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During covid times most of, if not all of our postings, carried the message to:

Recover – Reset – Rebuild – Reconnect

Now post-covid it’s always ‘good news’ to see shifts in our #travelindustry
and latest #airlineindustry news boasts of major airline shifts for South Africa.

Cathay Pacific, TAAG Angola Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are boosting their weekly flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban, according to notices published in the June 19 Govt Gazette.

TNW reported in Jan, that Cathay Pacific would reinstate its service to SA from August 2. Initially said it would run three flights a week to Jhb. However, it has now applied for the rights to operate daily flights between Hong Kong & Johannesburg; three flights a week between HKG & CPT and one flight a week, on a Saturday, between HKG & DUR – a total of 11 return flights a week.

The airline confirmed it had received the necessary permission to operate flights to Cape Town and Durban, according to Simple Flying.

TAAG Angola Airlines, which currently operates daily flights from Luanda to Johannesburg and Cape Town, is planning to increase its service between Angola and South Africa to 23 flights a week, using B737-700 and B777-300 aircraft – three flights a week from Luanda to Durban; 13 flights a week from Luanda to Johannesburg and seven flights a week from Luanda to Cape Town.

Ethiopian Airlines to increase flights between Addis Ababa & SA from 21 to 35 weekly flights using its Airbus A350-900, 14 of which will operate direct to Cape Town.

CemAir confirms launch of JNB-VFA service – the service between Jhb & Vic Falls, start Aug 9.

Other #airlinesandairplanes updates:
Hong Kong-based Greater Bay Airlines (HB) expanding its international reach with its announcement to commence direct services to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Taking off from July 18th twice a week, the new direct service will connect HKG and Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Alaska Airlines adds new flights to the Bahamas with nonstops from both Los Angeles and Seattle. Too increasing their service to Mexico with new routes between Las Vegas and both Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. All four new international routes begin flying in mid-Dec.

The Virgin Galactic space tourism company announces the dates for its inaugural commercial suborbital space flight. The initial flight scheduled to take place June 27-30, will carry 3 members of the Italian Air Force & the National Research Council of Italy. This will be followed by a flight open to members of the public early in August. Thereafter, the company is hoping to schedule monthly space flights for anyone who can afford it.

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