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Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:55 am

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Just woke up to the news that the SAA CEO has resigned. It's unfortunate but this might be the chance for someone with aviation experience to take charge of SAA.


If Vuyani couldn't make it work, nobody will be able to. That is simply the reality. He is the first SAA CEO who actually won the trust and backing of the majority of staff for his turnaround plan. Where that will go now, I don't know.

As Vuyani noted, 60% of the problems with SAA are the structures for interaction between the management, the board and the Government which don't allow them to be agile. Although a newcomer to aviation, he was politically nimble and a superb organisational manager - that gave him the best chance of solving these structural issues. He also had a fierce personal determination to succeed in this role. If he is throwing in the towel, I really begin to doubt if the SAA issue will ever be truly resolved.
 
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Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:08 pm

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Air Mauritius will start a twice weekly service between Mauritius(MRU) and Seychelles(SEZ) as from 2 July 2019, operated by an A319. MK will be in competition with Air Seychelles(HM) which offers 5 weekly flights between the 2 Indian Ocean islands.

MK320 MRU0830 - 1110SEZ 319 2
MK320 MRU2230 - 0110+1SEZ 319 5

MK321 SEZ1200 - 1440MRU 2 319 2
MK321 SEZ0220 - 0500MRU 6 319 6


Is just for the winter season?
JNB flight lands at MRU 7:35 pm and leaves at 9:25 am, so only one frequency is well timed, what about Asian/OZ network?

mr02 wrote:
Just woke up to the news that the SAA CEO has resigned. It's unfortunate but this might be the chance for someone with aviation experience to take charge of SAA.

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/wh ... hy-resign/

Less than two years is quite short at his position!
A tough year ahead, again, for SAA.
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:18 am

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Is just for the winter season?
JNB flight lands at MRU 7:35 pm and leaves at 9:25 am, so only one frequency is well timed, what about Asian/OZ network?

Year long flights I guess.
JNB flights may connect well, but passengers may prefer non-stop JNB-SEZ flights by HM which are rather competitive.

Concerning the Asian network, flights do not connect that well, with long transit hours (+6 hours) for connecting passengers to Asia(Shanghai, Perth and Mumbai flights are operated on Tuesdays). On the return leg, flights from Singapore arrive in MRU at 18 45.
So, connection possibilities are rather small...

MK will rely much on tourists combining both Mauritius and Seychelles as holiday destinations. A codeshare with Air France/British Airways/Turkish Airlines/Kenya Airways/Emirates/Edelweiss(obviously not all of them) could work, especially Air France, since many French tourists combine those 2 islands.

Another Indian Ocean island MK should look into is probably the Maldives. Traffic between the 2 islands is actually low, but there is potential considering the number of passengers from Asia and Europe willing to get to both Mauritius and Maldives. Also, nearly 10,000 South African tourists visit the Maldives yearly, a market MK can tap into. Business conncetions also exist, with Mauritius hotel brands having resorts in the Maldives(and also the Mauritius Commercial Bank being a big operator in the Maldives).

Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros.
MK could have a nice presence in Comoros by operating 3 weekly MRU-HAH-MRS flights with a viable HAH-based carrier operating flights to Madagascar, Reunion, Mayotte and East Africa, with HAH acting as a mini-hub between Indian Ocean/East Africa and Marseille.
 
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Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:24 am

3BNBE wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
Is just for the winter season?
JNB flight lands at MRU 7:35 pm and leaves at 9:25 am, so only one frequency is well timed, what about Asian/OZ network?

Year long flights I guess.
JNB flights may connect well, but passengers may prefer non-stop JNB-SEZ flights by HM which are rather competitive.

Concerning the Asian network, flights do not connect that well, with long transit hours (+6 hours) for connecting passengers to Asia(Shanghai, Perth and Mumbai flights are operated on Tuesdays). On the return leg, flights from Singapore arrive in MRU at 18 45.
So, connection possibilities are rather small...

MK will rely much on tourists combining both Mauritius and Seychelles as holiday destinations. A codeshare with Air France/British Airways/Turkish Airlines/Kenya Airways/Emirates/Edelweiss(obviously not all of them) could work, especially Air France, since many French tourists combine those 2 islands.

Another Indian Ocean island MK should look into is probably the Maldives. Traffic between the 2 islands is actually low, but there is potential considering the number of passengers from Asia and Europe willing to get to both Mauritius and Maldives. Also, nearly 10,000 South African tourists visit the Maldives yearly, a market MK can tap into. Business conncetions also exist, with Mauritius hotel brands having resorts in the Maldives(and also the Mauritius Commercial Bank being a big operator in the Maldives).

Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros.
MK could have a nice presence in Comoros by operating 3 weekly MRU-HAH-MRS flights with a viable HAH-based carrier operating flights to Madagascar, Reunion, Mayotte and East Africa, with HAH acting as a mini-hub between Indian Ocean/East Africa and Marseille.

SA already flies(charter) to the Maldives so I don't see it working for MK.



How are MK's Asian sources doing??
 
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:27 am

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Just woke up to the news that the SAA CEO has resigned. It's unfortunate but this might be the chance for someone with aviation experience to take charge of SAA.

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/wh ... hy-resign/

Less than two years is quite short at his position!
A tough year ahead, again, for SAA.[/quote]
Don't want to make this political but our government wants to dictate every decision made by these SOEs,which will result in skilled personnel leaving these companies.
 
