Friday, April 27, 2012

► SOUTH AFRICA: SAA renews Boeing leases; mulls future 777 and 787.

South African Airways logoSouth African Airways (SA) has renewed leases for some of their B738 fleet for between 5 and 10 years, whilst considering both the 777 and 787 for future fleet renewal, for which SAA has requested nearly USD $750 million from the South African government.

A rendering of an SAA 787 (Royal S. King).

"Miguel dos Santos, Boeing’s director for commercial sales, said he also discussed the possible acquisition of new long-haul aircraft including Boeing’s 777, which was selling well worldwide and would be suitable for SAA’s new non-stop service from Johannesburg to Beijing, and its newly launched Dreamliner, which would be suitable for busy routes including those to Europe and Latin America."