South African Airways and Regional Partner Airlink to Offer New Service to Maun, Botswana

15 April 2012

Conveniently Timed Connections Available Between the U.S. and the Gateway to the Okavango Delta Region

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, announced that it plans to expand its extensive route network in Africa with the launch of new service between Johannesburg and Maun, Botswana - the gateway to the world-famous Okavango Delta.  The service to Maun will be operated by SAA’s regional partner SA Airlink effective June 15th with 37-seat Embraer ERJ 137 regional jets.  The flight schedule will allow travellers on SAA’s morning, non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg to make a convenient, same-day connection to Maun with an arrival in the early afternoon.  The new flights to Maun (airport code MUB) are now available for sale by travel agents through the GDS system, and travellers may also book their seats by calling South African Airways at 1-800-722-9675 or visiting

“SAA is committed to offering the most extensive route network to Africa’s best leisure and business destinations, and Maun serves as a key addition to that strategy, being the best airport from which to access the beauty of the Okavango Delta,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways.   “SAA’s new service to Maun will open up a new and convenient way to access one of Botswana’s most popular safari destinations through our partners at Airlink.  Our morning non-stop service from New York to Johannesburg will provide travellers with the fastest way to arrive in Maun so that they may spend more time exploring some of the best game viewing on the African continent.”

The schedule for new daily service between Johannesburg and Maun is as follows:

SA 8300 departs Johannesburg at 11:45 am, arrives in Maun at 1:15 pm

SA 8301 departs Maun at 2:00 pm, arrives in Johannesburg at 3:40 pm

The new service to Maun complements SAA’s multiple daily flights between Johannesburg and Gaborone, Botswana, through regional partner South African Express.  For more information on Botswana, please call 1-888-675-7660,, or email [email protected].

South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York JFK and afternoon 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 nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler’s “gateway to Africa.”  To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways’ premier mileage program.  To sign up, visit, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,300 destinations in 189 countries and more than 20,800 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United’s, US Airways’ and Air Canada’s frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.  For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.