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:54 am

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Don't want to make this political but our government wants to dictate every decision made by these SOEs,which will result in skilled personnel leaving these companies.


Actually it seems to be the exact opposite. The Government is not allowing anyone to make decisions at the SOEs, which leads to status quo ad infinitum. If the Government decided they had an alternative, no matter how harebrained, and ordered that implemented at least there would be something happening. But right now, the Government won't endorse SAA's plan nor provide an alternative plan. That's why Vuyani says he quit.
 
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Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:04 pm

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SA already flies(charter) to the Maldives so I don't see it working for MK.



How are MK's Asian sources doing??

SA charters operate only seasonally, and these flights land at Gan, often with a stop too (at DAR or MRU). MLE is better connected to all the other islands in the Maldives. MK will also only be able to rely on passengers combining Mauritius and Maldives and business traffic to some extent.

Concerning Asia, India is doing good ig since Mauritius-India relations thrive and the promotion of Mauritius continues in India. MK has as plan to operate a daily flight to BOM and may penetrate HYD and CCU markets in the long term.
Singapore flights will be increased to 4 weekly in Northern Winter 2019/20, while non stop flights to KUL are operated occasionally.
Hong Kong will probably go to 3 weekly in July, while Shanghai route is most certainly being kept only fue to government pressure to have a route to Mainland China.
There are rumours that MK will launch flights to Seoul in September 2019 (even the new ambassador of South Korea to Mauritius mentioned it), but reservations haven't yet started.
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:20 pm

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chiki wrote:
What happened with the 4 777-200ER?

chiki wrote:
At least 2 are expected to be delivered as the gvt claims to have paid for them but we never know with Zim

Glad you see it as a move forward. Just to be sure, are the Embraer ER145 now painted with the Zimbabwe Airways livery or still wear the "former" (but nice) Air Zimbabwe one?
There was an article recently about them but not sure who to believe!
Are the A320s (2 I would guess) still part of the fleet, or now belong to the ACSA :scratchchin: ?

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I just want to say that, out of all of the threads on A.net, this is the most civil and most informative discussion of them all. It reminds me of the way A.net used to be. Thank you for that.

First of all, many thanks for your kind comment – not personnally for myself, but from all the contributors who are regularly involved here (no name added as the list would be very long and also to avoid any jealousy).
You too, Caleb1, feel free to ask any question, or post any news you want or deem worthy – no need to an expert in aviation / Africa here, everyone is welcome :) .
Secondly, if this thread is not as popular as some weekly same stories you can frequently read here, it might be because some of the new (hardcore) fan members fights elsewhere. But still, rest assured, professionals/mods keep a close eye on every post of every section

Finally, just an idea for 2020, would you prefer the same thread or 2 different threads with Southern Africa + Indian Ocean Islands separately ? Or eventually like before, a global African Aviation thread?

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:arrow: Air Namibia Suspends Windhoek – Lagos – Accra Route

In February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders. In addition, there are messages circulating in Nigeria about Namibia being “anti-Nigeria”, with travellers being urged to avoid visiting Namibia, as well as avoid using Windhoek as a transit point when travelling to South Africa.

The Commercial Services Manager, said that the ban of issuing visas to Namibians can be linked to allegations that Nigerians are normally ill-treated by Namibian border control officials at Hosea Kutako International Airport when arriving or transiting through Windhoek.


The load factor performance of the route dropped from average 55% attained during June 2018 to January 2019, to between 35% and 38% during February to April 2019.

http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/afr ... cra-route/
The ERJ have the Zimbabwe Airways livery, the Air Zim ones were leased from Solenta and in think they are now with Fastjet

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Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:26 pm

chiki wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
chiki wrote:
What happened with the 4 777-200ER?

chiki wrote:
At least 2 are expected to be delivered as the gvt claims to have paid for them but we never know with Zim

Glad you see it as a move forward. Just to be sure, are the Embraer ER145 now painted with the Zimbabwe Airways livery or still wear the "former" (but nice) Air Zimbabwe one?
There was an article recently about them but not sure who to believe!
Are the A320s (2 I would guess) still part of the fleet, or now belong to the ACSA :scratchchin: ?

caleb1 wrote:
I just want to say that, out of all of the threads on A.net, this is the most civil and most informative discussion of them all. It reminds me of the way A.net used to be. Thank you for that.

First of all, many thanks for your kind comment – not personnally for myself, but from all the contributors who are regularly involved here (no name added as the list would be very long and also to avoid any jealousy).
You too, Caleb1, feel free to ask any question, or post any news you want or deem worthy – no need to an expert in aviation / Africa here, everyone is welcome :) .
Secondly, if this thread is not as popular as some weekly same stories you can frequently read here, it might be because some of the new (hardcore) fan members fights elsewhere. But still, rest assured, professionals/mods keep a close eye on every post of every section

Finally, just an idea for 2020, would you prefer the same thread or 2 different threads with Southern Africa + Indian Ocean Islands separately ? Or eventually like before, a global African Aviation thread?

_____________________________________________


:arrow: Air Namibia Suspends Windhoek – Lagos – Accra Route

In February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders. In addition, there are messages circulating in Nigeria about Namibia being “anti-Nigeria”, with travellers being urged to avoid visiting Namibia, as well as avoid using Windhoek as a transit point when travelling to South Africa.

