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South African Airways and Etihad codeshare

South Africa Airways and Etihad have been granted regulatory approval to enter into a codeshare arrangement, which will benefit the business of both airlines.

The agreement will allow Etihad to market flights from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, East London, Cape Town and Durban, extending the airline’s reach into these popular South African destinations.

It will also enhance South African Airways’ reach into Asia by allowing SAA to market flights to Jeddah, Kuwait, Shanghai, Kuala Lampur, Singapore, Bangkok and Bahrain.

Both airlines are likely to be able to increase their profit margins through the arrangement.

There are also other potential synergies on the cards between SAA and Etihad, as they are awaiting regulatory approval which will allow Etihad to market flights to other popular destinations including Livingston, Lusaka, Ndola, Harare, and Victoria Falls, and also intend to explore other ways to improve their efficiencies to their mutual benefit.

Etihad has been a feature in South African airspace for 8 years, and Johannesburg is one of the airline’s more popular destinations.

Cape Town in Top 10 Cities in the World

The city of Cape Town has once again received an impressive accolade, having been voted among the top 10 cities in the world by Travel and Leisure.

Cape Town, otherwise known as the Mother City, is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination in Southern Africa, and its beautiful scenery, beaches and historical attractions attract hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. President Obama included the city on the itinerary of his recent trip to the country, visiting Robben Island as part of his trip.

There are a number of airlines offering cheap flights to Cape Town from other South African cities, making it a popular destination for South Africans too.

The survey took various factors into account including airlines, leisure amenities such as spa’s, accommodation and tourism infrastructure.

Cape Town finished fourth in the best cities rankings, with Bangkok, Thailand having come in first, Istanbul, Turkey having taken second place and Florence, Italy having taken third position. Cape Town was ranked above world famous cities such as Rome, Paris and Barcelona.

Psy Promoting Korean Tourism

Youtube sensation Psy, best known for his song Gangnam Style, is starring in an advertising campaign by the Korean Tourism Authority which involves Psy promoting Korean tourism and advertising South Korea as a tourist destination.

The campaign is dubbed Wiki Korea Dictionary, and features six Youtube clips in which Psy teaches potential visitors valuable Korean phrases, as well as a video which shows visitors a number of attractions on offer in South Korea.

The videos are shot in humorous fashion, similar to Psy’s Gangnam Style music video. Psy is one of the Asian country’s most recognisable exports, and it therefore makes sense for him to be the poster child for the campaign.

The campaign included a competition in which a trip to South Korea was give away. The competition draw has already taken place, and the winner will travel to South Korea in August 2013.

The videos have racked up in the region of 30 000 hits each on Youtube – nowhere near as many hits as Psy’s Gangnam Style music Video.

British Airways To Launch E-Tags

News broke today that there are plans for British Airways to launch e-tags. British Airways are currently testing the e-tags which it plans to roll out on its flights in the coming months.

The e-tags will be attached to luggage, and will make checking in quicker and easier. Currently, it takes an average of 3 minutes to drop off one’s baggage. The introduction of the tags is set to make baggage check-in take around 35 seconds.

While this may not seem like much, it will make a significant difference to overall check-in times for flights, as 2.5 minutes less per passenger will mean an hour or more less for all passengers per flight, which will cut down the length of queues at check-in counters.

The system will only be made available to British Airways passengers, and it will be interesting to see whether it will be a successful selling point for airline tickets, and whether it will actually boost sales and customer perception.

British Airways is not the first airline to have launched electronic baggage tags. Quantas Airlines in Australia provides frequent fliers with Q Bag Tags, which allow passengers to drop their luggage off at self-service counters instead of standing in queues.

Many airlines have introduced self-service check in facilities, including facilities that work through a kiosk at the airport, and internet-based facilities which allow passengers to check in from home or while on the road en route to the airport.

Pretoria Airspace Closed for Obama’s Trip to South Africa

United States President Barack Obama’s arrival in South Africa at Waterkloof Airforce Base on Friday evening, resulted in a heightening of security and a closure of the air space over Pretoria. Obama’s trip to South Africa has generated a great deal of attention in the local and international media.

Miliary helicopters were also seen flying over many areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria, while a Black Hawk which will reportedly be transporting the US President, was seen over Cape Town.

US Air Force planes were also seen flying over Cape Town International Airport and Lanseria Airport.

The US President’s trip to the country is reported to cost in the region of $100 million (around R1 billion), with a large proportion of this amount going towards security.