First SAA Airbus Delivery Delayed

The arrival of the first Airbus aircraft aimed at launching South African Airways (SAA)`s fleet renewal programme has been delayed by three to four weeks.

The planes were scheduled to be delivered in December, but will now arrive in the last week of January 2003 because of delays in the production process at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. Such delays are not unusual.

When the two Airbus A340-600, the first of 41 new planes SAA has ordered for delivery over the next 10 years, are delivered in January next year and the third in February, they will all be used on the Hong Kong and Frankfurt routes.
SAA announced in March this year that it will be modernising its entire fleet with Airbus aircraft, a process that will be completed by 2012.

SAA`s 41 new fleet will comprise of the following:

- 9 x A340-600, ultra-long-haul routes


- 6 x A340-300E, long-haul and peak domestic services
- 11 x A319, domestic and regional routes

- 15 x A320, domestic and regional routes
Issued by Victor Nosi, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications