Business Traveler Magazine Names South African Airways Best in the Region

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Airline wins "Best Airline in Africa" and "Best Business Class to Africa."

SAA Exec VP Todd Neuman (2nd from left), with (from left) SAA Sales Director Cheryl Lapow, VP Marketing Gregg Truman, and VP Sales Stroebel Bekker

Business Traveler Magazine’s readers are global travelers who expect the best on the airlines they fly, and so we are honored that they’ve named us best in the region throughout the years - Todd Neuman

South African Airways (SAA) has been honored by Business Traveler Magazine’s readers, being chosen as “Best Business Class to Africa” and “Best Airline in Africa” in the magazine’s annual survey. The magazine presented SAA with the award at its ceremony held on Jan. 10th in New York City, recognizing the airline for its consistently high-quality service that keeps it in the world-class category and best in the region year after year. A group of key partners were on hand with SAA’s Executive Vice President of North America, Todd Neuman, as he accepted the award alongside other SAA executives.

“We acknowledge that Business Traveler Magazine’s readers are global travelers who expect the best on the airlines they fly, and so we are honored that they’ve named us best in the region throughout the years,” said Neuman. “These travelers have recognized the level of detail that SAA goes to in order to ensure their comfort, including the continual enhancements we make to our product both on the ground and in the air, which complement our convenient flight schedules and multitude of destinations served.”

South African Airways’ daily non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg, and its direct services from Washington (with a short stop in Dakar, Senegal) provide excellent connection opportunities to destinations throughout the airline’s extensive route network on the African continent. Enhancements have been made to the airline’s Premium Business Class service, including augmented bedding for its 180° flatbed seats, and an expanded programming selection for its individual audio/visual entertainment systems. It is also featuring meal selections from South African star chef Benny Masekwameng, a judge on South Africa’s Master Chef TV series. Earlier this year the airline also accepted the Skytrax World Airline Awards for Best Airline in Africa for the 10th consecutive year and the Best Staff Service in Africa for the 3rd consecutive year.

About SAA
South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. SAA’s unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler’s “gateway to Africa.” To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways’ premier mileage program. To sign up, visit, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,356 destinations in 193 countries and more than 21,500 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United’s, US Airways’ and Air Canada’s frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages. For information about South Africa, visit

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