The Commercial Services Manager, said that the ban of issuing visas to Namibians can be linked to allegations that Nigerians are normally ill-treated by Namibian border control officials at Hosea Kutako International Airport when arriving or transiting through Windhoek.


The load factor performance of the route dropped from average 55% attained during June 2018 to January 2019, to between 35% and 38% during February to April 2019.

http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/afr ... cra-route/
The ERJ have the Zimbabwe Airways livery, the Air Zim ones were leased from Solenta and in think they are now with Fastjet

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Are the ERJs flying for UM?
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:32 pm

:arrow: Air Madagascar (MD) has announced that it will strengthen its links to France during the European summer period. The Malagasy airline will operate up to 8 direct flights per week with:

- 7 flights weekly from Paris-CDG airport to its IVATO hub (TNR). The flight will leave the French capital at 15:10 to arrive at 03:05 in Tananarive the next day. The return flight will depart from the island of Madagascar at 21:05 to land in France at 06:55.

- The direct flight from Marseille Provence (MRS) is, in the meantime, scheduled on Wednesday at 23:25 with an arrival in Tananarive at 10:25 the next day. The return flight will leave Tananarive at 11h40 also on Wednesday to land in Marseille at 21h25.


https://newsaero.info/airlines/air-mada ... ?true=1842


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:arrow: South African Airways & Alaska Airlines now interline. :smile:
Obviously more useful for our US based readers/contributors who probably, if not certainly, know this news already:

https://newsaero.info/airlines/-south-a ... ?true=1836
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:02 pm

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How does it connect at both ends?


2240 at CPT?...thats the end of the road, with no internal flights possible and not too desirable to be heading East up the N2 that time of night

I looked at using the Austrian flights as a means of getting to LHR earleir this year but could not secure a connecting flight....

Indeed, and what did you finally opt for?


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737max8 wrote:
Looking to visit CPT from May 2-6. Is this quiet time for tourism or will flights be busy?


May is the quietest month for international arrivals in Cape Town and the weather will still be decent. I think you'll have a great time!


As a follow up, our flight in on QR and flight out on EK both had 100+ open seats. It was great! The weather was also really nice, partly cloudy and sunshine. No rain. Loved loved loved Cape Town!

Night or day time flights? Nice if you could get a full row for everybody! Have you had a chance to visit around too?
Indeed Cape Town is awesome - too bad it takes so long to go there outside Africa haha!


3BNBE wrote:
Concerning the Asian network, flights do not connect that well, with long transit hours (+6 hours) for connecting passengers to Asia(Shanghai, Perth and Mumbai flights are operated on Tuesdays). On the return leg, flights from Singapore arrive in MRU at 18 45.
So, connection possibilities are rather small...

Too bad, as Asian pax appear to be their bread and butter - probably, when MK situation will improve in the (near) future, the schedules will match better.

3BNBE wrote:
MK will rely much on tourists combining both Mauritius and Seychelles as holiday destinations. A codeshare with Air France/British Airways/Turkish Airlines/Kenya Airways/Emirates/Edelweiss(obviously not all of them) could work, especially Air France, since many French tourists combine those 2 islands.

Another Indian Ocean island MK should look into is probably the Maldives.

Please forgive my ignorance about this area, but are these "three" islands not competiting which each other with honeymooners mainly?
So, just out of curiosity, can you shed the light on what Seychelles can offer different than Maldives other than culture and hotel related business?
Thank you :smile:

3BNBE wrote:
Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came.

Maybe, MK currently have other fish to fry, as HAH is - i guess - low yield seasonal VFR internationally. But unsure regionally!
Do you think, the airline will rebrand as Air Mauritius Regional or Air Maurice Comores or what else?

mr02 wrote:
Don't want to make this political but our government wants to dictate every decision made by these SOEs,which will result in skilled personnel leaving these companies.

Any leak/idea about the future potential candidate and.... most important maybe her/his background?

chiki wrote:
The ERJ have the Zimbabwe Airways livery, the Air Zim ones were leased from Solenta and in think they are now with Fastjet

Nice one, thanks Chiki. What about the 767?
Are the 777s already repossessed and already sold or it was just a sensational fake info (as usual?) by Bulawayo 24 News ?
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:49 pm

According to wikipedia(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Airways#Current_fleet), SAA has apparently managed to get their hand on 2 A359s. Does anybody know more about where these frames, if true, come from and when they will be delivered? Would mean the end is near for their beautiful A346s :cry:
 
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:09 pm

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SAA has apparently managed to get their hand on 2 A359s. Does anybody know more about where these frames, if true, come from and when they will be delivered? Would mean the end is near for their beautiful A346s :cry:


They are the product of someone's overactive imagination unfortunately. SAA will barely have enough cash to pay June salaries based on their current forecasts, let alone acquire new widebodies. The A340-600s will be around for a while to come - it's not like there is a particularly thriving secondary market for these anyway.
 
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:25 pm

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Any leak/idea about the future potential candidate and.... most important maybe her/his background?


