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Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:02 pm
by eastafspot
Please discuss here about news and developments in Southern African Community (Minus Tanzania – as part of the E.A.C) and Indian Ocean islands of La Réunion and Mayotte.

ANGOLA
BOTSWANA
COMOROS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
ESWATINI
LESOTHO
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MAURITIUS
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
SEYCHELLES
SOUTH AFRICA
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:31 pm
by eastafspot
Air Mauritius:
Does anyone know how is the MRU-(SIN-)BKK route doing? Do they get lot of connecting pax?

Angola:
Portugal Tops List of Angolan Flights Destinations in December:

The Portuguese cities of Lisbon an Oporto were the main international destinations of the Angolan flights last month, essentially due to the fact that many of those that left the country in December travelled to Portugal for health reasons or in yearend season holidays, ANGOP has learnt.
The state-owned Angolan Airlines "TAAG" (the country's flag carrier) has fourteen weekly flights to Lisbon, three to Oporto, seven to Windhoek (Namibia), eleven to Johannesburg (South Africa) and four to Cape Town (South Africa) and five to Maputo (Mozambique).
On its turn, the Portuguese Airlines (TAP), from Monday to Saturday, transports about 475 passengers per day from Luanda to Lisbon and Oporto.
ANGOP has learnt that the main African destinations are Windhoek, Johannesburg and Maputo respectively.


https://allafrica.com/stories/201901020635.html

Malawi:
I've read somewhere that Malawian Government is not really happy with ET partnership in Malawian Airlines. Should ET invest more in Malawian and/or less in neighbouring competitors ( Zambia Airways & ET Mozambique)?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:53 pm
by eastafspot
Could not find anything on the November18/December18/January19 Turkish Aviation threads:

After Lusuka in December, Turkish Airlines (TK) should open a new route to Harare - Zimbabwe in the 2nd quarter.
https://www.financialafrik.com/2018/12/ ... imbabween/

According to the article, the route they mention will be ESB-HRE but I guess they mean ISL-HRE, and probably not nonstop (like EK via LUN?).

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm
by TheLion
This will be yet another African thread I’ll really enjoy reading and contributing to. This region is the one where I spent my childhood holidays, flying the then-great British Airways, who my mother worked for at Heathrow.

Thanks for starting this.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:57 am
by crownvic
I posted this question the other day, but the thread got pushed way down too many pages after the New Year's moderator re-posting. Anyway, does anyone know if the SkyClass DC-3 and DC-4 are still flying? Has the Convair crash put a stop on historic airliner flights in South Africa? I am heading that way in a few months and have been trying to get some information.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:00 pm
by 3BNBE
eastafspot wrote:
Air Mauritius:
Does anyone know how is the MRU-(SIN-)BKK route doing? Do they get lot of connecting pax?

Air Mauritius has not yet launched the planned flights to Bangkok due to the delay in the delivery of its A330-900. According to local media, Air Mauritius will begin service after it settles its fleet probelms, probably after June 2019. Personally I think that MRU-KUL-BKK would be a better route since it would:
1.Reduce flight time between Mauritius and Bangkok
2. Allow Air Mauritius to launch non-stop flights to KUL(MK operated 2 flights, once a week, on 29 Dec and 5 Jan with load factor >95%) and be able to drain much traffic between South Africa and Malaysia via Mauritius
3. Extend a SIN flight which previously continued to KUL to another destination in South East Asia or Far East such as Jakarta, Guangzhou, Beijing or Seoul)
Air Mauritius also has in its plans new destinations such as Lusaka, Seychelles, Moroni and Seoul, while it is also looking at replacing its narrow-body fleet.
A delegation from MK also went to Russia during an official visit of the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs in December 2017 but nothing concrete has emerged so far while Aeroflot refused the rights obtained to operate up to 7 weekly flights to Mauritius lastly.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:25 pm
by evanb
3BNBE wrote:
Allow Air Mauritius to launch non-stop flights to KUL(MK operated 2 flights, once a week, on 29 Dec and 5 Jan with load factor >95%) and be able to drain much traffic between South Africa and Malaysia via Mauritius


I think we've mentioned this before, but the fact that MK flights from Asia arrive at MRU in the evening (e.g. SIN-MRU arrives 18:45), and the South Africa departures leave MRU in the morning (JNB at 9:25, CPT at 8:45 and 16:15, DUR at 9:00) there are no connecting opportunities westbound.

It would take a radical schedule revamp from MK to make South Africa-Asia schedules viable. The challenge is that revamp would massively reduce aircraft utilization.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:54 pm
by 3BNBE
evanb wrote:
I think we've mentioned this before, but the fact that MK flights from Asia arrive at MRU in the evening (e.g. SIN-MRU arrives 18:45), and the South Africa departures leave MRU in the morning (JNB at 9:25, CPT at 8:45 and 16:15, DUR at 9:00) there are no connecting opportunities westbound.

It would take a radical schedule revamp from MK to make South Africa-Asia schedules viable. The challenge is that revamp would massively reduce aircraft utilization.

Not necessarily radical, adding just 250 seats weekly could make it work. Air Mauritius always has at least one A319 available at night. If for instance a night flight was operated on Sundays to Johannesburg, it would allow for connections to JNB from the discussed KUL/BKK(outbound flight on Saturday, return one on Sunday) flight and Perth and if another flight is operated on Thursdays, it would provide connections from Singapore and the returm flight could fill Wuhan flights(Friday morning) if they are operated once again. Some years ago MK operated 2 daily flights to JNB, one at night. With the increase in traffic between Mauritius and South Africa and the upcoming Alliance, I'm pretty sure MK could operate night flights to JNB or other South African cities. During December Air Mauritius had up to 11 weekly flights, while SA had up to 11 too, so I guess during the rest of the year an additional 250 seats one-way may be profitable, and morning arrivals to Mauritius would allow South African tourists to have a full day in Mauritius instead of arriving at 19 35 in the evening with Air Mauritius.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:03 am
by evanb
3BNBE wrote:
Not necessarily radical, adding just 250 seats weekly could make it work. Air Mauritius always has at least one A319 available at night. If for instance a night flight was operated on Sundays to Johannesburg, it would allow for connections to JNB from the discussed KUL/BKK(outbound flight on Saturday, return one on Sunday) flight and Perth and if another flight is operated on Thursdays, it would provide connections from Singapore and the returm flight could fill Wuhan flights(Friday morning) if they are operated once again. Some years ago MK operated 2 daily flights to JNB, one at night. With the increase in traffic between Mauritius and South Africa and the upcoming Alliance, I'm pretty sure MK could operate night flights to JNB or other South African cities. During December Air Mauritius had up to 11 weekly flights, while SA had up to 11 too, so I guess during the rest of the year an additional 250 seats one-way may be profitable, and morning arrivals to Mauritius would allow South African tourists to have a full day in Mauritius instead of arriving at 19 35 in the evening with Air Mauritius.


