South African Airways Named “Best Airline In Africa” By Global Traveler Magazine

Airline earns top honors on the continent for 13 consecutive years

AA – South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa, has been honored by Global Traveler magazine as, “Best Airline in Africa” in the publication’s GT Tested Reader’s annual survey. The magazine presented the award to SAA at its ceremony held on December 13th at the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, CA, recognizing the airline for its consistently high-quality service that keeps it in the world-class category and best in the region for the 13th consecutive year. In this year’s GT Tested Reader’s survey, SAA also received honorable mention for, “Best Airline for Onboard Service”, “Best Airline for Flight Attendants” and “Best Airport Lounges”.

“We are truly honored to, once again, receive this award and be distinguished by the readers of Global Traveler as Africa’s top airline. These are discerning international business travelers and their recognition of SAA serves as a validation of our efforts to continually enhance our product and deliver world-class service,” said Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President, the Americas, for South African Airways. “We are thankful that the readers of Global Traveler have consistently named us as the best airline on the African continent throughout the years.”

“There are not many GT Tested award recipients who have won their category for 13 straight years,” said Francis Gallagher, CEO & Publisher, Global Traveler. “It is a magnificent achievement for South African Airways and we applaud them for delivering exceptional service for travel to, from and within Africa. I know from personal experience what an exceptional airline SAA is and it’s quite clear that our readers recognize it, as well.”

As the leading carrier from the U.S. to South Africa, South African Airways is the only airline to offer daily nonstop service from New York – JFK and daily direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg, South Africa. South African Airways also offers nonstop service from Washington, DC-Dulles to Accra, Ghana, four-days per week and Dakar, Senegal, three-days per week. From its hub in Johannesburg, SAA offers business and leisure travelers convenient connections to over 75 destinations on the Africa continent in partnership with its regional airlines SA Express, Airlink and Mango.


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