PICS: SAA soars with the Madiba spirit in new livery

2018-07-19 12:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Closeup of a plane with a logo of Madiba

South African Airways is celebrating Nelson Mandela's centenary with a new logo on three of their planes. (Photo: SAA)

Celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday has reached peak fever, and South African Airways (SAA) is also taking part in honouring the Father of our nation.

SAA, in partnership with SA Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, revealed new livery for three of its planes - an Airbus A320-200, A330-300, and an A340-600 - with a special Mandela centenary logo. Alongside the logo, the official 'Be the Legacy' will also be flying the skies representing the country all over the world.

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Besides the new threads, the national airline will be launching special headrest covers and paper cups on all their planes that travellers can take with as a keepsake. On international flights, SAA will be screening the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the documentary Mandela's World Cup. Mandela's face will also be on the cover for the July edition of their in-flight magazine Sawubona, focusing on all the sites where you can walk in the footsteps of this icon.

“As an African carrier with global reach, it is only natural for SAA to celebrate what would have been Tata’s 100th birthday, by sharing his values with South Africans and people around the world. We hope that through these small gestures we can inspire others to strive for his ideals and continue his legacy,” says Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

Voyager miles passengers can also donate their points to the Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund in his memory, and a big surprise for later in the year is being planned that will further cement Madiba's legacy in the skies.

“We hope these gestures show our gratitude and recognise his selfless contribution towards the freedom and democracy we enjoy today,” concludes Tlali.

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