Trying to build connecting traffic off single flights will only pick up the bottom feeders in terms of revenue and yield. That isn't profitable or sustainable. MK dropped the night flight that they operated for so long just because of that. The additional flights are just for several weeks in peak season and won't continue much longer. Those additional flights pick up a lot of bulk capacity sold by tour operators.

I also think you're overstating the "alliance". I think SAA are exploring various options, but any deal with MK will focus on further capacity coordination through codesharing between South Africa and Mauritius (not much more than they already have). I doubt SAA are interested in much more unless it's to use MRU as an intermediary stop to Asia (but even then I'm doubtful). They're far more interested in something that is going to give them a large number of destinations in South and Southeast Asia with higher frequency (hint: Emirates where they have already announced an expanded codeshare deal).

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:24 am
by 3BNBE

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:39 pm
by evanb
3BNBE wrote:


All articles from on the same date likely quoting the same source about being "in talks" and "mulling it over" ...

I'll respond with an actual press release from Emirates and SAA from a week earlier with a direct quotes from the CEOs of Emirates and SAA, as well as a photograph from Emirates headquarters of the following staff from EK (SVP Revenue Optimisation, SM Codeshare Cooperation, SVP - Commercial Operations (Africa), Divisional Senior Vice President Strategic Planning & Aeropolitical Affairs) and SAA (Chief Restructuring Officer, UAE Country Manager - Sales).

https://www.emirates.com/media-centre/t ... -agreement

https://www.flysaa.com/about-us/leading ... s/newsroom

If you think talks and mulling it over are more important than an inked deal and photo opp for senior leadership then I think you're definitely overstating the "alliance".

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:48 pm
by eastafspot
TheLion wrote:
This will be yet another African thread I’ll really enjoy reading and contributing to. This region is the one where I spent my childhood holidays, flying the then-great British Airways, who my mother worked for at Heathrow.

Thanks for starting this.

Glad you like it and you feel a bit nostalgic. BA had a such impressive network in Southern Africa in its heydays. Did they ever serve all (?) African capital cities at once? from LHR?
Looking forward to reading you!

crownvic wrote:
I posted this question the other day, but the thread got pushed way down too many pages after the New Year's moderator re-posting. Anyway, does anyone know if the SkyClass DC-3 and DC-4 are still flying? Has the Convair crash put a stop on historic airliner flights in South Africa? I am heading that way in a few months and have been trying to get some information.

Did you get a reply from him?
John Austin-Williams (Jaws)
+27 (0) 83 459-7802
[email protected]

3BNBE wrote:
Air Mauritius has not yet launched the planned flights to Bangkok due to the delay in the delivery of its A330-900. According to local media, Air Mauritius will begin service after it settles its fleet probelms, probably after June 2019. Personally I think that MRU-KUL-BKK would be a better route since it would:
1.Reduce flight time between Mauritius and Bangkok
2. Allow Air Mauritius to launch non-stop flights to KUL(MK operated 2 flights, once a week, on 29 Dec and 5 Jan with load factor >95%) and be able to drain much traffic between South Africa and Malaysia via Mauritius
3. Extend a SIN flight which previously continued to KUL to another destination in South East Asia or Far East such as Jakarta, Guangzhou, Beijing or Seoul)
Air Mauritius also has in its plans new destinations such as Lusaka, Seychelles, Moroni and Seoul, while it is also looking at replacing its narrow-body fleet.
A delegation from MK also went to Russia during an official visit of the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs in December 2017 but nothing concrete has emerged so far while Aeroflot refused the rights obtained to operate up to 7 weekly flights to Mauritius lastly.


I was not aware about that, thanks for explaining! Hope MK is currently sending the retrofitted A330 to KUL at least.
SIN would make sense since, I presume, population is wealthier than KUL and they can compete with SQ to JNB with lower fares.
ICN could be interesting too.

evanb wrote:
All articles from on the same date likely quoting the same source about being "in talks" and "mulling it over" ...

... the disappointing part is that more details should have been given before New Year's day according to the source!

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:54 pm
by eastafspot
On time performances in Africa:

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Fleet sizes:
Mango: 17
Air Austral: 9
Air Mauritius: 13

It would be useful to know weekly departures to compare!

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:01 pm
by 3BNBE
eastafspot wrote:

I was not aware about that, thanks for explaining! Hope MK is currently sending the retrofitted A330 to KUL at least.
SIN would make sense since, I presume, population is wealthier than KUL and they can compete with SQ to JNB with lower fares.
ICN could be interesting too.

Both A330-200 have been retrofitted. However the 2 non-stop KUL flights were operated by an A340-300. MRU-SIN-KUL flights will however be operated by the A330. MK also recently retired an A340-300, leaving the carrier with a fleet of 13 aircrafts.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:56 pm
by eastafspot
3BNBE wrote:
Both A330-200 have been retrofitted. However the 2 non-stop KUL flights were operated by an A340-300. MRU-SIN-KUL flights will however be operated by the A330. MK also recently retired an A340-300, leaving the carrier with a fleet of 13 aircrafts.

What is MK's most profitable route?
Any chance they resume flight to GVA?
According to wikipedia, both MK and KLM are linking AMS to MRU!