Zukiswa "Zuks" Ramasia has been appointed as the Acting CEO while the board tries to secure the services of a full time executive. Zuks has a solid background in operations as an SAA lifer, starting as cabin crew and rising through the ranks to GM - Operations. She can be a formidable opponent, having survived through over a dozen management regimes at SAA in the last few decades. However, she isn't a political animal and may struggle making more headway with DPE than Vuyani was able to. SAA's current issues are actually less from within the organisation itself as from the lack of cohesion between stakeholders. Zuks is seen as a safe pair of hands who will at the very least avoid scoring an own goal while the clock winds down towards the full time whistle.

Interview with Zuks : https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=235588047134884

More critically for SAA though, the "Office of the Chief Restructuring Officer" headed by Peter Davies stays on despite Vuyani's departure. Peter was the CEO that built Brussels Airlines out of the ashes of SABENA, and also masterminded the transition from BWIA to Carribean Airlines. He knows how to take the assets of a bloated and inefficient state behemoth and mold it into something viable. He was the strategic architect of Vuyani's "Long Term Turnaround Strategy" (LTTS), and as long as the LTTS continues to move forward then SAA will stand a chance of survival in some form. Pull the plug on that, and the chances of sustaining the operation long enough to turn a corner diminish considerably.
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:15 am

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Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros.
MK could have a nice presence in Comoros by operating 3 weekly MRU-HAH-MRS flights with a viable HAH-based carrier operating flights to Madagascar, Reunion, Mayotte and East Africa, with HAH acting as a mini-hub between Indian Ocean/East Africa and Marseille.


What staggers me is that TNR is the only viable (and quite unreliable) transit point between Comoros and Mauritius. I'm flying MRU-TNR-HAH-ADD, but my mum has to get from HAH back to MRU for her flight home. She's booked on an Air Madagascar flight via Dzaodzi and Antananarivo. It can be done (slowly) via Antanarivo and backtracking to Nairobi with Kenyan. Ethiopian seems to be the only consistent, reliable airline from HAH.

The really staggering part is that there is no service between ADD and MRU. I've heard rumours of Mauritian not wanting ET to compete with MK, but are Ethiopia responding by not letting MK fly the route?
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:48 pm

dredgy wrote:
3BNBE wrote:
Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros.
MK could have a nice presence in Comoros by operating 3 weekly MRU-HAH-MRS flights with a viable HAH-based carrier operating flights to Madagascar, Reunion, Mayotte and East Africa, with HAH acting as a mini-hub between Indian Ocean/East Africa and Marseille.


What staggers me is that TNR is the only viable (and quite unreliable) transit point between Comoros and Mauritius. I'm flying MRU-TNR-HAH-ADD, but my mum has to get from HAH back to MRU for her flight home. She's booked on an Air Madagascar flight via Dzaodzi and Antananarivo. It can be done (slowly) via Antanarivo and backtracking to Nairobi with Kenyan. Ethiopian seems to be the only consistent, reliable airline from HAH.

The really staggering part is that there is no service between ADD and MRU. I've heard rumours of Mauritian not wanting ET to compete with MK, but are Ethiopia responding by not letting MK fly the route?


I would think that ET would be flying to MRU if they were allowed to. Are there any sources for this? Why would MRU keep ET out when KQ flies there?
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:26 pm

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I would think that ET would be flying to MRU if they were allowed to. Are there any sources for this? Why would MRU keep ET out when KQ flies there?


Nothing firm: https://www.thereporterethiopia.com/art ... six-months
“We are still waiting to secure landing permit in Mauritius. In some of the planned destinations we are in the final preparation stage in some other destinations we are waiting for landing permit,” Tewolde said.


From a year and a half ago.
 
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Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:46 pm

AF022 wrote:
dredgy wrote:
3BNBE wrote:
Comoros service was planned to start last year, but never came. Ethiopian Airlines however has a nice presence there, and it will be difficult for MK to have a good share of Asia traffic. However, MK was the preferred partner for the establishment of a national carrier for the Comoros.
MK could have a nice presence in Comoros by operating 3 weekly MRU-HAH-MRS flights with a viable HAH-based carrier operating flights to Madagascar, Reunion, Mayotte and East Africa, with HAH acting as a mini-hub between Indian Ocean/East Africa and Marseille.


What staggers me is that TNR is the only viable (and quite unreliable) transit point between Comoros and Mauritius. I'm flying MRU-TNR-HAH-ADD, but my mum has to get from HAH back to MRU for her flight home. She's booked on an Air Madagascar flight via Dzaodzi and Antananarivo. It can be done (slowly) via Antanarivo and backtracking to Nairobi with Kenyan. Ethiopian seems to be the only consistent, reliable airline from HAH.

The really staggering part is that there is no service between ADD and MRU. I've heard rumours of Mauritian not wanting ET to compete with MK, but are Ethiopia responding by not letting MK fly the route?


I would think that ET would be flying to MRU if they were allowed to. Are there any sources for this? Why would MRU keep ET out when KQ flies there?

