The Traveler's Journal  
Press Releases - The Traveler's Journal

Informative Press Releases for Travel

Press Release information you can use!


The following information is provided by the travel supplier or its public relations representative. The Traveler's Journal can accept no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any material in this section.

South African Airways-Travel Partner News-March 2013



South African Airways

SAA Is Well Connected
To Africa


The next time your clients travel to Africa, have them fly on Africa's most awarded airline: South African Airways. With our code share agreements with United, US Airways and Air Canada (Star Alliance members), JetBlue, as well as our interline agreement with partner Virgin America, your clients will enjoy convenient connections from over 30 cities across North America via our New York (JFK) and Washington, D.C. (Dulles) gateways to Southern Africa. Customers will enjoy simplified ticketing, baggage transfers, and a hassle-free travel experience. In addition, as SAA is a Star Alliance member, customers can earn mileage credit in United Airlines' Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan programs and can redeem frequent flyer miles with any Star Alliance member.

Flights on South African Airways and our partners can be booked through the GDS or by calling South African Airways at 1-800-722-9675. For more information visit:

South African Airways Certified As A 4-Star Airline For
11 Years In A Row

South African Airways has been awarded the 4-Star Airline ranking for 2013 by Skytrax, the independent, global airline rating organization. SAA's 4-Star Airline ranking signifies that the airline has achieved a good standard of product across all travel categories, with standards of staff service delivery in both the onboard and airport environments also being well ranked

The Skytrax Star Ranking audit examines more than 800 areas of product and service delivery, across all areas of the airport operations and the cabin experience, and demonstrates that South African Airways passengers can look forward to a high quality of product and service. Skytrax Star Ranking provides an accurate and independent guide for travelers around the world, and 4-Star is a most respected category for an airline. South African Airways has been ranked at 4-Star Airline status for 11 years in a row. This ranking together with a number of awards from other foremost institutions as well as the prestigious Skytrax Best Airline in Africa Award, for 10 years in a row and the Skytrax Service Excellence Africa Award, for the third consecutive year, further exemplifies our customer focused efforts.

SAA Wins On-Time Performance Service Award And Achieves Major Baggage Handling Improvements

FlightStats, the global leader in flight and airport information services, recently announced On Time Performance Service Awards (OTPS Awards) for airlines across the globe. SAA, with its 91% on-time performance average, won in the category 'Middle East and Africa Major Airlines'.

This category included airlines based in the Middle East and Africa that operate at least 30,000 scheduled flights annually within the Middle East and Africa. The other 4 Finalists included Etihad Airways, Gulf Air Company, Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines. As on time performance is a critical factor considered by customers when selecting which airline to fly, winning this award highlights our employees' commitment to ensuring a seamless travel experience to our valued customers.

SAA's unrivalled on-time performance is complemented by substantial improvements that have been achieved in baggage handling, resulting in historically low levels for baggage irregularities or pilferage.

SAA embarked on a system-wide, structured approach to improve baggage handling during the past year, as part of the airline's overall passenger service enhancement project. Several initiatives were launched to systematically re-engineer the way in which baggage is handled.

INDABA Fares For 2013

As the proud national carrier of South Africa, South African Airways is, once again, offering special airfares for North American delegates attending Indaba in Durban, South Africa, May 11-14, 2013. Indaba, which is h
[Back to Press Releases Main]