FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The excitement is reaching a frenzied level as there is just one week to go when South Africa welcomes the world. South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, and its employees are excited and looking forward to welcoming fans on board and flying them to South Africa where for the first time the world's biggest sporting event will be held on the African continent. Fans that fly SAA will be treated to soccer-themed amenity kits and video programming that will prepare them for the sport revelry they will experience. While SAA's dedicated corporate team has been preparing the airline and its employees for the tournament for months, the preparations were put into practice when the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team boarded their South African Airways flight just a few days ago to prepare for the tournament in South Africa. The team chose South African Airways as their Official Airline to South Africa after the airline flew them to South Africa in 2009, competing in a tournament in which they reached the finals. SAA and its employees are exceptionally proud that the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team chose to fly South African Airways once more for the most important tournament of all. Fans are encouraged to call SAA at 1-800-722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com to book their last-minute seats in order to follow the U.S. team, or other teams, as seats can still be found during the month-long tournament. To see video of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's arrival and welcome in South Africa, click here.
"South Africa will be center stage in just one week, and we're proud to play a key role, not just for being South Africa's national carrier, but also for flying the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, as well as being a sponsor for South Africa's National Team – Bafana, Bafana," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America, for South African Airways. "Our role does not end there, as we will fly people from all over the world into South Africa, and between matches in the different cities. If you love the 'beautiful game,' and don't want to miss out on this most exciting time, you can still join the fun by calling SAA so that our agents can find you the lowest fares during the tournament."
South African Airways has a specially-created corporate division in place dedicated to ensure that fans have the most comfortable and convenient service to and between the matches, including a round-the-clock domestic African flight schedule that will make it easy to fly to and from matches in the different cities. This schedule will complement SAA's already extensive flight schedule throughout Southern Africa that connects with the airline's daily flights from New York JFK and Washington, D.C. In addition, all South African Airways flights in Johannesburg depart 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.
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.
Elizabeth Ninomiya, South African Airways; Tel: 954-769-5120
SOURCE South African Airways