The South African Airways has met its deadline of December 28 in order to finalise a swap deal with Airbus.
An amended transaction will now see SAA swap the purchase of ten A320 aircraft for a lease of five A3-30-300 aircraft from Airbus.
Airbus spokesperson Linden Birns says the first plane in the swap deal will most likely be delivered during the later part of 2016.
African Pilot Magazine's Athol France on Tuesday said that the decision to substitute the 10 short haul aircraft for the five long-haul will help them expand their footprint on the Continent.
Listen to the full conversation from the Midday Report:
SAA is busy trying to expand its network into Africa and beyond and the A330 being a long haul aircraft, is more suitable for the needs of SAA right now.— Athol France, Editor of African Pilot Magazine
This deal is a logical deal, but was mooted by the then acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout in early 2015.— Athol France, Editor of African Pilot Magazine
In fact, it's a good deal for Airbus as well and keeps the A3-30-300 aircraft line going much longer in the face of extinction.— Athol France, Editor of African Pilot Magazine