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United Expands with SAA

United Airlines today
announced it has reached a code-share agreement with South African Airways,
expanding international destination options for customers of both carriers.Under the agreement, passengers on South African Airways’ flights between
Johannesburg and Washington Dulles can connect on to United flights to San
Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas beginning Nov. 1,
  Also, once the necessary regulatory approvals have been granted, United’s
code will appear on South African Airways’ Washington Dulles-Johannesburg
service, and its service within Africa and between South Africa and Europe.
  “We are pleased to partner with Africa’s largest and best-known commercial
air carrier to expand international options for our customers,” says Graham
Atkinson, United’s senior vice president-Worldwide Sales & Alliances.  “The
code-share agreement with South African Airways further supports our strategy
of international growth, and will enable us to provide premium service to our
customers to an even greater reach of destinations.”
  “At South African Airways, we are looking forward to the new opportunities
that our partnership with United Airlines will offer to our passengers and
those of United,” says Dr. Khaya Ngqula, chief executive officer of South
African Airways.  “North America is one of our key markets and offers a huge
potential for growth.  We will continue to explore and develop opportunities
in this market as part of our global focus to bring the world to Africa, and
take Africa to the world.”
  The agreement was formalized today in a signing ceremony between United’s
Chief Executive Officer Glenn F. Tilton and South African Airways’ Chief
Executive Officer Dr. Khaya Ngqula in New York.