JOHANNESBURG, 2018-Jan-11 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA) is proud to announce a code-share agreement with TAAG Angola Airlines. As part of the extended agreement, SAA will code-share with TAAG on their direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and between Cape Town and Luanda effective 15 January 2018.
In return, TAAG Angola Airlines will code-share with SAA on its direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and will include Johannesburg and Harare, Johannesburg and Lusaka, and Johannesburg and Hong Kong in the near future. A code-share agreement enables SAA to offer flights with the SA code on flights operated by TAAG, and TAAG will in turn be able to offer flights with the DT code on flights operated by SAA.
SAA is progressively implementing its Five-Year Corporate Plan aimed at achieving and maintaining financial sustainability in the shortest time possible. SAA’s Alliance Strategy supports the Network Strategy by strengthening its position in sub-Saharan Africa through forming new partnerships, such as this one.
SAA and TAAG formed an interline relationship in 1996, allowing the acceptance of each other’s customers and access to each other’s network. Interline agreements between airlines facilitate travel for customers who fly on more than one airline to reach their destination.
The relationship expanded into a commercial partnership in 2007 with SAA operating the flights for TAAG between Luanda and Lisbon, in Portugal. At the time, SAA operated the flights with its own aircraft and crew on behalf of TAAG.
“We value our relationship with TAAG and look forward to strengthening this partnership and creating a seamless travel experience for our customers travelling to various destinations on the continents of Africa and Asia.
“This new code-share will enable customers to connect seamlessly from our domestic services through to Angola and gives customers the opportunity of also flying with TAAG to Angola,” says Tlali Tlali, SAA Spokesperson. SAA currently serves the Angola market four times per week.
“The code-share relationship between TAAG Angola Airlines and SAA is a strong partnership and we are extremely pleased to work together in developing our route networks further, for the benefit of all our customers. We are confident that this code-share opportunity will bring our countries closer together and contribute to the development of our respective economies and tourism industries,” said William Boulter, TAAG Chief Commercial Officer.
Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs
About South African Airways:
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes 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 wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low-cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Africa category, this shows that our customer-facing employees are our true brand ambassadors who made a difference to millions of travelling customers.
About TAAG Angola Airlines:
TAAG Angola Airlines is the Angolan flag carrier 100% owned by the Government of Angola. The carrier’s network comprises 12 domestic points in Angola served from Luanda plus international flights to Johannesburg, Brazzaville, Havana, Kinshasa, Lisbon, Lusaka, Maputo, Oporto, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, and Sao Tome.
TAAG operates a state of the art and young fleet and one of the biggest fleet of Boeing 777’s on the continent, with eight aircraft of this model. With an all-Boeing operated fleet of five Boeing 777-300, three Boeing 777-200, and five Boeing 737-700NG, TAAG flies to four continents through its ever growing Luanda hub. The Angolan carrier is duly certified by IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit), the last audit was carried out in the beginning of 2017 and has also passed numerous safety audits by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and other entities.
For media information, please contact:
Mr Tlali Tlali
Mobile: +27 (0)82 333-3880
Office: +27 (0)11 978-2298
Head of Marketing
Ms Kim Thipe
Office: +27 (0)11 978-5597
Mobile: +27 (0)83 263-7040
Switchboard: +27 (0)11 978-1000
Twitter (Primary): @flysaa – https://twitter.com/flysaa
Twitter (Customer Service): @flysaa_care – https://twitter.com/flysaa_care
TAAG Media Inquiries:
Carlos Vincente (Mr)
TAAG Corporate Affairs
SOURCE: South African Airways