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SAA Named Fifth Best Airline in the World

SAA Named Fifth Best Airline in the World

South African Airways has been named the 
fifth best airline in the world, according to Cheapflights.co.uk. The
 website compared data from a few dozen international airlines that 
commonly fly long-haul routes and named the national carrier for South Africa
 as number five out of the world’s top 10, based on inflight experience
 and punctuality. 

Cheapflights used data collected by Skytrax to rate the overall
 inflight experience, based on comfort levels of the seats, overall
 neatness of the cabin area, inflight meals, the courtesy and efficiency of
 service, and the availability of inflight entertainment options. SAA scored
 78/100 for this, with the review stating: “Even economy passengers get
 great seat comfort, inflight meals and entertainment choices.”

Airlines were also rated on their punctuality, using data collected by Flightstats.com covering the period from 15th February – 15th April 2013.
 SAA scored an average of 74/100 for its punctuality of all international
 arrivals and departures. This follows SAA being named the most on-time
 airline in the world in June by FlightStats.

Gary Kershaw, SAA UK & Ireland General Manager, said: “To be ranked fifth in the world
 alongside other world-class airlines is an incredible achievement and one 
that we are very proud of. We will continue to strive to offer our
 customers outstanding service and a truly unique African experience 
onboard.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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