Executive Travel Magazine Names South African Airways 'Best Airline to Africa'

Magazine Presents Airline With Their "Leading Edge Award"

Jun 24, 2010, 11:04 ET from South African Airways

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire/ --  South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, has earned Executive Travel Magazine's "Leading Edge Award" for "Best Airline for Flights to Africa."  According to the magazine, its annual "Leading Edge Awards" honors travel companies that "deliver true value to their customers." South African Airways continues to do this through industry-leading service and amenities on its flights to South Africa in both its Premium Business Class and Economy cabins, along with offering the most extensive route network throughout South Africa and Southern Africa.  Executive Travel Magazine's "Leading Edge Award" winners were announced in the July/August issue of the magazine that caters to business travelers.

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"South African Airways is honored to have been recognized by Executive Travel Magazine as the leading airline to Africa.  Earning this honor validates our efforts to offer the best and most comfortable service to Southern Africa, along with the best route network," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. "It is also a timely award, with the World Cup™ taking place on the African continent.  We're proud to play such an important role in bringing the world to South Africa for the tournament, and also celebrate having been selected by Bafana Bafana - the South African soccer team - and the US Men's National Soccer team, as their official airline for the tournament."

In addition to Executive Travel Magazine's "Leading Edge Award," South African Airways has also earned honors for its service to Africa from Business Traveler Magazine, Global Traveler Magazine, and the Skytrax™ World Travel Awards.  Along with its award-winning onboard service, SAA also offers comforts on the ground, with all South African Airways flights in Johannesburg departing from the new, state-of-the-art Terminal B, providing for smooth and timely flight connections through a beautiful and modern terminal packed with many shopping, dining and relaxation options.  A new lounge for Premium Business Class passengers is a luxurious haven in which to catch up on work, grab a bite to eat, or freshen up with revitalizing rainfall showers. To book a flight on South African Airways, travelers should call 1-800-722-9675, or visit www.flysaa.com.

South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service.  Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180-degree fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors.  Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit.  SAA's unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa."  To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways' premier mileage program.  To sign up, visit www.flysaa.com, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,167 destinations in 181 countries and more than 21,050 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United's, Continental's, US Airways' and Air Canada's frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.  For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.  For information about South Africa, visit www.southafrica.net.

Contact:  Elizabeth Ninomiya, South African Airways; Tel: 954-769-5120


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