6 January 2013

SAA, US Airways sign code-share agreement

Travel options between the United States and South Africa have been significantly expanded as a result of SAA’s code-share agreement with US Airways.

SAA's Airbus A340-600 business class cabin SAA's Airbus A340-600 business-class cabin.

Our partnership has improved connections between our respective networks – Manoj Papa, SAA acting general manager: commercial.

A code-share agreement between South African Airways (SAA) and US Airways was announced on 18 December 2012.

Through the agreement, US Airways passengers can now enjoy expanded access to destinations throughout South Africa, along with the convenience of a single-ticket purchase.

Seamless connections are available from US Airways’ extensive US network and its hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix to SAA flights bound for South Africa.

US Airways customers will have access to SAA’s hub at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, as well as convenient connections to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. They will also have access to Dakar, Senegal, via SAA’s Washington/Johannesburg service (pending approval from Senegalese authorities).

Travellers from South Africa will have access to new destination travel choices through US Airways’ extensive US route network. Passengers can earn frequent-flyer miles when travelling on either carrier's network.

Manoj Papa, SAA acting general manager: commercial, said SAA is looking forward to introducing US Airways customers to its award-winning service and to working closely with the carrier. ‘Our partnership has improved connections between our respective networks,’ he commented.

Andrew Nocella, US Airways senior vice-president: marketing and planning, said the code share with its first African code-share partner creates a seamless travel experience for its customers travelling to various destinations on the African continent.

‘US Airways values our current relationship with SAA as a Star Alliance partner and now as a code-share partner. We look forward to strengthening this partnership,’ he said.