SAA, Air Canada in code share plan
12 December 2012
South African Airways (SAA) and Air Canada signed a code share agreement on
Monday, making it easier for passengers to travel between the two countries.
Passengers are now able to book a single itinerary when connecting between the
carriers in London, as well as benefit from reciprocal frequent flyer miles
accumulation or redemption, and lounge access for eligible customers through both
airlines' membership of Star Alliance.
SAA and Air Canada also received approval from the United States last week to add
connections through New York.
"We look forward to welcoming Air Canada's customers to our award-winning service
and extensive route network," SAA's commercial acting general manager, Manoj
Papa, said in a statement.
"This code share agreement represents new and seamless travel options between
two world-class airlines with a deep knowledge of their respective markets.
"Travellers based in southern
Africa and Canada will benefit greatly from the
convenient travel choices now open to them, thereby increasing travel between the
two regions," he said.
SAA will code share on Air Canada-operated flights between London and Vancouver,
London and Toronto and New York's John F Kennedy airport and Toronto.
Air Canada will code share on SAA-operated flights between London and
Johannesburg, New York and Johannesburg and Johannesburg and Cape Town.
"With flights coordinated to minimise connection times, plus the simplicity of a single
itinerary, it will be easier than ever to fly between Canada and South Africa," said
Air Canada's vice-president of alliances, international operations and regulatory
Affairs, Yves Dufresne.