FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, announced that Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president for North America, has been named as senior vice president, global sales development, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Cavaliere will oversee several departments within SAA's commercial division including airline alliances, e-commerce, sales planning, distribution, customer call centers and regulatory affairs. Cavaliere will now be based at South African Airways' headquarters in Johannesburg.
A 30-year airline industry veteran, Cavaliere joined South African Airways as head of the North American market in 2006. Prior to that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing distribution for Spirit Airlines. He has also served as vice president for Aviation Management, a leading consulting firm that specializes in South American and Latin American carriers, and in several sales and airport operations roles for American Airlines and Pan Am.
Todd Neuman, vice president of sales for North America, will serve as acting executive vice president for the region until a replacement is named. Neuman has worked in the airline industry for 30 years, and joined South African Airways in 2006 as its vice president of sales after holding positions at National Leisure Group and US Airways.
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 degrees 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 1,172 destinations in 181 countries and more than 21,200 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