Friday, November 25, 2011

SAA introduces services to Pointe Noire, Congo and Beijing, China

In line with its strategy of expanding its presence in Central Africa, South African Airways (SAA) will introduce a service to Pointe Noire in the Congo, effective 26 January 2012. This welcome addition to the airline’s ever-expanding route network on the continent offers customers further access into Central Africa. SAA will operate to 21 cities on the continent with the commencement of this service.
Pointe Noire will be served twice a week, with a narrow body aircraft, the Airbus A319. These aircraft offer 120 seats - 95 Economy and 25 in Business Class.
For the first time in the history of the airline, SAA will introduce direct flights to Beijing, China; from January next year. These flights are available from now on for reservations in the global distribution system (GDS) and via SAA’s website
Introducing direct flights to Beijing is in line with SAA’s strategy to expand its network to Asia, the fastest growing market in the world. SAA will operate the route three times a week. The route will be served by the Airbus A340-600 aircraft. Flying time between Johannesburg and Beijing takes on average 15 hours.