Johannesburg – A South African Airways flight SA8102 which was scheduled to depart OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa destined for Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe at 16:25 today failed to take off due to technical issues, in what passengers described as classic Air Zimbabwe / FastJet style.
Over the last two months, several passengers have taken to social media to express their displeasure at the constant and consistent delays, and cancelled flights they were experiencing on budget airline FastJet.
Other passengers complained about poor service from the staff, and cabin crew from FastJet, with one particular lady accused of racial profiling and intentional rude behaviour towards blacks.
FastJet flights are routinely cancelled even after passengers have boarded, and in some instances passengers have been stuck in the plane for as much as three hours, before being baby dumped at the airport at midnight.
Air Zimbabwe on the other hand routinely encounters in flight problems, with passengers being told that the ‘plane is failing to balance’ at least twice.
FastJet is no stranger to the same. Just days ago their flight reportedly lost cabin pressure, and had engine failure, resulting in an aborted take off which traumatised several passengers.
Several Air Zim passengers have also complained of horrible take offs and landing with some suggesting they were convinced at one point that the plane would crash.
But it is routine cancellation of flights that has led to SAA passengers bemoaning today’s events.
Given the poor track record of FastJet and Air Zim, many travellers had since resorted to using SAA, which is often convenient and offers better service.
Several passengers took to social media to complain.
“I would much rather go back to using Munenzva (bus service), since SAA has joined FastJet and Air Zim” wrote Watson Munyaka, a Harare based businessman who was scheduled to fly on SAA.
At the time of writing, the passengers had been asked to disembark the plane and returned to the boarding gates, while the aircraft was being repaired.
Efforts to get a comment from SAA were fruitless.