December 12th, 2012 – Johannesburg, South Africa, – South African Airways (SAA), the most awarded airline in Africa, and Air Canada are pleased to announce today a code share agreement that will make it substantially easier for customers to travel between South Africa and Canada.
With immediate effect, customers connecting between the carriers in London will be able to book a single itinerary and make seamless connections.
In addition, the two airlines are members of Star Alliance, thus enabling customers to benefit from reciprocal frequent flyer miles accumulation or redemption and lounge access for eligible customers. In addition, SAA and Air Canada received approval from the US authorities last week and connections through New York will be added in the near future.
“SAA looks forward to introducing Air Canada’s customers to our award-winning service and extensive route network. This code share agreement represents new and seamless travel options between two world-class airlines with a deep knowledge of their respective markets,” said Manoj Papa, SAA’s acting General Manager: Commercial. “Travellers based in Southern Africa and Canada will benefit greatly from the convenient travel choices now open to them, thereby increasing travel between the two regions.”
SAA will code share on Air Canada-operated flights between London and Vancouver, London and Toronto, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Toronto (including flights operated by Air Canada Express). Air Canada will in turn code share on SAA-operated services between London and Johannesburg, New York and Johannesburg, and Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“Air Canada is extremely pleased to offer customers traveling between Canada and South Africa the added convenience of code sharing with our preferred partner SAA. With flights coordinated to minimize connection times, plus the simplicity of a single itinerary, it will be easier than ever to fly between Canada and South Africa. Customers aboard Air Canada will enjoy the best international service of any North American carrier, as recognised by the SkyTrax World Airline Awards for the past three years.
Amenities on board our international flights include lie-flat suites in Executive First while all Air Canada-operated flights offer business class and complimentary seatback entertainment with up to 600 hours of content,” said Yves Dufresne, Vice President Alliances, International Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
With both airlines being preferred partners as members of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network, customers will continue to enjoy the benefit of earning and redeeming frequent flyer miles through Aeroplan or the SAA Voyager program when flying on the code share services and throughout their respective global networks.