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South African Airways celebrates 25 years of flying to Nairobi, Kenya

JOHANNESBURG. 7 April 2016. South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the African continent, celebrates 25 years of flying to Nairobi, the airline’s first East African destination.

SAA was the first African Airline to operate between Johannesburg and Kenya when it introduced two weekly flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi in 1991. Kenya was also the airline’s first East African operation.

From modest beginnings SAA’s Kenyan operations have grown steadily through the years. Today the airline operates 11 flights per week between Johannesburg and Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and the largest city in East Africa, also popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

Nairobi is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs and is famous across the world for the Nairobi National Park, the world’s only game reserve found within a major city, host to a wide variety of wildlife.

“From South Africa most of our customers travel for business, with some travelling to Kenya to experience the world renowned Masai Mara migration of wildlife and the beautiful sun drenched white sand beaches. Kenyans travel to South Africa not only for business, but for leisure as well as to visit friends and relatives. Many Kenyan parents are sending their children to study in South Africa,” says Jane Ngaira, SAA country manager in Kenya.

The route is operated by SAA’s new A320 aircraft with capacity for 24 seats in business class and 114 in economy class. The A320 is one of the latest aircraft in the SAA fleet and it offers comfort and ample legroom. Recently SAA introduced the innovative offering of Samsung tablets on board as a way of improving in-flight entertainment to business class customers within the region. Nairobi was among the first destinations to enjoy this service.

Tourism initiatives by SAA and SA Tourism have positioned South Africa as one of the top holiday destinations for Kenyans, with over 15,000 Kenyans visiting South Africa annually. South African companies are well represented in Kenya in the banking, insurance, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors.

“The Johannesburg to Nairobi route is key to SAA’s network in East Africa due to its profitable contribution to the total network and its importance in connecting Kenya to the USA, South America and Southern Africa,” says Austin Nyawara, SAA Regional Manager East Africa and the Middle East.

Johannesburg Nairobi Johannesburg schedule:

Flight number Day of the week Departs Arrives
SA 184 Daily Johannesburg 10h10 Nairobi 15h05
SA 185 Daily Nairobi 15h55 Johannesburg 19h00
SA180 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday Johannesburg 15h40 Nairobi 20h35
SA 181 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Nairobi 08h45 Johannesburg 11h50


About South African Airways:
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 74 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. 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 wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for thirteen consecutive years and the winner of ‘Best Airline staff in Africa’ for four years. SAA has been named the coolest domestic airline at the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards.


For media information, please contact:
SAA Spokesperson
Tlali Tlali
Email: TlaliTlali@flysaa.com
Mobile:+27 82 333 3880
Office: +27 11 978 2298
Web: www.flysaa.com