Etihad Airways enhances access to South Africa through new daily service with South African Airways

Etihad Airways is now able to provide enhanced access to and from South Africa following the launch of a new daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi with codeshare partner, South African Airways (SAA).

The new service has been introduced as part of an expansion of the strategic partnership agreement between the two airlines, and complements Etihad Airways ' existing daily service from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, to provide guests with a double-daily service and greater choice and flexibility whether travelling from Africa, the United Arab Emirates or beyond.

As a result, South African Airways' guests travelling from Africa, can access up to 35 new codeshare destinations, pending regulatory approval, with connections through the Etihad Airways ' Abu Dhabi hub to key destinations in the GCC region, Europe, North and South East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Australia.

Etihad Airways ' guests will benefit from enhanced access to Africa on South African Airways' new service from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, and subject to outstanding regulatory approval, onwards to 17 codeshare destinations across South African Airways' network in Africa.

This new service also taps into the large and established flows of people and capital investment between South Africa, and the emerging markets across the Middle East, North and South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent, generating passenger demand in both directions.

The new South African Airways service is operated by a two-cabin Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 36 passengers in Business Class and 186 in Economy Class.