South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa, and Alaska Airlines announced this week that they have established a new interline partnership, which provides new flight options for customers traveling between North America and Africa.

Beginning immediately, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction and enjoy connections via New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport between Alaska Airlines' North American network and over 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA and its regional partners.

This new relationship will offer increased convenience to customers by allowing travel on one single electronic ticket and through interline baggage transfer upon check-in with either SAA or Alaska Airlines in the U.S. or Africa.

"This interline partnership will enable SAA and Alaska Airlines to expand their route networks to provide some of the quickest and most convenient connections between many west coast U.S. cities and some truly amazing destinations throughout Africa," said Todd Neuman, executive vice president-North America for South African Airways.

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