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by andz
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 173920

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Someone really needs to bring back Spitting Image. I'm watching Sky News right now and Spitting Image starts on TV in the UK on 3 October. Boris and Trump are hilarious! Even Greta Thunberg isn't spared the satire. https://www.bt.com/tv/comedy/spitting-image-britbox-start-date-channel-trailer-celeb...

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by andz
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

grjplanes wrote:
Mango 737-800 fleet has been grounded since Saturday, they're using Global's A320s to do their scheduled flights (also at much lower frequency of course)


Thanks I didn't know that.

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by andz
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

SAA Technical has now withdrawn services to SAA due to unpaid bills. This will potentially ground the few flights that SAA are operating, freight and repatriation. Mango seems to be unaffected for now and is operating as normal. https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/saa-technical-withdraws...

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by andz
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global Aviation South Africa goes LCC
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Re: Global Aviation South Africa goes LCC

Yawn. Like this is what we need right now.

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by andz
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair South Africa applies for Business Rescue
Replies: 8
Views: 1846

Re: Comair South Africa applies for Business Rescue

https://aviationtribune.com/airlines/af ... scue-plan/
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There hasn't been much activity in this thread for a while now but I found this article from a couple of days ago:

https://aviationtribune.com/airlines/af ... scue-plan/

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by andz
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube
Replies: 122
Views: 11281

Re: The good old times: old commercials on YouTube

As my wife was recently unceremoniously booted by SAA after more than 41 years' service we have to look back on the good old days of a once fabulous airline. 1960s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1ZaHwNy4Eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIyuyNvTEi8 1995 all through the night: https://www.youtube...

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by andz
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are Your Favorite Albums?
Replies: 46
Views: 1859

Re: What are Your Favorite Albums?

Pink Floyd is another band I think I should get into. A lot of ya'll have mentioned them. Where should a first time listener start? If you want to hear the band's roots look for A Nice Pair which is a double album released in 1973 comprising two albums from the 60s. Then there are the obvious Dark ...

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by andz
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are Your Favorite Albums?
Replies: 46
Views: 1859

Re: What are Your Favorite Albums?

I would add Alan Parsons Project turn of a friendly card to the list.... I have all ten Alan Parsons Project studio albums on vinyl and CD. My favourite APP track is the instrumental "Pipeline" from "Ammonia Avenue". I was working as an instrument technician in an ammonia factor...

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by andz
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

The state wants 10 billion ZAR -- $600 million -- for an airline that would operate 6 used planes and maybe owns 9 airworthy frames total. You could start a new airline from scratch for a fraction of that and not have to deal with all of SA's baggage. That money includes the severance packages for ...

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by andz
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

Has anyone been keeping track of what is left of the fleet with all these one way flights recently?

My wife finished on Monday after over 41 years with SAA so I can't ask her to check.

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by andz
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit
Replies: 62
Views: 10563

Re: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit

Didn't it used to be that the windows opened inward and you were meant to rest the window on the seat while you made your way out? Strikes me as a rotten idea, given the chaos that could erupt in the cabin after an emergency landing, to ask passengers to calmly raise the armrests and gently place t...

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by andz
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are Your Favorite Albums?
Replies: 46
Views: 1859

Re: What are Your Favorite Albums?

I have all my CD albums on my iPod in my car, they vary from Santana and Level 42 to Mezzoforte and The Rippingtons, but if I am to pick one that I listen end to end on a long trip it is Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.

No-one would have believed, in the last years of the 19th century....

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by andz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A320 Poster - Legal issues when selling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2971

Re: A320 Poster - Legal issues when selling?

I see the old SAA livery but not the current one, is there a reason for this?

Looks great!

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by andz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Boeing house model suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Boeing house model suppliers

I'm pretty sure it was Pacmin: https://www.pacmin.com/ Years ago I got a USAirways 777-200 series. I was told it was 1 of 3 or 4 made by Pacmin and given to US by Boeing when they made their presentation to US to buy 777s. US went with Airbus. Thanks they are Pacmin, something told me to look under...

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by andz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Star Wars episodes viewing order?
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: Star Wars episodes viewing order?

Some interesting and varied opinions above, I must admit that after 2 minutes of JarJar Binks I didn't want to watch another Star Wars movie ever again!

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by andz
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Boeing house model suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Boeing house model suppliers

I'm guessing it is a 777-200 as it doesn't look as long as a -300 and if memory serves, SAA were looking at 772 back in the day.

I also have a 787 in SAA colours and the model is about the same size.

