South African Airways (SAA) this week inaugurated services between Cape Town and Sao Paulo, with Johannesburg to follow shortly.
Since the restart of its operations in 2021, the airline has been growing again at a strong pace, with this to continue further going into the future.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
SAA Inaugurates Cape Town-Sao Paulo, Johannesburg to Follow…
SAA flight SA226 departed Cape Town at 1358 local time on October 31 and flew across the South Atlantic before landing into Sao Paulo at 1736 local time the same day.
ZS-SXM was the Airbus A330-300 that operated this inaugural flight, with it being welcomed by the interim CEO Prof John Lamola:
“It has not been an easy journey, but the more than 9,000 commercial flights under our belts to date bear testimony to the success of our strategy.”
“The choice of Brazil as our first intercontinental route was informed not only by rigorous economic and market analysis, but also by considerations of the strategic linkages of South Africa in the context of the country’s membership of BRICS.”
SAA confirmed that an additional service from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo will commence next Monday (November 6).
Since it’s financial turmoil during COVID, the airline now flies to 10 international destinations, three domestic and one international route, with Cape Town & Johannesburg being the focal point for this.
Discussing the problems faced, as well as the need for the South African economy, Lamola said:
“A fully functional and efficient national airline is critical for bolstering South Africa’s trade relations and opening up future growth prospects.”
All eyes will be on SAA to see how the new route performs, as well as whether there is scope to expand this further going into the future.
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