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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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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.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48914418
 

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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:



https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/335083/these-are-the-south-african-air-routes-that-make-the-most-money/
 

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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 (£28.8m) 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.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49460873
 

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SA Express... will be adding seven new return flights between Cape Town International Airport and Gaborone in Botswana, seven return flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and three return flights to Luanda in Angola.
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SA Airlink had lodged it application on the Zimbabwe and Botswana routes, with 7 return flights a week also lodged for four Mozambique routes to Pembe, Beira, Tete and Vilankulo.
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FlyWestAir...Starting Monday, 7 October, we will offer two flights a day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one flight on Sundays, from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Cape Town International, with a quick stop-over in Oranjemund
https://www.traveller24.com/News/Flights/competition-to-connect-sa-to-its-regional-neighbours-heats-up-20191004-2
 

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SA Express announces daily flights between Johannesburg and Bulawayo

As SA Express (SAX) continues to accelerate the phased-in restoration of its network, the airline proudly announced recently that it will commence flights from Johannesburg to Bulawayo effective 18 November 2019.

SA Express will operate daily flights between Johannesburg and Bulawayo with a daily frequency from Monday to Saturday and a double daily frequency on Fridays. This new route reinforces the airline’s already expansive network presence on the continent, while offering the most convenient connections to business and leisure customers.

Bulawayo is the developing, industrial hub of Zimbabwe and the airline is confident that this route is poised for further growth through the stimulation of frequency. It is also the gateway to Matobo National Park, home to the Matobo Hills rock formations with Stone Age rock art. Here you'll also be spoilt for choice in terms of wildlife.

SA Express Interim CEO, Siza Mzimela says, “We remain focused on growing and optimising our route network - especially within the region. The new routes offer customers the convenience of a growing network that is positioned to complement our enhanced flight schedule.”

SA Express currently operates to 11 destinations – with the addition of this new regional route, air travel on the continent is made even easier for customers.

Flight Schedule:

• SA 1783: 14h00 from Johannesburg landing at 15h40 in Bulawayo on Fridays – Mondays

• SA 1784: 16h20 from Bulawayo landing at 18h00 in Johannesburg on Fridays – Mondays The second frequency on Fridays will depart as follows:

• SA 1781: 09h00 from Bulawayo landing at 10h40 in Bulawayo

• SA 1782 11h20 from Bulawayo landing at 13h00 in Johannesburg

https://www.traveller24.com/News/Flights/sa-express-announces-daily-flights-between-johannesburg-and-bulawayo-20191023
 

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SAA and Air Mauritius get go-ahead for their new joint venture


South African Airways (SAA) and Air Mauritius have been granted permission to form a joint venture on the route between Johannesburg and Mauritius route as well as other related routes, the Competition Commission announced on Thursday.

The exemption has primarily been granted because it promotes exports from South Africa, the Commission says.

The two airlines will pool the revenue and costs associated with the provision of commercial passenger and cargo services on the route between Mauritius and Johannesburg and related destinations.

The joint venture will enable the two airlines to access new markets, which may not have been economically feasible in the past. It will also help them to create efficiencies that would not otherwise be possible, according to a statement by the Commission.

"It is expected that the joint venture will equally benefit the South African economy as it will lead to increased foreign currency earnings, improved capacity utilisation and employment, increased passenger numbers, increased cargo capacity and increasing the route network in new markets," states the Commission.

The two airlines can now synchronise passenger and cargo capacity and expand their joint networks.

The exemption, in terms of the Competition Act, allows them to collaborate on the network, scheduling, revenue management and distribution across both carriers. This will enhance their existing bilateral offering.

https://www.fin24.com/Companies/TravelAndLeisure/saa-and-air-mauritius-get-go-ahead-for-their-new-joint-venture-20191024?
 

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FastJet is saying on their FB page that they will soon be announcing new routes and destinations.
On their booking engine the option for Bulawayo to Johannesburg is possible, however no flights available yet.
Did notice on FR24 a FastJet ERJ145 departing CPT also a few days ago, heading to Zim...perhaps having had some discussions...
Hoping they launch both HRE-CPT and HRE-DUR
 

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This woman belongs in prison. Almost single-handedly destroyed SAA:

Dudu Myeni stopped R1.5bn SAA and Emirates deal through WhatsApp message, court hears

Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni’s instruction to terminate a business deal between SAA and Emirates was done so telephonically and later through a WhatsApp message a few hours before the failed official signing of the deal in Paris, France.

This was the testimony of former SAA CEO Nico Bezuidenhout on Monday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria sitting in the Palace of Justice.

Bezuidenhout was testifying in the court application by Outa and SAA Pilots Association (SAAPA) to declare Myeni a delinquent director.

