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Virgin Australia codeshare regains SAA’s Sydney link

March 7, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59South African Airways (SAA) has regained its Sydney link through sharing codes with Virgin Australia.

SAA lost access to Sydney after Qantas, effective May 31, terminated its code-share agreement with SAA. Qantas shared codes on SAA’s Perth-Johannesburg services while, in turn, SAA shared codes on Qantas’s Sydney-Johannesburg flights. The Qantas/SAA deal was signed in 2000 after SAA decided to stop operating between Johannesburg and Sydney with its own aircraft.More-fun-in-the-Philippines_250X250px

SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth and the new partnership with Virgin Australia offers its customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. To the benefit of Australians heading to South Africa, the deal operates the same way in the other direction,.
The code share is open for sale from tomorrow, 7 February, for travel from 11 February.

“Through the code share agreement with Virgin Australia, our valued customers will gain new travel choices to primary markets across Australia via Virgin’s extensive network and hubs in Perth and Melbourne, providing seamless travel, and earning of miles through the Voyager frequent flyer program,” SAA’s General Manager Commercial (Acting), Kendy Phohleli, said in South Africa.

“In addition customers travelling to Africa from Australia using Virgin Australia services will have access to the most comprehensive network on the African continent.”

Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010. The relationship will now expand to code-share.

“This new partnership forms part of Gaining Altitude, our Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, which seeks to broaden SAA’s network through alliances and strategic partnerships,” Phohleli said in an issued statement.

“Implementing a code share agreement with Virgin Australia offers our customers travelling on SAA to Perth, Australia, more travel options to other Australian cities. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Virgin Australia through this new code share agreement.”

Customers from Australia will be able to through-check their baggage and receive  boarding passes from Australia to Johannesburg or to any other destination in Africa served by SAA. Voyager members will continue to earn miles for their entire itinerary.

Written by : Peter Needham

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