South African Airways Celebrates a Decade as Member of Global Airline Network

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South African Airways this month celebrates a decade as member of Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most experienced global airline alliance.

SAA was the first African airline to join the global network in 2006, providing other Alliance partners access to SAA’s extensive route network within South Africa and into the rest of the African continent.

“South African Airways gave Star Alliance a first and strategic/prominent foothold in Africa, which today is recognised as one of the most significant growth markets for international trade and aviation,” said Star Alliance CEO,…
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South African Airways revises UAE Operations


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Image courtesy Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

South African Airways (SAA) would like to notify its stakeholders and customers that the airline has taken a decision to cease operating between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from 01 March 2016. The decision follows extensive analysis and efforts to make the route sustainable over a much shorter period than anticipated. The airline then sought and obtained concurrence from National Treasury after applying for permission to terminate operations on the route.

Since 29 October
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Tower Bridge, London

Star Alliance and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains – a free upgrade.

Making use of this offer is very simple. Customers just need to purchase a standard class single or return ticket for the Heathrow Express, the fastest rail link between the airport and London Paddington Station. Once on the train, customers can choose any available seat in Business First Class and show both their train ticket and Star Alliance Gold Card…
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South African Airways codeshares on Air China to resume a non-stop service between Johannesburg and Beijing

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JOHANNESBURG. 2 November 2015. South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline on the continent, welcomes Air China to SA following its inaugural flight from Beijing to Johannesburg.

“SAA can now again offer customers direct access from Johannesburg to Beijing and further on in China through our partnership with Air China. We welcome the first Air China flight to our country and we’re excited about our deepening partnership with Air China, which dates back to 2012,” says Thuli Mpshe, SAA Acting CEO.

“Our industry is a highly dynamic one and competition is ruthless….
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Star Alliance named Best Airline Alliance at Australian Business Traveller Awards

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – August 4th, 2015 – Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveller, Asia-Pacific’s leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers.

Australian Business Traveller Editor David Flynn said the inaugural awards program recognised “trend-setters and game-changers in the highly-competitive business travel market”.

“With 28 member airlines under its wing, Star Alliance can take business travellers almost everywhere they need to go,” said Flynn. “Our readers especially value unique benefits such as the ability to use frequent flyer points or miles to upgrade across all member…
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Avianca Brasil joins Star Alliance network

Uniformed Staff from Star Alliance member carriers welcoming their new colleagues from Avianca Brasil at the airline’s official joining ceremony in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Uniformed Staff from Star Alliance member carriers welcoming their new colleagues from Avianca Brasil at the airline’s official joining ceremony in Sao Paulo Brazil. Image courtesy South African Airways/Avianca Brasil.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil – July 22nd, 2015 – At a special ceremony held at Guarulhos International Airport today, the Star Alliance member carriers welcomed their newest member, Avianca Brasil.

“Adding Avianca Brasil to our network is an…
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