Johannesburg, 26 January 2011: South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is proud to announce an enhanced flight schedule which will open new travel options to its valued customers. The roll out of the airline’s network expansion plan will result in an increase in seats available on some routes and an increase in the frequency of its flights on other routes.
“Effective 01 May 2011, we will offer our customers the convenience of flying non-stop between Johannesburg and New York. Our non-stop flights to New York will allow a full day in Johannesburg with an early morning arrival in New York. Further, the reduced travel time result in fast and efficient connections to several key US destinations such as Boston, Chicago, Florida, California, as well as Canada and the Caribbean.” says Theunis Potgieter, SAA’s General Manager: Commercial.
The non-stop flight from Johannesburg to New York (SA203) will depart OR Tambo International Airport daily at 20h35 (SA local time) arriving John F. Kennedy International Airport at 06h40 (New York local time), whilst the non-stop flights from New York (SA204) will depart daily at 11h15 arriving in OR Tambo International Airport at 08h40.
SAA currently is finalizing all outstanding operational details for the northbound non-stop flight on the Johannesburg to New York route.
“SAA now offers the fastest and most comfortable way to commute between Southern Africa and this major global hub. Travelers originating from other domestic points and Southern African countries like Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia and as far north as Kenya and Tanzania, can now be in New York with a single, quick connection via Johannesburg”, says Potgieter. This new service will further strengthen Johannesburg’s position as the major aviation hub in Sub Saharan Africa. SAA will utilize the Airbus 340-600 on this ultra long haul operation.
Due to increased demand for services in Africa, SAA will introduce wide body Airbus 340 operations to Kenya and Namibia. Effective 27 February 2011, SAA will operate a wide body aircraft between Johannesburg and Nairobi. SAA will operate a daily frequency to Nairobi with an increase in seats from 2 918 to 3 500 per week. Effective 27 March 2011 SAA will also introduce wide body services between Johannesburg and Windhoek, Namibia on 7 of its 20 weekly services, increasing the number of the airline’s seats available on this route from 5830 to 6 746. These services are perfectly timed for connections to and from Frankfurt, Munich, London and New York via Johannesburg.
“Our customers traveling to and from both Nairobi and Windhoek on the new wide bodied aircraft will now enjoy, amongst other world class features, a lie flat seat and more space in business class, more space in economy class, preferential flight schedules and a host of other value added benefits; consistent with that which our customers have come to expect from us as the national carrier”, says Potgieter.
On the domestic market, SAA will increase the seats available on the Johannesburg to Cape Town route by operating an additional scheduled flight on a wide body aircraft.
Issued by SAA Corporate Affairs (For more information about SAA visit www.flysaa.com)
Contact: Fani Zulu: +27 82 451 0457
SAA Media Desk: +27 83 282 6761
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Notes to the editors:
Below are some of the additional changes that SAA will introduce on its schedule of flights:
· Effective from 29 March 2011, SAA will increase the frequency of its flights to Entebbe, Uganda from 6 to daily flights with the introduction of a new Tuesday service
· SAA will add an additional flight to Harare, Zimbabwe which will operate on Tuesdays and will be effective from 29 March bringing our total number of frequencies to 18 per week