Cheap South African Airways Flights

South African Airways is both South Africa’s largest airline and the national flag carrier. Its headquarters is in Johannesburg, and its hubs are that city’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

Formed in 1934, South African Airways’ first flights were all within South Africa. In 1945 the airline began flying to Europe and now it flies to 50 destinations in Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and throughout Africa. Most international flights originate in Johannesburg – the international flights departing from Cape Town are only to London and Frankfurt. The airline is expanding its route network and will soon begin service to Buenos Aires, Munich, Libreville and Kilimanjaro. In 2007, South African Airways is expected to undergo a major restructuring, which means its current route network will be entirely re-evaluated.

The apartheid years did affect the airline, as many countries refused to do business with South Africa. After the end of apartheid in the 1980s, the airline was able to expand its route network and its code sharing agreements.

South African Airways is a member of the Star Alliance airline alliance. The airline also has code sharing agreements with several airlines, including Lufthansa, Nigeria Airways and United Airlines. The previous code sharing agreement with Delta Air Lines was terminated in 2006 because the two airlines were involved in competing airline alliances. South African Airways is also an airline partner with Skywards, which is the frequent flyer program for Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines.

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