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1)Air Botswana has taken delivery last week of the first of two Embraer E170 jets.
Both aircraft, the second is expected late in Q1 of 2019, have been purchased from Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco and are said to be around 9 years old.

2) Mayotte’s EWA AIR takes delivery of two ATR72-600:

Air Austral subsidiary Ewa Air, based on the French Indian Ocean territory of Mayotte, has reportedly completed their planned fleet overhaul.
Two new ATR72-600 arrived at on New Year’s eve on the island, allowing the existing two ATR72-500 to be phased out in due course.
Both aircraft bear French registration and the airline is licensed in France under EASA regulations.
Ewa Air currently flies from its base in Dzaoudzi to Moroni and Anjouan in the Comoros, to Dar es Salaam – the airline’s only route to the African mainland and to Pemba / Mozambique. Other destinations include Nosy Bey, Antsiranana and Majunga on the island of Madagascar.


https://atcnews.org/2019/01/07/ewaair-c ... -exchange/

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:10 am
by MrGtheSheepA346
eastafspot wrote:
3BNBE wrote:
According to wikipedia, both MK and KLM are linking AMS to MRU!


They share this route. MK operates this route with an A343 in the summer season, KLM with a 789 in winter season.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:59 am
by 3BNBE
eastafspot wrote:
What is MK's most profitable route?
Any chance they resume flight to GVA?
According to wikipedia, both MK and KLM are linking AMS to MRU!

Air Mauritius busiest routes are Paris(CDG), St Denis(RUN), Johannesburg(JNB) and Rodrigues(RRG).
Rodrigues is not a profitable route for the airline but is described as a social route and is subsidised by the government of Mauritius, a major shareholder of MK.
On the other side, RUN is considered as a milking cow for Air Mauritius, where it faces competition from only Air Austral(UU). This was put forward by the Ministry of Tourism of Mauritius at the moment Corsair was willing to enter the RUN-MRU market with fares at €99 instead of the actual €200 for a 30-min hop by UU and MK.
I think that Paris also is a very yielding destination for MK, where it operates a daily flight with its A350 and up to 3 additional flights operated by the A340 during Northern Summer season. Load factor is almost all the time higher than 85%, reaching even 100% during end of August for outbound flights.

Air Mauritius resumed seasonal flights to Geneva in November 2017, up to February 2018, and they were resumed in October 2018 till mid-January 2019(should have been till end of February but due to one A340 leaving the fleet by mid-January and delivery delays of A330-900, end of service for NW 2018/19 was preponed).
A report from Geneva Airport stated that Mauritius was the largest unserved/underserved market in Africa(third in the World) from Geneva, with 43,000 potential passengers. Air Mauritius in 2017/2018 had a load factor of about 75% in Economy and 95% in Business for the MRU-GVA route
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... ZC-slejMdJ

Air Mauritius and KLM launched flights between AMS and MRU in partnership with each other since October 2017, with KLM operating 3 weekly flights in Northern Winter(end of October till end of March) and Air Mauritius operating 2 weekly flights the rest of the year during Northern Summer, with a 3rd flight in July and August. Air Mauritius also codeshares KLM flights beyong AMS to 49 destinations in Europe, and KLM codeshares MK flights to RUN, ZSE, RRG and PER. Amsterdam emerged as a second European hub for Air Mauritius in order to better connect with destinations in Scandinavia and Germany.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:33 pm
by HM789
KQ to increase frequency to SEZ from 5wk to 7 weekly from Feb 6. The two additional flights are timed differently to the current schedule in order to facilitate shorter connection from European and West African routes. First ET increased their services to daily not too long ago & now KQ, hopefully they will both be able to maintain their frequencies.
Interesting to note that KQ has been flying the route consecutively for the last 41 years! The route began only a few months after the airline was created.
Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article ... february-6

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:59 pm
by mr02
Mango,an LCC from South Africa,is going to put split scimitar wing on their aircraft.

https://www.aerospace-technology.com/ne ... -scimitar/

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:58 pm
by eastafspot
MrGtheSheepA346 wrote:
They share this route. MK operates this route with an A343 in the summer season, KLM with a 789 in winter season.

It makes sense, that's why both carrier are only seasonal.

3BNBE wrote:
Air Mauritius resumed seasonal flights to Geneva in November 2017, up to February 2018, and they were resumed in October 2018 till mid-January 2019(should have been till end of February but due to one A340 leaving the fleet by mid-January and delivery delays of A330-900, end of service for NW 2018/19 was preponed).
A report from Geneva Airport stated that Mauritius was the largest unserved/underserved market in Africa(third in the World) from Geneva, with 43,000 potential passengers. Air Mauritius in 2017/2018 had a load factor of about 75% in Economy and 95% in Business for the MRU-GVA route
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... ZC-slejMdJ

Thanks for the very detailed infos!
Are they not going to extend it till March (and School Holidays)?
As you said, it looks like this route is quite popular since for the third year in a row, Air Mauritius will fly it this winter season two weekly flights from November 28th, 2019.

HM789 wrote:
KQ to increase frequency to SEZ from 5wk to 7 weekly from Feb 6. The two additional flights are timed differently to the current schedule in order to facilitate shorter connection from European and West African routes. First ET increased their services to daily not too long ago & now KQ, hopefully they will both be able to maintain their frequencies.
Interesting to note that KQ has been flying the route consecutively for the last 41 years! The route began only a few months after the airline was created.
Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article ... february-6

Good to see KQ sending a E90 or 737, I wish they could go to MLE via SEZ or partnering with HM on this route! This is targeting high end tourism.
Air Seychelles has announced that it will operate additional services between Seychelles and Johannesburg for the upcoming Easter holidays. That will bring more than 1,900 seats per week on this route.

mr02 wrote:
Mango,an LCC from South Africa,is going to put split scimitar wing on their aircraft.
https://www.aerospace-technology.com/ne ... -scimitar/

Nice move! In SA only Kulula got this type I think.

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* President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-establish controversial South African Airways direct flights to India. No indian operators were interested to take over?

