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International Airlines

 

MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLYING TO/FROM SOUTH AFRICA

There are many airlines flying to and from South Africa. Here is a list of the most popular airlines arriving and departing the country:

THE HISTORY OF EACH AIRLINE

Here is a brief history about each of the abovementioned airlines:

KLM

This airline is the national flag carrier of the Netherlands and the headquarters are near to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. KLM is in fact the world’s oldest airline that began in 1919 and that is still operating under its original name. KLM recently merged with Air France creating the Air France-KLM alliance even though both companies operate under their individual names. 

LUFTHANSA

Lufthansa is Germany’s national flag carrier and is in fact the largest airline in the whole of Europe (number of passengers carried and fleet size). It is also the fourth largest airline in the world in terms of the number of passengers carried. The German government initially had a share in the company until 2007 when it was bought out by private investors. Lufthansa operates in over 18 locations within Germany itself and approximately 197 destinations internationally.

EMIRATES

Emirates has gained much popularity in recent years and is now the largest airline within the Middle East. Emirates has over 2500 flights per week and serves over 122 cities worldwide from its hub in Dubai. The airline is entirely owned by the government of Dubai. In 2011, Emirates was awarded the title of ‘Airline of the Year’ by Air Transport World.

TURKISH AIRLINES

Turkish Airlines has its headquarters in Istanbul and serves over 178 international cities as well as 41 cities within Turkey itself. Turkish Airlines’ destination network from its hub in Istanbul is currently the largest in the world. It is the 5th largest carrier in terms of the number of destinations served.

AIR FRANCE

Air France is France’s national flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France in the north of Paris. Air France flies to 35 destinations within the country and 156 cities internationally. The airline’s international hub is situated at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. 

QATAR

Qatar is another airline based in the Middle East that has gained significant popularity in recent years. This airline is state-owned and its headquarters are in Doha. Qatar operates a fleet of over one hundred aircraft servicing Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. In 2011, Qatar was furnished with the ‘Airline of the Year 2011’ award at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Other major international airlines flying to and from South Africa include:

Singapore Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Olympic Airlines, Continental Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Air Canada, Delta Airlines, Qantas, Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Thai Airways, Iberia Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and American Airlines.