22 January, 2003, JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways Cargo, the country’s premier freighter, now flies to Dakar and New York twice per week. As of January 2003, Flight SA 203 will be serviced with a B747-400 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“This new flight is part of our initiative to network Africa with the rest of the world and adds a new dimension to our focus on Africa for growth, says SAA Cargo, route manager, Sam Ndlovu. Cargo has carried over 1,3 million tons worldwide and plays a vital role in servicing the demands of the global village particularly directed towards the accelerated dynamism of the African market place.
The Dakar-New York route adds to 17 established routes into Africa including Harare, Maputo, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, Nairobi, Lilongwe, Accra, Entebbe and Lagos. With Johannesburg as the central hub of trade activity and direct access to New York, Africa has exposure to the developed western world, and in turn, the west enjoys the benefits of authentically African resources.
To ensure the efficiency of this trading avenue, SAA Cargo has a secure service relationship with a number of trading partners in Africa and delivers high competencies to this rapidly expanding market.
“We are very enthusiastic about this new route which offers the capacity, the know how and the experience to provide the same excellent standards that we are known for in other parts of the world and synergises to our vision of becoming the transport provider of choice in Africa,” says Tleli Makhetha, executive vice president and general manager of SAA Cargo.