South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa announces the appointment of Mr. Umar Chaudhry as Director, Sales Development for the Western Region of the United States, effective July 22, 2019.  Umar brings to South African Airways over 10 years of experience in sales and leadership in the airline industry.  He will be based in Los Angeles, CA and will report to Marlene Sanau, Vice President, Sales – North America.

As director of sales development, Umar will be responsible for the airline’s business development and passenger sales that are generated through national and regional travel management companies, retail travel agency, travel consortiums, corporate, tour operator and consolidator accounts for the western region of the United States.  His sales region of responsibility will include; Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

                “Umar joins us with extensive experience in business development and will bring great value to increasing SAA’s position in this region,” said Marlene Sanau, vice president of sales for South African Airways in North America. “His wealth of knowledge and experience within the airline industry will further enhance SAA’s partnerships with our key travel industry partners in the market.”

Prior to joining SAA, Umar served in sales management positions with Turkish Airlines in Los Angeles, CA, where he was responsible for strategic business development and sales planning to increase market presence.  He has a vast background within the airline industry having held several positions with Turkish Airlines including; sales, marketing and various operational assignments.

South African Airways is one of Africa’s most awarded airlines, honored with a 4-star rating for 17 consecutive years by Skytrax.  South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal.  Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel.  Our customers enjoy a spacious Economy Class cabin, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance.  Also included are individual audio / visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games.  Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit


About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 17 consecutive years.





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