Model is around 620mm long, 772 is 63m long so scale is probably 1:100

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by andz
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Boeing house model suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Boeing house model suppliers

Rossiya747 wrote:
What scale is it? ie 1/200. 1/400


No idea, it is a 777 and is around 620mm long but I don't know what variant of 777 it is.

Anyone know how to insert a picture? I used to be able to do it.

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by andz
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Boeing house model suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Boeing house model suppliers

Does anyone know which company might have supplied this model? It was given to my wife's boss by the Boeing rep at SAA some time ago. As can be seen it is missing a horizontal stabiliser which I would like to try and source. It measures around 620mm nose to tail. Well, if I could get the picture to ...

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by andz
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Star Wars episodes viewing order?
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Star Wars episodes viewing order?

I searched this subject without success.

Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker is on TV here tonight.

I have episodes IV-VI on VHS and DVD as well as I-III on DVD.

Does it make sense to watch them in numerical order? Or is it difficult to get the age of the "first" trilogy out of your head?

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by andz
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 295
Views: 38331

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

I can't believe it is over 15 years, I remember my wife and I watching the first flight live and me shouting at the TV "fly you bitch!" as it rotated. It seems just a few months ago. Another reason that 15 years seems unbelievable is that I have been on Anet for 16 years and it seems that ...

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by andz
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

cityshuttle wrote:
And Safair isn’t really a good alternative ... pretty old 737-400s with dated interior. Had them too often and they aren’t fun.


FlySafair have 738s as well.

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by andz
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farewell tribute to the 747 in Daily Telegraph
Replies: 16
Views: 2869

Re: Farewell tribute to the 747 in Daily Telegraph

Great tribute.

I don't know how many BA 744s were painted in the BOAC livery but the one time I saw it when driving past JNB I had to pull over and just stare in admiration.

I flew on all versions except the -100, from 1972 to 2018. The true queen of the skies.

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by andz
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways to cut half its pilots
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Kenya Airways to cut half its pilots

Business Daily is reporting that KQ is downsizing and plans to half its pilot headcount over the next 3 years. This is to address a cashflow crisis that has been worsened by the pandemic. The CEO says that the move, which will leave the airline with 207 pilots, is based on revenue projections and wi...

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by andz
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why isn't Air Racing as big as Formula 1, Le Mans or Monaco Grand Prix? Curious.
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: Why isn't Air Racing as big as Formula 1, Le Mans or Monaco Grand Prix? Curious.

Max Q wrote:
I do like watching the GP Motorcycle racing for some more excitement, but then again not for too long!


The average MotoGP race lasts less than 45 minutes, if your attention span doesn't last that long then I don't know what will interest you.

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by andz
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you have air conditioning (AC) in your home?
Replies: 41
Views: 1513

Re: Do you have air conditioning (AC) in your home?

I installed LG split units in the main bedroom and the lounge/dining room in our house last year. They can heat and cool but we don't use them for heating. Despite the fact that it goes below freezing point every winter almost no houses in South Africa are built with double glazing or roof insulatio...

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by andz
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why isn't Air Racing as big as Formula 1, Le Mans or Monaco Grand Prix? Curious.
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: Why isn't Air Racing as big as Formula 1, Le Mans or Monaco Grand Prix? Curious.

On motorbikes the rider(s) either wobble spectacularly, or end up in the gravel with a sprained ankle or dislocated shoulder. Check out these videos from the Austrian MotoGP and Moto2 races yesterday and you will see that there is potential for more than a dislocated shoulder. The first collision t...

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by andz
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone had surgery for a Hydrocele ?
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Anyone had surgery for a Hydrocele ?

yes I had inguinal hernia repair at the same time, one night in hospital and no catheter. Maybe 3 days at home then light work for a week or so.

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by andz
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?

In the 1985 movie "White Nights" a 747 overruns a military airfield in Russia but it was actually a 707 mocked up to look like a 747, if you look closely at the front-on shot towards the end of the crash and the aerial aftermath you can see the 707 cockpit windows. I just looked it up on ...

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by andz
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?

In the 1985 movie "White Nights" a 747 overruns a military airfield in Russia but it was actually a 707 mocked up to look like a 747, if you look closely at the front-on shot towards the end of the crash and the aerial aftermath you can see the 707 cockpit windows.

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by andz
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone had surgery for a Hydrocele ?
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Anyone had surgery for a Hydrocele ?

Yes I have had it twice around 25 years apart, it is minor surgery and nothing to worry about.

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by andz
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tips: for or against?
Replies: 98
Views: 3214

Re: Tips: for or against?

Upon leaving the staff reminded us that we had not tipped On my first ever trip to the US in 1987 I stayed at a Doubletree hotel in Houston. The waiter at breakfast was pathetic, I had to ask him several times more than once for things such as a clean glass, milk for my tea etc. When I signed the b...

