SAA & Etihad sign cooperation
South African Airways (SAA),
and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based in Abu Dhabi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, allowing the two airlines to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services.
This will give the South African flag carrier placing its SA code flying from Abu Dhabi on 12 Etihad destinations.
In return, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 SAA destinations across South Africa, Africa and South America. This will enable seamless air travel connectivity between the destinations stipulated in the MoU.
Etihad will place its code on SAA flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town; Durban; East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Livingston, Lusaka, Ndola
, Harare, and Victoria Falls. Outside the African continent, Etihad Airways will place its code on South African Airways flights to Sao Paulo.
The agreement also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the airlines' frequent flyer programmes.
SAA acting chairperson Dudu Myeni said the partnership provided SAA customers with vital and seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond, while also broadening SAA's network through alliances and strategic partnerships.
"This impressive, multi-layered, partnership will enable Etihad Airways and South African Airways to achieve significant goals in several different global markets, as well as collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives," said Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan.
Hogan said the airline was looking forward to extending its footprint in the "strategically critical African market".