South African Airways (SAA) has entered into an agreement with SunExpress to damp lease two of their Boeing 737-800 aircraft to assist in their Johannesburg operations.
It is understood that the aircraft were received earlier this month, and the arrangement will approximately last six months.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
SAA Damp Lease Two SunExpress Aircraft for Johannesburg Ops…
SAA has already received the first of the two Boeing 737-800 aircraft from SunExpress, with it being TC-SEZ.
As per data from RadarBox, TC-SEZ flew from Antalya to Johannesburg via a technical stop in Nairobi, Kenya on the way.
Data from Planespotters.net states that the aircraft is a 7.4 year old Boeing 737-800 that was delivered to SunExpress back in May 2016.
It is unclear when the second aircraft will be handed over to SAA as the airline has said that it is dependent on the capacity demand being experienced.
TC-SEZ has already started commercial operations around the Johannesburg area.
John Lamola, the CEO of SAA commented on this damp lease:
“This unique ACMI is a short-term tactical intervention in SAA’s fleet strategy, as we are working on the deployment of our long-term dry-leased four A320s.”
“We are pleased with our relationship with SunExpress and are excited with its potential as we both manage the seasonality of passenger traffic in our respective geographic markets.”
It remains clear that SAA is on the right path, and by needing more aircraft highlights the demand that requires such aircraft.
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