South African Airways (SAA) is adding three Airbus A320s to its fleet. This will allow the airline to resume service to several African destinations before resuming an intercontinental route in the first quarter of 2023.
South African Airways currently operates 7 Airbus aircraft consisting of 2x A320, 3x A319, 1x A330-300 and 1x A340-300. The A340 aircraft supports the flight plan as an additional aircraft during required fleet maintenance or when capacity demand requires the use of a larger aircraft capable of carrying more passengers.
As the peak holiday season approaches, SAA is taking three more A320 aircraft into service, bringing the total number of A320s to five to meet high capacity demand. The first of these was on 25th September 2022 and the rest will be delivered every month from then on.
South African Airways is pleased to confirm that the International Air Services Council (IASC) has ratified that SAA will retain all of its historic route rights after SAA voluntarily relinquished the number of frequencies on the destinations it does not currently serve.
In accordance with legal and regulatory procedures, SAA meets quarterly with the IASC to review and justify its route network plan and traffic rights to destinations it does not yet serve.
In the coming weeks, the airline will announce the addition of more routes to its growing network. SAA will be introducing flights to Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi, Windhoek in Namibia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe ahead of the start of the Christmas season.
Along with increased frequencies to Accra in Ghana, Cape Town, Durban, Harare in Zimbabwe, Lusaka in Zambia, Mauritius and Kinshasa in the DRC, these changes represent the second phase of SAA’s post-Covid restart operations that began thirteen months ago.
The airline is on track to re-enter some of its traditional regional markets and open up new routes that remain underserved. Plans are also afoot to launch SAA’s first post-reboot intercontinental route in the first quarter of the new year.