The Government owns over 50% of MK and have a vested interest in having "controlled" competition at MRU. QR have been trying for years to get landing slots without success for example.
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:11 pm

Mauritius has a rather closed sky. Authorities have often confessed that the Mauritian sky can't be open at the expense of Air Mauritius. Norwegian, French Bee, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways have all expressed interest and underwent negociations which have till date not been succesful. Emirates is also willing to increase the number of flights to 3 flights daily, but this would greatly hinder MK's growth.
In the past, after peeking in the Mauritian market, AirAsia X had to pack up its bags and leave after a Mauritian lobby to protect MK's fragile Asian routes. It is worth outlining that D7 initially wanted to operate a daily KUL-MRU-JNB flight but Mauritian authorities didn't agree to the request.
Kenya Airways has been allowed in Mauritian skies due to it being a partner of Air Mauritius. Ethiopian Airlines also expressed its interest to collaborate with MK, with meeting scheduled with the management of MK.
The Mauritius government has also made provision of €4 million to promote routes to Kenya and Shanghai
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:35 pm

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In the past, after peeking in the Mauritian market, AirAsia X had to pack up its bags and leave after a Mauritian lobby to protect MK's fragile Asian routes. It is worth outlining that D7 initially wanted to operate a daily KUL-MRU-JNB flight but Mauritian authorities didn't agree to the request.


Really? The Malaysia-Mauritius air services agreement allows Malaysian carriers 14 weekly frequencies with no restriction on capacity or aircraft types for both passenger services, including intermediate points and points beyond (with the exception of Reunion Island).

Furthermore, the Malaysia-South Africa air services agreement allows Malaysian carriers 14 weekly frequencies with no restriction on capacity or aircraft types for both passenger services, including intermediate points (i.e Mauritius).
 
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:06 pm

caleb1 wrote:
I just want to say that, out of all of the threads on A.net, this is the most civil and most informative discussion of them all. It reminds me of the way A.net used to be. Thank you for that.

First of all, many thanks for your kind comment – not personnally for myself, but from all the contributors who are regularly involved here (no name added as the list would be very long and also to avoid any jealousy).
You too, Caleb1, feel free to ask any question, or post any news you want or deem worthy – no need to an expert in aviation / Africa here, everyone is welcome :) .
Secondly, if this thread is not as popular as some weekly same stories you can frequently read here, it might be because some of the new (hardcore) fan members fights elsewhere. But still, rest assured, professionals/mods keep a close eye on every post of every section

Finally, just an idea for 2020, would you prefer the same thread or 2 different threads with Southern Africa + Indian Ocean Islands separately ? Or eventually like before, a global African Aviation thread?

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Thank you as well! I like and appreciate this thread and all of your posts. Perhaps you could have 2 different threads with Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands separately? Seriously though, either way is fine with me. Keep up the great work.

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Thank you as well! I like and appreciate this thread and all of your posts. Perhaps you could have 2 different threads with Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands separately? Seriously though, either way is fine with me. Keep up the great work. :

Out of curiosity, is there any region/country you would/need more frequent news or updates?
Some members like or love Zimbabwe, some South Africa, some Mauritius Islands... etc etc, what about you? :smile:
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:arrow: On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, De HAVILLAND Aircraft of Canada announced that TAAG ANGOLA of the order placed in March for six Dash 8-Q400 at PAS.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/salon-du ... ?true=1877

:arrow: Air Namibia is ranked, 3rd best regional in Africa according to Skytrax, South African Airways, 46 globally (from 45).

https://www.worldairlineawards.com/worl ... ines-2019/

Will the new CEO focus on pax experience or shareholders first?
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Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:29 am

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Mauritius has a rather closed sky. Authorities have often confessed that the Mauritian sky can't be open at the expense of Air Mauritius. Norwegian, French Bee, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways have all expressed interest and underwent negociations which have till date not been succesful. Emirates is also willing to increase the number of flights to 3 flights daily, but this would greatly hinder MK's growth.
In the past, after peeking in the Mauritian market, AirAsia X had to pack up its bags and leave after a Mauritian lobby to protect MK's fragile Asian routes. It is worth outlining that D7 initially wanted to operate a daily KUL-MRU-JNB flight but Mauritian authorities didn't agree to the request.
Kenya Airways has been allowed in Mauritian skies due to it being a partner of Air Mauritius. Ethiopian Airlines also expressed its interest to collaborate with MK, with meeting scheduled with the management of MK.
The Mauritius government has also made provision of €4 million to promote routes to Kenya and Shanghai

Is there was true competition at MRU, MK would most probably be akin to regional carrier like Air Seychelles is today. While that wouldn't be great for the airline, it would offer real choice and lower fares to people travelling from and to MRU.
 
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Looks like Air Zimbabwe is so desperate that they want to block foreign carriers from serving other Zimbabwean airports. We all know this won't save them from their current situation and most people will use fastjet to travel within Zimbabwe if this is actually approved. Oh,are they still operating? What do you guys think about the situation at Air Zimbabwe?

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Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:16 pm

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Zukiswa "Zuks" Ramasia has been appointed as the Acting CEO while the board tries to secure the services of a full time executive. Zuks has a solid background in operations as an SAA lifer, starting as cabin crew and rising through the ranks to GM - Operations. She can be a formidable opponent, having survived through over a dozen management regimes at SAA in the last few decades. However, she isn't a political animal and may struggle making more headway with DPE than Vuyani was able to. SAA's current issues are actually less from within the organisation itself as from the lack of cohesion between stakeholders. Zuks is seen as a safe pair of hands who will at the very least avoid scoring an own goal while the clock winds down towards the full time whistle.

