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SAA and US Airways to Launch New Code Share Agreement, Expanding Customer Travel Options

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, (18 December 2012) – Today South African Airways (SAA) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) announced a new bilateral code share agreement after receiving approval from the Department of Transport – South Africa and U.S. Department of Transportation. South African Airways will also receive expanded access to and throughout the United States, along with the convenience of a single-ticket purchase. Conversely, customers traveling on US Airways will gain new access to destinations throughout South Africa and to Dakar, Senegal (subject to US Airways securing approval from Senegalese authorities) with the new code share. SAA’s customers will continue to have the ability to earn and redeem Voyager miles on these new code share flights.

“Through the codeshare agreement with US Airways, South African Airways’ valued clientele will gain new travel choices to markets across the United States via US Airways’ extensive network and hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix, providing for seamless travel and status recognition through the respective frequent flyer programs. We are looking forward to introducing US Airways customers to our award-winning service, and to working closely with US Airways as our partnership will improve the connections between our respective networks,” says Manoj Papa, SAA acting General Manager for Commercial.

“US Airways’ new code share agreement with its first African code share partner creates a seamless travel experience for our customers travelling to various destinations on the African continent,” said Andrew Nocella, US Airways’ senior vice president, marketing and planning. “US Airways values our current relationship with South African Airways as a Star Alliance partner and now as a code share partner, we look forward to strengthening this partnership.”

SAA’s customers will have access to US Airways’ hub cities of Charlotte in North Carolina and Phoenix as well as various destinations within the United States. Equally, US Airways customers will have access to SAA’s hub in Johannesburg as well as convenient connections to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth in South Africa.  Customers will also have access to Dakar, Senegal via SAA’s Washington-Johannesburg service.  Specific connection information is below:


New Connections for US Airways Customers on South African Airways

New Connections for South African Airways Customers on US Airways

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) and Dakar, Senegal (DKR), - subject to US Airways securing approval from Senegalese authorities.

London’s Heathrow International Airport (LHR) to Philadelphia (PHL)

New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK) to Charlotte, N.C. (CLT)
Charlotte, N.C. (CLT) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Denver (DEN), Chicago O’Hare International (ORD), Miami (MIA),Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (RDU), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO)

Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)

New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK) to Phoenix (PHX)
Phoenix (PHX) to Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX ), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO)


London Heathrow (LHR) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)


Munich, Germany (MUC) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)


Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT), Durban, South Africa (DUR), East London, South Africa (ELS) and Port Elizabeth, South Africa (PLZ)


All fights will be available for sale on and for travel beginning 19 December 2012.


About SAA
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally 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 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 the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for ten consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.

About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies’ attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at (LCCG)

For more information contact:

SAA Group Corporate Affairs

Dileseng Koetle
Head: Communication
Tel: +27 11 978 2298
Mobile: +27 83 400 0041  

Kabelo Ledwaba
Communication Manager (External)
Tel: +27 11 978 2760
Mobile: +27 83 414 4720

Twitter: @flysaa

US Airways
US Airways Media Relations: 480-693-5729

Twitter @USAirways or at (LCCG)