Here’s some great news to pass on to your Africa bound clients. South African Airways (SAA) has announced that its popular New York-Johannesburg service will now also operate non-stop from Johannesburg to New York, resulting in the fastest way to travel between New York and Southern Africa. Through last month, flight SA203 from Johannesburg to New York made a 1-hour passenger and refueling stop in Dakar, Senegal. However starting May 1, flight SA203 will depart Johannesburg at 8:35 p.m. for a non-stop journey to New York that will arrive at 6:40 a.m. the following day. The change now means that SAA offers non-stop flights both to and from New York’s JFK airport to Johannesburg, South Africa. Having flown this route nearly a dozen times over the years I will certainly look forward to being able to fly non-stop in both directions in the future.
Anytime that you can eliminate re-fuelling stops, extra security checks, any passenger disruptions on long-haul travel is a huge plus and I am sure that this will be popular news with both your repeat and potential first time Africa clientele. In addition, when travelers arrive in New York, they will have even more morning connection choices through a number of airlines that can take them to points throughout North America and the Caribbean.
“Travelers have told us that they truly value SAA’s morning non-stop service from JFK and the range of excellent, same-day connection opportunities it affords to more than 40 destinations in Africa. But they’ve also expressed that they would love it even more if our return flight also operated non-stop,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America, for South African Airways. “We’ve answered their calls, and are pleased to announce a return non-stop flight to New York. Now, they will be able to enjoy more time on the ground in Southern Africa, in such remarkable places as Cape Town, Victoria Falls or the Indian Ocean Islands, before they begin their return journey home.”
The updated schedule for SAA’s daily service between New York and Johannesburg is as follows, effective May 1:
•SA203 – Johannesburg/New York, departs Johannesburg at 8:35 p.m., arrives in New York at 6:40 a.m. the following day.
•SA204 – New York/Johannesburg, departs New York at 11:15 a.m., arrives in Johannesburg at 8:40 a.m. the following day.
South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with departures from New York JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, pillow, blanket and amenity kit. SAA’s route network features connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent. To complement this network, a variety of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways’ premier mileage program. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,172 destinations in 181 countries and more than 21,200 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United’s, Continental’s, US Airways’ and Air Canada’s frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.
JetBlue Code Share
In other recent South African Airways news, SAA and JetBlue Airways have announced an expansion of their interline partnership, with South African Airways now offering code share services on JetBlue flights effective March 3rd. The code share service will be available with SAA flight numbers on JetBlue flights to 20 cities served by the airline in the U.S., connecting through either New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) airports and SAA’s Johannesburg hub, where passengers can access connections to more than 45 cities throughout South Africa and Southern Africa. Travelers, whether in Southern Africa or the U.S., can now book their South African Airways flight between 20 cities served by JetBlue in the U.S., with the ability to check bags through for their entire journey.
South African Airways, 800-722-9675, www.flysaa.com