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South African Airways Africa's Most Awarded Airline

The national flag carrier of South Africa, South African Airways flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport. It is the largest airline in South Africa and the headquarters is in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Often referred as SAA, the airline is a member of Star Alliance and is headed by CEO Monwabisi Kalawe. The frequent flyer programmed of the airline is called ‘Voyager’.

History

The airline came into existence post acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government in the year 1934. Initially controlled by South African Railways and Harbours Administration (now known as Transnet, the first ever flight service was operated in October 1934. The airline underwent a major overhaul programme in the year 1997, which involved a change of name, image and aircraft livery, as well as the introduction of online ticketing services and was carried out by the company's board. The airline split from its parent company, Transnet on 31st March 2006 and started operating as an independent airline. SAA is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Fleet

The fleet of South African Airways has an average age of 9.8 years and has a mix of 59 Airbus and Being aircrafts. South African Airways are expected to update their fleet from 2014 with more fuel-efficient planes and for this, an order of 11 Airbus A320-232 and 1 Boeing 737-300 airplanes has been placed, deliveries of which began in 2013.  

Awards

South African Airways has received various prestigious awards for service and innovation, some of which are mentioned below –

·         Best Airline in Africa" at the Skytrax awards

·         On time performance Service Award by Flightstats in 2013

·         STAT Times named African Cargo Airline of the year in 2013

·         Top Performing Airline by SA Tourism Ubunti Award in 2013

Routes and Destinations

South African Airways flies to 37 international destinations in 26 countries in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. It is one of the 10 airlines in the world to serve all the 6 inhabited continents. The airline has a strong presence in Southern Africa, while domestically it serves five cities. The airline has a codeshare agreement with 16 airlines beside the fellow Star Alliance members.

 

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