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SAA’s A330-200 to fly to Mumbai from 14 May 2011

Johannesburg, 29 March 2011. The latest addition to SAA’s fleet, the A330-200, will be operating to Mumbai, India on 14 May 2011. This highlights SAA’s commitment to this route by offering an enhanced product to its valued customers.
 
SAA’s new state of the art Airbus A330-200 aircraft will be dispatched to Mumbai, a route which SAA is committed to develop and grow. The Johannesburg-Mumbai route is vital in strengthening the airline’s international route network, effectively supporting the country’s thriving tourism and business markets.
 
Theunis Potgieter, GM Commercial says: “The A330-200 aircraft is operating the Johannesburg-Mumbai route on 14 May 2011, much sooner than scheduled. Over and above providing connectivity, our valued customers can look forward to an enhanced product and the added comfort and convenience offered by this impressive aircraft.”
 
The A340-200s previously serviced this route and will be replaced by the efficient A330-200 aircraft. SAA received its first A330-200 in February 2011 and its second A330-200 in March 2011. The first aircraft is already operating commercially to London, UK.
 
SAA, Africa’s most awarded airline, will receive an additional four Airbus A330-200 aircraft every second month from July 2011, with the final A330-200 delivered at the end of December 2011. These modern aircraft offer supreme ergonomics, an airy open cabin, and sophisticated, personal touch screen entertainment systems featuring Bollywood films. For the comfort of our customers, lie-flat beds are offered in business class, while economy class features a more spacious cabin.
 
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Issued by:            SAA Corporate Affairs
Contacts:             Mr. Fani Zulu: +27 82 451 0457
                                SAA Media Desk: +27 83 282 6761

About SAA’s service into India:
SAA operates from Mumbai four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) at 02h35 and into Mumbai from Johannesburg four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) at 11h50.
India’s thriving tourism market will see international tourist arrivals flourish by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 7.9% for the period spanning 2010-2015. Rich with cultural resources, and many World Heritage sites, India is also a country with dazzling fauna, and strong creative industries.
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