SAA to fly A330-200 to Heathrow

South African Airways will deploy an Airbus A330-200 on its London Heathrow to Johannesburg route from March 28.

The A330-200 will replace the A340-600 that currently serves flight SA234, the first of SAA’s two daily departures to LHR.

Business customers will enjoy smaller, more personal cabins and a 74-inch seat pitch and 12-inch screens, the airline said.

Gary Kershaw, SAA’s UK general manager, said: “We’ve listened to feedback from our corporate customers and Voyager members around the aspects of their journey that are important to them.

“We’re delighted to announce these changes to our summer schedule to strengthen our growing reputation for quality.”

To enter a competition to win a Business Class return ticket from Heathrow to Johannesburg with SAA, click here before the end of the month.

Graham Smith

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  • That is a lot of PR talk disguising the fact that BA have flooded the market with seats and SAA’s market share has continued to decline on the route – this aircraft downgrade (in terms of seat capacity) was less a choice but more an inevitable necessity. It represents further capacity cuts on the UK to Johannesburg route. SAA have reduced capacity by approximately 25% since 2006 while BA has increased capacity by 20%. The rest is down to middle eastern carriers eating at both their market shares.
    I expect within 5 years SAA to reduce London capacity further by dropping one of its daily Johannesburg flights/reducing it to thrice weekly, as it has taken a very passive approach to the market and is happy being on the backseat rather than attacking it like BA has done.

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