing 20million, CPT passing 10 million, DUR passing 5million: JNB: 20 721 148 (+3.8%) CPT: 10 090 418 (+7.3%) DUR: 5 192 703 (+8.5%) PLZ: 1 582 88...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cseries orders for 2017
Replies: 215
Views: 62608

Re: Cseries orders for 2017

SAS has to be a good chance with 737-6/700's and A319's to replace, the NEO already chosen on the high end and plenty of BBD experience (good and bad...) I thought I saw on twitter earlier in the week they are looking at fleet renewal this year. LATAM are another good chance, also Avianca group. Br...

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by GRJGeorge
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southern Hemisphere Circumnavigation route possibilities?
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: Southern Hemisphere Circumnavigation route possibilities?

Probably depends how quickly you'd want to do it...and if you are perhaps doing it to experience a variety of airlines and places... For between Australia and South America I'd weigh in with the following options: SYD-JNB PER-JNB PER-MRU (MK) MRU to either DUR/JNB/CPT or MPM (MK) or MRU-RUN-JNB (UU)...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 8774

Re: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines

Read on anna.aero about Blue Air launching Bucharest - Tel Aviv service, making them the 5th airline on the route. While the other 4 also not operating that many frequencies I believe this route might also fit the criteria...small market (lower capacity/pax on the route) but with heavy contest. In t...

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 8774

Re: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines

I have no idea what markets in South Africa are big vs small but JNB-DUR: 5 carriers I'd suggest that DUR is by no means a small market. It's served by quite a few international careers now too (ET, EK, QR, TK, P0, SW...) and has a lot of domestic flights. It is a city of more than 3 million and a ...

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2017
Replies: 246
Views: 26307

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2017

TK sent 77W to JNB/DUR yesterday (5th) instead of usual A333...would that be for additional capacity as usually needed this time of year...is it possible for more?

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by GRJGeorge
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will become of ERJ's and CRJ's?
Replies: 17
Views: 2917

Re: What will become of ERJ's and CRJ's?

Airlink of South Africa recently purchased 11 ERJ-140s from the US, first two delivered last month with the rest to join during 2017...this is in addition to 18 ERJ-135s operating for Airlink...and they're doing quite well. (Don't be misled by their codesharing and brand with SAA, as Airlink is a pr...

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by GRJGeorge
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2016 stats
Replies: 23
Views: 1526

Re: Your 2016 stats

Segments: 21 Distance Flown: 43673mi Longest Segment: BNE-AUH 7462mi Shortest Segment: GRJ-CPT 217mi Airports: 10 (GRJ, JNB, AUH, MEL, BNE, BFN, CPT, DOH, HKT, BKK) Airlines: 10 (Mango, Etihad, Virgin Australia, Kulula, FlySafair, FlyBlueCrane, CemAir, Airlink, Qatar, Bangkok Airways) Aircraft: 10 :...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAA - no flight mode please
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: SAA - no flight mode please

I've heard it a few time on various airlines in South Africa specifically saying during taxi, take-off and landing to "switch phones off completely, not even flight mode"...but not for the whole flight

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the Nonstop Route of your Dreams?
Replies: 112
Views: 6947

Re: What is the Nonstop Route of your Dreams?

JNB/CPT-MIA (AA)
JNB-YYZ (AC)
JNB-PER-AKL (NZ)
CPT-CPH/ARN/LGW/BCN (DY)
JNB-FCO (AZ)
JNB-CMN (RAM)
JNB/DUR-DEL/BOM (AI)
JNB/DUR-KUL (D7)
JNB-CAN (CZ)
JNB-ICN (KE)
JNB-DME (SU)
JNB-BKK (TG)

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines You Have Flown?
Replies: 109
Views: 10216

Re: RE: Airlines You Have Flown?

South African Airways (747-400, A340-600, A320, A319, 737-800, 737-200) South African Express (DH4, CR7) Airlink (Bae146-200, ARJ85, ERJ135) Nationwide (BAC111, 727-100, 727-200, 737-200, 737-500)...defunct Kulula (737-800, 737-400, MD82, 737-200) BA/Comair (737-300) 1Time (MD82/83/87, 737-200)...d...

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 18265

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

Booked so far:

April:
GRJ-HLA FlySafair
HLA-GRJ FlySafair

May:
JNB-LAD TAAG
LAD-OPO TAAG
OPO-LIS TAP
LIS-BCN TAP
OPO-LAD TAAG
LAD-CPT TAAG

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by GRJGeorge
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates JNB Ops
Replies: 16
Views: 3347

Re: Emirates JNB Ops

I have heard strong rumours saying that JNB will go to 5 daily next year. JNB is a big cargo market in and out too, so the B77W gives more cargo space than the A380, I think that's one of the reasons you see mainly B77W in JNB market even if a 2 engine plane has more penalty than the 4 engines in t...

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by GRJGeorge
Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Future Routes
Replies: 61
Views: 9557

Re: UA Future Routes

JNB: This is one of the major financial capitals, not a leasure market. Leasure would be CapeTown. Not sure if US carriers do operate many or very keen to operate kind of triangle or tag routes, but is it possible for either UA or AA to operate to both these to capture both the business and leisure...

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by GRJGeorge
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible New Air India Routes
Replies: 105
Views: 15476

Re: Possible New Air India Routes

Though to be fair, Jet Airways is better poised to start a service as they are a) receiving back 77Ws from Etihad, while AI is using its new 787s on Europe/East Asia routes, and b) Jet codeshares with SAA. 9W had already tried JNB at one point in the past (around 2009-10) with great gusto, but pull...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Victoria Falls Future
Replies: 11
Views: 2487

Re: Victoria Falls Future

FastJet just yesterday announced suspension of JNB-VFA route from this weekend, was just 2 weekly. Only now offered via HRE, which continues as 3 weekly HRE-VFA, no DAR service. With Ethiopian starting VFA, it might have a slight impact on traffic currently routing via JNB. Other service from JNB is...

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by GRJGeorge
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR Launches New Routes including LAS and GIG
Replies: 62
Views: 9992

Re: QR Launches New Routes including LAS and GIG

Earlier this year they also made an announcement regarding several new destinations, some of which have started and some were said to be for 2017.
Windhoek (WDH) launched, but Lusaka (LUN) was mentioned for early 2017, but still now nothing confirmed?

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