Interview with Zuks : https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=235588047134884

More critically for SAA though, the "Office of the Chief Restructuring Officer" headed by Peter Davies stays on despite Vuyani's departure. Peter was the CEO that built Brussels Airlines out of the ashes of SABENA, and also masterminded the transition from BWIA to Carribean Airlines. He knows how to take the assets of a bloated and inefficient state behemoth and mold it into something viable. He was the strategic architect of Vuyani's "Long Term Turnaround Strategy" (LTTS), and as long as the LTTS continues to move forward then SAA will stand a chance of survival in some form. Pull the plug on that, and the chances of sustaining the operation long enough to turn a corner diminish considerably.


Thanks for this insight.

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Currently at the Bidvest Lounge,
Taken 1h ago:


Does anyone know why she is parked so far or not with other international airlines staying iddle all day?
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This photo is for 3BNBE :smile:
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They mentionned flights to Europe and USA in the near future (while BKK and CAN should be before the year ends)
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Part of the attendance near the end of the event
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From the viewing deck where the ceremony took place
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Returning to DAR
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Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:56 pm

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Currently at the Bidvest Lounge,
Taken 1h ago:


Does anyone know why she is parked so far or not with other international airlines staying iddle all day?
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That looks like an A330, which QR don't use on their scheduled flights to South Africa...at the moment JNB is all 777-300ER. However they do sometimes come in as unscheduled flights, probably with Royals or Government people.
Co-incidentally though, QR is introducing 3rd daily flight to JNB from next week, then all flights switch to A350-900.

What was the loads like on this inaugural flights, any mention of why it was the A220 and not the 787 as planned?
 
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GRJGeorge wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
Currently at the Bidvest Lounge,
Taken 1h ago:


Does anyone know why she is parked so far or not with other international airlines staying iddle all day?
Image



That looks like an A330, which QR don't use on their scheduled flights to South Africa...at the moment JNB is all 777-300ER. However they do sometimes come in as unscheduled flights, probably with Royals or Government people.
Co-incidentally though, QR is introducing 3rd daily flight to JNB from next week, then all flights switch to A350-900.

What was the loads like on this inaugural flights, any mention of why it was the A220 and not the 787 as planned?

Isn't QR flying 788 to JNB? I see it flying pretty low over our house sometimes but I could be wrong.
 
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Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:59 pm

eastafspot wrote:
Currently at the Bidvest Lounge,
Taken 1h ago:


Does anyone know why she is parked so far or not with other international airlines staying iddle all day?
Image

This photo is for 3BNBE :smile:
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Image

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They mentionned flights to Europe and USA in the near future (while BKK and CAN should be before the year ends)
Image

Part of the attendance near the end of the event
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From the viewing deck where the ceremony took place
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Returning to DAR
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How full was the plane?
 
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Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:07 pm

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That looks like an A330, which QR don't use on their scheduled flights to South Africa...at the moment JNB is all 777-300ER. However they do sometimes come in as unscheduled flights, probably with Royals or Government people.
Co-incidentally though, QR is introducing 3rd daily flight to JNB from next week, then all flights switch to A350-900.

What was the loads like on this inaugural flights, any mention of why it was the A220 and not the 787 as planned?

You're right and that's interesting to know, since upon boarding KQ763, a QR 777 was docked at a jetbridge, and the A330 still there, far away when taking off!
Will the QR capacity increase only during the summer hemisphere, with the introduction of A350?
What is/are the ME3 rankings in term of schedule and capacity to SA?

Sorry, taken with my phone and focusing on WB only, but QR (and EY?) tail clearly visible on the left
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Concerning the load ok, let's be honest!
In Y, probably all Tanzanian TV/Radio journalists were invited :lol: (= 20 visible staff members at least).
In C, only 3 regular pax, for the rest, you could meet the CEO, Chairman and other invited important guests - only one vacant seat.

No wonder ATCL sent the A220 (which is very comfy btw) instead of the Dreamliner! Myself a bit disappointed - but not a big deal though!
Anyway - full video and picture trip report will follow in the appropriate section soon :smile:
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How full was the plane?

C: 11/12 but 8 pax were clearly officials.
Y: only 3 seats left at the back but probably for crew ( and also many journalists spread throughout the cabin)....
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Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:50 am

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GRJGeorge wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
Currently at the Bidvest Lounge,
Taken 1h ago:


Does anyone know why she is parked so far or not with other international airlines staying iddle all day?
Image



That looks like an A330, which QR don't use on their scheduled flights to South Africa...at the moment JNB is all 777-300ER. However they do sometimes come in as unscheduled flights, probably with Royals or Government people.
Co-incidentally though, QR is introducing 3rd daily flight to JNB from next week, then all flights switch to A350-900.

What was the loads like on this inaugural flights, any mention of why it was the A220 and not the 787 as planned?

Isn't QR flying 788 to JNB? I see it flying pretty low over our house sometimes but I could be wrong.


No, they've been using 777-300ER on the 2 daily flights for quite a while now. Will switch to A350-900 from next week
 
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Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:04 am

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GRJGeorge wrote:
That looks like an A330, which QR don't use on their scheduled flights to South Africa...at the moment JNB is all 777-300ER. However they do sometimes come in as unscheduled flights, probably with Royals or Government people.
Co-incidentally though, QR is introducing 3rd daily flight to JNB from next week, then all flights switch to A350-900.

