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Encyclopedia > South African Airways
South African Airways
IATA
SA
ICAO
SAA
Callsign
SPRINGBOK
Founded 1934
Hubs OR Tambo Int'l Airport
Cape Town International Airport
Frequent flyer program Voyager
Member lounge Cycad/Baobab Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 49
Destinations 35
Parent company Transnet
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Key people Khaya Ngqula (CEO), Tryphosa Ramano (CFO)
Website: http://www.flysaa.com

South African Airways (SAA) is South Africa's largest domestic and international airline company, with hubs in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is also known in Afrikaans as Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL), although this version of the name no longer appears on the airline's livery. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1745x482, 68 KB)From the 2005 Annual Report of SAA. This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... OR Tambo International Airport (IATA: JNB, ICAO: FAJS) is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. ... Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) (IATA: CPT, ICAO: FACT) is an airport in Cape Town, South Africa. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... CFO is usually short for Chief Financial Officer, but may also mean: Carrier frequency offset Ceramic fiber optics Chief Fire Officer Chief of Flight Operations Conselho Federal de Odontologia (cfo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... Look up company in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Contents

History

Formation

In 1934, an airline named Union Airways was bought by South Africa's government, and renamed South African Airways on 1 February. The first cities served were Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The following year, also on 1 February, South African Airways took over South-West African Airways which had since 1932 been providing a weekly air-mail service between Windhoek and Kimberley. See also: 1933 in South Africa, other events of 1934, 1935 in South Africa and the Timeline of South African history. ... Union Airways was the first South African commercial airline. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... Map of South Africa showing Durbans location. ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... --193. ... The Big Hole, a prominent tourist attraction in Kimberley Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ...


In the 1930s SAA entered the international market with flights to Kenya and Uganda. The slow growth continued during the 1940s. The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ...


In 1945 SAA achieved a longtime company goal by operating a route to Europe when an Avro York landed in Bournemouth, England, after the long flight from Palmietfontein near Johannesburg. Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The Avro York was a passenger and freight transport of the 1940s, in both military and civilian applications. ... , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

South African Airways Boeing 747-400 at London Heathrow Airport
South African Airways Boeing 747-400 at London Heathrow Airport
A South African Airways Airbus A340-600.
A South African Airways Airbus A340-600.
A South African Airways Boeing 747 in the old livery.
A South African Airways Boeing 747 in the old livery.
South African Airways "new" Business Class on display in 2006
South African Airways "new" Business Class on display in 2006

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The jet age

The 1950s saw the advent of the jet age with the addition of the Boeing 707 to the airline's fleet. In 1953 SAA made aviation history when it became the first airline outside UK to operate the world's first pure jetliner, the De Havilland Comet, on lease from BOAC. In November of 1957 the "Wallaby" service to Perth, Australia was added. SAA's first 707 landed in Europe in October 1960 with a nine-hour flight to Athens. Two years later, SAA's jets would allow the airline to fly nonstop from South Africa into the UK and SAA's other European destinations. Johannesburg-New York route, via Rio de Janeiro, opened on February of 1969. Later in 1971, SAA added the Boeing 747-200 'Jumbo Jet' to its fleet, followed in 1976 by the long range 747-SP and the Airbus A300, and in 1983 by the 747-300 SUD, which provided first non-stop flights between Johannesburg and London that same year. the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the de Havilland Comet jet airliner. ... After technical problems with the Comet, BOAC resumed jet service with imported Boeing 707s. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the Brazilian city. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the second largest passenger airliner after the Airbus A380. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Abu Muslim unites the Abbasid Empire against the Umayyads. ... The Airbus A300 is a short to medium range widebody aircraft. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Events Abu Muslim unites the Abbasid Empire against the Umayyads. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Effect of apartheid

The next few years would be marked by steady but slower growth. Many countries refused to trade economically with South Africa, and this affected the airline. While many airlines were growing fast on the international market, SAA's growth rate was far behind most. Many African countries, except South Africa's neighbours, refused to let SAA use their airspace, but by then SAA had acquired a fleet of 'Special Performance' Boeing 747 SPs, reducing the need for stopovers.


