South African Airways (SAA) and Virgin America have entered an interline agreement to offer seamless travel across their respective United States and transatlantic routes.
From October 1, the agreement allows connecting passengers to purchase interline tickets for travel between the U.S. and South Africa, via their travel agent or through SAA’s customer call center at 800-722-9675. Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights and to guests’ final destinations.
“About one-third of transatlantic air traffic bound for South Africa originates from the West Coast, so we’re pleased to give these travelers a fresh, value-based new option,” says Adam Green, Virgin America’s director of network planning.
The interline partnership offers a new choice for SAA passengers to connect at New York JFK and Washington Dulles (IAD) airports to several other Virgin America destinations, including San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN) and Seattle (SEA).
Virgin America and SAA are located in the same terminals at JFK and IAD, making connections for guests as simple and seamless as possible. South African Airways offers daily, nonstop service from New York JFK to Johannesburg (JNB). From Washington Dulles, South African Airways provides direct service to JNB via a quick stop in Dakar, Senegal (DKR).
Interline electronic tickets for Virgin America and SAA connecting flights can now be booked through all the major global distribution systems (GDSs). Travel agents should refer to either carrier’s GDS reference pages for further booking instructions. Earlier this year, Virgin America signed its first interline agreement, with sister carrier V Australia, the long-haul-airline arm of Australian carrier Virgin Blue. Virgin America says it continues to expand its partnerships with global carriers.
Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Orange County and (from November 18) Fort Lauderdale. The airline currently offers daily flights from SFO to LAX; SFO to JFK; SFO to SAN; SFO to IAD; SFO to LAS; LAX to JFK; LAX to IAD; SFO to SEA; SEA to LAX; JFK to LAS; BOS to LAX; BOS to SFO; and SFO to SNA. From November 18 it will operate services from LAX to FLL and SFO to FLL.