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Emi­rates and South African Air­ways ex­tend code­share agree­ment

The re­cent deal builds upon the ex­ist­ing code­share agree­ment be­tween the two air­lines that was inked back in 1997

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Aim­ing to fur­ther ties and open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion, Emi­rates has penned an en­hanced code­share agree­ment with South African Air­ways (SAA), the South African flag car­rier.

The re­cent agree­ment, which is still pend­ing gov­ern­men­tal ap­proval, builds upon the on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two car­ri­ers that dates back to 1997.

“This agree­ment marks a sig­nif­i­cant for­ward step in the ex­e­cu­tion of our strat­egy and in trans­form­ing our busi­ness. It will en­able us to ex­plore and lever­age syn­er­gies be­tween our­selves in a much more en­hanced re­la­tion­ship of mu­tual ben­e­fit,” said Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Air­ways.

“Our route net­work and that of Emi­rates com­ple­ment one an­other. The ex­pan­sion of our part­ner­ship will fur­ther strengthen key fo­cus ar­eas of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our turn­around plan.”

Back in 2017, Emi­rates and SAA inked a code­share agree­ment that re­port­edly ben­e­fited 90,000 pas­sen­gers with en­hanced travel and con­nec­tiv­ity. That agree­ment was built upon a long­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion that spans over 20 years.

Fol­low­ing the launch of Emi­rates flights be­tween Dubai and Jo­han­nes­burg in 1995, Emi­rates signed a code­share agree­ment with SAA in 1997, the first signed by the UAE-based air­line in its his­tory.

To date, SAA of­fers trav­ellers seat on eight daily flights op­er­ated by Emi­rates be­tween South Africa and Dubai, which in­cludes four daily flights from Jo­han­nes­burg served by an A380 air­craft.

Lastly, the new agree­ment in­cludes plans to en­hance the fre­quent flyer pro­grammes utilised by each car­rier, Emi­rates’ Sky­wards and Voy­ager by SAA. As a Voy­ager air­line part­ner, loy­alty pro­gramme mem­bers can earn and re­deem miles on flights flown by Emi­rates.

“We re­main deeply com­mit­ted to our decades-long re­la­tion­ship with SAA, and the forth­com­ing ex­pan­sion of our code­share agree­ment is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment and a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in our his­tory in South Africa,” said Sir Tim Clark, Pres­i­dent, Emi­rates Air­line.

“We have seen great suc­cess with the code­share agree­ment, hav­ing en­abled greater con­nec­tiv­ity to both SAA and Emi­rates cus­tomers, by of­fer­ing more choice, flex­i­bil­ity and ease of con­nec­tions to a wide range of cities via Dubai and across more points in South­ern Africa.

“In­creas­ing the scope of our agree­ment un­der­pins the strong bonds we share with SAA and our be­lief that this en­hanced part­ner­ship will en­able fur­ther suc­cess and gain to the air­lines and their cus­tomers,” he added.

 ??  ?? The re­cent agree­ment, which is still pend­ing gov­ern­men­tal ap­proval, builds upon the on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two car­ri­ers that dates back to 1997.
The re­cent agree­ment, which is still pend­ing gov­ern­men­tal ap­proval, builds upon the on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two car­ri­ers that dates back to 1997.

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