U.S. Team Flies South African Airways To Tournament

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South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from New York JFK, and direct service from Washington Dulles, with a stop in Dakar, Senegal

[Business News]

Soccer fans in the U.S. and allover the world didn’t have to wait until next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament to enjoy international class competition.

The FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 kicked off yesterday in South Africa and lasts until June 28.

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team was flown there by South African Airways (SAA).

The U.S. played Italy today and enjoyed an early lead before bowing 3-1. The tourney will serve as a great tune up for the U.S. and other national teams heading into next year.

SAA did its part to make sure the trip there was comfortable.

“The team experienced SAA’s award-winning service with fully-flat bed seats in Premium Business Class, the most legroom in economy and on-demand audio-visual entertainment systems in every seat on board, making sure they had the most comfortable flight possible before beginning their final preparations for the tournament,” an airline official said.

The country’s national airline has been tapped as “the best” in Africa by several travel experts and is one of the few with direct flights to the U.S. from the continent.

“As South Africa gears up for the 2010 tournament, SAA is prepared to fly players and fans alike to our homeland in order to experience the tournament in such a special place and with the airline that has been linking the U.S. to South Africa for many years,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president for South African Airways in North America.

“We’re grateful to U.S. Soccer and proud that they have chosen to fly with SAA for this important tournament,” he added.  “It’s fitting that they’ve chosen to do so as we celebrate 40 years of service to the U.S., as well as our 75th Anniversary of flying the globe.  It’s through these years that we have built up a reputation for being the most comfortable and most convenient way to more of Africa.”

As travelers plan for next year’s World Cup, Soccer fans are encouraged to fly to South Africa on South African Airways. SAA offers morning non-stop service from New York, and direct service from Washington, D.C., offering the best fares to South Africa as well as value-priced packages.

For more information, please call SAA’s reservations center at 1-800-722-9675, or call your travel agent.

South African Airways is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2009, having been founded in February 1934, and since then has led the way in offering world-class service from Africa to the world.

South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from New York JFK, and 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 19 destinations within South Africa, and 30 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler’s “gateway to Africa.”


For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.

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