South African Airways announced plans to increase its use of widebody equipment on long and medium-haul services. The airline will launch daily north-bound non-stop Johannesburg-New York JFK service from 01-May-2010 using A340-600 equipment. The carrier currently operates northbound to New York via Dakar, Senegal, while the southbound service presently operates non-stop. From 27-Feb-2011, the airline will upgrade to A340 equipment on its Johannesburg-Nairobi sector, increasing weekly capacity on the sector by 20%. Widebody equipment will also be used on the airline's Johannesburg-Windhoek service on 7 of its 20 weekly services, increasing weekly capacity on the sector by 15%. Other network highlights include:
- An additional weekly Johannesburg-Harare service from 29-Mar-2011, taking the weekly number of service to 18;
- An additional weekly Johannesburg-Entebbe service from 19-Mar-2011, taking the weekly number of services to seven;
- An increase in Johannesburg-Cape Town capacity by operating an additional weekly service using widebody equipment - see Route Changes Table for more information.