JetBlue Airways and South African Airways have established a comprehensive interline agreement, providing new connection options for both SAA and JetBlue customers wishing to...

JetBlue Airways and South African Airways (SAA) have established a comprehensive interline agreement, providing new connection options for both SAA and JetBlue customers wishing to travel between the U.S. and southern Africa.

From May 12, customers can purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction and will be able to connect between all JetBlue Airways cities and 40 cities in the South African Airways network via New York JFK. Tickets can be purchased by visiting South African Airways’ website at www.flysaa.com, calling SAA Reservations at 1-800-722-9675, or through a travel agent.


New York JFK is a key gateway for SAA, which operates daily non-stop flights to South Africa from the airport. It is also the base of operations for JetBlue Airways, which operates more domestic flights from JFK than any other U.S. airline. South African Airways also has interline agreements with other airlines at New York JFK, including Virgin America.

This new partnership will allow customers to travel on one single e-ticket and will offer through check-in. Customers will be able to check their bags to their final destination and receive boarding cards for both carriers’ flights upon check-in with either JetBlue in the U.S. or SAA in southern Africa.

“There are lots of travelers flying to South Africa and southern Africa that originate in many of the cities that JetBlue currently serves,” says Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “We have had numerous requests from our customers expressing an interest in being able to easily connect to SAA’s flights at JFK. It was an easy decision to create a seamless travel experience with JetBlue.”

South African Airways (SAA) operates Airbus A340-600s on long-haul flights from South Africa to Europe, the Unites States and Asia

“Additionally, there are great synergies in service between the two airlines as we both put a premium on customer service and satisfaction,” says Cavaliere. “Perhaps best of all, this agreement comes just in time for the soccer championship in South Africa, and is a new and convenient way for JetBlue customers to experience the excitement of the tournament.”

South African Airways has a specially created corporate division in place dedicated to ensuring that soccer fans have the most comfortable and convenient service to and between World Cup matches, including a round-the-clock domestic African flight schedule intended to make it easy to fly to and from matches in the different cities. This schedule will complement SAA’s already-extensive flight schedule throughout southern Africa that connects with the airline’s daily flight from New York/JFK.

All South African Airways flights in Johannesburg depart from the airport’s new Terminal B.