SAA announces codeshare partnership

2013-05-06 14:51
Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing the two airlines to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services as well as explore synergy and efficiency opportunities.

South African Airways will codeshare on 12 Etihad Airways flights to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways would in turn have access to 10 cities in South Africa and African and South America, the embattled national carrier said in a press release. Reports revealed that the airline had just applied for a R1.5bn load in order to keep operating.

The agreement with Etihad also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes.

Nico Bezuidenhout, SAA’s acting Chief Executive Officer, said: “This extensive commercial agreement will enable SAA to access the vast majority of Etihad Airways global markets. We are pleased to build upon the commercial areas of the agreement which are fundamental to a modern airline partnership.

Ms Dudu Myeni, SAA’s acting Chairperson, said: “This partnership provides SAA customers with vital, instantaneous, and seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond. It will also broaden SAA’s network through alliances and strategic partnerships, which, is our long term view.”

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This impressive, multilayered, partnership will enable Etihad Airways and South African Airways to achieve significant goals in several different global markets as well as collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives.

Secondary phases of the cooperation agreement will explore code sharing to more cities, closer synergies and efficiencies in the key commercial areas of procurement, ground handling as well as training.

Collectively, the two airline groups expect to carry more than 20 million passengers in 2013.
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