What was the loads like on this inaugural flights, any mention of why it was the A220 and not the 787 as planned?

You're right and that's interesting to know, since upon boarding KQ763, a QR 777 was docked at a jetbridge, and the A330 still there, far away when taking off!
Will the QR capacity increase only during the summer hemisphere, with the introduction of A350?
What is/are the ME3 rankings in term of schedule and capacity to SA?

Sorry, taken with my phone and focusing on WB only, but QR (and EY?) tail clearly visible on the left
Image

Concerning the load ok, let's be honest!
In Y, probably all Tanzanian TV/Radio journalists were invited :lol: (= 20 visible staff members at least).
In C, only 3 regular pax, for the rest, you could meet the CEO, Chairman and other invited important guests - only one vacant seat.

No wonder ATCL sent the A220 (which is very comfy btw) instead of the Dreamliner! Myself a bit disappointed - but not a big deal though!
Anyway - full video and picture trip report will follow in the appropriate section soon :smile:


The QR capacity increase is actually gradually increasing from next week up till the southern hemisphere summer, when it will be fully 3 daily flights on DOH-JNB...I think from next week they start with 4 extra weekly flights, and all flights switch to A359...then August adding 1 more, and by October 2 more...bringing it to 3 daily flights. The new flights are in the morning, arriving JNB around 04:30am, and departing again around 08:00am. There is still 4 weekly flights that continue as tag-on to DUR.
DOH-CPT will also increase for southern summer season from daily to 10 weekly, the daily flights are with A359, like it is now, the 3 additional weekly flights will be 787-8.

In terms of ME3 capacity, EK dominates, and is easily the second biggest international carrier out of SA.
EK currently operates 4 daily flights JNB-DXB (2 A380 + 2 77W), 2 daily CPT-DXB 77W (still unsure if they will re-instate 3rd daily flight which was suspended in Feb'19) and 1 daily DUR-DXB and now seasonally from mid-June to end of August operating 4 extra weekly flights DUR-DXB 77W.
QR operations as mentioned above, will be at 31 weekly flights by October.
EY only operates a daily flight JNB-AUH, fluctuating between A330-200 and 787-9.

Hopefully ATCL can at least compete for some JNB-BOM traffic. I believe if they just put some effort in to also attract connecting traffic to ZNZ, JRO, MWZ at least, working with tour operators in South Africa then they could make the route successful. Also if offering a good and consistent product, they could lure some business traffic away from SAA on JNB-DAR
 
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Hopefully ATCL can at least compete for some JNB-BOM traffic.


If one is hoping for them to compete on sub $400 economy class fares and $1045 business class fares then you're probably hoping for them to fail.
 
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Does anybody know if QR’s A359 to JNB will have Qsuites??
 
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According to wikipedia(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Airways#Current_fleet), SAA has apparently managed to get their hand on 2 A359s. Does anybody know more about where these frames, if true, come from and when they will be delivered? Would mean the end is near for their beautiful A346s :cry:



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MrGtheSheepA346 wrote:
According to wikipedia(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Airways#Current_fleet), SAA has apparently managed to get their hand on 2 A359s. Does anybody know more about where these frames, if true, come from and when they will be delivered? Would mean the end is near for their beautiful A346s :cry:



MSN 226 & 245


What is your source?
 
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Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:38 pm

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T54A wrote:
MrGtheSheepA346 wrote:
According to wikipedia(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Airways#Current_fleet), SAA has apparently managed to get their hand on 2 A359s. Does anybody know more about where these frames, if true, come from and when they will be delivered? Would mean the end is near for their beautiful A346s :cry:



MSN 226 & 245


What is your source?



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T54A wrote:


MSN 226 & 245


What is your source?



A350 ETOPS CMP Doc


Link source. I'm not certain this is a done deal.

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Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:24 pm

Are there any official numbers out there on the JFK-JNB-JFK route? Load factors/pax numbers? I've always wondered about this route's performance.

NYKiwi wrote:
Not meant to be a trip report but wanted to say a few things.

Just returned from a trip to CPT on SAA (JFK-JNB-CPT). Overall flights good on SAA but 340-600 interior, mainly seats and IFE showing its age but still a good ride. I know SAA arent the strongest financial shape but overall happy with level of service etc but JNB has grown with massive foreign airline presence CPT also. I cant help think SAA model of having everything funnel through JNB doesnt help but i guess they lack the right aircraft to have split hubs.

Hopefully they get through there financial issues and upgrade long haul fleet.

What shocked me the most was that the JFK - JNB flight was barely 2/3 full which surprised me for only non stop given there extensive network in southern africa.
 
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MrGtheSheepA346 wrote:

What is your source?



A350 ETOPS CMP Doc


Link source. I'm not certain this is a done deal.

Gabep



I am also not certain it’s a done deal as there has been no announcement, which I found odd. Planning is full steam ahead though.
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JetKiwi I have no idea on load factors maybe mine was just due to mid week flights but purser did say loads are lighter in US winter which i thought was weird considering summer in SA. I also read the 340-600 is only used as it is the only plane that can make it non stop most of the time......

Maybe the 350 would be better suit if all runours are true as there are not many links direct US to southern Africa and its a great place to visit
 
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Air Namibia is ranked, 3rd best regional in Africa according to Skytrax.

