Passengers are pampered in SAA’s Premium Business Class. // © 2010 South African Airways
For travelers in the West, South Africa just got a little bit closer, thanks to an agreement between South African Airways (SAA) and JetBlue Airways. The two airlines have reached a comprehensive interline agreement, providing new and convenient connection options for both SAA and JetBlue customers wishing to travel between the U.S. and Southern Africa.
Now, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on the flights of both carriers in one transaction. Customers will also be able to check their bags to their final destination and receive boarding cards for both carriers’ flights upon checking in with either SAA or JetBlue.
“There are lots of travelers flying to South Africa and Southern Africa that originate in many of the cities that JetBlue currently serves,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for SAA. “We have had numerous requests from our customers expressing an interest in being able to easily connect to SAA’s flights at JFK. It was an easy decision to create a seamless travel experience with JetBlue.”
Currently, SAA offers daily, nonstop service from New York’s JFK to Johannesburg, South Africa. Flights depart at 11:15 a.m. The airline also offers daily, direct flights, which stop in Dakar, Senegal, from Washington Dulles that leave at 5:40 p.m. Both flights use state-of-the-art Airbus A340 aircraft with two classes of service. Premium Business Class customers have 180-degree, flat-bed seats and a roomy economy class features on-demand entertainment, a pillow, a blanket and an amenity kit.