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Qantas, SAA axe codeshare agreement

Decision ends 14-year codeshare deal on Sydney-Johannesburg route

South African Airways (SAA) and Qantas will end their codeshare agreement after SAA announced it had accepted the Australian carrier’s decision to scrap their long standing partnership.


The SAA and Qantas codeshare agreement will officially end on 31 May 2014.


Qantas and the state-owned SAA have codeshared on services between Johannesburg and Sydney since the African carrier stopped flying its own planes to the NSW capital in 2000.


“Our customers will be able to continue to travel with our established partners between Australia’s East Coast and from New Zealand through to Johannesburg and onto the largest network in Africa via our daily service from Perth,” SAA country manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith said.


“This is a new direction for South African Airways in Australasia and one that I am confident will ensure our future here.


“We have an excellent team across the region and we are engaged about the future.”


The announcement comes just weeks after SAA signed a codeshare agreement with Qantas rival Virgin Australia.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 February 2014

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