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SAA SELLS NINE AIRCRAFT TO ACCOMMODATE NEW FLEET

By Niel Swart

South African Airways (SAA) has put some of its aircraft up for sale to accommodate the new Airbus A350-900s the airline recently added to its fleet.
Please see our previous article on the A350 here: http://www.aviationcentral.co.za/saa-a350/


A350-900 (ZS-SDC) Landing at Cape Town International for the first time on 22 December 2019

In a tender on the airline’s website, SAA said it was selling nine wide-body aircraft – – five Airbus A340-300s and four Airbus A340-600s – – and 15 spare engines and four Auxiliary Power Units, a device used to provide energy.

“After we received the four new Airbus A350-900, it has become necessary for us to sell our older models to accommodate the new models with superior features such as the quieter cabin, relaxing in-flight environment and more extra-legroom seats in economy class and lie-flat beds in business Class,” said Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s Acting CEO.

“The decision to sell the aircraft has nothing to do with the business rescue process. For some time we had planned to replace our four-engine aircraft with the two engine ones,” said Ramasia.

“When we received five A330-300s in late 2017- early 2018 we had already planned to retire five A340s at that time, but due to the operational fleet undergoing maintenance, the retirement of the aircraft was postponed. Now is the time to sell the aircraft,” she said.

Ramasia said with the new A350s which will start operating on its international route network next week, replacing the A340s has become possible, hence the national carrier advertised the sale of the nine aircraft on 10 January. The closing date for the tender is 30 January at 11.00am SA time.

The aircraft on sale used to operate on regional and international routes, which will now be flown by the A330s and A350-900s.

The aircraft that is up for sale are:


A340-600 (ZS-SNF) landing at OR Tambo International on 13 January 2018

Registration: ZS-SNC
Serial number: 426
Type: 340-642
First flight date: 30/01/2003
Test registration: F-WWCH
Plane age: 17 years
Seat configuration: J/C=42 Y/C=275 Total=317
Engines: 4 x RR Trent 556-61


Registration: ZS-SND
Serial number: 531
Type: 340-642
First flight date: 13/10/2003
Test registration: F-WWCX
Plane age: 16.3 years
Seat configuration: J/C=42 Y/C=275 Total=317
Engines: 4 x RR Trent 556-61


Registration: ZS-SNF
Serial number: 547
Type: 340-642
First flight date: 03/12/2003
Test registration: F-WWCI
Plane age: 16.1 years
Seat configuration: J/C=42 Y/C=275 Total=317
Engines: 4 x RR Trent 556-61


Registration: ZS-SNG
Serial number: 557
Type: 340-642
First flight date: 16/12/2003
Plane age: 16.1 years
Seat configuration: J/C=42 Y/C=275 Total=317
Engines: 4 x RR Trent 556-61


A340-300 (ZS-SXD) landing at OR Tambo International on 15 October 2017

Registration: ZS-SXD
Serial number: 643
Type: 340-313E
First flight date: 25/11/2004
Test registration: F-WWJZ
Plane age: 15.1 years
Seat configuration: J/C=38 Y/C=215 Total=253
Engines: 4 x CFMI CFM56-5C4/P


Registration: ZS-SXE
Serial number: 646
Type: 340-313E
First flight date: 08/12/2004
Test registration: F-WWJB
Plane age: 15.1 years
Seat configuration: J/C=38 Y/C=215 Total=253
Engines: 4 x CFMI CFM56-5C4/P


Registration: ZS-SXF
Serial number: 651
Type: 340-313E
First flight date: 09/02/2005
Test registration: F-WWJC
Plane age: 14.9 years
Seat configuration: J/C=38 Y/C=215 Total=253
Engines: 4 x CFMI CFM56-5C4/P


Registration: ZS-SXG
Serial number: 378
Type: 340-313X
First flight date: 15/12/2000
Test registration: F-WWJI
Plane age: 19.1 years
Seat configuration: J/C=36 Y/C=215 Total=251
Engines: 4 x CFMI CFM56-5C4


Registration: ZS-SXH
Serial number: 197
Type: 340-313X
First flight date: 22/10/1997
Test registration: F-WWJL
Engines: 4 x CFMI CFM56-5C4


Spare engines and APU’s:

3x CFM56-5C4/P
12x Trent 556
4x GTCP331-350

SAA NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP ON-TIME-PERFORMING AIRLINES

JOHANNESBURG, 7 January 2020 – South African Airways has been named as one of the top performing airlines globally for on-time performance (OTP) by travel data and analytics company, Cirium.

SAA was ranked fourth in the category for Middle East and Africa mainline carriers, ahead of some of its major competitors, making SAA the leading African carrier on OTP.

“According to the International Airlines Transport Association’s benchmark of OTP, an airline is on-time when it arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled time of arrival or departs within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time.  We are excited that most of the time we adhere to these deadlines,” said Zuks Ramasia, SAA Acting CEO.

SAA’s overall on-time performance across its route network is 85.69%.

“We are encouraged by this latest announcement about our performance.  It is an endorsement and occasion to celebrate great achievement, especially when judged against our own peers, globally. Customers always have a choice and those who elect to fly with us recognise that we are a dependable airline. The results speak volumes about consistency and reliability of our operations – a key feature underlying our customer value proposition.  This is an important attribute of our business,” said Ramasia.

SAA A350 Landing at Cape Town International Airport

SAA A350 Landing at Cape Town International Airport

As a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance, SAA serves 57 destinations within South Africa and across the continent in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low-cost carrier, Mango.   SAA also flies to eight intercontinental destinations from its Johannesburg hub.

“We place a high premium on punctuality as measured through OTP. It is one of our most important customer impact performance indicators.  The more punctual we are, the happier the customers we keep. Any flight delays could lead to costs for the airline and inconvenience to the customer.  Delays could snowball into more delays, requiring more re-planning to recover the schedule for the rest of the day and bring inefficiencies,” concluded Ramasia.

Cirium works with over 90 per cent of the world’s top 50 airlines. The company, which has published its annual On-time Performance (OTP) Review for the past 11 years, provides a definitive list of the world’s best performing airlines and airports for on-time flight operations.

Jeremy Bowen, Cirium CEO, said:  “Achieving world-class customer satisfaction and industry-leading product differentiation is about more than just competitively priced tickets and flight availability. When choosing whom to fly with, savvy travellers also now consider airline punctuality and operational reliability.

“We believe Cirium’s On-Time Performance Review 2019 will inspire airlines and airports to continue innovating to improve their performance. By embracing digital transformation and leveraging data to its full potential, Cirium can help the aviation industry harness its power to improve on-time performance and enhance the passenger experience,” Bowen said.  

ISSUED BY SAA 

About South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and eight intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low-cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Africa category; this shows that our customer-facing employees are our true brand ambassadors who made a difference to millions of travelling customers.

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