South African Airways (SAA), a Skytrax- 4 star rated airline, has been selected by the readers of Global Traveler as the “Best Airline in Africa” for the 15th consecutive year in magazine’s annual reader survey. The publication presented the award to SAA at a ceremony held on December 12, 2018 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.

With nearly 550,000 readers, Global Traveler connects with U.S.-based frequent and affluent international travelers, which have an average net worth of $2 million and 50 percent are CEOs and business owners.  Their readers are polled on their travel preferences in its annual survey that recognizes the best in business travel, including airlines, hotels, airports, destinations and other travel related services.  SAA’s Premium Business Class service, with its fully flatbed seats, exquisite a la carte menu curated by South African celebrity chefs, skillfully selected wine list, and warm African hospitality was instrumental in SAA winning the award.  These attributes are complemented by SAA and its regional airline partners by offering the most extensive route network in southern Africa.

Global Traveler’s readers are true frequent flyers with very discriminating tastes, given their extensive travel all around the globe and we thank them for selecting SAA as their favorite airline in Africa for 15 consecutive years,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways.  “We are very honored with this award and these accolades further validate the strong commitment of SAA employees to offer the very best service to our customers to, from and within Africa.”

With much fanfare, congratulations to South African Airways, not only for winning Best Airline in Africa, but for being among an exclusive and elite inaugural group of Crystal Status winners this year, celebrating 15 consecutive years as that category’s titleholder,” said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO, FXExpress Publications, Inc. “It’s a true testament to the airline that our readers voted it Best Airline in Africa for the entire duration of our survey; that truly says it all. Trust our readers and 15 years of consistent, award-winning service, and opt for South African Airways for flights in Africa.”

As the leading carrier from the U.S. to Africa, South African Airways offers the most flights with non-stop service from New York–JFK Airport to Johannesburg and daily non-stop service from Washington, DC-Dulles to Dakar, Senegal, or Accra, Ghana, with continued service to Johannesburg. From its hub in Johannesburg, SAA together with its regional partners SA Express, Airlink and Mango offer easy, convenient connections to more than 75 destinations throughout Africa.  SAA’s awarding –winning premium Business Class offers 180 fully lie-flat seating with duvet and full-size pillows, gourmet cuisine designed by renowned South African celebrity chefs, a wine cellar featuring some of South Africa’s finest vintages and extensive programming of on-demand audio and visual entertainment.