* Will SAA reinstate ops to Blantyre – Malawi after last week cancellations due safety reasons at Chileka airport (BLZ).

* The start of direct British Airways flight between Durban and London in October 2018 failed to boost King Shaka Airport international tourist arrivals according to Statistics South Africa tourism data. The number of international tourists arriving at King Shaka Airport in fact dropped to only 3,338 in October 2018 from 3,533 in October 2017. The O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg also showed a drop from a year ago, but Cape Town managed to buck the trend and had an increase in tourist arrivals compared with October 2017.

* The new ambassador to Turkey, Alp Ay, accredited on Tuesday in Angola, pointed out the establishment of an air link between the capitals of the two countries, Ankara (IST I would venture to guess) and Luanda, respectively, as one of the priorities of his mission. TK flies to SA and Zambia, but plans to start Harare – Zimbabwe soon.

* RwandAir has abandoned receipt of unstable bond notes and RTGS payment systems amid the continued rejection of Zimbabwe's much resented currency. It also states that only internationally issued credit cards will be accepted and all refunds will be processed through the finance department at the Head Office. Zimbabwe currently owes international airlines around US$132 million.

* Proflight Zambia has temporarily suspended its service between Lusaka and Harare with effect from 29th January 2019 due to the current situation in Zimbabwe and ongoing challenges with the repatriation of funds from Zimbabwe.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:41 am
by GRJGeorge
The start of direct British Airways flight between Durban and London in October 2018 failed to boost King Shaka Airport international tourist arrivals according to Statistics South Africa tourism data. The number of international tourists arriving at King Shaka Airport in fact dropped to only 3,338 in October 2018 from 3,533 in October 2017. The O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg also showed a drop from a year ago, but Cape Town managed to buck the trend and had an increase in tourist arrivals compared with October 2017.


Uhm, BA's first flight on LHR-DUR was only on 30 October...they literally only operated 1 flight in October.

President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-establish controversial South African Airways direct flights to India. No indian operators were interested to take over?


Not sure if SAA should go for this now...as mentioned in other posts and forums, yields are very low and intense competition...at the moment WB, KQ, ET, EK, EY, QR are all offering quite low fares...and Air Seychelles is offering the quickest option via SEZ. I think if Air Tanzania starts BOM and JNB, they might actually also compete.

Maybe it could be a route for IndiGo rather...will the A321Neo have the legs for this?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:37 pm
by evanb
GRJGeorge wrote:
Maybe it could be a route for IndiGo rather...will the A321Neo have the legs for this?


It's already going to have to take a significant hit on the non-fuel payload on the BOM-JNB leg (since it's near the maximum range of the A321neo), but will lose between 7 and 10t from MTOW on the return JNB-BOM. Looking at the data the A321neo is a much better hot and high performer than the A321ceo, but given that the maximum payload is only about 25t, loosing 7 to 10t of that wouldn't probably work.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:42 pm
by northsouthnomad
GRJGeorge wrote:
The start of direct British Airways flight between Durban and London in October 2018 failed to boost King Shaka Airport international tourist arrivals according to Statistics South Africa tourism data. The number of international tourists arriving at King Shaka Airport in fact dropped to only 3,338 in October 2018 from 3,533 in October 2017. The O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg also showed a drop from a year ago, but Cape Town managed to buck the trend and had an increase in tourist arrivals compared with October 2017.


Uhm, BA's first flight on LHR-DUR was only on 30 October...they literally only operated 1 flight in October.

President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-establish controversial South African Airways direct flights to India. No indian operators were interested to take over?


Not sure if SAA should go for this now...as mentioned in other posts and forums, yields are very low and intense competition...at the moment WB, KQ, ET, EK, EY, QR are all offering quite low fares...and Air Seychelles is offering the quickest option via SEZ. I think if Air Tanzania starts BOM and JNB, they might actually also compete.

Maybe it could be a route for IndiGo rather...will the A321Neo have the legs for this?



Do we know how BA did in Durban in November and December? It looked like it was over 85% at least from logs. Emirates must be wondering impact and Lufthansa watching since they appear to be in talks with airport management.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:39 pm
by HM789
* President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-establish controversial South African Airways direct flights to India. No indian operators were interested to take over?


I think this could be a success for SAA due to the other options being long & with quite a large Indian population in SA I imagine there would be room in the market.

* The new ambassador to Turkey, Alp Ay, accredited on Tuesday in Angola, pointed out the establishment of an air link between the capitals of the two countries, Ankara (IST I would venture to guess) and Luanda, respectively, as one of the priorities of his mission. TK flies to SA and Zambia, but plans to start Harare – Zimbabwe soon.

With talks of other airlines pulling out of Zim, TK want to start flights :lol: :lol:

* RwandAir has abandoned receipt of unstable bond notes and RTGS payment systems amid the continued rejection of Zimbabwe's much resented currency. It also states that only internationally issued credit cards will be accepted and all refunds will be processed through the finance department at the Head Office. Zimbabwe currently owes international airlines around US$132 million.


That is certainly a lot of money owed :beady: I think it will be a matter of time that most of the other airlines flying into Zim will follow suit and not accept the bond notes.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:53 pm
by evanb
northsouthnomad wrote:
Do we know how BA did in Durban in November and December? It looked like it was over 85% at least from logs. Emirates must be wondering impact and Lufthansa watching since they appear to be in talks with airport management.


BA's capacity is still small at 642 seats per week each way compared to Emirates 2996 per week each way (nevermind Turkish and Qatar). Also, Emirates is carrying a lot more Asia than European traffic.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:55 pm
by evanb
HM789 wrote:
I think this could be a success for SAA due to the other options being long & with quite a large Indian population in SA I imagine there would be room in the market.


The size of the market is big, but there is huge one-stop capacity between South Africa and India through EK, ET, TK, QR, EY and KQ among others. As a result, the yields are atrocious.

