South African Airways to grow Airbus A340 fleet, no A380 for now: Carrier shelves plans for A380 ‘at this point of time’ (Brendan Sobie, 11/13/06, Flight International)
South African Airways (SAA) is looking to acquire more Airbus A340s to keep up with soaring demand for its long-haul services, but sees no near-term requirement for the ultra-large A380.
Chief executive Khaya Ngqula says SAA’s fleet of 21 A340s and eight Boeing 747-400s is not sufficient and it urgently needs more widebodies. He says SAA is interested in buying more A340s but Airbus is only offering delivery slots from 2008, which is not quick enough. SAA will soon begin talks with leasing companies over available A340s, he adds. […]
He said in an interview for a forthcoming issue of Airline Business: “There is a cost of adding a third widebody type. There’s uncertainty. We don’t want to rely on something that may never fly.”