Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 16, 2015) – South African Airways’ (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, received the “Top Producing Airline” award at the annual South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards in New York City on April 13th. The Ubuntu Awards honors key travel providers in North America that excel at promoting travel to South Africa.
The airline was recognized for contributing to the growth of travel to South Africa through a number of initiatives, as well as its daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA also offers codes share services with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, which provide convenient connections from more than 30 North American cities to SAA’s flights. Whether passengers are travelling Premium Business Class or Economy Class, South African Airways takes luxury travel to a new level and the legendary South African hospitality makes SAA’s flights the best way to start any South African experience.
As the predominant airline from the U.S. to Southern Africa, South African Airways took a leading role in 2015 in developing the “Go See Southern Africa” campaign to emphasize the great experiences and the great value that abound for travel throughout the region. SAA vigorously worked with leading tour operators, hotels and safari lodges in Southern Africa to generate increased awareness and encourage travel to the region.
As part of Team South Africa, SAA also partners with the South African Diplomatic Corps and related organizations, such as South African Tourism, Wines of South Africa, Brand South Africa and the South African Chamber of Commerce in America, to champion cultural and industry efforts, and it supports a number of charitable organizations that perform work in South Africa.
“We are extremely proud to receive this award from South African Tourism, whom has been a long-standing partner of South African Airways in promoting South Africa to the North American market,” says Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President for South African Airways in North America. “Our desire to stimulate travel to the destination is stronger than ever and we will continue to collaborate with South African Tourism to showcase the exceptional experiences that South Africa offers travelers.”
South African Airways serves 67 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 13 consecutive years.