SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ADDS CAPACITY ON VICTORIA FALLS ROUTE WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF WIDE-BODY AIRCRAFT

The Airbus A330-200 offers 60% more daily capacity

to support increased tourism to Zimbabwe

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL (Mar. 23, 2017) – With the expansion of the Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe, South African Airways has increased capacity between Johannesburg and the popular leisure destination of Victoria Falls.  The recent introduction of Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft on the route, adds 60% more capacity in each direction, on a daily basis.

South African Airways Airbus A330-200 aircraft accommodates 222 passengers, in a dual-class configuration of 36 Premium Business Class seats and 186 Economy Class seats.  The flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls offer convenient connections to/from SAA’s New York – John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington, DC-Dulles International Airport flights providing easy access and the fastest service for North American travelers.  The launch of the Airbus A330-200’s on this route is aligned with the increase in tourism demand to Zimbabwe and the recent completion of a $150 million investment to upgrade the facilities at the Victoria Falls International Airport, with the opening of a new terminal and other improvements to the airport infrastructure.

“We are pleased to bring the comfort and convenience of our AirbusA330-200 to Victoria Falls, as the first and only wide-body aircraft to serve the market on a scheduled basis,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president-the Americas for South African Airways. “Victoria Falls is the leading Zimbabwean destination for North American travelers and this aircraft will enable SAA to accommodate the growth in tourism that the market is enjoying.”

“This is a new dawn for tourism with the arrival of SAA’s daily wide-body aircraft in Victoria Falls,” said Ross Kennedy, chief executive office of Africa Albida Tourism in Zimbabwe. “The additional seats that are being offered by SAA present a huge opportunity to increase visitors to the whole region.”

South African Airways, regional airline partner, Airlink will also be introducing new nonstop service between Cape Town and Victoria Falls beginning July 2, 2017.  The new flights will operate 6-days per week with 37-passenger Embraer regional jets.

As one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, which defines the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Nicknamed “The Smoke That Thunders”, Victoria Falls is designated as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting over 500,000 tourists on an annual basis. The Victoria Falls International Airport is also the gateway for Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), which spans five Southern African countries and hosts many luxury safari lodges and game reserves throughout Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia, which are frequented by travelers from North America.

For SAA reservations and flight information to Victoria Falls, customers should visit www.flysaa.com, call SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675 or contact their professional travel consultant.

 

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.

 

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