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SAA set to lease A350s to fly between Johannesburg and New York

Author : Paroma Bhattacharya | Published Date : 2019-07-01 
  • The new aircrafts claim to reduce 20% of fuel burn as compared to the currently used A340.
  • Along with SAA, another airline leasing two A350s later this year is Fiji Airways.

South African Airlines (SAA), the Government of South Africa owned flag carrier has reportedly announced to be adding A350 – 900s to their fleet from the second half of 2019.

Reportedly, these flights are to be leased for a period of up to three years and claim to fly distance between Johannesburg and JFK (New York).

As per a statement SAA mentioned that as compared to the current aircraft they are using i.e. an A340-600, the new planes will reduce the fuel burn by 20%.The airline further claims that the plane will comprise 246 economy seats, the first six rows of which will feature extra leg room.

Apparently, the airline is undergoing major issues, with their CEO resigning and the government unable to focus attention the company. South Africa Airlines is also facing massive financial crisis along with an inefficient fleet and route network.

As per industry experts, unlike the elongated procedures of ordering a plane, the South African Airlines will receive the A350s earlier than expected. Along with SAA, another airline leasing two A350s later this year is Fiji Airways.

Citing reports, SAA was declared bankrupt in September 2018. The airline has received fundings from the government further indicating that the government is not keen on putting the services to a halt.

According to trusted sources, the airlines has not confirmed the date for the leased planes beginning operations.

About South African Airways:

Founded in 1934 with the acquisition of Union Airways by the Government of South Africa, SAA airlines flies to over 35 regions in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Australia, North and South America, from Johannesburg. 

Source Credits: https://onemileatatime.com/south-african-airways-a350/

https://www.flysaa.com/about-us/leading-carrier/about-saa/brief-history

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Paroma Bhattacharya

Paroma Bhattacharya

Paroma Bhattacharya, having completed her post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, started her career in writing with resourceful and informative content development across diverse fields. Having dealt in myriad topics ranging from business to real estate, she now pens down articles for fractovia.org and other portals. She can be contacted at- [email protected] | https://twitter.com/paromab1

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