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Airlink, also known as SA Airlink, is a regional and privately owned airline that operates as a franchisee of South African Airways.
Airlink operates to 28 destinations in the SADC sub-region with 3,500 flights per month.
Airlink flies to many destinations including Kasane, Maun, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Johannesburg, Kimberely, Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, Pretoria, Skukuza, Sishen, Upington and Maseuri, Antanararivo, Beira, Maputo and Pemba.
SA Airlink has a codesharing agreement with South African Airways and South African Express. Airlink also has a partnership with Swaziland Airlink and provides direct and convenient daily return scheduled flights from Manzini to Johannesburg.
Airlink's origins are rooted in three small airlines: Magnum Airlines, Border Air and City Air, which merged to form Link Airways in the 1980s. Link Airways was liquidated in 1992. In 1997 SA Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express in a powerful strategic alliance.
Today, Airlink is largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to more than 30 destinations in Southern Africa. From 2012, Airlink obtained its fourth consecutive IATA Operational Safety Certificate.
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Airlink allows per adult passenger:
Economy Class - 1 piece of cabin baggage of up to 8kg maximum weight and checked baggage of 20kg
Business Class - 2 pieces cabin baggage and checked baggage up to 30kg
Frequent Flyer Program
Airlink offers a frequent flyer program called Voyager to reward regular travellers with the airline.
Voyager is South African's Loyalty program to thank frequent flyers for choosing our airline, by giving them reward Miles for every time they travel with us.
These Miles can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades and other benefits.
4th December 2017
Airlink and Safair set to merge in consolidation drive
Two independent South African airlines Airlink and Safair, are to apply to South Africa's Competition Commission for approval to unite under the common umbrella of the Airlink group of companies.
The proposal, expected to be submitted tomorrow, sees the Airlink and low-cost FlySafair airlines and Safair’s other businesses, including humanitarian aid flights, continuing to operate separately under their unique brands.
The airlines will retain their respective products, aircraft fleets, management and leadership teams. Employees will be secure with no job losses because of the consolidation, a statement from the company said.
“Airlink’s acquisition of Safair, which is financially robust and profitable, makes good business sense. It presents opportunities to reduce our combined costs, position ourselves for growth while at the same time increasing connectivity and choice while making air travel accessible and affordable for our customers across Southern Africa,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.
“Our combined networks will enable us to connect 37 destinations in nine Southern African & Indian Ocean countries and St. Helena. This will stimulate and enable trade, tourism, economic growth and social development in those markets we serve,” added Foster
In addition, the proposed new ownership structure will see Airlink continue to meet - and in future exceed - South Africa’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment targets.
A decision from the commission is expected early next year
29th October 2017
South Africa's Airlink takes delivery of maiden EMB-170
Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has taken delivery of its first EMB-170. According to Skyliner Aviation, N305EC (msn 17000005) was positioned from Nashville Int'l to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo via Bangor, Goose Bay, Reykjavik Keflavik, Belgrade, Aswan, Entebbe/Kampala, and Harare Int'l this past weekend.
As the first aircraft of the type to feature on a South African carrier's AOC, the 15-year-old former Paramount Airways (India) (I7, Chennai) jet will be added to the country's register once all relevant type-certification procedures have been completed.
Airlink is acquiring three EMB-170s as part of a fleet renewal plan which also involves the introduction of EMB-190 equipment. Collectively, the Embraer jets will be used to replace its ageing fleet of twelve ARJ-85s.
The South African domestic and regional specialist also operates eight Jetstream 41s, seventeen ERJ-135s, four ERJ-140s (with a further seven due into service), and three ERJ-145s.
7th March 2017
From 2nd July 2017, Airlink will operate direct flight services between Cape Town and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on a daily basis excluding Saturdays.
The flight departs from Cape Town International at 08:30, arriving at Victoria Falls International at 11:15.
The early arrival in Victoria Falls allows travellers the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon activity, or the ability to travel comfortably onwards to destinations such as Hwange National Park. The return flight departs Victoria Falls International at 11:45 arriving at Cape Town International at 14:40, again allowing travellers to avoid peak traffic on arrival in Cape Town and to check-in to their accommodation with ample opportunity to enjoy the rest of their afternoon at leisure.
Airlink’s direct services ensure that travellers are able to maximize their time at the destination with minimum time spent in airport transfers. The inclusion of Victoria Falls in Airlink’s network has added yet another world renowned destination to Airlink’s extensive eco-leisure network.
3rd March 2017
From 2nd July 2017, an additional route will be added between Cape Town and Nelspruit, on a daily basis excluding Saturdays.
The additional flight has been added in response to market demand and will provide travellers with increased flexibility when planning their itineraries. The route will be operated by a 37-seat Embraer ERJ135 regional jet.
The flight will depart from Cape Town International at 15:00 and arrive in Nelspruit KMIA at 17:15 and depart from Nelspruit KMIA at 17:35 and arrive at Cape Town International at 20:00. The flight schedule provides business and leisure travellers as well as international inbound tourists visiting the Cape and the Lowveld/ Kruger Park area with a choice of 2 daily flights.
Airlink now operates up to 13 flights a day to this region, providing access from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town with direct regional flights departing to Livingstone and Vilanculos.
Airlink has confirmed it will be extending its Lowveld ‘Lodge Link’ safari lodge network in partnership with andBeyond. The airline says its extensive network will provide daily connections between a number of andBeyond properties in Timbavati, Sabi Sand and Phinda Private Game Reserve. The Lodge Network will also provide direct connections with Airlink’s regional services from Nelspruit KMIA to Mozambique and Livingstone in Zambia, which provides access to andBeyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Seamless connections can be made from Cape Town and Johannesburg on Airlink to Nelspruit KMIA or Skukuza Airport with a short apron transfer connecting guests onwards to Airlink’s Lodge Link service direct to their safari destination, minimizing lengthy road transfers.
BAe Jetstream 41
Embraer ERJ 135
Embraer ERJ 145
O.R. Tambo International Airport
O.R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa and is the hub airport for South African Airways.
The airport has two runaways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air Botswana, Air China, Air France, Air Seycelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Singapore Airlines and Saudia.
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