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26 October, 2006: SAA adds more flights on domestic routes amidst record passenger numbers

26 October, 2006: SAA adds more flights on domestic routes amidst record passenger numbers

JOHANNESBURG. 26 October 2006. South African Airways (SAA) will add extra flights to certain of its domestic routes over the holiday season due to huge demand from customers.

The airline experienced its busiest month across its entire network last month having carried a record total of 704 000 passengers in total on its domestic, regional and international flights.

“We would like to express our appreciation towards our passengers for their support and loyalty over September,” says Nomfanelo Magwentshu, SAA General Manager Business Development.

SAA will from 1 November add two extra flights to its daily schedule between Johannesburg and East London on Fridays and Sundays and the return flight will be on the same days.

The extra flights will depart as SA481 from Johannesburg at 18h50 to arrive in East London at 20h20. The return flight, SA484 will depart from East London at 2050 to arrive in Johannesburg at 22h20.

“The demand from our customers for the coming holiday period has been enormous. We have listened to their needs and added these extra flights to our domestic schedule,” says Nomfanelo Magwentshu, SAA General Manager Business Development.

Plans are in place to add a large number of flights to the route between Johannesburg and Cape Town and between Johannesburg and Durban.

These extra flights will be operated from mid-November until the beginning of January to ensure the huge demand during the holiday period is accommodated.

The exact number of flights and the schedule for these will be finalised over the next few days.

SAA recently reintroduced business class on the route between Johannesburg and East London and Port Elizabeth following demand from customers.

SAA discontinued its Business class offering on board its flights between Johannesburg and East London and Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in May 2005.

“Following demand from our business travellers we reinstated the product on these routes,” says Magwentshu.

Business Class will be offered on all flights to these two destinations and will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 and occasionally an Airbus A319-100, which is also equipped with the Business Class product.

Passengers travelling Business Class will experience the full premium experience.

SAA adds more flights, improves connectivity following huge customer demand

JOHANNESBURG. 28 September 2006. South African Airways (SAA) today announced various improvements to its schedule and route network for the benefit of customers and to earn revenue for the airline.

“We have listened to our customers and reworked our flight schedule. These improvements will make travel quicker easier for our customers.

“We are seeing a huge demand on certain routes and we are focussing our schedule decisions on what our customers want.

“In the process we will increase revenue for the airline, grow our market share and reduce operating costs.” says Nomfanelo Magwentshu, SAA General Manager Business Development.

The route from Washington DC in North America back to Johannesburg, from 29 October, will operate non stop, instead of via Dakar, as is now the case. SA208 will then be the only non stop flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and North America. This flight will be at least 3 hours faster than any of our competitors flights from North America and Johannesburg.

The flight has also been retimed to allow passengers easy connections to 72 points from Washington to further destinations in Northern America on our Star Alliance partners.

SAA operates to New York via Dakar which is predominantly used by travellers from West Africa to the US.

““We have made the Washington route more attractive for those customers who in the past flew via Europe to North America. We are exploring possible new destinations in Europe and to North America and we hope to make announcements regarding these in due courser,” says Magwentshu.

In keeping with the huge demand from SAA customers over peak times from the November to January holiday period, extra flights will be introduced to Frankfurt, London and Perth. At least one extra flight per week will be added to each of these destinations during December and January.

The extra flight between Johannesburg and Perth will operate on a Wednesday. Johannesburg to Frankfurt will have an additional flight on a Saturday and Cape Town to London an extra flight on a Friday.

“By adding these extra flights on weekend days, which are typically the time people want to travel, we use our long haul fleet of Airbus aircraft more effectively. We now have our flat bed seat on all these aircraft which adds to travelling ease of our premium passengers,” says Magwentshu.

vSAA has also reassessed its regional flights (into the rest of Africa) and made some changes.

Flights to Uganda, Entebbe have been retimed to an overnight flight. SA162 will operate three times a week directly, to depart at 13:50 from Johannesburg and arrive at 19:00. The return flight will leave Entebbe at 07:35 to arrive in Johannesburg at 10:50.

“We have listened to what our customers want and mostly business passengers that make use of this route, will find the improved times easier for business arrangements,” says Magwentshu.

Flights to Livingstone in Zambia will operate daily from October 29th instead of three times per week. This destination is tremendously popular as travellers from all over the world want to see the Victoria Falls and experience and African adventure holiday. “We decided to fly daily to provide flexible itineraries for our customers wishing to experience Victoria Falls,” says Magwentshu.

SAA has added a fifth frequency per week on its route to India, a fourth frequency on the Accra, Ghana route and will from December to February use the Boeing 747-400 on the route to Sao Paulo in Brazil instead of the Airbus A340-300, to add 574 seats on this route following customer demand.

From today, Thursday, onwards all SAA long haul flights on an Airbus will operate with our new award winning lie flat seats in premium class.

SAA will also be announcing in the coming months new routes in Central Africa, West Africa, North America and Europe.

Due to passenger demand we have re-introduced business class on flights from Johannesburg to East London and Port Elizabeth.

SAA customers can now fly to Singapore

Johannesburg. 31 August 2006. South African Airways (SAA) customers can now travel between South Africa and Singapore after the airline signed a codeshare agreement with fellow Star Alliance partner, Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines offers daily non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Singapore and once a week on their service between Cape Town and Singapore.

Singapore Airlines customers can in turn fly on SAA flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

“This new partnership will maximise the huge benefits to customers of SAA’s Star Alliance membership, in this instance, providing them with a direct link from South Africa to Singapore.

“This is closely aligned to our ideals of offering more routes to customers and expanding our international offering,” says Nomfanelo Magwentshu, SAA General Manager Business Development.

The agreement comes into effect as of 1 September when customers can begin purchasing tickets for travel from 15 September.

Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Regions, Huang Cheng Eng, expressed optimism for the new partnership saying, “This new codeshare agreement represents our growing relationship with SAA, one of our Star Alliance partners, and our on going efforts to maximise the opportunities offered by our combined network to the benefit of our customers.

“I am confident that the agreement between the two airlines will stimulate demand for travel on SAA and Singapore Airlines to our countries and beyond.”

SAA joined Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline network with 17 other international and three regional carriers, in April this year.

Issued by Corporate Communications