Top Travel Magazines Name SAA “Best Airline to Africa”

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The FINANCIAL — Fort Lauderdale, FL – South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline, announced that it has won two awards from two prestigious travel magazines, according to South African Airways.


Business Traveler magazine has awarded SAA with the “Best Airline to Africa” and “Best Business Class in Africa” awards, while Global Traveler magazine has named SAA as “Best Airline in Africa” and “Best Sparkling Wine in Business Class.” Both publications recognized SAA’s unique brand of South African hospitality, featuring Skytrax 5-star comfort-rated, flat-bed seats in Premium Business Class, gourmet international cuisine, on-demand entertainment, a cellar in the sky stocked with South Africa’s best vintages, and amenities that help welcome the traveler to South Africa well before they land.


Global Traveler’s award for “Best Sparkling Wine in Business Class” went to SAA for its Philip Jonker Entheos Brut NV. SAA’s annual wine selection process consists of a 3-day tasting of more than 1,000 wines by a global panel of wine experts. 


The airline held its 26th annual wine selection process earlier this year, as part of its support and promotion of the South African wine industry.  The wines selected for 2012 will be paired with outstanding international and South African meal selections in Premium Business Class, including signature dishes from South African star chef Reuben Riffel on international flights departing from South Africa.  Chef Reuben is a rising star on the international culinary stage.


His namesake restaurant, Reuben’s, entertains local foodies at two locations in the Franschhoek wine region and at the One&Only Cape Town.  SAA is proud to share his culinary prowess with the world.SAA has also been recognized by other industry experts and partners in 2011, including winning “Best Flight Experience to Africa” by Executive Travel Magazine’s Leading Edge Awards, “Best Airline Africa” and “Service Excellence Africa” by the Skytrax World Airline Awards, the Outstanding Service to the Association Award from the Africa Travel Association, and the Tanzania Tourism Board Best Supporting Airline Award.

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