A major development for the airline during the 1970s was the opening of a route to Asia, with Boeing 747 flights to Hong Kong being launched. In 1980, when SAA began flights to Taipei, South Africa became one of the few countries in the world at that time to recognize the Republic of China government of Taiwan. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... The Boeing 747, sometimes nicknamed the Jumbo Jet,[4][5] is long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing in the United States. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... A view of the Chiang-Kai Shek International Airport Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (中正國際航空站, pinyin: Zhōngzhèng Gúojī Hángkōngzhàn) is located in Taiwan, Republic of China and is one of two airports that serve Taipei. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ...


Fiftieth anniversary

SAA celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1984. In this year the South African government made a controversial decision when it signed a treaty with Somalia to give extensive military aid to the repressive regime of Siad Barre in exchange for an exclusive contract to service Somali air travel. This turned out to be economically nonviable since few Somalis could afford airline tickets, and due to the incessant civil disorder in the country, few people wanted to go to Somalia. This article is about the year. ... Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali: Maxamed Siyaad Barre) (1919 – January 2, 1995) was the Head of State of Somalia from 1969 to 1991. ...


SAA's services to South America were cut back in 1985 because of lack of demand, with services to Buenos Aires stopped, but those to Rio de Janeiro continued. South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Buenos Aires (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Brazilian city. ...


Due to international condemnation of the apartheid regime in the late 1980s, SAA itself faced hostility, with its offices being attacked. Its London office was daubed with red paint, while in Harare, Zimbabwe its offices were badly damaged after protesters went on the rampage. In 1987, SAA's services to Perth and Sydney in Australia were ended, in light of Canberra's opposition to apartheid. On November 28 of that year, disaster struck the airline, when a 747, the Helderberg (South African Airways flight 295) flying from Taipei to Johannesburg crashed into the Indian Ocean, near Mauritius, killing all passengers and crew. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Map of Zimbabwe showing the location of Harare. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... On November 28, 1987, Flight 295, a Boeing B-747-244B Combi, registered ZS-SAS, called the Helderberg and flying the colors of South African Airways, took off from Chiang Kai Shek International Airport near Taipei, Taiwan, on a flight to Johannesburg via Plaisance International Airport in the Republic of... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country Region City seat Xinyi District (信義區) Government  - Mayor Hau Lung-bin (KMT)1 E9 Area  - City 271. ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ...


During that year, the South African Airways Museum opened its doors to the public at OR Tambo International Airport, which was then known as Jan Smuts International Airport (Johannesburg International Airport was renamed the OR Tambo International Airport in 2006.) OR Tambo International Airport (IATA: JNB, ICAO: FAJS) is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. ...


End of the 'pariah airline'

With the demise of apartheid, beginning in 1990, SAA was 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. June 1 of 1990 was also an important day for SAA, as South African companies signed a domestic air travel deregulation act. Later that year, SAA was chosen as the Best Airline to Africa by London magazine Executive Travel. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Pariah in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


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 City's JFK International Airport 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. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA Airport Code: JFK, ICAO Airport Code: KJFK) is the main international airport in New York City, and is one of the largest airports in the world. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


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. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Miami redirects here. ... Destinations with direct service from Miami Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) northwest of the central business district of Miami, in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... American Airlines, Inc. ... Air Tanzania is the national airline of the United Republic of Tanzania in eastern Africa. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Don Muang International Airport (also Don Mueang, Thai ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง) is an airport in Bangkok, Thailand. ...


In 1993 the airline began services to Manchester and Hamburg, and a code sharing agreement was reached with Brazil's Varig. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... This article is about the city in Germany. ... Varig Boeing 737-300 Varig (Viação Aérea RIo Grandense) is an airline owned by Gol Transportes Aéreos based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ...


