Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) announced on
Monday that it has entered into a code share agreement with Air China, with the
hope that this will complement SAA's newly inaugurated non-stop service between
Johannesburg and Beijing.
According to SAA, the agreement would effectively enhance
flight choices for customers, whether originating in Africa or China, through
seamless connections and frequent flyer mileage opportunities.
SAA said that both airlines, which are members of the Star
Alliance, would introduce code share services on the main route
(Johannesburg-to-Beijing-to-Johannesburg) that was launched by SAA on January
The agreement entitles SAA to offer flights with the SA code
on Air China-operated flights between Beijing and Shanghai, and Air China would
in turn be able to offer flights with its CA code on SAA's service between
Beijing and Johannesburg.
In addition, SAA Voyager members would also earn miles for
flying on the SA-coded flights between Beijing and Shanghai.
The new flight options would be made available for booking
and purchase from February 28 2012, for travel as of March 1.
"The introduction of aviation links between nations
nurtures economic activity, with domestic and regional benefit within the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) expected to pay dividends both in
terms of trade and tourism," said SAA CEO Siza Mzimela.