November 6, 1991 |
South African Airways Rebuilding: After five years of anti-apartheid sanctions, South African Airways has returned to the United States, carrying business travelers and tourists. SAA resumed service over the weekend, and business is said to be booming. But so far, no American carrier is ready to offer reciprocal service into South Africa. SAA said that from this Saturday through January, every economy class seat has been taken on the twice-weekly flights.
November 16, 1986
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist rejected South African Airways' request to stay a U.S. order halting its service to the United States. The order, effective today, was issued by the Department of Transportation, implementing anti-apartheid sanctions imposed by Congress last month. South African Airways contended that a bilateral aviation agreement between the two countries requires a one-year notice before termination of operating rights.
September 26, 1985
Nine anti-apartheid activists seized the New York office of the government-owned South African Airways and barricaded themselves inside for three hours before being arrested by police. No injuries were reported in the incident, and there was no resistance by the four men and five women during the arrests by FBI agents and city police.
November 28, 1987 |
A South African Airways jumbo jet with 159 people on board failed to land on schedule at Mauritius early today and its whereabouts was unknown, the South African Press Assn. reported. The news agency quoted Nico Venter, the South African Airways director of public relations, as saying the Boeing 747 carried 140 passengers and 19 crew members. Venter said this morning that the plane was five hours overdue for a scheduled 2:13 a.m.
June 1, 1988 |
Two South African television news agencies said Monday that videotapes of an anti-government church service to be used by U.S. and British networks were erased after being transported by South African Airways. Worldwide Television News and Visnews said its crews delivered four videotapes to the state-owned airline's office in George, about 250 miles east of Cape Town, to be flown to Johannesburg.
May 30, 2004 |
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's election as president of South Africa, an event that hastened the demise of apartheid and led to the resumption of full-scale tourism to a nation once boycotted by many travelers. Few Americans visit South Africa -- in 2003, fewer than 200,000 made the trip -- even though the country has much to offer.