SAA will move to T2 at LHR in 2014

From Atta's partner SAA

THE NEW HEATHROW TERMINAL 2 WILL BE HOME TO SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS WHEN IT OPENS IN 2014

Heathrow has announced that the new Terminal 2 will be the home for all Star Alliance member carriers including South African Airwayswhen it opens in 2014.

Vuyisile Kona, Acting Chief Executive Officer at South African Airways commented: “We are delighted with today’s announcement by Heathrow. For many years South African Airways has led the way by investing in new products and services that we offer our customers. We believe our move into what will effectively be Heathrow’s newest terminal, will offer our customers an unrivalled passenger experience upon arrival, on departure and also when connecting with our Star Alliance partners.”

“By joining up our extensive network of over thirty destinations in Southern Africa with our Star Alliance partners at Heathrow,” continues Kona, “South African Airways will continue to offer our customers an amazing experience and will reinforce our position as South Africa’s most awarded carrier.”

Once the new Terminal 2 opens in 2014, the 23 Star Alliance member carriers operating at Heathrow will move in various stages from their current locations. South African Airways currently operates out of Terminal 1. Star Alliance is the second largest alliance at Heathrow, offering more than 21 per cent of all available seat capacity from the airport.

Now the way is clear for the creation of a true alliance terminal, which will offer many innovative features. The latest technology as well as integrated facilities and aligned processes among the member carriers will contribute to significantly improve the traveller’s experience. Moreover, having all Star Alliance members collocated in Terminal 2 will allow the minimum connecting time between flights to be halved to just 45 minutes, thereby increasing the number of possible flight connections by 31 per cent.

South African Airways was one of the original Star Alliance partners that began work with Heathrow to create an Integrated Terminal.