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...Jump to post
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)
SAA Technical has now withdrawn services to SAA due to unpaid bills.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...Jump to post
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/
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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....
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...Jump to post
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
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 ...Jump to post
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?
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 ...Jump to post
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.
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.
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...Jump to post
Max Q wrote:I do like watching the GP Motorcycle racing for some more excitement, but then again not for too long!
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
Local TV news is reporting that the business rescue plan has been approved with over 85% of creditors voting in favour.Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
On another note, what happened to the studio anchor's bandaged knee, did she get blown off a bike too?Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
Here is a link to an article giving more details on the fleet returns and retentions:
https://www.news24.com/fin24/companies/ ... s-20200612
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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....Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
the second one just landed, can someone get a pic of all four parked together? They are about an hour apart.Jump to post
andz wrote:Keep an eye on Tuscon...