So I was having an argument with some guy at school who says that South African Airways is the best airline in Africa, which it used to be, but as most know, South Africa is on a downslide, the economy has become worthless, But let’s not start a political talk.
South African Airways is going to be the next Air India, I flew SAA last year from Cape Town to Durban (A320). The cabin was in not so-great condition, the one or two overhead monitors were falling off and were litteraly hanging by cables from the ceiling. Half way through the flight we returned to FACT due to an engine problem. We were delayed for 5 hours before another aircraft arrived, and to my amazement, the flight was delayed again due to an issue with the brakes.
Flight was canceled and there was a whole lot of drama.
I later found out that these two aircraft had not been for maintaining for 10 months straight, these aircraft were being worn down by non-stop flying. It was obvious why they had not been serviced for such a long time.
R5.5 Billion rand profit loss in 2016/17
USD: $455 840 000,00
Look, I’m no economist
But recently there has been an improvement in the quality of the airline, due to a major scale down on route, mainly international, last month, SAA halved its flights to and from London Heathrow, and will soon be terminating their route to and from Luanda, They also scaled down the route frequency from Johannesburg to JFK.
Last year, Skytrax rated SAA the 49th best airline in the world, making it the second best in Africa, and Ethiopian Airways was rated 48th, making it the best in Africa.
But my question is, if you have been to South Africa, you will strangely notice British Airways 737’s,
These are operated by Comair Limited
But they operate in the normal livery, with the exact same classes as the ‘real’ British Airways, they operate a fleet of 737-400’s, 737-800’s, 737-8LD and possibly, soon the 737-8 Max, which Comair has placed orders for, but Comair also operates Kulula, so they may go there.
Comair operates routes domestically in South Africa and a small amount of International route.
But since they are a sole airline that operates for British Airways, and if you look back at that charge I showed you, British Airways is rated number 40, does that make BA the best airline in Africa?
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