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South African Airways Launches Airbus A330-200 on London – Johannesburg Route

London, 20 February 2014 – From 28th March, South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline, will be operating a newer aircraft, the Airbus A330-200 on scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Johannesburg.
The newer aircraft replaces the current A340-600 used on the route and will operate on SA235, the first of SAA’s two daily departures at 19.00 and selected* SA237 flights, which departs at 21:00.
The changes build on SAA’s growing reputation as winner of “Best African Airline” at the Business Traveller Awards on 14th October 2013 and on SAA’s continued focus on service excellence which is a strategic objectives of Gaining Altitude, SAA’s Long-Term Turnaround Strategy.
Gary Kershaw GM South African Airways says, “We’ve listened to feedback from our corporate customers and Voyager members around the aspects of their journey that are important to them.  We’re delighted to announce these changes to our summer schedule to strengthen our growing reputation for quality.”
South African Airways Business customers can enjoy smaller, more personal cabins and forward facing seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, as well as a 74” seat pitch, 180° flat beds and 12” on demand widescreen technology.  Business travellers can also relax and enjoy departure and arrivals lounges at both London Heathrow and Johannesburg, including the unique SAA arrivals lounge at Johannesburg OR Tambo - the perfect place to escape the demands of travel and freshen-up before the business day ahead.
The newer A330-200 aircraft will offer economy passengers even larger 10 inch widescreen technology, as well as one of the most spacious cabins to Southern Africa, with SAA’s 2-4-2 seat configuration.
SAA operates the first direct flight of the day from Heathrow to Johannesburg and have built an outstanding reputation for punctuality and won the Flight Stats Award for the Most on Time Airline in the World twice during 2013.
For more information about SAA, visit or call 0844 375 9680/ @SAA_UK /
Please note: In the event of unforeseen operational challenges SAA may operate another type of Airbus wide-body aircraft on the route.

About South African Airways

 South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates to 40 destinations worldwide.

In its domestic market SAA has an extensive schedule operating 556 flights in total per week between Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub, as well as code-shared flights between Lanseria – Cape Town and Durban. SAA offers more frequencies than any other airline in South Africa.

Regionally, SAA offers 24 destinations across the African continent including Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Ndola, Pointe Noire, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.

SAA’s international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 11 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. SAA has codes share agreements with 27 other airlines across the markets it serves. The airline has extended its code share agreement with Mango, its low cost operator, to also include coastal cities in South Africa (between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George), as well as Johannesburg – Bloemfontein; Cape Town - Bloemfontein and Cape Town  - Port Elizabeth.

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 is a Star Alliance member which offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines.
For more information contact:

Tlali Tlali                                                                             
SAA spokesperson                                                                                                         
Mob:     +27 82 333 3880