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by andz
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Three Words and Google Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: What Three Words and Google Earth

You can click on the copyright notice at the bottom of the map. It gives you the source. On a random location, I got Aerodata International Surveys, Maxar Technologies. Both Google Earth and W3W give the same map data source for my location, Map Data AfriGIS (Pty) Ltd. W3W says Imagery Maxar Techno...

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by andz
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Three Words and Google Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 408

What Three Words and Google Earth

Does anyone know what system What Three Words is using for it's aerial photography? If it is Google Earth imagery why is Google Earth itself using older data? If I search my house on W3W the aerial photo shows the extension I completed in August last year but the image on Google Earth says 2001 in t...

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by andz
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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?! Just let it go bankrupt, sell the name and planes for $1 to Mango and built onto that foundation. Mango was profitable, SAA was not. The "highly paid staff" have all been offered vol...

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by andz
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

frigatebird wrote:
Yes, the remaining 2 A350s are leased from Air Mauritius, which aren't doing that well either. No idea what the status of those 2 aircraft is now.


Last I read a couple of weeks ago was that Air Mauritius were taking them back.

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by andz
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

Local TV news is reporting that the business rescue plan has been approved with over 85% of creditors voting in favour.

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by andz
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

Today is the day of the vote on the business rescue plan. Apparently the meeting started at 11am local.

Philip Saunders, former CCO has been appointed interim CEO of SAA with a new interim board to be announced shortly.

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by andz
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 80s Europe-South Africa Fuel Stop Question
Replies: 31
Views: 3733

Re: 80s Europe-South Africa Fuel Stop Question

http://departedflights.com/SA0380.html Ilha do Sal off West Africa. [b]Didn't SAL fly JNB-SIN-TPE too in the 1980s? Don't see that on the map?[b] Didn't know they were flying to HKG via Seychelles! Do they have rights between Seychelles and HKG? Yes, that was the routing that the 743Combi was on wh...

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by andz
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naples, Fl (APF)...woman knocked off bike by jet blast !
Replies: 30
Views: 4892

Re: Naples, Fl (APF)...woman knocked off bike by jet blast !

On another note, what happened to the studio anchor's bandaged knee, did she get blown off a bike too?

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by andz
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

So here is today's news: The government says it has received "unsolicited proposals from private sector funders, private equity investors and potential airline partners" for a new national airline to emerge from the SAA business rescue process. It is intent on pursuing "credible propo...

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by andz
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

PM wrote:
SAA have (had?) two 737-300s configured for cargo leased (I think) from GECAS. Are these the returned planes or is it two pax aircraft from Mango? I suspect the former.


Correct.

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by andz
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

https://www.news24.com/fin24/companies/ ... s-20200612
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Here is a link to an article giving more details on the fleet returns and retentions:

https://www.news24.com/fin24/companies/ ... s-20200612

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by andz
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

If SAA falls over, it will expose the Government for the mismanagement, mishandling and corruption the have endured over the recent years. Moreover, it would be a political headache of enormous proportions - the loss of jobs, for one thing, let alone the damage to national pride. This is exactly wh...

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by andz
Wed May 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

This is like closing the gate after the horse has bolted but anyway... Former chairperson of SAA Dudu Myeni has been declared "delinquent for life" as a company director and ordered to pay costs after a court case lasting several weeks. The judgment has been referred to the National Prosec...

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by andz
Wed May 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

Check out this article and the related stories linked on this page. "It seems the struggles of the entire industry, including its biggest commercial rival and owner of Kulula.com, Comair, has sparked ideas of consolidation in Pravin Gordhan, the minister of the department of public enterprises....

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by andz
Tue May 19, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comair South Africa applies for Business Rescue
Replies: 8
Views: 1846

Re: Comair South Africa applies for Business Rescue

Maybe this is a sliver of good news for the South African aviation industry. Comair’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say that the airline is in a position to be saved, given that it is not “factually insolvent”, only in financial distress. https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/399475/kulula...

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by andz
Mon May 18, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

trees wrote:
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.

yes I noticed that.

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by andz
Mon May 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: SA 332s at TUS
Replies: 2
Views: 2421

SA 332s at TUS

Two on the ground, two more inbound within the next 2 hours.

Any chance of someone getting a snap of them all parked together?

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by andz
Mon May 18, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

the second one just landed, can someone get a pic of all four parked together? They are about an hour apart.

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by andz
Mon May 18, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 354
Views: 80011

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

andz wrote:
Keep an eye on Tuscon...


Sorry I meant Tucson

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