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by Jerry W. Bird
In many journeys to and from Africa during 14 years as editors and publishers of Africa Travel Magazine and Air Highways, we have flown with South African Airways - and always look ahead to the next flight. We entered the publishing fraternity thanks to two huge events in the mid 90s. First was the day our leaders signed the Open Skies Agreement. Second, and of paramount importance, was the day we discovered the Africa Travel Association - and ATA discovered us. As much as Associate Editor Muguette Goufrani (an African by birth) and I enjoy the many visits, we get an even bigger lift bringing "positive news" about Africa to hundreds of thousands who read our magazine editions in print and online. Congratulations to South African Airways on its 75 Years of Service. Scan down and get the details. Visit our SOUTH AFRICA section index page for links.
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES NEW NON-STOP SERVICE FROM NEW YORK JFK TO SOUTH AFRICA
New Daytime Flight Means More Same - Day Connections to More of Africa
South African Airways has announced that it will operate new non-stop service from New York JFK to Johannesburg beginning May 1, 2009. Flight SA204, which will now depart at 11:35AM and arrive in Johannesburg at 8:45AM the following day, opens up a host of online connections, taking more travelers to more of Africa through SAA's Johannesburg hub. The same-day connections feature flights to Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As an African airline with global reach, SAA's unmatched African network will now make it possible to leave New York in the morning and connect throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa as well as Africa's Indian Ocean islands, all with seamless connections. Within South Africa, SAA offers frequent service to cities such as Cape Town and Durban, and the new flight schedule will allow travelers to arrive at these popular cities mid-day. Coupled with SAA's commitment to excellence and its award-winning service, there is no better choice for service from the U.S. to Africa.
Adjusting the New York flight to an earlier departure and operating it as a non-stop to Johannesburg means that business travelers and leisure travelers alike can start their business meetings or embark on their safaris even earlier, rather than having to spend the night in Johannesburg in order to catch a next-morning connection," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. "We are especially proud that our new non-stop flights are the fastest way to fly to South Africa and the earliest arrivals to South Africa and southern Africa. In addition, when you realize that passengers now have the ability to depart during the day from JFK, or during the evening from Washington, D.C., SAA is without question the airline that offers the most flexibility and the best connections to the most points throughout Africa."
Sthu Zungu, president, South African Tourism-North America expressed excitement about the new non-stop service. "We are thrilled with the addition of this new service out of New York, which offers a most convenient alternative for both our business and leisure travelers to South Africa. As we expand the market for South Africa in the U.S., it is important that the options for air travel also keep pace, and thanks to South African Airways, we are assured that this is indeed the case."
While SA204 will operate non stop to South Africa, flight SA203 returning from Johannesburg to New York will continue to make a brief stop in Dakar, Senegal, and will continue to depart from Johannesburg at 7:05PM arriving into JFK at 7:40AM the following morning. As part of the schedule adjustment, SAA will now offer service to Dakar, Senegal, from Washington, D.C., effective May 1. Flight SA 208 will depart Washington Dulles at 5:40PM, arriving into Dakar at 5:55AM the following morning. Flight SA208 will then depart Dakar at 6:55AM and arrive into Johannesburg at 5:20PM that same day. Flight SA207 from Johannesburg to Washington will depart at 5:25PM, make a brief stop in Dakar, and arrive in Washington at 6:00AM the following day.
The new non-stop departures from New York will allow for easy, same-day connections from our Johannesburg hub to 23 destinations in sub-Saharan Africa: The schedule change has also been hailed as wonderful news by other SAA travel and business partners from the US and from other African destinations already served by SAA.1.Cape Town, South Africa
2. Durban, South Africa
3. East London, South Africa
4. George, South Africa
5. Hoedspruit, South Africa
6. Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga), South Africa
7. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
8. Gaborone, Botswana
9. Libreville, Gabon
10. Nairobi, Kenya
11. Blantyre, Malawi
12. Lilongwe, Malawi
13. Walvis Bay, Namibia
14. Windhoek, Namibia
15. Beira, Mozambique
16. Maputo, Mozambique
17. Pemba, Mozambique
18. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
19. Entebbe, Uganda
20. Livingstone, Zambia
21. Lusaka, Zambia
22. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
23. Harare, Zimbabwe
Stephen Hayes, president of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) views the new SAA service as a way to further strengthen the economic ties between Africa and the U.S. "Everyday, Africa becomes a more and more important economic partner with the United States. This new non-stop flight that South African Airways has launched will be the easiest way not only to South Africa, but to more of Africa from the U.S. than ever before. I am confident of the success of this new route and know that many members of the CCA were clamoring for better airline connections throughout Africa, and this new flight is exactly what was needed".
