South African Airways Named ``Best Airline to Africa'' by Readers of Business Traveler Magazine

    SAA Continues to be Africa's Most Awarded Airline

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., December 13 /CNW/ - South African Airways (SAA),
South Africa's flagship carrier and the continent's most awarded airline, has
been named "Best Airline to Africa" by the readers of Business Traveler
magazine. The award is based on a competitive analysis of all airlines that
fly to Africa, both US carriers as well as all international airlines.

    Readers of Business Traveler magazine are quick to recommend South
African Airways' Premium Business Class service for its features that include
180(degree), fully-flat bed, 24-inch-wide seats with fluffy down pillows and
plush duvets, individual on-demand entertainment systems, an award-winning
selection of premium South African wines and cuisine, and warm, welcoming and
attentive service that is distinctly and proudly South African. Coupled with
the fact that SAA offers the only non-stops to South Africa and the most
connections to points throughout South Africa and Southern Africa, there is no
better or more comfortable way to fly to the continent.

    "We're very grateful for the recognition we've received from Business
Traveler and especially their readers, as they are truly in a position to
compare who meets and exceeds their standards. We invite travelers, business
and leisure alike, to come see for themselves the superior service SAA offers,
whether in the premium cabin or in economy class," said Marc Cavaliere,
executive vice president - North America for South African Airways. "With 73
years in service and an unmatched history and knowledge of the continent, we
will continue to strive to be the carrier of choice to Africa."

    "The readers of Business Traveler recognize that South African Airways
offers the highest levels of service, comfort, technology and convenience that
their extensive and frequent travels require," said Business Traveler editor
in chief Eva Leonard. "SAA understands the needs of the international business
traveler and delivers with consistency and finesse."

    South African Airways also has won "Best Airline to Africa" awards from
World Travel Awards, Skytrax and OAG, among other notable travel opinion

    South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to
South Africa with daily departures from Washington as well as daily direct
service from New York that offer travel convenience and award-winning service.
Customers in premium class enjoy 180(degree) flat-bed seats with individual
entertainment systems, and customers in economy class enjoy the most legroom
versus competitors and individual on-demand entertainment systems. SAA's
unrivalled network, featuring connections to more than 20 destinations within
South Africa, and more than 20 cities across the continent, make the airline
the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa." As a recent member to the worldwide
Star Alliance, South African Airways is now able to offer its customers 855
destinations in 155 countries and more than 16,000 flights daily. Members of
Star Alliance partner United Airlines' Mileage Plus program are able to earn
miles on all South African Airways flights. For more information on South
African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit

For further information:

For further information: South African Airways, Fort Lauderdale
Elizabeth Ninomiya, 954-769-5120

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