SAA Re-Start September 23

Old Aug 26, 21, 2:44 am
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SAA Re-Start September 23

SAA announced it will restart flights on September 23rd.
Initial network will be JNB to CPT, HRE, LUN, FIH, ACC, MPM
Voyager booking & travel credits can be used starting September 6th


Initial operations outlined here:


https://www.flysaa.com/documents/51855150/939866706/SAA+Restart+Flight+Schedule.pdf

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Old Aug 26, 21, 3:59 pm
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Bet all those flights are overbooked already, what with those zillions of loyal customers who have been itching to get their bums in SAA seats again.

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Old Aug 26, 21, 6:28 pm
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As one that from time to time winds up in Mauritius (and I'm from the US), I am surprised they aren't aligning a start there for when the island opens fully in October. Seems like it would be a no-brainer. Maybe I'm asking too much?
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Old Aug 28, 21, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by BOSskier View Post
As one that from time to time winds up in Mauritius (and I'm from the US), I am surprised they aren't aligning a start there for when the island opens fully in October. Seems like it would be a no-brainer. Maybe I'm asking too much?
In it's past reincarnation, logic (as in 'no-brainer') and SAA were mutually exclusive. One can only hope that the Phoenix which may or may not arise from the ashes is different, but I am not holding my breath.
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Old Aug 29, 21, 9:02 am
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logic (as in 'no-brainer') and SAA were mutually exclusive.
The only remaining logic was of the pocket lining variety.

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Old Aug 29, 21, 1:15 pm
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Who is this Takatso Consortium? It looks to me that there are tow major players: Harith Partners and Global Aviation. The first group's experience in aviation seems to be the development of Lanseria Airport and the second group is an aircraft leasing organization.

Is anybody i this deal experienced in running an airline?
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Old Sep 1, 21, 9:05 am
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Is anybody i this deal experienced in running an airline?
I can't believe anyone with airline experience would think SAA is a good investment.

ETA: Actually looks like Takatso's CEO is a former Comair CEO.
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Old Sep 1, 21, 1:43 pm
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Who is this Takatso Consortium? It looks to me that there are tow major players: Harith Partners and Global Aviation. The first group's experience in aviation seems to be the development of Lanseria Airport and the second group is an aircraft leasing organization.
"Gidon Novick, CEO of SAA's chosen equity partner, the Takatso consortium, has denied rumours on social media that Global Aviation, or Takatso itself has pulled out of the deal."

Source

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Old Sep 1, 21, 1:49 pm
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I can't believe anyone with airline experience would think SAA is a good investment.
Flying solo: SAA will have to stand on its own after Treasury ushers in a new era of no bailouts to SOEs

Cleared for takeoff? SAA plans to restart with R500m or less

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Old Sep 2, 21, 9:36 am
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I'm not sure how to take those two articles .... but it sounds like their relaunch isn't so certain.
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Old Sep 23, 21, 1:37 pm
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I'm not sure how to take those two articles .... but it sounds like their relaunch isn't so certain.
lol its South Africa, till the plane is in the air we dont know if its going
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Old Sep 24, 21, 2:27 am
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lol its South Africa, till the plane is in the air we dont know if its going
And once it is in the air, we don't know WHERE it is going....
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Old Sep 26, 21, 9:03 am
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It seems that SA is operating two flights a day between JNB and CPT this week. A larger schedule will be implemented next week with additional flights between JNB and three regional airports (HRE, LUN and FIH).
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Old Oct 12, 21, 11:10 am
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Unions already threatening industrial action.

Way to go!

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Old Nov 11, 21, 7:44 pm
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What are the odds the airline will actually survive into next summer? I was planning to tack on a paid JNB-CPT flight to my award ticket into JNB, but I COULD just amend it to add JNB-CPT on SAA for free. But if this resurgence is short-lived it'll just make it more messy... Anyone got a good guess?
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