South African replaces old A340 with twin-engine A330 on long-haul flight to Brazil

State carrier will resume flying from Johannesburg and Cape Town to São Paulo from October

South African Airways (SAA) announced on August 22 the replacement of the aircraft that will be used on flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to São Paulo, Brazil, which marks the resumption of its long-haul routes distance.

In place of the old four-engine Airbus A340-300, as previously announced by the company, flights from the African continent to Brazil will be operated with the twin-engine A330-300.

The change of aircraft on flights to Brazil takes place weeks before the start of the frequency, scheduled for October 31 (Cape Town) and November 6 (Johannesburg).

With a much smaller fleet than before the financial crisis, SAA will only fly twice a week from each South African city. It currently has an A330-300 and an A340-300, which have been used on flights within Africa and some charters.

South African A340-300 ZS-SXF registration (N509FZ)

In a statement sent to the press in Brazil, South African called the A330-300 “brand new” even though it is a first-generation widebody aircraft from Airbus.

Despite this, it is an aircraft with about six years in service, much younger than the A340-300 with registration ZS-SFX, which has been flying in South Africa for almost 19 years.

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The A330-300 with registration ZS-SXM was delivered by Airbus to the carrier new from the factory in 2017. The plane has a cabin configuration with 46 seats in Business Class and 203 in Economy.


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