12 December 2012

SAA and Air Canada sign code-share agreement

A new code-share agreement between South African Airways (SAA) and Air Canada will make it easier to travel between Canada and South Africa.

SAA Star Alliance-branded aircraft

Canada’s tourist-arrivals growth has been consistent over the years and we welcome any easing of access to South Africa. – Monica Iuel, South African Tourism regional director: Americas.

Air Canada will code share on SAA-operated services between London and Johannesburg, New York and Johannesburg, and Johannesburg and Cape Town. SAA will code share on Air Canada-operated flights between London and Vancouver, London and Toronto, and New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and Toronto (including flights operated by Air Canada Express).

Manoj Papa, SAA’s acting general manager: commercial, said the code-share agreement represents new and seamless travel options between 2 world-class airlines with a deep knowledge of their respective markets. ‘Travellers based in southern Africa and Canada will benefit greatly from the convenient travel choices now open to them, thereby increasing travel between the 2 regions,’ he said.

Yves Dufresne, Air Canada’s vice-president: alliances, international operations and regulatory affairs, said Air Canada is ‘extremely pleased’ to offer customers travelling between Canada and South Africa the added convenience of a code-share agreement with SAA. ‘With flights coordinated to minimise connection times, plus the simplicity of a single itinerary, it will be easier than ever to fly between Canada and South Africa,’ he said.

Monika Iuel, South African Tourism regional director: Americas, said while a code-share agreement does not have an impact on capacity, it does send the right message to the market.

‘Canada’s tourist-arrivals growth has been consistent over the years and we welcome any easing of access to South Africa,’ she said.

With both airlines being preferred partners as members of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network, customers will continue to enjoy the benefit of earning and redeeming frequent-flyer miles through Aeroplan – Air Canada’s frequent-flyer programme –  and the SAA Voyager programme when flying on the code-share services and throughout their respective global networks.