South African Airways has reached a new agreement with
Virgin Blue to offer passengers greater choice, seamless transfers and
more value fares to passengers travelling to South Africa through its
Sydney and Perth hubs.
“The deal offers passengers far greater choice
and means Virgin Blue customers can book through their travel agent
tapping into SAA’s extensive network which is the most comprehensive in
Africa,” said Thevan Krishna, SAA’s Head of Australasia.
The new interline agreement will commence
from 8 April, 2009.
Virgin Blue General Manger Sales, Mathias
Friess, said, “We are very pleased to be working with South Africa
Airways as our newest interline partner. Virgin Blue is a high quality
airline offering a range of products and services to suit the needs of
all travellers from the cost conscious to the discerning flyer requiring
the added extras.”
“With the introduction of
initiatives both in the air and on the ground, such as Premium Economy
seating, Live satellite in-seat TV’s, as well as Business Lounge
facilities in key ports, Virgin Blue surpasses the expectations of the
most discerning of carriers, including our newest partner, South Africa
Airways”, he added.
The deal will also mean visitors from South Africa
using SAA services can utilise Virgin Blue’s comprehensive network in
Thevan Krishna continued, “SAA is seeing strong interest in travel to South Africa
and Africa due to the low value of the South African rand compared to
the Australian dollar.
“2009 is shaping up as a big year as we
build up momentum and prepare for the World Cup in 2010. As the fastest,
most direct way of getting to the African continent from Australia, we
have great confidence in the future of the route and are delighted to be
partnering with Virgin Blue in the future.”
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