In 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 Airlines and Air Tanzania. Also South African greeted its passengers in four different languages during domestic flights: English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Sotho, while passengers on international flights were also greeted in the destination's local language. Nevertheless, this "Alliance" withered against intense competition from Kenya Airways (& affiliated Precision Air). The Tanzanian government is subsidising Air Tanzania while it disentagles the relationship with SAA. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... South African Express Airways is an airline based in South Africa. ... A Uganda Airlines Boeing 707 at London Stansted Uganda Airlines is an airline based in Uganda. ... Air Tanzania is the national airline of the United Republic of Tanzania in eastern Africa. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Zulu (called isiZulu in Zulu), is a language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. ... Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. ... Sesotho (Sotho, Southern Sotho or Southern Sesotho[1]) is a Bantu language spoken primarily in South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages, and in Lesotho, where it is the national language. ...


In 1995, Lufthansa started a code sharing agreement with SAA, and SAA commissioned Herdbuoys Diefenbach Elkins to lead South African's change of image. This year, South African's Voyager and American Airlines' AAdvantage frequent flier clubs joined together. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Luftansa headquarters in Cologne, Germany. ... American Airlines, Inc. ...


1996 saw flights to Singapore discontinued, with Bangkok becoming an Asian hub for the airline, and South African Olympic athletes were carried to Atlanta aboard 747 Ndizani. SAA won Executive Travel's best airline to Africa award for the third time. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governer Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and is one of two airports considered the busiest airport in the world. ...


Rebranding

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. The airline's name on its aircraft was changed to simply 'South African', with the Afrikaans name Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens being dropped. The airline started online ticket sales and formed an alliance with SA Airlink and SA Express. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Binomial name (Zimmermann, 1780) Range map For other meanings of Springbok, see Springbok The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope, deer, or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a small brown and white gazelle that stands about 75 cm high. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Airlink is an airline based in South Africa. ... South African Express Airways is an airline based in South Africa. ...


In 1998 services to Buenos Aires and São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport restored, services to Copenhagen Airport stopped, and a new airline President in the figure of Coleman Andrews. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Landmark buildings Edifício Italia (at left) and Copan (curved façade at center), in São Paulo Downtown. ... Guarulhos International Airport (IATA: GRU, ICAO: SBGR), officially known as Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo/Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro, is an airport that serves São Paulo, Brazil, located in Guarulhos municipality, 22 km northeast of the São Paulo city centre. ... Copenhagen Airport (Danish: , Swedish: ) (IATA: CPH, ICAO: EKCH) is the major airport serving Copenhagen, Denmark, though also serving Malmö, Sweden. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1999 South African and Delta Air Lines started code sharing on flights from Atlanta to South Africa. Those flights took place on South African Airways planes. This article is about the year. ... Delta Air Lines, Inc. ...


2000 saw South African arrive at Ft. Lauderdale's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and order 21 more Boeing 737s for its domestic routes. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... , FAA diagram of FLL “FLL” redirects here. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ...


In 2001, South African won the Best Cargo Airline to Africa award from Air Cargo News - (even though South African is mostly a passenger airline) - and South African Airways signed a code sharing agreement with Nigeria Airways, to provide service from the United States to Lagos, using South African 747s. (This code share agreement is no longer in effect, and SAA's flights to/from the United States no longer stop in Nigeria.) The airline earned a spot on the Zagat Survey's top ten international airlines list, opened a new website and named Andre Viljoen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Nigeria Airways is the former national airline of Nigeria, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Lagos. ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Zagat Survey (pronounced Zuh-GOT) was established by Tim and Nina Zagat in 1979 as a way to collect and correlate the ratings of restaurants by diners. ...


In March 2002, under CEO Andre Viljoen, South African Airways 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. Three of the A340-600 aircraft came from International Lease Finance Corp. The new Airbus A319s replaced the aging Boeing 737-200 fleet, but the Boeing 737-800's continue in service, because SAA canceled the A320 order before any aircraft were delivered. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Airbus S.A.S. is a commercial aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ... This article is about the airliner manufacturer. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ...


