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South African Airways concludes historic deal with Match

Johannesburg. 4 December 2009

South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline on the African continent and Match, the official provider of tickets, accommodation and logistics for next year’s football event, have concluded a historic partnership.

According to this agreement reached between Africa’s most awarded airline and Match, South African Airways will be providing 89 000 sectors on its own fleet of aircraft to be used by Match customers.

The sectors will be operated by SAA aircraft on the Golden triangle, which include flights between Johannesburg to Cape Town, and to Durban as well as between Durban and Cape Town.

SAA is also working on other transport solutions with Match to find ways of transporting Match customers to smaller venues such as Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and Polokwane where matches will take place.

SAA is the first airline on the African continent to be concluding a deal with Match, FIFA’s preferred partner for the forthcoming major football events where the best teams in the world will be battling it out for the world’s foremost and most prized football trophy.

“As the national carrier we are very pleased to conclude this agreement with Match,” says Chris Smyth, SAA Acting CEO. “We eagerly await next year’s event and the opportunity to welcome fans from across the globe to our beautiful country”.

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs