Etihad Airways has commenced codeshare services with South African Airways following regulatory approval, which enables both carriers to offer codeshare and interline services to key destinations on each others’ route networks. Effective immediately, and under the first phase of the codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways passengers can now travel on Etihad Airways’ marketed flights from Johannesburg to four major destinations on the SAA network including: Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.
Nico Bezuidenhout, acting chief executive, South African Airways, speaks to Breaking Travel News at the International Air Transport Association annual general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.
Etihad Airways and South African Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing the two airlines to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services as well as explore synergy and efficiency opportunities. Initially Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on flights from Johannesburg to ten South African Airways destinations across South Africa and the African continent as well as South America.
Air Seychelles has announced it has entered into a codeshare agreement with South African Airways, the national airline of the Republic of South Africa. The first phase of the agreement will see South African Airways place its “SA” code on Air Seychelles’ non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Seychelles.
South African Airways has announced Monwabisi Kalawe will take over as chief executive officer. This comes after the deputy prime minister’s challenge to the SAA board of directors to continue to focus on improving SAA’s governance.
South African Airways UK has launched its first ever Online Travel Training programme to educate UK agents about the national airline and increase knowledge on the on-board product. The comprehensive course will be available for all agents to access and includes details on several new innovations from South African Airways, including the recently launched mobile check-in app.
South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen record 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with revenue up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented growth in January bookings follows the recent launch of South African Airways’ targeted winter adventure travel marketing campaign.
South African Airways and Air Canada have signed a code share agreement that will make it substantially easier for customers to travel between South Africa and Canada. With immediate effect, customers connecting between the carriers in London will be able to book a single itinerary and make seamless connections.
Members of the South African national rugby team – the Springboks – have joined South African Airways in London for a celebration ahead of the clash with England at the weekend. Top players from the side joined airline officials at the South African High Commission after travelling with the carrier earlier.
South African Airways (SAA) has appointed London-based PR and representation agency Black Diamond to act as its agency of record in the UK as the airline seeks to promote its direct route from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
South African Airways has announced that all passengers travelling from London to Cape Town will now fly via its hub in Johannesburg – OR Tambo International Airport. The route change will commence effective August 15th for flights from Cape Town, with all passengers flying to London via Johannesburg.