CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Saa, Virgin Australia in Code Share Agreement

Johannesburg, South Africa — THE South African Airways (SAA) has announced a new code share agreement with Virgin Australia, one of Australia's largest domestic airlines.

The code share is open for sale from Friday and for travel next Tuesday.

The new partnership offers SAA customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth.

“Through the code share agreement with Virgin Australia, our valued customers will gain new travel choices to primary markets across Australia via Virgins' extensive network and hubs in Perth and Melbourne, providing seamless travel, and earning of miles through the Voyager frequent flyer programme,” says Kendy Phohleli, SAA Acting General Manager Commercial

Phohleli says in addition, customers travelling to Africa from Australia using Virgin Australia services will have access to the most comprehensive network on the African continent.

Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010 where the two airlines had a commercial agreement to handle those customers travelling on both airlines.

“This new partnership forms part of Gaining Altitude, our Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, which seeks to broaden SAA's network through alliances and strategic partnerships.

"Implementing a code share agreement with Virgin Australia offers our customers travelling on SAA to Perth, Australia, more travel options to other Australian cities.

"We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Virgin Australia through this new code share agreement,” says Phohleli.

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