South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa, and Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, recently announced that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.
With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one transaction and enjoy convenient connections via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbor island network in Hawaii and more than 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA.
This new partnership will offer increased convenience to customers by allowing travel on a single electronic ticket and through interline baggage transfer upon check-in with either SAA or Hawaiian Airlines in the U.S. or Southern Africa, the two airlines said in a statement announcing the new agreement.
John F. Kennedy International Airport is a primary gateway for SAA in North America, with the only daily nonstop service to South Africa, so the new interline partnership with Hawaiian Airlines will provide convenient connections and a smooth travel experience for travelers during their entire journey, the airlines said.
“This new interline partnership enables SAA and Hawaiian Airlines to broaden their route networks to provide some of the fastest connections between Hawaii and destinations throughout Africa,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president for the Americas for South African Airways, in a news release. “Our mutual customers will enjoy the warm traditional South African and Hawaiian Island hospitality throughout their journey from two award-winning airlines.”
Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to most cities and destinations across southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Hawaiian operates A330 aircraft featuring fully-flat bed seats on its nonstop flights between JFK and Honolulu International Airport.