SAA and Air India sign code share agreement
Johannesburg. 16 July 2009. South African Airways (SAA) and Air India have signed a code share agreement which will improve travel options between their respective countries.
The partnership, which is now in effect, will improve and expand connectivity between the two carrier’s networks. The agreement allows Air India passengers to code share on SAA’s route between Johannesburg and Mumbai, as well as on the domestic sectors between Johannesburg - Durban and Johannesburg - Cape Town.
SAA in return will code share on Air India’s domestic operations between Mumbai and Delhi as well as operations between Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad to Mumbai.
“Adding Air India as a code share partner will provide our passengers with better and more convenient connections to key destinations in India. We are looking forward to working closely with Air India to offer further travel benefits as well as seamless access to even more cities overtime”, says Jason Krause, SAA Head of Business Development.
SAA currently operates four times per week between Johannesburg and Mumbai.
“The code share with South African Airways has provided Air India with an opportunity to establish its presence in the South Africa market once again, after Air India had withdrawn its own operations from South Africa in February 1997. We also look forward to expanding this code share eventually to offer as wide an access on each other’s network as possible,” says Arvind Jadhav, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India.
In Africa, Air India operates only to Nairobi, three times a week.
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading airline on the African continent, and annually, receives awards from numerous top-rated publications and international organisations for Best African Airline. The airline is 75 years old and was one of the first national airlines in the world. The airline carries more than 6,9- million passengers a year on an expansive route network into Southern Africa, the African continent and internationally on a fleet of modern and new aircraft. For more information please visit www.flysaa.com.
About Air India
Air India is the flag carrier of India. Founded on 15 October 1932, the airline operated its first international flight on 08 June 1948 and is in its 61st year of international operations. Having merged with Indian Airlines in August 2007 – a prime domestic carrier, Air India now has the largest international as well as domestic network amongst Indian carriers. Its low cost carrier – Air India Express supplements the international operations in regional countries. In 2008, Air India (along with Indian Airlines and Air India Express) carried 13 million passengers internationally and was the market leader. The airline is also on a modernisation spree – placing an order for a large number of new generation aircraft (which have already started joining its fleet) and new Passenger Service System. For more information please visit www.airindia.com.
Joint statement by SAA and Air India