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Now Airlink is really the South African flag carrier.
SAA will never be able to catch up.

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Great news indeed

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Ugly Duckling wrote: Wed Feb 08, 2023 10:59 pm Fantastic news =D>
https://mediacentre.britishairways.com/ ... ails/14706
I agree, at least now we will have access to better lounges, because Airlink ones were a tad frayed...
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It sounds good in theory, but when you scratch the surface there are significant issues.

For example. Look to book a flight to Durban from anywhere in Europe via London and jnb... The flight over is fine with decent connections. The return flight from Durban has a 7 hour layover in jnb before you connect to London. It is also ridiculously overpriced. The return to Durban via jnb costs £200 more than the flight without the airline connection. That's significantly more than merely purchasing a domestic flight to Durban and being able to get superior connecting times.

With the current offer and pricing structures, it's not going to win any customers
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Re: BA & Airlink codeshare

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northerndbn wrote: Fri Feb 10, 2023 12:10 am For example. Look to book a flight to Durban from anywhere in Europe via London and jnb... The flight over is fine with decent connections. The return flight from Durban has a 7 hour layover in jnb before you connect to London.
Yes, ideally Airlink would need to add at least one afternoon flight from DUR-JNB to allow better connections with BA flights from JNB. At the moment Airlink only has 3 flights per weekday departing DUR for JNB at 07:40, 11:15, and 19:15 which do not allow for optimum connections to BA flights from JNB.
Airlink also doesn't fly DUR-CPT so no connection option available in CPT.
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Furthermore, with the dispatch reliability issues with the BA A380 fleet, currently used on the north south route from LHR to JNB , expect untimely layovers at ORT Southern Sun OR Holiday Inn Express at T4 , as part and parcel of your travels.
Having no BA office at ORT creates the impression amongst outbound travelers that they are on their own... very frustrating having to send emails whist standing in a que to resolve your onward journey queries.
Airlink,embarking on a code-share venture with BA should be viewed with caution.
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Taking all of the comments above into account, one would imagine that Airlink is aware of that, and now that the codeshare is "in the bag" one could expect to see schedule alignment to optimise the opportunity. I think some of the posters on this thread have forgotten (or perhaps cynically) omitted to recall that this is not Airlink's first Sunday School picnic, and that they didn't get to where they are in the industry by randomly bumbling around, Yes?
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Re: BA & Airlink codeshare

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Finally some sense on this thread, thank you.
Swampdonkey wrote: Fri Feb 10, 2023 3:29 pm Taking all of the comments above into account, one would imagine that Airlink is aware of that, and now that the codeshare is "in the bag" one could expect to see schedule alignment to optimise the opportunity. I think some of the posters on this thread have forgotten (or perhaps cynically) omitted to recall that this is not Airlink's first Sunday School picnic, and that they didn't get to where they are in the industry by randomly bumbling around, Yes?
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Balloothebear wrote: Fri Feb 10, 2023 1:54 pm Furthermore, with the dispatch reliability issues with the BA A380 fleet, currently used on the north south route from LHR to JNB , expect untimely layovers at ORT Southern Sun OR Holiday Inn Express at T4 , as part and parcel of your travels.
Having no BA office at ORT creates the impression amongst outbound travelers that they are on their own... very frustrating having to send emails whist standing in a que to resolve your onward journey queries.
Airlink,embarking on a code-share venture with BA should be viewed with caution.
Thats an interesting one.
Seems mostly delays from LHR to JHB.

FR24 show no delays for BA56 since switching to A380 in January and BA54 only had 4 delays since August 2022
BA55 and BA57 on the other hand have both got tons delays, regardless of A380 or 787 used
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Swampdonkey wrote: Fri Feb 10, 2023 3:29 pm Taking all of the comments above into account, one would imagine that Airlink is aware of that, and now that the codeshare is "in the bag" one could expect to see schedule alignment to optimise the opportunity. I think some of the posters on this thread have forgotten (or perhaps cynically) omitted to recall that this is not Airlink's first Sunday School picnic, and that they didn't get to where they are in the industry by randomly bumbling around, Yes?
You'd think that they would implement these changes for the get go of announcing the codeshare so that people even consider it to start with. It's just poor planning to do it the way they have. Or signals they "aren't that into it"
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Re: BA & Airlink codeshare

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northerndbn wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 12:52 am
Swampdonkey wrote: Fri Feb 10, 2023 3:29 pm Taking all of the comments above into account, one would imagine that Airlink is aware of that, and now that the codeshare is "in the bag" one could expect to see schedule alignment to optimise the opportunity. I think some of the posters on this thread have forgotten (or perhaps cynically) omitted to recall that this is not Airlink's first Sunday School picnic, and that they didn't get to where they are in the industry by randomly bumbling around, Yes?
You'd think that they would implement these changes for the get go of announcing the codeshare so that people even consider it to start with. It's just poor planning to do it the way they have. Or signals they "aren't that into it"
I don't think this is a one day or week done and dusted to overnight change schedules for Airlink and partners.
This schedule changes must be coordinated to not interrupt to many present flights.
I would also think they will wel plan the future schedules and implement step by step and not overnight

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