Peter Mwenguo, managing director, Tanzania Tourist Board, applauded SAA's move to provide same-day connections to Dar es Salaam. "The timing is excellent. Tanzania tourism is booming, and in 2007, we had more visitors from the U.S. than any other country worldwide. This new schedule from New York on SAA will be a big boost for American tour operators and travel agents. The Tanzania Tourist Board looks forward to working with SAA to promote this new route and the SAA Tanzania vacation packages."
The tourism board from Zambia is quite optimistic by SAA's schedule changes. "At the Zambia Tourism Board we are overjoyed to hear of this development. Same day connections will definitely make Zambia more accessible as travel time is reduced to a minimum, making travel packages to Zambia more attractive than before, since clients will not be required to spend an extra night in Johannesburg before proceeding to either Lusaka or Livingstone," said Margaret M. Makungo, director North America, Zambia Tourism Board.
South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from Washington, D.C. (until April 30th, with a stop in Dakar commencing May 1), and daily direct service from New York (operating non stop effective May 1) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in premium class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. SAA's unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to more than 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 20 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa." As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 912 destinations in 159 countries and more than 16,500 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United's Mileage Plus, US Airways' Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages
Elizabeth Ninomiya, South African Airways, Tel: 954-769-5120
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH SPECIAL OFFER
To Celebrate, Share Africa by Taking a Companion along
When You Purchase a Ticket at Just $1,399* Round Trip
Fort Lauderdale, FL South African Airways is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of service with the "Share Africa" fare, which invites passengers to share the allure and excitement of Africa with a companion. The first passenger pays $1,399* round trip, excluding taxes and fuel surcharges, while the second passenger pays only the taxes and surcharges. The fare is on sale now through Jan 31st, and is valid for travel from New York JFK or Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa, or Dakar, Senegal, for departures between Jan. 23rd-March 31st, or Oct. 1st-Nov. 30th, 2009. The "Share Africa" fare is also available for travel from New York or Washington, D.C., to Windhoek, Namibia, for just $1,990* round trip. Fare rules and restrictions apply. To book tickets, passengers may call 1-800-722-9675, visit www.flysaa.com, or call their travel agent.
South African Airways was founded in 1934, and since then has led the way in offering world-class service from Africa to the globe. This attention to service throughout the years has resulted in the airline consistently being named "Best Airline to Africa" by numerous travel experts and publications. Among its firsts, South African Airways was the first airline to offer service from South Africa to the United States, launching service 40 years ago in 1969, from Johannesburg to JFK. Since then, it has offered the most convenient service from the U.S. to the most points throughout the African continent. Today, it is poised to continue this tradition of excellence by continuously enhancing its product offering, including non-stop service from New York JFK to Johannesburg, commencing May 1st. For more highlights on South African Airways' 75-year history, visit www.flysaa.com, and link to "About Us."
"To celebrate 75 years as Africa's premier airline is something we're particularly proud of, as it took a long commitment from many outstanding employees throughout the years to make it happen. It also took the patronage of many loyal passengers &endash; something we're especially grateful for," said Marc Cavaliere, South African Airways' executive vice president for North America. "We treat our mission &endash; that of bringing the world to Africa and taking Africa to the world &endash; with the utmost importance, and we consider it a privilege to be able to do so. We hope that our customers will join in and celebrate this milestone with us by flying over and experiencing majestic Africa with a companion."
South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from Washington, D.C. (until April 30th, with a stop in Dakar commencing May 1), and daily direct service from New York (operating non stop effective May 1) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in premium class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. SAA's unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to more than 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 20 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa." As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 912 destinations in 159 countries and more than 16,500 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United's Mileage Plus, US Airways' Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.
*Fare excludes taxes and fuel surcharges. Seats are limited. Companion must travel with ticket purchaser on the same date and flight. Minimum stay of (X) days, maximum stay of (X) days.
Elizabeth Ninomiya, South African Airways, Tel: 954-769-5120