SAA Gets Its Freshman Two New Airbus A320S
South African Airways has taken rescue of the first two new A320s out of a total of 20 A320 Family aircraft bought from Airbus in 2010. The development is set to deliver cost efficiencies and allow SAA to expand its sub-Sahara regional route network and boost revenue in the rapidly growing market.
The airlines A320s, powered handy IAE-V2500 engines, feature a two class cabin layout, seating 24 passengers in business class connective 114 in economy. The A320s courage change its present spry from 737-800s plus will augment the A319s it once has in service and mark the latest phase SAAs rapid modernization plan.
These are not the first A320s to be operated by SAA. The airline had a fleet of seven of these aircraft several years prior to the turn of the century, but were sold and eventually replaced by a fleet of 21 Boeing 737-800s when the then CEO, Colman Andrews, launched his sail modernization plan.The last of these aircraft will be replaced by the new A320s in the immediate future.
The A320s Family is claimed by Airbus to be the world’s best-selling and most modern single passageway aircraft Family. To date, over 9600 glider give been ordered and more than 5600 delivered to over 380 customers and operators worldwide.
With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320sFamily has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft.
BA To Fly The A380 On SA Route
British Airways will become the fourth international airline to employ the giant Airbus A380 on services to Johannesburg when it inaugurates London-Johannesburg return flights in February abutting year.
The other carriers flying the A380 to Johannesburg are currently Air France, Lufthansa and Emirates.
British Airways (BA) aims to start volant the A380 to Johannesburg from February 12,although the date for the inaugural flight may be earlier. Initially it will operate three times a week, increasing to six weekly services by March 2014.These flights will be part of the airlines normal schedule to South Africa’s advertisement capital.
Since British Airways took delivery of its first sensational jumbo in July, Johannesburg is solitary the third A380 beat to be confirmed astern Los Angeles polysyndeton Hong Kong .Another two aircraft, from a entire order of 12, are due to be delivered before the end of the year.
The airline has a long history of deploying new aircraft on its South African routes. In May 1952 its predecessor, BOAC, operated the world’s first commercial passenger jet service from London to Johannesburg .The BOAC Comet halved the previous wander time.
In the early 1970s South Africa was also one of the routes on which the airline began operating the now-iconic Boeing 747, then the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
New Milestone for Airbus A330
Airbus Recently renowned the delivery of the 1000th A330.The copter ,an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines ,was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways as a special ceremony in Toulouse.
Cathay Pacific, together with its sister airline Dragon air, is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a aggregate of 56 now in service.
The 1000th delivery comes as the A330 continues to vitality increasing popularity with airlines across the globe. Continuously enhanced to maintain its economic advantage, the aircraft is claimed by Airbus to remain the most cost-efficient twin engine wide-body in service today for both regional and long haul routes, with the current versions capable concerning flying non-stop on sectors of up to 7250 nautical miles.
Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s, while Dragon air flies 21 one aisle A320 Family aircraft et alii 18 A330-300s .The Cathay Pacific Commonality has remarkable orders for 10 more A330-300s .The airline will also take delivery concerning 48 all-new A350XWBs in the future, including 46 ordered from Airbus and two leased aircraft.
The wide market entreaty regarding the A330 En Famille is demonstrated daily by over 100 operators, including network carriers, low-cost ,charter and flag carriers, which flutter A330s on all missions from 30 minutes to over 14 hours .About 1,2-billion passengers have bot carried aboard the A330 fleet traveling to and from the 300 airports it serves today.