RwandAir are flogging off business class seats on JNB-BOM for $1073, Kenya Airways for $1354 and Ethiopian for $1666. Economy class seats are going for $415 on Ethiopian and $445 on RwandAir. Why would anyone want to compete with that?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:26 pm
by AF022
evanb wrote:
RwandAir are flogging off business class seats on JNB-BOM for $1073, Kenya Airways for $1354 and Ethiopian for $1666. Economy class seats are going for $415 on Ethiopian and $445 on RwandAir. Why would anyone want to compete with that?


The market is probably very price sensitive.

Rwandair's product is very poor, with JNB-KGL operating via LUN then KGL-BOM. KQ and ET have much better schedules.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:37 pm
by evanb
AF022 wrote:
The market is probably very price sensitive.

Rwandair's product is very poor, with JNB-KGL operating via LUN then KGL-BOM. KQ and ET have much better schedules.


ET: 1x A350 and 2xB73M to JNB, 1x B77W to CPT
EK: 3x B77W and 1x A380 to JNB, 3x B77W (reduce to 2x in low-season) to CPT, 1x B77W to DUR
KQ: 1x B788 and 2x B738 to JNB, 5x weekly B738 to CPT (plus daily one-stop)
TK: daily A333 to JNB (onwards tag-on to DUR), daily A333 to CPT
QR: 2x B77W (some onwards tag-on to DUR), daily A359 to CPT
EY: daily B789 to JNB

Nearly all of that is very well timed for connections to South Asia. While the market is price sensitive, the big supply pushes prices down.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:52 pm
by eastafspot
GRJGeorge wrote:
Uhm, BA's first flight on LHR-DUR was only on 30 October...they literally only operated 1 flight in October.

That's a valid point, will the seat capacity increase during SA winter?

northsouthnomad wrote:
Emirates must be wondering impact and Lufthansa watching since they appear to be in talks with airport management.

About what?

HM789 wrote:
That is certainly a lot of money owed :beady: I think it will be a matter of time that most of the other airlines flying into Zim will follow suit and not accept the bond notes.

ET is finding it difficult to repatriate monies amounting to US$18 million. SAA is among the airlines that are unable to repatriate their money back home and is owed close to $10 million. EK, BA-operated Comair and Kenya Airways have since suspended ticket sales in Zimbabwe due to the huge sums owed to them by the Zimbabwean authorities.

AF022 wrote:
Rwandair's product is very poor, with JNB-KGL operating via LUN then KGL-BOM. KQ and ET have much better schedules.

One of the two flights is nonstop to/from JNB. You have also the KGL-HRE-CPT rtn option if you prefer!
Btw, KQ timings are similar to WB. Sometimes KQ sends 738 to CPT/JNB with no IFE... in 2019; whereas A330 was spotted a few times in CPT/JNB!

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:15 pm
by HM789
An Air Mauritius A350 collided with an Air France B777 in Paris damaging the wingtip during pushback. Looking at the pictures, poor visibility may have played a factor but will be interesting to see who is blamed for the incident.

Interesting news for Air Zimbabwe, they are set to acquire 4 777 from MH which was initially intended for Zim Airways. They are also set to receive Embraer aircraft for their domestic routes. On top of this, ET is in negotiations to enter a partnership with the struggling airline.

Air Seychelles will once again operate SEZ-TNR seasonally through July-October. This will be a twice weekly service using their A320 aircraft.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:57 pm
by eastafspot
HM789 wrote:
An Air Mauritius A350 collided with an Air France B777 in Paris damaging the wingtip during pushback. Looking at the pictures, poor visibility may have played a factor but will be interesting to see who is blamed for the incident.

Hope it won't disturb too much MK ops as some destinations were postponed due to the A350 delivery delay. One A350 is supposed to arrive end of this month right?
Concerning HM, it's nice to see them extending the network again. It looks rather limited now.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:04 am
by eastafspot
1) President of Angola, Joao Lourenco, recently approved the plan by national airline, TAAG to negotiate the supply of new aircraft with Boeing and Bombardier, under its fleet renewal process.
Lourenco has subsequently ordered his Ministers of Finance and Transport -Archer Mangueira and Ricardo de Abreu respectively - as well as TAAG executives to start negotiations with the “different funders available” for the purchase of the new aircraft.
The order also authorizes the Minister of Transport to “unleash the instruments to structure and set up the financing operation for the acquisition of aircraft” and “negotiate the refinancing of two Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft” TAAG acquired in recent years.

2)Corsair had to abandon last week a historic route, serving Madagascar (TNR) from its base ORY via RUN, following the alliance between Air Austral and Air Madagascar, after 21 years of presence in the Big Island (they landed there for the first time in November 1996): the route was operated for the last time on 9 February 2019 in Airbus A330-200.

3) Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) recorded overall growth of 10.5% for the year 2018. The general passenger movement for the period January to December, 2018 for all four international airports (Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Mfuwe) was 1,931,827 compared to 1,748,200 in 2017.
This can further be broken into 374,479 for domestic passengers and 1,557,348 for international passenger movements.
LUN was the best performing airport as it had the largest number of passengers being the main gateway in the country. The airport handled 70% of total general passenger movements.
Some notable factors that led to the overall performance for the year were as follows:
Positive
1. In December 2018, Turkish Airlines introduced two weekly direct flights into Europe.
2. Proflight Zambia continued in its use of bigger capacity aircraft servicing both NLA and LVI. The aircraft types are a Fokker 70 with a seat capacity of about 73 and a Dash 8 with a seat capacity of about 50.
3. Increased Passenger uplifts by Rwandair resulting from increased frequencies and continued use of bigger aircraft when the current period is compared to the same period last year. Effective May 2018, RwandAir introduced an Airbus 330 on the Kigali-Lusaka-Johannesburg routes, with a seat capacity of 270 while maintaining other aircrafts such as the Boeing737, the Bombardier CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet) and a Bombardier Q400 on the route. This resulted in increased capacity on the route.
4. The recently introduced flight between Lusaka and Kalumbila by Kafue Transport has stimulated domestic traffic.
5. Increased competition between Mahogany Air and Proflight Zambia has resulted in the reduction of ticket fares hence attracting new travellers on the domestic front.
6. There have also been increased weekly frequencies by Proflight Zambia, Mahogany Air and Malawian Airlines at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from 4 to 6 flights during the course of the year.

