SAA announces Beijing flight time changes

2014-04-30 12:03
Johannesburg - South African Airways has made considerable improvements on its flight times to Beijing, promising customers a much more comfortable experience.

The airline announced that their scheduled three weekly non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Beijing will depart four hours earlier, effective 1 May 2014.  

The first flight following the improved schedule will depart from Johannesburg at 20:35 on Wednesday 30 April 2014, and arrives in Beijing at 17:05 on Thursday.  

The flight time between the two destinations is about 15 hours.  

SAA introduced its three weekly schedule to Beijing in January 2012, following a comprehensive strategic partnership forged between the two countries.

The Beijing route is strategically important to SAA and the country, as demonstrated by bilateral trade between China and South Africa which has increased significantly over the previous five years.  

Apart from Foreign Direct Investments having grown significantly between 2010 and 2013, China is also now the fourth largest inbound tourism market to South Africa as well as the fastest growing with 134 000 arrivals in 2013. 

China last year recorded more that 80 million outbound travellers with South Africa only having a tiny market share demonstrating considerable potential for growth.  

“The airline’s network, alliance and fleet strategy form a key pillar of our Gaining Altitude Strategy, and we are continuously seeking ways of improving our network offering.  

“The route between Johannesburg and Beijing will continue to play a strategic role within our network strategy,” says Kendy Phohleli, SAA General Manager Commercial (Acting).

SAA is also in the process of expanding its code share relationship with its Star Alliance partner airline, Air China, after introducing this code share in March 2012 between Johannesburg and Beijing.  

The code share agreement between SAA and Air China complements the non-stop service between Johannesburg and Beijing.  

The agreement enhances flight choices for customers, whether originating in Africa or China, through seamless connections and frequent flyer mileage opportunities.    

This initiative is in keeping with SAA’s close cooperation with BRAND SA, the South African Department of Tourism and -the mission in China to increase trade and tourism to South Africa.

New flight times for SA288 (Johannesburg to Beijing) and SA289 (Beijing to Johannesburg) are as follows:

Monday

D
epart Johannesburg - 20:15, Arrive in Beijing - 16:45

Tuesday

Depart Beijing - 23:00, Arrive in Joburg - 08:15

Wednesday

D
epart Joburg - 20:35, Arrive in Beijing 17:05

Thursday

Depart Beijing at 23:00, Arrive in Joburg at 08:15

Friday

D
epart Joburg at 20:35, Arrive in Beijing at 17:05

Saturday

Depart Beijing at 23:00, Arrive in Joburg at 08:15


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