SAA: No deal yet on new planes

2013-06-04 07:33
Cape Town - There is no deal yet for SA Airways (SAA) to purchase new long-distance aircraft, a spokesperson said on Monday.

"The procurement process has not been finalised," said Tlali Tlali.

"We cannot at this stage place it on record that the SAA, as a matter of fact, is going to acquire a certain number of aircraft for a wide-body fleet."

Earlier in the day, SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout was reported as saying the airline planned to spend up to R70 billion on 25 to 30 new long-haul aircraft.

According to the report, the airline had been looking at the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. Bezuidenhout reportedly said deliveries of the aircraft were expected by 2017.

Tlali said Bezuidenhout was merely making reference to the need for "extra fleet acquisition" for the airline's wide-body fleet.

Wide-body aircraft are larger, and used on longer flights. Narrow-body aircraft can take fewer passengers, and are typically used on short, national flights, or flights to neighbouring countries.

Tlali said fleet acquisition was important to SAA, for it to become profitable. He said a significant amount of money had been spent on fuel and SAA needed more fuel-efficient aircraft.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.