UPDATE: SAA strengthens TAAG Angola Airlines alliance as Mango replacement routes come into effect

2018-01-10 15:27 - Selene Brophy
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State-owned airline SAA carried 6.9 million passengers in the year ending March 2016.

Cape Town - South African Airways' move towards financial stability through its Five-Year Corporate Plan will see two key moves come into effect on 15 January. 

SAA has confirmed its new code-share agreement with TAAG Angola Airlines, effectively allowing easier access to Luanda for locals will be in place from then. 

As part of the extended agreement, SAA will code-share with TAAG on their direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and between Cape Town and Luanda effective 15 January 2018. In return, TAAG Angola Airlines will code-share with SAA on its direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and will include Johannesburg and Harare, Johannesburg and Lusaka, and Johannesburg and Hong Kong in the near future.

The initial SAA and TAAG association was formed with an interline relationship in 1996, and then expanded into a commercial partnership in 2007 with SAA operating the flights for TAAG between Luanda and Lisbon, in Portugal. At the time, SAA operated the flights with its own aircraft and crew on behalf of TAAG. 

“This new code-share will enable customers to connect seamlessly from our domestic services through to Angola and gives customers the opportunity of also flying with TAAG to Angola,” says SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.  SAA currently serves the Angola market four times per week.  

SEE: Mango takes over some SAA flights from January 2018

In December 2017 the airline also announced its low-cost subsidiary Mango would be taking over some of its domestic routes. 

Mango will be taking over SAA's Johannesburg routes to Durban and Cape Town from 15 January 2018. Mango will operate 132 flights on the Johannesburg-Durban route and 116 flights on the Johannesburg-Cape Town route, per week respectively.

This will cut SAA's flights down to 68 and 162 flights on the respective routes, which also means they will discontinue operating Airbus A340-600s. 

Commenting at the time of the domestic route shuffle announcement SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana said, "We have reviewed our offerings informed by performance, demand and market conditions. We are satisfied that the changes we introduce will be of mutual benefit to our customers and to the SAA Group. A commercially strong SAA Group offers customers improved efficiency and schedule integrity." 

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