Adverse
7. The limited bed capacity in the tourist towns of Livingstone and Mfuwe continues to adversely affect traffic to the tourist airports, particularly international tourists in peak season.
8. The relatively expensive accommodation rates are also having adverse effects when compared to other similar catchment areas.
9. The lack of a low cost carrier is a factor as Fastjet Airlines has managed to pull most of the South African Traffic into Victoria Falls Town (Zimbabwe) due to a combined cheaper option of air fare and accommodation. South Africa remains the biggest market for the Livingstone and Victoria Falls region.
10. On a macro level, immigration policies have continued to affect travel to Zambia as countries surrounding Zambia have increasingly relaxed border rules by allowing tourists to obtain visas upon arrival. Countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda are among the new movers of this motion.
11. Fastjet Tanzania has recently suspended flights into Lusaka; effective December 2018.


5) It was already discussed on A.net but maybe some of you have more infos about CPT.
- Cape Town International Airport is set for an R7 billion overhaul with a new runway, and new international and domestic departure lounges due to be completed by 2023.
- Construction on the four-year project is set to start in early 2020.

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Possible further expansion of Cape Town International airport, with new east-ward terminals.
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An artist impression of the new international terminal
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https://www.businessinsider.co.za/cape- ... ion-2019-2

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:59 pm
by eastafspot
:arrow: Qatar Airways in the second-half of 2019 is expanding service to South Africa, with gradual service increase to Johannesburg from July 2019, Cape Town from late-October 2019.

Doha – Cape Town eff 27OCT19 Increase from 7 to 10 weekly
QR1371 DOH0750 – 1710CPT 788 x357
QR1372 CPT1840 – 0555+1DOH 788 357
Doha – Johannesburg eff 30JUN19 Increase from 14 to 18 weekly, 19 weekly from 05AUG19, 21 weekly from 27OCT19 (Following schedule effective 30JUN19 – 04AUG19)
QR1365 DOH2040 – 0435+1JNB 359 x356
QR1366 JNB0800 – 1750DOH 359 x467
Service operates Day x56 from DOH, Day x67 from JNB, from 05AUG19. Daily service from 27OCT19

:arrow: Comair is enjoying its first Boeing 737 Max 8 delivered from the US manufacturer from the airline's order of 8.The arrival of Comair's first 737 MAX 8 makes it the first sub-Sahara Africa to operate the fuel-efficient twin-jet.

:arrow: Air Mauritius in last week’s schedule update filed aircraft changes from Mauritius – Shanghai Pu Dong route, in the first quarter of 2020. From 14JAN20, 1 of 2 weekly service to be operated by Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft, replacing A340-300. 

:arrow: Air Seychelles will suspend service to Abu Dhabi and increase its frequencies to Mumbai from May as part of the company's transformation plan.
Flights to Johannesburg will now be flown daily from June instead of five times a week. As part of the fleet renewal plan, Air Seychelles will introduce two new Airbus A320neo aircraft to replace the current Airbus A320 fleet. The first A320neo is expected in July and the other in March 2020.

:arrow: Austrian Airlines at the end of April 2019 is ending seasonal Vienna – Mahe Island (Seychelles) service, as the airline plans to discontinue this route in winter 2019/20 season. This route is currently served by Boeing 767 (777 in April), once a week.

https://newsaero.info/airlines/austrian ... ?true=1601

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:48 pm
by eastafspot
:arrow: Will Ethiopian rescue Air Zimbabwe? ;)

An Ethiopian Airlines team is expected in the country next month to start negotiations for the proposed partnership deal between Air Zimbabwe and Africa's biggest and most profitable airline.
Ethiopian Airlines has offered Air Zimbabwe a lucrative partnership deal that will see it bringing in planes, training local pilots, and assisting Air Zimbabwe to become an aircraft maintenance hub in the SADC region.


https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc ... 57478.html


:arrow: Singapore Airlines during Northern summer peak season is expanding service to South Africa, as the airline schedules 10 weekly Singapore – Johannesburg service. Additional flights will be offered from 01JUL18 to 31AUG18, on board Airbus A350-900XWB.

SQ478 SIN0125 – 0610JNB 359 x146
SQ478 SIN0200 – 0635JNB 359 146
SQ482 SIN1400 – 1835JNB 359 357

SQ479 JNB1345 – 0610+1SIN 359 x146
SQ479 JNB1355 – 0610+1SIN 359 146
SQ481 JNB1955 – 1220+1SIN 359 357

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:22 pm
by MoKa777
Does anyone know anything about SA4282 JNB-AUH aboard an SAA A332 today (07/03/2019)?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:37 pm
by evanb
MoKa777 wrote:
Does anyone know anything about SA4282 JNB-AUH aboard an SAA A332 today (07/03/2019)?


It's a A330-200, not -300. It's going to AUH for a C-check. SA have sent a few aircraft to AUH and AMM for C-checks in the last few years.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:48 pm
by Darkchild101
eastafspot wrote:
MrGtheSheepA346 wrote:
They share this route. MK operates this route with an A343 in the summer season, KLM with a 789 in winter season.

It makes sense, that's why both carrier are only seasonal.

3BNBE wrote:
Air Mauritius resumed seasonal flights to Geneva in November 2017, up to February 2018, and they were resumed in October 2018 till mid-January 2019(should have been till end of February but due to one A340 leaving the fleet by mid-January and delivery delays of A330-900, end of service for NW 2018/19 was preponed).
A report from Geneva Airport stated that Mauritius was the largest unserved/underserved market in Africa(third in the World) from Geneva, with 43,000 potential passengers. Air Mauritius in 2017/2018 had a load factor of about 75% in Economy and 95% in Business for the MRU-GVA route
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... ZC-slejMdJ

Thanks for the very detailed infos!
Are they not going to extend it till March (and School Holidays)?
As you said, it looks like this route is quite popular since for the third year in a row, Air Mauritius will fly it this winter season two weekly flights from November 28th, 2019.

