“This agreement represents an important step forward in the implementation of our strategy and in the transformation of our business. It will allow us to explore and exploit synergies between us in a much stronger relationship of mutual benefits. Our network and that of Emirates are complementary. The development of our business relationships will further strengthen the priorities for the implementation of our rotation plan,” said Vuyani Jarana, CEO of the ASA. We are very successful with the code-sharing agreement, as we have enabled better connectivity for ASA and Emirates customers, offering more choice, flexibility and easy connections to a multitude of cities above Dubai and other points in southern Africa. Extending the scope of our agreement strengthens the strong ties we share with the ASA and we are confident that this strengthened partnership will enable airlines and their customers to continue to gain success and profits. In a statement, the ASA said the agreement would allow it to add its code on GOL flights on Brazilian territory, allowing ASA customers to integrate their travel with simple routes on both airlines` flights. The ASA and Emirates have signed a strengthened commercial partnership that will strengthen relations between the two airlines and strengthen their codeshare agreement already concluded, signed in 1997, through a wide range of commercial and customer contact points. Simple Flying has learned that, despite its difficulties, South African Airways has extended its codeshare with Emirates. The deal announced Tuesday is a rare glimmer of hope for the financially troubled airline. Despite the growth of the aviation industry on the African continent, South African Airlines has not made a profit since 2011, seven years ago. The airline is banking on South African government leaflets to stay afloat. The South African government owns the airline. “We remain deeply committed to our decades-long relationship with the ASA, and the imminent expansion of our codeshare agreement is an exciting development and an important milestone in our history in South Africa,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
The new agreement includes plans to improve loyalty programs, the SAA Voyager program and Emirates` Skywards program. Emirates became a partner of Voyager in 2000, which means that Voyager members can earn and redeem miles on Emirates flights; Skywards members can also collect and redeem miles on ASA flights. The ASA and AWA have currently entered into an interline agreement in 2018 and provides wireless connections to/from Abuja, Lagos, Monrovia, Freetown, Kumasi, Tamale, Wa and Takoradi via Accra for asA`s main flights to/from Johannesburg and Washington. The AWA routes that are covered by code-sharing are Accra-Kumasi (within Ghana), Accra-Lagos and Accra-Abuja. The agreement follows on from a 2018 Interline agreement between the two airlines that facilitated the movement of passengers to connect the AWA network to the ASA`s operations to Johannesburg or Washington. In 1995, Emirates launched flights to South Africa with flights between Dubai and Johannesburg. The relationship between the ASA and Emirates spans 20 years and extends until June 1997 with the signing of Emirates` first codeshare agreement, in which the SAA code appeared on Emirates flights to Dubai. ASA is able to offer seats to its customers on Emirates` eight daily flights between South Africa and Dubai (four daily flights from Johannesburg, including its legendary A380, three daily flights from Cape Town and one daily flight from Durban).
The expanded agreement means that code sharing through the two network operators will be extended.