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Ok, there's a new low cost airline starting operations. they're called FlySafair, by clicking the link below you will see they operate a service for return flight from CPT to JHB for about R1000, now for the debate, how long will they operate and how do you think they're going to be profitable? I have theory but want to hear yours? http://www.flysafair.co.za/Flight/Search?interline=false&fromCityCode=CPT&toCityCode=JNB&departureDa...
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Promotional pricing @ best
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I thought maybe they have thought up an innovative way of combining their logistics business and passenger service and by making a low cost airline as well as a big cargo hold for parcels of courier companies between JHB and CPT and PE they can get efficiency and service for both, routine service for cargo and cheap flights for passengers... what do you guys think of this idea? possible?
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Or do airlines already do this?
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Airlines already combine cargo/passengers, but it is not very practical on smaller bodied AC and and a plane must have quick turnaround times. My thoughts are that they are dipping their toes into the passenger market as they currently have a rental fleet that is not fully utelised to its optimum.
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Airlines already combine cargo/passengers, but it is not very practical on smaller bodied AC and and a plane must have quick turnaround times. My thoughts are that they are dipping their toes into the passenger market as they currently have a rental fleet that is not fully utelised to its optimum.
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There is definitely demand since 1time went out of business, Kulula flights have been pretty much full, but it comes down to fuel efficiency. If they want to compete with Kulula they need new 737s that have lower running costs due to better fuel efficiency. If they operate older aircraft their cost per seat is always going to be higher, and they will never be able to be cheaper without going bankrupt like 1Time.
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Safair operating the old 747-400 which went out of production, if memory serves correctly, in 2000. Kulula operating next generation and reasonably new 737-800's which are substantively more fuel efficient. A quick check, CPT - JNB return = R1300 + luggage R150 = R1450 vs Kulula at +/- R1900. It is quite a saving but I suppose it also depends on whether schedules accommodate your requirements.
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