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Old February 7th, 2006, 07:26 AM   #1
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Old February 7th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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what about fleet size?
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Old February 7th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #3
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I do love the livery. It is one of my favorites.
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Old February 7th, 2006, 04:01 PM   #4
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Top class service in all classes. One of the best, along with Tap Portugal.

It's about time S.A. Airways began flying once again to Lisbon.
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Old February 7th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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SAA destinations (around 700 with all codeshare agreements).

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Old February 8th, 2006, 04:32 AM   #6
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Fleet

The South African Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (at August 2005):

11 Airbus A319-100
6 Airbus A340-200
3 Airbus A340-300
9 Airbus A340-600
1 Boeing 737-200
21 Boeing 737-800
8 Boeing 747-400
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Old February 8th, 2006, 04:51 AM   #7
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Some post-apartheid background

With the demise of apartheid, beginning 1990, SAA was now able to shake off its pariah image, restoring services to old destinations, introducing services to new ones, and expanding into the rest of Africa, and into Asia. Later that year, SAA was chosen as the Best Airline to Africa by London magazine Executive Travel.

1991 saw the arrival of SAA's first Airbus A320 jet, and its first Boeing 747-400 jet, nicknamed the Durban. The airline resumed flights to New York for the first time since the United States imposed economic sanctions on South Africa in 1986, and South African's planes were able to fly for the first time over Egypt and Sudan.

1992 saw South African enter the Miami market (from Cape Town) by flying into Miami International Airport, and re-enter Australia. This year also saw code sharing agreements with American Airlines and Air Tanzania. That year also saw direct flights to Southeast Asia including Bangkok and Singapore.

1993 was the year Manchester and Hamburg entered the route system, and a code sharing agreement was reached with Brazil's Varig.

1994, South African became a 25 percent owner of a company named Sax, and a feeder service (SA Express) began flying domestically. This year saw the birth of the airline Alliance, which was a partnership between SAA, Uganda Airways and Air Tanzania.

1995, Lufthansa started a code sharing agreement with SAA

1996 saw flights to Singapore discontinued, with Bangkok becoming an Asian hub for the airline. That year, South African Olympic athletes were carried to Atlanta aboard 747 Ndizani (mulyi-coloured plane). SAA won Executive Travel's best airline to Africa award for the third time.

In 1997, SAA introduced its new image and livery, dropping the springbok emblem, and the old national colours of orange, white and blue. The new livery was based upon the new national flag, with a sun.

1998 saw services to Buenos Aires and São Paulo's restored; services to Copenhagen stopped,

1999 South African and Delta Air Lines started code sharing on flights from Atlanta to South Africa.

2000 South African arrive at Ft. Lauderdale; and order 21 more Boeing 737s for its domestic routes.

2001, South African won the Best Cargo Airline to Africa award from Air Cargo News - (even though SAA is mostly a passenger airline) - and signed a code sharing agreement with Nigeria Airways, to provide service from the United States to Lagos, using SAA 747s. The airline earned a spot on the Zagat Survey's top ten international airlines list.

March 2002, under CEO Andre Viljoen, SAA asked Airbus Industrie to overhaul its fleet at a cost of $3.5 billion. SAA ordered nine A340-600 widebodies, six A340-300s, 11 A319s and 15 A320 aircraft.
These new Airbus aircraft are to replace the aging Boeing fleet, as well as the recently ordered Boeing 737-800's, over a period of 8 to 9 years.

In late 2002, South African Airways made a successful bid for a 49 per cent stake in Air Tanzania. This is the first acquisition of a foreign airline for SAA.

In March 2004 South African Airways announced its application to join Star Alliance. The alliance accepted the application in June, with SAA joining as a full member in 2006.

In September 2004, it was reported that due to disappointing financial results, SAA would be cancelling its order of 15 A320 aircraft.

2005- South African Airways became the first non-Saudi airline to fly a direct Hadj service to Medina in Saudi Arabia. It operated a series of charters from Johannesburg to Jeddah in December 2004, as well as a one-off direct service to Medina, all using Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The airline has signed a co-operation agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines and the South African Hadj and Umrah Council to jointly co-ordinate future pilgrimage flights (ref: Airliner World, March 2005).