In late 2002, South African Airways made a successful bid for a 49 per cent stake in Air Tanzania. This was SAA's first acquisition of a foreign airline. The merger failed in 2006 when new SAA management felt that the arrangement was an unprofitable mistake made by previous SAA managers.[1] Also see: 2002 (number). ... Air Tanzania is the national airline of the United Republic of Tanzania in eastern Africa. ...


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 April 2006. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ...


In July 2004, Andre Viljoen resigned as CEO of SAA, the media speculated he resigned due to the heavy losses SAA suffered in a R6-billion hedging loss.


In 2005, it became the first non-Saudi airline to fly a direct Hadj service to Medina in Saudi Arabia. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hajj or Haj is the Pilgrimage to Mecca (or, Makkah) and is the fifth of the Five Pillars of Islam. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so is obliged to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. ... This article is about the city in Saudi Arabia. ...


In July 2005, SAA started 4 times weekly Johannesburg-Accra-Washington, D.C. service with a Boeing 747-400. Service was increased to a daily service in July 2006, and the 747-400 was replaced by an Airbus A340-600. Also, because SAA could not obtain rights to fly passengers between Ghana and the US, the stop in Accra was replaced with a stop in Dakar. Accra will remain an SAA destination, however. // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes darrondissement) City proper (commune) Région Dakar Département Dakar Mayor Pape Diop (PDS) (since 2002) Area 82. ... Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana. ...


On June 6th, 2006, South African Airways' codeshare alliance with the US Airline, Delta Air Lines, was terminated. South African's participation in the Star Alliance caused tension between the airlines as it is a major competitor of Delta's SkyTeam Alliance. Delta Air Lines, Inc. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... SkyTeam is the second largest airline alliance in the world — behind Star Alliance — partnering thirteen carriers from four continents, with three pending members. ...


Alliance

On April 10, 2006, SAA formally joined Star Alliance. SAA began code-share service with United Airlines. All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ...


South African Airways is an airline partner of Skywards, the frequent flyer program for Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines. Skywards members can earn miles for flying South African and can redeem miles for free flights. Skywards Logo Skywards is the frequent flyer program for Emirates and SriLankan Airlines. ... Emirates (Arabic: الإمارات al-Imārāt) is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ... Categories: Airline stubs | Airlines of Asia ...


Destinations

SAA operates routes to São Paulo, New York City, Washington, D.C., London, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Perth, linking itself with partners. Most international flights operate from Johannesburg, the only international routes from Cape Town are to London and Frankfurt. It also operates numerous local and regional routes. This article is about the city. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... // This article is about the city in South Africa. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ...

Further information: South African Airways destinations

This is a list of South African Airways destinations. ...

Cargo

South African Cargo is the airlines freight branch they operate cargo services with a 737-200F to domestic and regional destinations.


Fleet

Passenger Fleet

The South African Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft as of November 2007:

South African Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Routes Notes
Airbus A319-100 11 120 (25/95) Short-medium haul
Domestic and Regional
Airbus A340-200 6 250 (24/226) Long haul
Australia, Europe, India
and South America
Airbus A340-300 6 253 (38/215) Long haul
Australia, Europe,
North America and South America
Airbus A340-600 9 317 (42/275) Ultra-Long haul
North America and South East Asia, and Europe
Boeing 737-800 17 157 (32/125) Short-medium haul
Domestic and Regional
Total number of aircraft 49 Updated: November2007 [2]

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Cargo Fleet

South African Airways Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Capacity
(Weight)
Routes Notes
Boeing 737-200F 1 20 tons Short haul
Domestic and Regional
Boeing 737-300QC 2 " Planned to add


South African Airways was once known for naming its aircraft. Various models, eg. B707, B727, B737-200, B747, were named after geographical phenomena in South Africa, such as rivers, cities, towns and mountain ranges. In recent years, however, all new SAA aircraft were not named. The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... The Boeing 707 (most commonly spoken as Seven Oh Seven) is a four engined commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... Sun Country 727 The Boeing 727 was, for a very long time, the most popular jet-liner in the world. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the largest passenger airliner in service. ...


