SAA ups Airbus order

2010-05-27 10:59

Johannesburg - South African Airways has ordered five additional Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing an earlier commitment for the type from 15 to 20, Airbus Sub-Sahara Africa said on Thursday.

The aircraft manufacturer said the planes - to be powered by IAE engines - would be delivered from 2013.

"This order, combined with the airline's recent lease agreement for six new A330s from Air Castle, will deliver a modern, comfortable, reliable and cost-efficient fleet for SAA's domestic, regional and long-haul services," Airbus said in a statement.

SAA already operates a fleet of 11 A319s, six A340-200s, six A340-300s and nine A340-600s.

"Because they [the aircraft] offer a seamless fit with the other Airbus aircraft types which we operate, the A320s will assist in our efficiency drive and reduce maintenance costs," SAA CEO Siza Mzimela said.

John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer: customers, said the A320 was the most modern and efficient single aisle aircraft available.

"It will be a key enabler in SAA's drive for greater efficiency," Leahy said.

Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings, Leahy said.

 - Sapa

  • Robert - 2010-05-27 12:05

    The A330's will replace SAA's A340-200's, which will be a refreshing change to those old planes....

  • Dimmy - 2010-05-27 12:59

    Service still sucks.

  • Dimmy - 2010-05-27 13:01

    Welcome change too old planes. Come SAA consider A 380

  • Sam - 2010-05-27 13:52

    Boieng is so much better and more comfortable.

  • Herewego again - 2010-05-27 15:14

    And where are they getting the money for this - every year they need a bailout from us taxpayers - now they can afford 20 new planes? I am all for new safer planes but buy them from operating profits not tax monies which can be used better elsewhere.

  • Willem - 2010-05-27 16:26

    The A321 will also be a welcome addition to the fleet, to help with the regional flights and I can also see SAA ordering the A350 in a few years time

  • David Boshoff - 2010-05-28 08:16

    Boeing is still more cheaper Dollars vs Euro. Boeing more comfirtable. The are the best passenger airplane in the world.

  • chilly - 2010-06-03 17:40

    thanks for the change!

  • Frequent flyer - 2010-07-21 10:18

    From my own personal experience,I prefer Airbus on long haul flights to Europe and America. So far all the Boing products are way too crammed for me.I fly with different airlines quite regularly and my findings apply to all of them.Obviously if I am able to upgrade from "cattle" class to business due to frequent flyer programme it is a different story altogether.For me Airbus planes are the preferred choice.Thank you!

  • First Officer - 2010-07-21 10:47

    I personally do not like the "Fantastic Plastics" but hey different folks different strokes. If it ain't boeing it aint going.

  • ADAM - 2010-08-23 17:27

    Does anyone know where the A340-200 will go ? Will they be srapped ad parked out or is there an airline looking to take them. I know there is much talk of MS and there A342's as well just now. The A340-200 has never been as successfull as the A340-300 will be intereting to see what happens. Thanks

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