Outa and SAAPA in their court papers have listed the failure of the SAA and Emirates deal as one of the key reasons that the High Court in Pretoria should rule in their favour.

Last week it was revealed that, “In January 2015, Emirates approached SAA with a proposal for an enhanced commercial relationship. Benefits included an expanded code-sharing relationship and an annual revenue guarantee of $100m (R1.4billion), which would have supported SAA in operating a profitable daily service between Johannesburg and Dubai.”

Bezuidenhout gave the court a detailed account of how Myeni had allegedly ignored numerous requests to approve the deal. He said he wrote numerous emails to Myeni, including providing opinions by experts who supported the deal.

Bezuidenhout said the rest of Myeni’s board members also supported the deal.

He told the court that he left for France on June 14, 2015 as they had with their Emirates counterparts singled out June 16, 2015 to sign the deal. Bezuidenhout said the reason for that date was due to the fact that it coincided with the Paris Airshow - the biggest in the world. He said both parties were hoping to attract a large contingent of journalists to the signing ceremony. “On 15 June I had a conversation with my Emirates counterparts and I informed them that I still did not get permission to sign the deal.

“The Emirates senior managers told me they would escalate the matter with the government including President Jacob Zuma.

“The next morning I got a call from Ms Myeni at about 2am. She was furious and accused of having embarrassed the country and the president. She told him that the Emirates people have contacted the President.

“Later on, she said I should not sign the deal. She also said the President did not want me to sign the deal. I never heard the President saying it but Ms Myeni mentioned the President’s name,” Bezuidenhout said.

He said seven hours later, Myeni allegedly sent a WhatsApp to him and instructed him not to execute the deal.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/dudu-myeni-stopped-r15bn-saa-and-emirates-deal-through-whatsapp-message-court-hears-42028051
 

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FlySafair considers buying Mango from SAA

South African carrier FlySafair is interested in buying the low-cost arm of state-owned South African Airways — if it’s put up for sale by the embattled national carrier.

FlySafair management has approached SAA’s administrators about a possible acquisition of Mango Airlines, Chief Executive Officer Elmar Conradie, 44, said in an interview on Tuesday. However, the business-rescue experts made clear their priority is to complete a turnaround plan of the main carrier due at the end of the month, he said.

“The only one that makes sense is Mango,” the CEO said, when asked if he would be interested in any future SAA asset sales. A move for SAA Technical, which provides aircraft maintenance, would be “total overkill” given FlySafair’s fleet is already serviced by its parent company, Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd., he said at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office.

South Africa’s government put SAA into a local form of bankruptcy protection late last year to end a damaging cycle of state bailouts and ever-mounting losses. The administrators have cut a number of routes, including all domestic flights except Johannesburg-Cape Town, and started talks with labor groups on job cuts that could affect more than 4,700 workers.

Closely held FlySafair, which began operations six years ago and flies to seven destinations around the country, has at the same time been adding routes and increasing frequencies. The carrier will announce a new Johannesburg-Durban service next week, the CEO said, and is steadily upgrading its fleet from aging Boeing Co. 737-400 models to more modern 737-800s.

FlySafair sees capacity increasing by 15% this year, and the airline has yet to see any impact on bookings from the spread of the coronavirus, which has forced international carriers including Delta Air Lines Inc. and Air France-KLM to cut thousands of flights. The South African carrier doesn’t carry many international passengers, the CEO said, while only 13 cases of the virus have been identified in the country to date.

“It’s not having an impact on us yet,” Conradie said. “It could become much worse.”

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/business/342231-flysafair-considers-buying-mango-from-saa.html
 

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Some positive news looking to the future -

TAP Air Portugal To Launch Direct Cape Town & Cancun Flights
  • byLinnea Ahlgren
  • April 7, 2020

  • While it may feel like it is all doom-and-gloom in the aviation industry of late, there are still those who look optimistically towards the future. Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal has decided to load three new long-haul routes, all set to begin later this year.
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    TAP Air Portugal is gearing up to launch three new long-haul routes in 2020. Photo: TAP
  • Cape Town, Cancun and Toronto
    TAP, the national airline of Portugal, is going against current trends and has decided to load three new long-haul routes, all planned to be inaugurated during 2020. As reported by One Mile At A Time, the Lisbon-based carrier intends to launch new flights from Portugal to Cape Town, Cancun, and Toronto.
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Lisbon to Cape Town
Furthest into the future of these new flights is the three-weekly direct Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa, set to commence on the 11th of November. TAP will operate its new Airbus A330-900neo on the route with the following schedule:
  • TP275 Lisbon to Cape Town departing 10:30 arriving 23:40 – Sun, Wed, Fri
  • TP276 Cape Town to Lisbon departing 2:05 arriving 11:30 – Mon, Thu, Sat


 
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