South African Airways returning to Australia from April 2024

Star Alliance member carrier reboots Johannesburg-Perth route

South African Airways has scheduled a return to Perth, with flights from Johannesburg to the Western Australia capital scheduled to commence on 28 April 2024.

SAA will utilise wide-body Airbus A340-300 aircraft between the cities, offering 38 Business class seats and 215 Economy seats (for a total capacity of 253 seats).

Flights SA280 will operate on a thrice-weekly basis (on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). The overnight westbound flight will depart at 8:55 pm and arrive into Perth the following day at 12:20 pm. The return services to Jo’burg will depart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, pushing back at 2:40 pm and touching down in JNB at 7:35 pm.

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Professor John Lamola, CEO of South African Airways, said the resumption of flights to Australia is “in line with the airline’s strategic plans to scale its operations to a profitable level by leveraging SAA’s unique capabilities as a national carrier with wide-body aircraft that can provide South Africa with long-haul intercontinental air connectivity.”

The Perth route marks the second interoceanic route to be reopened within six months of the successful launch of the Sao Paulo, Brazil route on 31 October 2023.

As a member of the global network of Star Alliance, SAA can further enhance the seamless travel into and out of Australia for customers of the 25 airlines that are co-members of the alliance.

“Besides the global interconnectivity potential of this route, Perth has long been a favoured destination for South African and Australian travellers, with approximately 80% of our target market being visiting family and friends,” adds Lamola. “The recommencement of the route provides an easier and direct passage for both

leisure and business travellers, promoting trade and cultural exchange between South Africa and Australia”.

The launch of the Perth route provides another opportunity for SAA Voyager frequent flyers to earn and redeem their air miles. One SAA Voyager mile is awarded to members for every R1.60 they spend on their purchase of an air ticket. As SAA is a member of the Star Alliance, Voyager members are eligible for the HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card that is available from Australia. This affords members additional opportunities to earn Voyager miles and attain Elite credit card status based on their spending.

“We are committed to growing SAA into a revered leader in the global aviation sector. Perth is but one indicator of this ambition and gives us confidence that our vision of expanding our footprint to over 20 destinations this year will be realised,” concludes Lamola.

South African Airways is also intent to resume long-haul routes to London and Frankfurt as the airline continues to rebuild its fleet, in addition to New York and Washington.


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