South African Airways, the leading carrier on the African continent, proudly celebrates twenty years of flying between Johannesburg and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
SAA introduced flights to this East African country on 25 October 1995 from since the route has grown from three flights a week to the current offering of twice daily flights between the two African cities.
SAA introduced a dedicated freighter service between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam on 15 January 2011. The service is once a week every Tuesday.
“Dar Es Salaam is one of the key destinations in our extensive African route network and we’re proud that as an airline we contribute to the growth in bilateral trade and tourism between South Africa and Tanzania. The route has been sustained for twenty years due to the strength of SAA’s operations, its extensive route network, schedule integrity, service delivery and on-time performance.
“The strong historical ties between the two nations enabled them to create an environment where business, investment, tourism and cultural exchanges could flourish,” says Aaron Munetsi, SAA Regional General Manager for Africa.
The lifting of visas requirements in 2013 for South African passport holders wishing to visit Tanzania for holiday or business (for up to 90 days) further contributed to stimulating travel between the countries.
“South Africa and Tanzania have traditionally experienced strong bilateral and economic ties; with South Africa one of Tanzania’s biggest trading partners. A number of South African companies in the mining, banking, retail, and hospitality industries have a presence in Tanzania. A further positive development was that imported goods originating within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are now duty free, which promotes intra-SADC trade thus strengthening regional economic integration,” says Munetsi.
Johannesburg-Dar Es Salaam flights are operated by SAA’s new A320s or A319s. The A320 offers a superior product in Business Class, which has also been well accepted by Voyager Frequent Flyers.