HM789 wrote:
KQ to increase frequency to SEZ from 5wk to 7 weekly from Feb 6. The two additional flights are timed differently to the current schedule in order to facilitate shorter connection from European and West African routes. First ET increased their services to daily not too long ago & now KQ, hopefully they will both be able to maintain their frequencies.
Interesting to note that KQ has been flying the route consecutively for the last 41 years! The route began only a few months after the airline was created.
Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article ... february-6

Good to see KQ sending a E90 or 737, I wish they could go to MLE via SEZ or partnering with HM on this route! This is targeting high end tourism.
Air Seychelles has announced that it will operate additional services between Seychelles and Johannesburg for the upcoming Easter holidays. That will bring more than 1,900 seats per week on this route.

mr02 wrote:
Mango,an LCC from South Africa,is going to put split scimitar wing on their aircraft.
https://www.aerospace-technology.com/ne ... -scimitar/

Nice move! In SA only Kulula got this type I think.

_________________________________________________________


* President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-establish controversial South African Airways direct flights to India. No indian operators were interested to take over?

* Will SAA reinstate ops to Blantyre – Malawi after last week cancellations due safety reasons at Chileka airport (BLZ).

* The start of direct British Airways flight between Durban and London in October 2018 failed to boost King Shaka Airport international tourist arrivals according to Statistics South Africa tourism data. The number of international tourists arriving at King Shaka Airport in fact dropped to only 3,338 in October 2018 from 3,533 in October 2017. The O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg also showed a drop from a year ago, but Cape Town managed to buck the trend and had an increase in tourist arrivals compared with October 2017.

* The new ambassador to Turkey, Alp Ay, accredited on Tuesday in Angola, pointed out the establishment of an air link between the capitals of the two countries, Ankara (IST I would venture to guess) and Luanda, respectively, as one of the priorities of his mission. TK flies to SA and Zambia, but plans to start Harare – Zimbabwe soon.

* RwandAir has abandoned receipt of unstable bond notes and RTGS payment systems amid the continued rejection of Zimbabwe's much resented currency. It also states that only internationally issued credit cards will be accepted and all refunds will be processed through the finance department at the Head Office. Zimbabwe currently owes international airlines around US$132 million.

* Proflight Zambia has temporarily suspended its service between Lusaka and Harare with effect from 29th January 2019 due to the current situation in Zimbabwe and ongoing challenges with the repatriation of funds from Zimbabwe.


Wow somRurkish plans to start serving Harare. I'm very chuffed. Thanks for posting this

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:18 am
by GRJGeorge
eastafspot wrote:
:arrow: Will Ethiopian rescue Air Zimbabwe? ;)

An Ethiopian Airlines team is expected in the country next month to start negotiations for the proposed partnership deal between Air Zimbabwe and Africa's biggest and most profitable airline.
Ethiopian Airlines has offered Air Zimbabwe a lucrative partnership deal that will see it bringing in planes, training local pilots, and assisting Air Zimbabwe to become an aircraft maintenance hub in the SADC region.


https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc ... 57478.html


:arrow: Singapore Airlines during Northern summer peak season is expanding service to South Africa, as the airline schedules 10 weekly Singapore – Johannesburg service. Additional flights will be offered from 01JUL18 to 31AUG18, on board Airbus A350-900XWB.

SQ478 SIN0125 – 0610JNB 359 x146
SQ478 SIN0200 – 0635JNB 359 146
SQ482 SIN1400 – 1835JNB 359 357

SQ479 JNB1345 – 0610+1SIN 359 x146
SQ479 JNB1355 – 0610+1SIN 359 146
SQ481 JNB1955 – 1220+1SIN 359 357


That's a very old post of SQ temporary increase back in 2018...
Did you mean to post that SQ will from end of March 2019 actually introduce these extra 3 weekly flights on a permanent basis.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:58 pm
by MoKa777
evanb wrote:
MoKa777 wrote:
Does anyone know anything about SA4282 JNB-AUH aboard an SAA A332 today (07/03/2019)?


It's a A330-200, not -300. It's going to AUH for a C-check. SA have sent a few aircraft to AUH and AMM for C-checks in the last few years.


Which is what I said... Haha

Anyway, thank you. An interesting bit of info.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:14 pm
by evanb
MoKa777 wrote:
Which is what I said... Haha

Anyway, thank you. An interesting bit of info.


Apologies, I must have misread it ... must have been very late :-P

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:35 pm
by eastafspot
GRJGeorge wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
That's a very old post of SQ temporary increase back in 2018...
Did you mean to post that SQ will from end of March 2019 actually introduce these extra 3 weekly flights on a permanent basis.

Thanks for pointing this out, indeed you are very right, my bad!
I've been misled by another website (and did not check the year).

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:01 pm
by eastafspot
According to Macauhub.com:
:arrow: Negotiations are underway for the resumption of British Airways and TAAG Angola flights, which were suspended in May 2018.
The minister also said that according to the business plan of the Angolan airline from 2020 TAAG will start taking delivery of new aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans.
It would be great even if BA is unlikely, also DT have some crazy fares in Africa's only First Class from South Africa (JNB/CPT) to Portugal (LIS/OPO) only ZAR 33600 or €2000 :o , and in business for only €1200.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/premium ... 0-r-t.html

:arrow: Air Botswana plans to launch back into regional skies by March 31.
the airline would restart flights to Harare, Lusaka and Cape Town from Gaborone. A Kasane-Johannesburg flight will be introduced later in the year.
Air Botswana acquired a twin-engine Embraer E-170 Jet in December last year, the country’s first, as well as two ATR 72-600s earlier in the year.

