Media Release
For Immediate Release

South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines Launch New Interline Partnership

Say “Aloha” to Seamless Connections Between Hawaii and Destinations Throughout Africa

Fort Lauderdale, FL (Apr. 25, 2017) – South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Hawaiian Airlines,  Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, announced today that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.  With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction and enjoy convenient connections via New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbour island network in Hawaii and over 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA. 

This new partnership will offer increased convenience to customers by allowing travel on one single electronic ticket and through interline baggage transfer upon check-in with either SAA or Hawaiian Airlines in the U.S. or Southern Africa. New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport is a primary gateway for SAA in North America, with the only daily nonstop service to South Africa, so the new interline partnership with Hawaiian Airlines will provide convenient connections and a smooth travel experience for travelers during their entire journey.

 “This new interline partnership enable SAA and Hawaiian Airlines to broaden their route networks to provide some of the fastest connections between Hawaii and destinations throughout Africa,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president-the Americas for South African Airways.  “Our mutual customers will enjoy the warm traditional South African and Hawaiian Island hospitality throughout their journey from two award-winning airlines.”

South African Airways is one of the world's most awarded airlines, having been named “Best Airline in Africa” for 14th consecutive years by Skytrax. The carrier offers fully-flat bed seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine, award-winning, complimentary South African wines and individual audio/video entertainment systems offering extensive programming of first-run movie and music choices. SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel.  Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to most cities and destinations across southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Hawaiian, the premier global carrier for leisure travel to Hawai‘i, operates A330 aircraft featuring fully-flat bed seats on its nonstop flights between JFK and Honolulu International Airport. Amenities include personal on-demand entertainment system, comfortable legroom, and a roomy interior coupled with island-inspired complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai‘i snacks. The airline’s Boeing 717 fleet conveniently connects travelers onwards from O‘ahu to destinations on the Island of Hawai‘i, Maui and Kaua‘i. Intended to evoke high-performance automotive design, the fast and reliable service of Hawaiian’s 20 to 60 minute interisland flights offer a seatback ‘tablet table’ machined from solid aluminum, sized and designed for complimentary beverage service and the use of a tablet device. Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on all flights is the carrier’s award-winning onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho‘okipa (translation: I am host), and the airline’s engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting South African Airways’ website at, calling SAA Reservations at 1-800-722-9675 or contacting their professional travel consultant.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 15 consecutive years.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i. Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.

South African Airways Media Contact
Todd Neuman
Telephone:  +1 (954) 769-5001

Hawaiian Airlines Media Contact
Alex Da Silva
Telephone:  +1 (808) 835-3712

Tuesday, 25-Apr-2017 4:48 PM