Very frustrating. I live in Namibia. When Air Namibia fly, they are good but their cancellation record is atrocious and getting worse. I'm sending a dozen people to Cape Town in November. SW is cheaper than SA but we can't risk them cancelling the flight so we're going with SA. I don't know a single Namibian now who will risk flying with the national carrier. Stories of cancellations abound. So sad.
 
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Air Namibia is ranked, 3rd best regional in Africa according to Skytrax.

Very frustrating. I live in Namibia. When Air Namibia fly, they are good but their cancellation record is atrocious and getting worse. I'm sending a dozen people to Cape Town in November. SW is cheaper than SA but we can't risk them cancelling the flight so we're going with SA. I don't know a single Namibian now who will risk flying with the national carrier. Stories of cancellations abound. So sad.


Is it still the case that only the A319 (V5-ANL, msn 3346) operates on regional flights? Hence the company was forced to reduce its flights over its entire network due to ongoing European court case.
Will the operations be back to normal anytime soon?
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PM wrote:
eastafspot wrote:

Air Namibia is ranked, 3rd best regional in Africa according to Skytrax.

Very frustrating. I live in Namibia. When Air Namibia fly, they are good but their cancellation record is atrocious and getting worse. I'm sending a dozen people to Cape Town in November. SW is cheaper than SA but we can't risk them cancelling the flight so we're going with SA. I don't know a single Namibian now who will risk flying with the national carrier. Stories of cancellations abound. So sad.

I think Air Namibia's fleet should be 100% ERJs. Its cheaper and they can expand regionally with them. Does anyone know how is their WDH-FRA route doing?
 
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The QR capacity increase is actually gradually increasing from next week up till the southern hemisphere summer, when it will be fully 3 daily flights on DOH-JNB...I think from next week they start with 4 extra weekly flights, and all flights switch to A359...then August adding 1 more, and by October 2 more...bringing it to 3 daily flights. The new flights are in the morning, arriving JNB around 04:30am, and departing again around 08:00am. There is still 4 weekly flights that continue as tag-on to DUR.
DOH-CPT will also increase for southern summer season from daily to 10 weekly, the daily flights are with A359, like it is now, the 3 additional weekly flights will be 787-8.

In terms of ME3 capacity, EK dominates, and is easily the second biggest international carrier out of SA.
EK currently operates 4 daily flights JNB-DXB (2 A380 + 2 77W), 2 daily CPT-DXB 77W (still unsure if they will re-instate 3rd daily flight which was suspended in Feb'19) and 1 daily DUR-DXB and now seasonally from mid-June to end of August operating 4 extra weekly flights DUR-DXB 77W.
QR operations as mentioned above, will be at 31 weekly flights by October.
EY only operates a daily flight JNB-AUH, fluctuating between A330-200 and 787-9.

Wow very impressive -thanks a lot. Strange that in order to protect SAA, there a no bilateral restrictions for these carriers.
Should PLZ get international traffic in the future?
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Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:25 pm

eastafspot wrote:
GRJGeorge wrote:
The QR capacity increase is actually gradually increasing from next week up till the southern hemisphere summer, when it will be fully 3 daily flights on DOH-JNB...I think from next week they start with 4 extra weekly flights, and all flights switch to A359...then August adding 1 more, and by October 2 more...bringing it to 3 daily flights. The new flights are in the morning, arriving JNB around 04:30am, and departing again around 08:00am. There is still 4 weekly flights that continue as tag-on to DUR.
DOH-CPT will also increase for southern summer season from daily to 10 weekly, the daily flights are with A359, like it is now, the 3 additional weekly flights will be 787-8.

In terms of ME3 capacity, EK dominates, and is easily the second biggest international carrier out of SA.
EK currently operates 4 daily flights JNB-DXB (2 A380 + 2 77W), 2 daily CPT-DXB 77W (still unsure if they will re-instate 3rd daily flight which was suspended in Feb'19) and 1 daily DUR-DXB and now seasonally from mid-June to end of August operating 4 extra weekly flights DUR-DXB 77W.
QR operations as mentioned above, will be at 31 weekly flights by October.
EY only operates a daily flight JNB-AUH, fluctuating between A330-200 and 787-9.

Wow very impressive -thanks a lot. Strange that in order to protect SAA, there a no bilateral restrictions for these carriers.
Should PLZ get international traffic in the future


oh yes pleeeeaaaaassse. let there be something one day, i can fly home without jnb stop!! :bouncy:
 
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Is it still the case that only the A319 (V5-ANL, msn 3346) operates on regional flights? Hence the company was forced to reduce its flights over its entire network due to ongoing European court case.
Will the operations be back to normal anytime soon?

Regional flights are flown by a mixture of A319s (4) and ERJ-135s (4). They also lease capacity (ERJ-145) from Westair from time to time. They are facing court cases in both Germany and Zimbabwe.
 
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I think Air Namibia's fleet should be 100% ERJs. Its cheaper and they can expand regionally with them. Does anyone know how is their WDH-FRA route doing?


WDH-FRA is usually half empty and is heavily loss-making. The A330-200 is too big and / or there is now too much competition. (I'm flying to Europe later today but I'm going with Qatar.) If the A321XLR had the legs (it doesn't) it might be a better option. Still better would be to forget Europe and focus on Africa.

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