Beginning July 1, South African Airways started 4x weekly Johannesburg-Accra-Washington, D.C. with a Boeing 747-400.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 02:37 AM   #8
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Johannesburg Intl Airport spruces up for Airbus
08/02/2006

Johannesburg - Construction at the Johannesburg International Airport to accommodate the A380 Airbus will be completed by the end of 2008, the Airports Company SA said on Wednesday.
The massive rehabilitation project, to cost about R10bn over the next few years, had already begun.

Due to the 2010 Soccer World Cup the upgrading began about three years ago, but there will be more massive upgrades to the runways and terminals.

It's expected that traffic at the airport will double in the next nine to ten years. The Airbus will carry about 550 passengers so JIA has to accommodate for the arrival and departure of 550 passengers at a time.

International traffic had increased by 6% in the past 10 years and was expected to increase by 12% in the next 10 years.

The central terminal building, international and domestic terminals, arrival and departure terminals, check-points as well as the gate and stand capacity would be upgraded.

The expansion and development of the retail mall and seating area would be completed by the end of next year.

Outside, two air bridges will be installed, runways and taxi-ways will be expanded, provisions will be made for remote parking positions of the A380.

The arrivals concourse would also be enlarged, and another 75 check-in counters would be built.

The airport was being rehabilitated to accommodate the A380 because the Airbus was important for Johannesburg International Airport.

It means that more international tourists, composed mostly of European and Eastern tourists, will be coming here. There will be high loads and our international market would grow.

While the airport has much to gain from the arrival of the Airbus, SA industries also stand to benefit from the growth of the aircraft, Hadi Akoum, Vice President of Airbus, said.

"The manufacturing of part of the wings and galleys is done in SA. We also have a strong relationship with SA regarding the military transporter," Akoum said.

Cape Town International Airport was the preferred diversion for the A380, and two more runways would be constructed there.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 02:49 AM   #9
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Great to finally see a thread on this!

Good on yah! I'm excited... I'll be following it, you bet!

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Old February 9th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #10
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INTERVIEW - S. Africa Airways sees possible 2005/06 loss
By Lucia Mutikani

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9 (Reuters) - South African Airways is bracing itself for a possible loss in the 2005/06 financial year because of a soaring fuel bill, but much depends on passenger traffic volumes in March, a senior official said.

Chief Financial Officer Tryphosa Ramano told Reuters in an interview that the state-owned airline's fuel bill was already 1.6 billion rand ($259.9 million) above the previous fiscal year. SAA's financial year ends on March 31.

The flag carrier reported a 240 million rand ($38.61 million) operating loss in the first half, because of surging oil prices and a wage strike which cost between 100 and 150 million rand.

"The second half is also very tough. We shouldn't be expecting what we achieved last year. We shouldn't be expecting the numbers to be good ... they can range from a loss to a small profit," Ramano said.

Africa's largest airline reported net profit of 966 million rand in fiscal 2004/05 compared to an 8.6 billion rand loss in the previous period. The fuel bill contributed between 300 and 400 million rand to the first half loss.

"It's very difficult. We had budgeted for higher amounts for fuel ... $45 (per barrel) and not $65," said Ramano.

"Although we are charging levies, they are not sufficient. No airline is sustainable at $65 (per barrel), obviously some action needs to be taken in terms of looking at the business ... simplifying the process."

BUSY MARCH ANTICIPATED

Oil prices have spiked on concerns over the standoff between Iran and the international community, putting a squeeze on airlines. Prices are hovering around $63 a barrel.

The outcome of the March passenger traffic figures would determine whether a loss or profit was reported, Ramano said.

March is traditionally the airline's busiest month, with revenue of up to 400 million rand normally recorded. It is the end of the financial year for most companies and a busy time for business travel.

SAA is also experiencing a decline in domestic revenue because of aggressive competition from budget carriers, some of which have started flying to destinations in the region previously serviced by the airline. SAA's budget rivals include Comair, part owned by British Airways .

Ramano said although the airline's cost saving programme had been slowed by last year's strike, management was on course to achieve its target to save 1.6 billion rand over 18 months. The three-year plan started in 2005/2006.

