South African Airways joins Star Alliance network

South African Airways (SAA) has become the 18th airline – and the first African airline – to join airline network the Star Alliance. It is also the first time any aviation alliance has included an African airline. Commenting on today’s event, Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht said: “With SAA we do not only gain a further member, but we more importantly provide improved access to an entire continent to our customers.” With immediate effect, customers travelling on flights operated by SAA will benefit from all the advantages that the members of the alliance offer. These include among others, a network of more than 15,500 daily flights serving 842 destinations in 152 countries, through check-in, mileage redemption and collection and access to more than 660 lounges. “We welcome this new course for our airline as it brings tremendous advantages to our passengers,” said SAA CEO Khaya Ngqula. “Membership of this alliance places us amongst the top airlines in the world. We are an award-winning airline, and vibrantly African. Our footprint on the continent reflects our African spirit, a quality that we wish to introduce to the rest of the world. Proudly South African, our membership will allow us to show-off our African culture to the rest of the world.” SAA adds key new routes and destinations to the Star Alliance Network including 21 destinations on the African Continent. Additionally, SAA provides flights across both the North and South Atlantic, thereby enhancing flights options between North and South America and South Africa. Members in SAA’s Voyageur Frequent Flyer Programme can now collect and redeem miles when travelling on flights operated by any of the other Star Alliance member carriers. The accumulated miles will also count towards their tier status – Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Silver – which entitles customers to a range of benefits across the alliance network.

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