21 October, 2002, JOHANNESBURG: In our ongoing endeavour to establish new routes and form partnerships in Africa, South African Airways (SAA) is increasing its flights to Kinshasa from two to three a week.
SAA has also signed a commercial cooperation with a Congolese airline, Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Linus Aires Congolese (LAC).
This agreement represents a solid foundation for commercial relations between SAA and LAC and the two countries, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively.
The third frequency which will operate from November 15, confirms SAA’s dedication to strengthen its ties and provide more services for its passengers throughout Africa. It also forms a part of SAA’s “Networking Africa” growth strategy, which is also closely aligned to the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa`s Development (NEPAD).
SAA and LAC signed a code-share agreement at the weekend.
LAC Commercial Director, Mr Dimandja Dikoka, said: “The signing of this agreement bears witness to good relations in business, as well as making sure that good relations between Kinshasa and Johannesburg are maintained. We believe the two airlines will co-operate in harmony to preserve the interests of the two countries - South Africa and the DRC.”
At present, SAA has three flights a week from Johannesburg to Kinshasa, operating on Tuesday and Sunday. The third will operate on Thursdays.
SAA’s “Networking Africa,” strategy envisages close collaboration with a select number of African airlines. In partnership with SA Airlink and SA Express, SAA services over 20 African destinations.
As the largest carrier in Africa, we are working hard to become a leading continental player. We have consistently been voted the best airline in Africa.
Some of the most recent awards are:
* Best Airline to Africa by the South African Travel Agents` Association * Best Airline to Africa by the British Travel Agents * The Most Outstanding African Airline 2001 * The Best Airline in Africa with the Best Cabin Crew in Africa from Skytrax The Best to Fly Business Class to Africa by the US Magazine Business Traveller * The Best Airline to Africa by Travel Weekly Globe awards for the 11th conservative year.