Star Alliance Launches Visit Southern Africa Campaign
CHICAGO, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Alliance, the airline network for Earth(TM), has launched a Visit Southern Africa campaign to promote travel to Southern Africa and underscore the wide choice of flight connections to the African continent provided by the Star Alliance member carriers to US and Canadian travelers. "With this campaign we want to highlight how easy and convenient it is to plan your next trip to Africa, long considered a dream destination by many. The extensive Star Alliance network will allow passengers to be captivated by the natural beauty of the sand dunes of Namibia, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, get splashed at Victoria Falls in Zambia and see spectacular wildlife in South Africa, all in one trip," said Nanci Cheberenchick, Director Sales & Market Development Americas, Star Alliance. Star Alliance member carrier South African Airways (SAA) offers customers the choice between a daily non-stop flight from Washington Dulles Airport to Johannesburg and a daily one-stop flight between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Johannesburg via Dakar. From Johannesburg, SAA has onward connections throughout Southern Africa to cities like Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Port Elizabeth, Victoria Falls and Windhoek. A further five Star Alliance member airlines serve destinations in Southern Africa: Lufthansa, SWISS and TAP provide flights from their respective North American gateway airports via their hubs in Frankfurt, Zurich and Lisbon, while Singapore Airlines and THAI fly to South Africa through their respective hubs in Singapore and Bangkok. Additionally Air Canada, United and US Airways serve hub airports in Europe, for example London and Paris, from which SAA has onward connections to South Africa. Once in Africa, customers can reach any combination of the 25 Sub-Saharan destinations served by SAA by using the Star Alliance African Airpass. This ticket, which is based on a special fare of US$ 0.15* per mile flown, can be purchased in conjunction with any intercontinental return ticket to an African destination issued by a Star Alliance member. "The Star Alliance African Airpass is just one more way that Star Alliance provides great value to travelers by allowing them to construct an itinerary of choice that meets their needs and at a reasonable price," commented Cheberenchick. Another travel option allowing customers to visit Southern Africa is the Star Alliance round-the-world fare, one of the 11 different Star Alliance fare products. From as little as US$ 3950* for travel from the US or CAD$ 3949* for travel from Canada customers can fly around the world once, using the network provided by the Star Alliance member carriers. As part of this campaign, Star Alliance is partnering with both National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Channel to showcase the breathtaking landscape and exciting travel destinations in Southern Africa. National Geographic Channel has produced two vignettes which will be aired from March to June on the National Geographic Channel. The magazine will feature Star Alliance advertorials while the website www.southernafricanskies.com will provide links to tourist information on Southern Africa and how to get there flying Star Alliance member carriers. The member carriers will also be highlighting the Visit Southern Africa campaign through advertisements in their in-flight magazines as well as through travel promotions on their individual websites. Further information can also be found on the Star Alliance website: www.staralliance.com/southernafrica From the United States, 16 Star Alliance member carriers -- Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United, US Airways -- offer more than 3200 weekly international flights to reach 70 international destinations in 48 countries. * note: fares exclude taxes and charges which vary according to routing and exchange rates. About Star Alliance The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance was voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveller Magazine in 2003 and 2006 and by Skytrax in 2003 and 2005. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Air China, Shanghai Airlines and Turkish Airlines have all been accepted as future members and are expected to join Star Alliance soon. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries. For further information please contact: Star Alliance Press Office Tel: +49 69 96375 183 Fax: +49 69 96375 683 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.staralliance.com Flight Schedule Star Alliance Carriers: Southern Africa LUFTHANSA Frankfurt - Johannesburg Daily Boeing 747-400 nonstop Johannesburg - Frankfurt Daily Boeing 747-400 nonstop SINGAPORE AIRLINES Singapore - Cape Town Mo/We/Fr Boeing 777-200 nonstop Cape Town - Singapore Mo/We/Fr Boeing 777-200 nonstop Singapore - Johannesburg Daily Boeing 777-200 nonstop Johannesburg - Singapore Daily Boeing 777-200 nonstop SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS Frankfurt - Cape Town Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop Capt Town - Frankfurt Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop Frankfurt - Johannesburg Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop Johannesburg - Frankfurt Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop London - Cape Town Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop Cape Town - London Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop London - Johannesburg 2 x daily Boeing 747-400 nonstop Johannesburg - London 2 x daily Boeing 747-400 nonstop Paris - Johannesburg Daily Airbus A340-200 nonstop Johannesburg - Paris Daily Airbus A340-200 nonstop New York - Johannesburg Daily Airbus A340-300 via Dakar Johannesburg - New York Daily Airbus A340-300 via Dakar Washington - Johannesburg Daily Airbus A340-600 nonstop Johannesburg - Washington Daily Airbus A340-600 via Dakar SWISS Zurich - Johannesburg Daily* Airbus A340-300 nonstop Johannesburg - Zurich Daily* Airbus A340-300 nonstop *except Wednesdays until 30 September 2007 TAP Portugal Lisbon - Maputo Tu/Fr/Sa Airbus A340-300 nonstop Lisbon - Maputo Thursdays Airbus A340-300 via Johannesburg Maputo - Lisbon We/Fr/Sa/Su Airbus A340-300 nonstop Lisbon - Johannesburg Tu/Fr/Sa Airbus A340-300 via Maputo Lisbon - Johannesburg Thursdays Airbus A340-300 nonstop Johannesburg - Lisbon We/Fr/Sa/Su Airbus A340-300 via Maputo THAI Bangkok - Johannesburg Tu/Th/Sa Airbus A340-600 nonstop Johannesburg - Bangkok Tu/Th/Sa Airbus A340-600 nonstop Mo = Monday Tu = Tuesday We = Wednesday Th = Thursday Fr = Friday Sa = Saturday Su = Sunday All scheduled valid as of 1 April 2007
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