"More than 400 million rand is already in the bank. For the next financial year we are looking at another 800 million rand. By year three we should have achieved that 1.6 billion rand," she said.

The cost of leasing and maintaining aircraft, improved utilisation of planes and the implementation of a new revenue accounting system will be among savings.

Some aircraft lease contracts with Boeing aircraft will be renegotiated.

SAA was on scheduled to be removed from the Transnet stable by December this year, Ramano said. The state-owned rail and logistics group has identified SAA as a non-core asset.

The airline will remain government owned, with management reporting to the Department of Public Enterprises.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 03:12 AM   #11
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Delta plans SA to Atlanta leg
09/02/2006 21:32 PM

Johannesburg - Delta Air Lines - the third largest airline in the world - is seeking the necessary government approvals to become the only US airline to operate a scheduled service between South Africa and the USA.
Delta said on Thursday that in a filing with the department of transportation, it is requesting government approvals to begin the first ever Delta-operated services between Atlanta and Johannesburg, with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.

Unveiling the plans to the media in Johannesburg, Delta's manager GSA Sales Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that it was hoped to begin the service as early as December.

He said it would be a "frequent service" - "we are in for the long term."

He said Delta expected to move 130 000 passengers a year on the service.

The proposed service will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft featuring 36 Business Class and 178 Economy Class seats. But this might change to the Boeing 777 aircraft, Eichelgruen said.

He explained that Delta has an advantage over other US airlines in that it has many 767 aircraft which are mostly long-range and it is easy to move these from domestic to international routes.

Since 2005, Delta, which is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has introduced 50 new routes as part of its reorganisation plan.

It has been shifting capacity from domestic to international travel - in 2005 its capacity was 20% international and 80% domestic and by the end of this year it expects capacity to be 35% international and 65% domestic, he said.

He added that Delta expects to obtain permission to operate the service within six weeks to two months.

Delta had decided to introduce the service in December as this was the peak season, he explained, adding that there was genuine business sense in routing the service via Dakar as there is increased traffic between the US and Senegal, which is a key destination for Afro- American tourism.

Commenting on the new Delta flight, Jim Whitehurst, Delta's chief operating officer, said: "This application marks another key step in Delta's international expansion plans. Not only will the new service be the first between Johannesburg and Atlanta operated by Delta, it will also offer many new travel options for South African business and leisure travellers along with multiple opportunities for freight forwarders and cargo shippers.

"From Atlanta, South African customers will continue to benefit from more onward connections to more cities throughout the USA, Canada and Central America than from any other gateway."

Delta customers from Africa via Atlanta will have connecting opportunities to over 140 American cities.

The service between South Africa and the US is the latest in a series of more than 50 new international routes added or announced by Delta in the last year as part of the largest international expansion in the airline's history.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:12 AM   #12
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SAA was still saying that they would keep flying to Atlanta, even after the Delta-SAA feeder system ended. And even after today's announcement I could still see SAA fighting it out with Delta on the Atlanta-Johanesburg flight.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:37 AM   #13
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SAA will formally join the Star Alliance this year. It will therefore move its US hub to Chicago, United's base. I dont think they would retain the ATL-JBN route. Will check it out.
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SAA will formally join the Star Alliance this year. It will therefore move its US hub to Chicago, United's base. I dont think they would retain the ATL-JBN route. Will check it out.
SAA has never said anything about moving to United's O'Hare hub and I highly doubt it ever will. Miami has been talked about even though it's a major OneWorld hub (American Airlines.)
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SAA has never said anything about moving to United's O'Hare hub and I highly doubt it ever will. Miami has been talked about even though it's a major OneWorld hub (American Airlines.)
Latest rumours are they are going to O'Hare, and Miami, at the end of the year/early '07.

O'Hare will be JNB-SID-ORD while Miami will be JNB-CPT-MIA, making MIA the only SAA destination in the US with actual non-stops to South Africa. The more VFR (Visting Friends & Relatives) nature of the service makes this possible, since it makes a Cape Town stop more feasable.
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Old April 19th, 2006, 04:13 AM   #16
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Any more news on SAA leaving ATL?
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