Johannesburg, 4 August 2011 - South African Airways (SAA) is set to commence operations to Ndola (Zambia) from 1 October 2011. Recently awarded for the best “Service Excellence in Africa”, the airline will fly to Ndola three times a week, in support of its goal to strengthen its African route network.
The introduction of this new route will provide a convenient air connection between South Africa and Zambia. Ndola is not only the third-largest city in Zambia, it is also the heart of the copper belt and Zambia’s mining capital.
Theunis Potgieter, SAA’s GM Commercial adds: “The introduction of this route is aligned to the airline’s growth strategy, which aims to introduce new services to feasible destinations, enhancing business travel which effectively nurtures economic growth on the African continent.”
This route will be serviced by the A319 aircraft which accommodates 120 customers in a two class configuration, which includes business and economy class. SAA flights to Ndola will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. SAA is working closely with its partner, SA Airlink, complementing their early morning departures from Johannesburg; to give customers increased travel options.
The introduction of this route follows SAA’s recent announcement of three new routes to Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda) and Cotonou (Benin), from 31 October this year.
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 20 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa, from its hub, Johannesburg. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. 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 CEO Siza Mzimela is the first woman to be appointed into the IATA Board of Directors in its 67 year history. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for 9 consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for two consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on time airlines.
Issued by: SAA Group Corporate Affairs
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