In 2006, two 747-400s, delivered in 1990 and 1991 (ZS-SAV "Durban" and ZS-SAW "Bloemfontein"), were sold to Cathay Pacific Airways and converted to B747-400BCF or Boeing Converted Freighters. Cathay values these B747-444 as they have the same Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines as Cathay's passenger fleet, making maintenance much faster and cheaper than if the freighter used General Electric or Pratt & Whitney engines. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (國泰航空有限公司 Pinyin (in Mandarin Chinese):Guótài Hángkōng Yŏuxiàn Gōngsī, abbreviated 國泰) is an Asian commercial airline based in Hong Kong. ... This article is about the aircraft engine company. ... Rolls-Royce RB211 engine The Rolls Royce RB.211 family is a family of high-bypass turbofan aircraft engines made by Rolls-Royce capable of generating 37,400 to 60,600 pound (166 to 270 kN) thrust. ... “GE” redirects here. ... Pratt & Whitney is an American aircraft engine manufacturer whose products are widely used in both civil and military aircraft. ...


In June 2007, SAA confirmed earlier speculation that the airline's restructuring plan means there will be no new aircraft purchased for an unspecified time period.[3] Additionally, it was announced that SAA's six remaining 747-400s will be pulled from the fleet[3], meaning that the airline will no longer operate any variant of the 747. SAA's final 747 flight took place on 1 November 2007.


The average age of South African Airways fleet is 7 years in February 2007.


Accidents and Incidents

Accidents

  • Junkers Ju 52, ZS-AKY, 16 June 1937. Aircraft crashed on take-off at Port Elizabeth Airport following engine failure in two engines. Aircraft consumed by fire but all aboard escaped. This was the airline's first accident in which passengers were injured.[4]
  • Lockheed L-18 Lodestar, ZS-ASW, 5 th January 1948. Aircraft overran runway at Palmietfontein after landing deep. Undercarriage ripped-off and hull damaged beyond repair. Light injuries to passengers but no fatalities.[4]
  • Boeing 707-344C, SA228, 20 April 1968, Near Windhoek, South West Africa (Now Namibia). Aircraft was 6 weeks old. Crew used flap retraction sequence from 707-B series which removed flaps in larger increments than desirable for that stage of the flight, leading to loss of lift at 600 ft above ground level. Subsequent descent went undetected by crew, leading to impact with ground. Casualties totalled 119 dead.[4][5]

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Incidents

  • South African Airways Flight 322, 17 June 2006 South African Flight 322, a Boeing 737-800 underwent an attempted hijacking by a 21-year-old Zimbabwean, who took a flight attendant hostage in attempt to enter the aircraft's cockpit and divert the plane to Maputo, Mozambique. He was subdued before entering the cockpit on the flight en-route from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The pilots of SAA Flight 322 had been monitoring the incident via CCTV and the plane was turned back to Cape Town where a police task force stormed the aircraft and arrested the suspect.[6] [7]

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Anti-competitive practices

On 5 June 2007, it was announced that SAA paid ZAR 55 million to the South African government's Competition Commission. The penalty was imposed because of anticompetitive behaviour such as price-fixing. This fine was in addition to a ZAR 45 million fine paid by SAA on 31 May 2006 as a penalty for SAA's attempts to prevent travel agents from dealing with rival air carriers. [8]


References

  1. ^ "SAA to get out of Air Tanzania 'blunder'", Business Report, February 17, 2006. 
  2. ^ SAA Fleet Information. SAA.
  3. ^ a b "SAA announces major restructuring", MoneyWeb, June 4, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Young, Mark D (May 2007). A Firm resolve: A History of SAA Accidents and Incidents 1934-1987. Laminar Publishing Associates, South Africa. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Plane Crash Info: Airline/Operator Sj-Sz. planecrashinfo.com.
  6. ^ "Hijacking procedures top notch, says SAA", Cape Times, June 20, 2006. 
  7. ^ South African Airlines Hijacking Update. Overseas Security Advisory Council (June 12, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  8. ^ SAA pays competition fine. iol.co.za (June 05 2007).

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