:arrow: Zambia's Mahogany Air Eyes Regional Expansion Via Northern Towns. The Airline is looking to turn Zambia’s northern border towns of Mbala and Nakonde into transit points for Burundi and Tanzania as part of a new push into international markets.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:34 pm
by eastafspot
:arrow: Angola Airlines "TAAG" is to start operating again in April on the Luanda-Island of Sal (Cabo Verde) route, after almost four years of interruption since 2016 in order to rationalize expenses. This African destination will serve as a connecting point to the city of Havana, capital of Cuba
In relation to the new international routes, Rui Carreira said that London (England) is a market that presents itself as a great promise for the future and that it is included in the priorities of this Angolan carrier.

"As soon as we strengthen the fleet, we will, among Europe's routes, prioritize London, and then Paris. The United States of America is also in our intentions with the modernization of the fleet," he concluded.

https://allafrica.com/stories/201903120821.html


Also, according to Macauhub:
:arrow: The Angolan government has allowed private investors to take a stake in flagship airline TAAG due to the carrier’s current financial difficulties.
The privatisation process covers 49% of TAAG, as the State will keep 51%, and 10% of the shares will be sold to transport sector workers and the remaining 39% available for sale on the market.
The national or foreign entities interested in acquiring TAAG shares will be limited to a maximum of 10% of the 39% placed on the market.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:22 pm
by evanb
eastafspot wrote:
The Angolan government has allowed private investors to take a stake in flagship airline TAAG due to the carrier’s current financial difficulties.
The privatisation process covers 49% of TAAG, as the State will keep 51%, and 10% of the shares will be sold to transport sector workers and the remaining 39% available for sale on the market.
The national or foreign entities interested in acquiring TAAG shares will be limited to a maximum of 10% of the 39% placed on the market.


Why would anyone want to invest money in TAAG where the government still controls it?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:25 pm
by northsouthnomad
With the shuffle of emirates priorities and cut backs, it is interesting to see a temporary addition to Durban over the coming winter period.

Emirates will be introducing a second flight 4 times a week from 14 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Depart Dubai at 03.20am and arrive in Durban at 09.45am. There will be a 4h35 stop in Durban before the return flight departure at 14.20 and arrive in Dubai at 00.40am. It will be flown by a Boeing 777 - 300ER, the same as the current daily flight.

This would appear to be meeting demand for increased capacity over the winter period, but also could be a learning exercise for the airline on use of different connecting banks for Durban

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:13 am
by eastafspot
:arrow: Airlink is pleased to announce that its air services between Johannesburg and St Helena Island will now perform an en-route technical fuel-stop in Walvis Bay Namibia rather than Windhoek, as from Saturday 7 April 2019.

This refuelling stop currently takes place at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, which was initially chosen because of the possibility of connectivity. With Walvis Bay located at 300ft above sea-level with cooler meteorological conditions compared to Windhoek at 5600ft above sea level, Airlink will benefit by accommodating an additional 11 customers between Johannesburg and St Helena Island. Currently the flight is restricted to 87 seats including 6 business class seats on departing from Windhoek due to high temperature and high airport elevation.


http://www.tristantimes.com/art_14911.html

Will the fares decrease?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:19 am
by eastafspot
evanb wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
The Angolan government has allowed private investors to take a stake in flagship airline TAAG due to the carrier’s current financial difficulties.
The privatisation process covers 49% of TAAG, as the State will keep 51%, and 10% of the shares will be sold to transport sector workers and the remaining 39% available for sale on the market.
The national or foreign entities interested in acquiring TAAG shares will be limited to a maximum of 10% of the 39% placed on the market.


Why would anyone want to invest money in TAAG where the government still controls it?

Your view is in medium term only.


northsouthnomad wrote:
With the shuffle of emirates priorities and cut backs, it is interesting to see a temporary addition to Durban over the coming winter period.

Emirates will be introducing a second flight 4 times a week from 14 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Depart Dubai at 03.20am and arrive in Durban at 09.45am. There will be a 4h35 stop in Durban before the return flight departure at 14.20 and arrive in Dubai at 00.40am. It will be flown by a Boeing 777 - 300ER, the same as the current daily flight.

This would appear to be meeting demand for increased capacity over the winter period, but also could be a learning exercise for the airline on use of different connecting banks for Durban

Timings are really convenient!
Does anyone know if ET still operate to Durban? How long did they last?

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:23 pm
by northsouthnomad
eastafspot wrote:
evanb wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
The Angolan government has allowed private investors to take a stake in flagship airline TAAG due to the carrier’s current financial difficulties.
The privatisation process covers 49% of TAAG, as the State will keep 51%, and 10% of the shares will be sold to transport sector workers and the remaining 39% available for sale on the market.
The national or foreign entities interested in acquiring TAAG shares will be limited to a maximum of 10% of the 39% placed on the market.


Why would anyone want to invest money in TAAG where the government still controls it?

Your view is in medium term only.


northsouthnomad wrote:
With the shuffle of emirates priorities and cut backs, it is interesting to see a temporary addition to Durban over the coming winter period.

Emirates will be introducing a second flight 4 times a week from 14 June 2019 to 4 August 2019. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Depart Dubai at 03.20am and arrive in Durban at 09.45am. There will be a 4h35 stop in Durban before the return flight departure at 14.20 and arrive in Dubai at 00.40am. It will be flown by a Boeing 777 - 300ER, the same as the current daily flight.

This would appear to be meeting demand for increased capacity over the winter period, but also could be a learning exercise for the airline on use of different connecting banks for Durban

Timings are really convenient!
Does anyone know if ET still operate to Durban? How long did they last?



ET don't fly to Durban anymore. I am sure they will try again, but they had very poor perceptions in the Durban market

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:21 am
by NYKiwi
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.

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:51 pm
by eastafspot
Austrian Airlines in Northern winter 2019/20 season is increasing Vienna – Cape Town service, with the addition of 3rd weekly flight. The 3rd weekly flight is scheduled from 25DEC19 to 07JAN20, and from 23JAN20 to 18FEB20 (VIE departure). In Northern winter 2018/19 season, the 3rd weekly flight was flown during Christmas and New Year period only.

OS031 VIE1015 – 2240CPT 772 246
OS032 CPT0020 – 1050VIE 772 357

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... t=austrian

How does it connect at both ends?