Star Alliance Launches Visit Southern Africa Campaign

Mar 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Star Alliance

    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 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:
     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
            Flight Schedule Star Alliance Carriers: Southern Africa
     Frankfurt - Johannesburg    Daily      Boeing 747-400    nonstop
     Johannesburg - Frankfurt    Daily      Boeing 747-400    nonstop
     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
     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
     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
     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

SOURCE Star Alliance