As previously highlighted by executive traveler Carla da Silva, South African Airways’ General Manager of Sales, Marketing, E-commerce, and Distribution, it was announced in December that SAA was in the final stages of solidifying its Perth schedule. The airline aims to inaugurate three weekly flights between Perth and Johannesburg in March 2024.
Da Silva emphasized that the acquisition of three newly leased long-range jets in January 2024 would facilitate the resumption of flights to London and Frankfurt, with the possibility of introducing an Airbus A350 to the fleet.
Having experienced closure for almost 18 months due to financial challenges amid the global pandemic, the carrier initiated a scaled-down service in September 2021. Since then, it has progressively reintroduced flights, contributing to the airline’s return to profitability. It’s worth noting that South African Airways continues its partnership with Virgin Australia.
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Qantas has long been struggling to add Perth-Jo’burg to its network, but cited complications with “border security and biosecurity screening requirements” in a purpose-built international wing at Perth in November 2022. Could manage only a short-term service from 2003 to March 2023. Terminal 3, which has become the airline’s WA hub instead of the primary T1 international terminal.
(Indeed, as of early 2018 the airline was planning four-times-a-week Perth-Johannesburg flights on Airbus A330 jets from November 2018, but the airport’s insistence on using T1 instead of T3 resulted in a deal for Qantas management. -proved to be a breaker.)
However, with Perth-Paris flights Flying from T3 in July 2024 and signaling synergy under new leadership at Qantas and Perth Airport, Qantas’ red tail could once again make the 11-hour journey across the Indian Ocean.
speaking at a panel discussion Held at South x Southwest Sydney in late October, Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace said the airline “always has five or six different city pairs, doing what we call ‘intense observation’ – looking at passenger flow. (And) looking at yields.”
At the time of writing, Qantas has Upgraded its Sydney-Johannesburg route from Boeing 787 to Airbus A380 from July 2024, although flights will no longer operate on a daily basis.
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