SAA has announced a new interline partnership with Alaska Airlines – the fifth-largest airline in the US – which will provide new and convenient flight options for passengers of both airlines travelling between North America and Africa.

With immediate effect, travellers can purchase a single itinerary on flights of both carriers in a single transaction, enjoying connections via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport, between Alaska Airlines’ expansive North American network and over 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA and its regional partners.

The two airlines will now offer more options for travel between key US West Coast markets including Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, and Africa.

Travel will now be possible through a single electronic ticket, with interline baggage transfer upon check-in with either SAA or Alaska Airlines in the US and Africa.

Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President of North America for SAA, says: “This interline partnership will enable SAA and Alaska Airlines to expand their route networks to provide some of the quickest and most convenient connections between many west coast US cities and some truly amazing destinations throughout Africa. Customers on both airlines will enjoy SAA’s renowned South African hospitality and Alaska’s warm and gracious service throughout their journey from two award-winning airlines.”