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Old July 7th, 2019, 10:33 AM   #3421
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Originally Posted by Ron2K View Post
And I should also add that the reason that the Qantas PER-JNB flight never materialized was due to disagreement between Qantas and Perth Airport as to which terminal to operate out of!
Indeed, although there was always a suspicion that QF were not entirely honest in the engagement and were being a little self righteous, i.e. that they were never really intending to operate the route. But they did load a schedule for it, although zeroed out all the capacity.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 10:18 PM   #3422
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Landing at CPT from Port Elizabeth:

Departing from JNB to Sao Paulo by LATAM:

Landing at Port Elizabeth airport in winter with Comair:

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Old July 9th, 2019, 06:44 AM   #3423
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South African teens fly from Cape to Cairo in homemade plane

An aircraft built by South African teenagers has successfully landed in Egypt six weeks after it set off from Cape Town.

The four-seater Sling 4 plane was assembled by a group of 20 students from vastly different backgrounds.

The crew landed in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda during the 12,000km (7,455 mile) trip.

Pilot Megan Werner, 17, founder of U-Dream Global project, said she was thrilled by the accomplishment.

"I'm so honoured to have made a difference around the continent at the places we've stopped.

"The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it," she added.

Another Sling 4 plane, flown by professional pilots, accompanied the teen flyers, whose goal was to give motivational talks for other teenagers along the way.

The teenagers built the aircraft in three weeks from a kit manufactured in South Africa by the Airplane Factory. Construction included assembling thousands of small parts.

Megan's father, Des Werner, who is a commercial pilot, said it would normally take 3,000 man hours to assemble a Sling 4.

The impressive feat had its challenges, Megan said.

In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, they could not get fuel.

"When we eventually got it, the support aircraft started leaking fuel so they couldn't fly with us and only two people - Driaan van den Heever, the safety pilot, and I carried on," Megan said.

"We were concerned about flying across Sudan because of the political unrest in that country."

Megan was one of six in the group to have obtained a pilot's licence, and the six shared flying duties in their silver aircraft, which is emblazoned with maps of Africa on both wings together with sponsors' logos.

Their basic pilot's licences presented a further challenge as they only allow flying at a height where the ground is still visible and prohibit entering cloud.


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Old August 19th, 2019, 05:07 AM   #3424
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Very interesting data:

These are the African air routes that make the most money

Travel intelligence group, OAG, has published its annual tracker of the world’s most lucrative air routes – ranking the highest revenue generating routes around the globe for some of the world’s largest airlines.

The British Airways air route between London’s Heathrow airport and JFK International Airport in New York is the biggest money turner globally, having made $1.16 billion in the 2018/19 review period – between April 2018 and March 2019.

This route saw 42,680 scheduled flights over the period, earning $27,159 per hour.

OAG’s data showed that this is the world’s only billion-dollar air route, with next closest being Qantas Airways’ Melbourne-Sydney route, which earned just over $860 million over the same period.

For African air routes, the most lucrative is Emirates’ route between OR Tambo International and Dubai International Airport, which generated over $315 million (R4.8 billion) in the 2018/19 review period.

This is followed by British Airways’ OR Tambo – Heathrow route, which made $295 million (R4.5 billion) over the period.

The domestic Joburg to Cape Town route for South African Airways was ranked as the fifth most lucrative on the continent, pulling in $185 million (R2.8 billion).

Two other routes, featuring Cape Town, are also listed – Cape Town to Dubai (R2.7 billion) and Cape Town to London (R2.65 billion)

These are the highest revenue-generating routes in Africa:


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Old August 25th, 2019, 07:39 AM   #3425
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South Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane in Johannesburg

South African authorities have seized a plane from Tanzania's national carrier, the Tanzanian government said.

The Airbus 220-300 was due to fly from Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

It was not immediately clear why the action was taken, and South African authorities have not commented.

But a retired farmer has said the aircraft was impounded because Tanzania's government had not paid him $33m (Ł28.8m) it owes in compensation.

Lawyer Roger Wakefield told the BBC the money was awarded after Tanzania's government seized lands belonging to the South African farmer.

A Tanzanian government spokesperson told the BBC that the country's lawyers had arrived in South Africa to investigate.

In a statement on Friday, Air Tanzania said that it expected to make flight schedule adjustments "due to unforeseeable circumstances", but did not give any further details.

The carrier's managing director Ladislaus Matindi told Reuters arrangements had been made for passengers to resume their journey on another flight.

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