New developments at South African Airways
Travellers to and from the US can now have a seamless travelling experience dealing with the national carrier to and from over 20 US destinations. - Fani Zulu, SAA Corporate Affairs
South African Airways (SAA) recently announced the introduction of a new wide-body aircraft on the Johannesburg to Nairobi route. This means that capacity to and from Kenya is increased by 582 seats per week.
SAA previously operated the Boeing 737-800 and the Airbus A319 into Kenya, but these aircraft have been replaced by the Airbus A340-300 and A340-200 – wide-bodied aircraft with additional seating capacity. Luxury and comfort are the order of the day as the new aircraft include lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as wider cabins and touch screen in-flight entertainment in both Economy and Business Class.
This bodes well for South African Tourism, as the organisation continues to focus on the African continent as a key market for tourism arrivals to South Africa. Recent statistics announced by Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk showed that growth of 12.8% was experienced in the African tourism market during 2010.
It was also interesting to note from the Minister's announcement that there was a 22.8% increase in arrivals from North America. Of course, the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup™ did much to make sure that 2010 was a bumper year for tourism arrivals to South Africa.
South African Airways has also announced a code-share with JetBlue Airlines. The code-share service will be available on SAA from Johannesburg to either New York's JFK International Airport or Washington's Dulles International Airport, from which travellers can connect to 20 American cities serviced by JetBlue.
Mr Fani Zulu of SAA Corporate Affairs says the code-share is a positive move for SAA: 'travellers to and from the US can now have a seamless travelling experience dealing with the national carrier to and from over 20 US destinations.'