Johannesburg, South Africa - South African Airways has announced that it would add two more Airbus A350-900.
SAA took delivery of its first of two leased A350-900 on Oct. 31st. The additional two A350-900 will also be included in the African carrier's fleet via leasing.
SAA's first two A350-900 are nine months old and previously operated by the Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines.
The additional two widebody jets will be subleased from another African carrier Air Mauritius and delivered to South African Airways directly from Airbus.
***It is an important step-change as we continue to make progress to transform our business and return the airline to financial sustainability, in the shortest time possible, ***
said CEO Zukisa Ramasia.
SAA will deploy its first Airbus A350-900 on its Johannesburg - New York JFK route, which is currently being served by an Airbus A340-600.
The aircraft is configured to accommodate 339 passengers in a two-class layout - 30 in Business Class and 309 in Economy.
The airline will receive its remaining three A350-900s over the next six weeks, and will deploy them on its long-haul routes by the end of the year.
SAA will operate the leased A350-900s for three years and return them to the lessors at the end of the leasing term.