South African Airways Concludes its Code Share Relationship with Qantas
JOHANNESBURG. 21 February 2014. South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s leading airline, today announced that it has accepted Qantas’s decision to conclude their long standing code share agreement effective 31 May 2014.
SAA has been flying to Sydney for more than 27 years before the code share with Qantas was put in place in October 2000 following the strategic decision for SAA to stop operating between Johannesburg and Sydney with its own aircraft and to begin code sharing with Qantas.
“Australia and New Zealand remain important markets for SAA and its customers and although we no longer operate flights ourselves to Sydney, we will maintain our presence in the country through our own operations to Perth and all of our established partnerships,” says Kendy Phohleli, SAA General Manager Commercial (Acting).
SAA customers will continue to have the opportunity to travel on the service between Johannesburg and Sydney, through our gateway in Perth, which will offer a daily service.
“We have always worked well with Qantas and together we are looking at a smooth transition for the benefit of our respective clients which are both business and leisure travellers,” Phohleli said.
SAA code share flights on Qantas’ Sydney operation will be closed off for sale on 21 February 2014. No further bookings will be made for travel after 1 June 2014.
All SAA ticketed code share passengers on the Qantas flight will be accommodated onto the Qantas flight number QF064 and QF063 and transported to their final destination. Such re-accommodation will be communicated to all SAA offices and all our travel partners with ticketed passengers of the appropriate procedure to follow so as to ensure no or minimal inconvenience to our leisure and business travellers.
All SAA unticketed code share passengers who had booked SA7700 and SA7701 on Johannesburg-Sydney-Johannesburg will be re-accommodated on SAA’s Perth operations with the ticketing agent using the most convenient option available for the onward connection to Sydney that is permitted within the conditions of the fare conditions.
Further information is available at www.flysaa.com, through travel agents, the airlines’ sales offices, or South African Airways’ call centre at +27 11 978 1111.
About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates to 40 destinations worldwide.
In its domestic market SAA has an extensive schedule operating 556 flights in total per week between Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub, as well as code-shared flights between Lanseria – Cape Town and Durban. SAA offers more frequencies than any other airline in South Africa.
Regionally, SAA offers 24 destinations across the African continent including Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Ndola, Pointe Noire, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.
SAA’s international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 11 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. SAA has codes share agreements with 27 other airlines across the markets it serves. The airline has extended its code share agreement with Mango, its low cost operator, to also include coastal cities in South Africa (between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George), as well as Johannesburg – Bloemfontein; Cape Town - Bloemfontein and Cape Town - Port Elizabeth.
SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC).
SAA is a Star Alliance member which offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines.
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