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SAA Flight Makes Emergency Landing at King Shaka International Airport

A South African Airways flight made an emergency landing at King Shaka International Airport, South Africa, on November 14th.

The plane heading from Cape Town International Airport to O. R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa, was diverted due to a heavy storm.

The plane landed safely. There were one hundred and thirty passengers aboard, including Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. All of them remained safe.

South African Airways Flight Returns to Johannesburg due to Damaged Tire

South African Airways flight SA-64 had to return and make an emergency landing in Johannesburg, South Africa, on October 9th.

The Airbus A319-100 plane took off for Lusaka, Zambia, but had to turn back due to a damaged tire.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

South African Airways Flight Rejects Takeoff From Munich

South African Airways flight SA-265 had to reject takeoff from Munich, Germany, on December 13th.

The Airbus A340-300 plane was accelerating to take off for Johannesburg, South Africa, when the crew rejected takeoff due to indication of an engine problem.

The plane safely returned to the apron.

Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

S. Africa Airbus in Lightning Strike

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Ricardo Rodrigues

What: SAA South African Airways Airbus A340-300 en route from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Perth,WA
Where: Perth
When: Dec 6th 2011
Why: After a normal flight, on approach to Perth, the plane was struck by lightning. Subsequently, pilots reported problems and began circling the airport. They did a flyby to observe the condition of the tires which were reported as having all “indications lost.” The plane eventually landed safely.

Aircastle Delivers the First of Six New Airbus A330-200 Aircraft to South African Airways

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 7, 2011 — Aircastle Limited (the “Company” or “Aircastle”) announced today that it delivered to South African Airways (“SAA”) the first of six new Airbus Model A330-200 aircraft scheduled for delivery this year. The aircraft will be equipped with latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines.

Debt financing for this purchase was arranged and provided by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and supported by a guarantee from Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Exterieur (COFACE), the French export credit agency. This debt bears interest at a rate of 3.78% per annum and will be repaid over twelve years.
Ron Wainshal, Chief Executive Officer of Aircastle, said: “We are building a significant relationship with South African Airways and are proud to support its fleet modernization program with these six new A330-200s. These aircraft will provide the airline with significant improvements in fuel efficiency and operating costs and its passengers with a comfortable, state-of-the-art cabin.”

Wainshal added: “With this delivery, we’re beginning to benefit from approximately $700 million of attractive built-in asset growth from our Airbus program over the next 15 months. This expansion of our asset base — combined with approximately $500 million of new investments we completed during 2010 — positions us to grow our earnings in 2011 and beyond. With our strong balance sheet and proven access to diverse sources of capital, we are poised to pursue new transaction opportunities and capitalize on the steadily improving demand for passenger and cargo aircraft.”

SAA Makes Safe Emergency Landing

Pictured: A South African Airways Airbus A319-131 Johannesburg South Africa
Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Andre Kok

What: South African Airways Airbus A319-100 en route from Johannesburg
Where: Cape Town
When: Saturday Dec 19 2009
Who: 116 passengers
Why: While en route the plane developed a technical glitch leading to an emergency landing. On the ground, the flight was towed due to a problem in the nosewheel steering.

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