You may be a busy business traveler or the avid adventurer, who within two shakes of a lamb?s tail, is on a flight to a destination of choice on the continent or around the world. Yes, we know the African air transport industry faces its own set of challenges, especially national carriers, which are each country?s pride and joy and are meant to serve significant cities in Africa and globally.
While African airlines generally do get a bad rap for various reasons that may be too long to delve into (hey, such is life!), there are a few tried and true friends in the sky who have served and continue to serve travelers well. We list our list of favorite national carriers who are seriously reppin?.
EgyptAir has worked through a lot (think 1999 EgyptAir 990 crash) to become a leading airline that serves not only the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), but the rest of the continent. Travel like a boss and be well rested for your transcontinental business trip when you fly business class. With Cairo as its hub, and travel to?more than 75 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the fastest growing companies in Ethiopia, and is among the largest of all national carriers on the continent. The airline?s Cloud Nine features first and business classes with the space, comfort and a style of service that makes flying with Ethiopian a pleasure all the time.
Namibia is a relatively small country when compared to its neighbors, but its national carrier, Air Namibia remains large and in charge. Customers describe their overall experience as pleasant and relaxing with extremely attentive flight crew. In fact, the airline is so keen on the delivery of excellent customer service to its passengers that earlier this year, it sponsored ?The Power of One Voice? event which promotes the importance of customer service delivery for the benefit of all Namibians.
South African Airways (SAA) is an immensely popular airline of choice for many who travel from other countries into the Southern African region, primarily because Johannesburg is major hub for the rest of the region. The airline?s lounges are located all over the world, in partnership with Star Alliance and Business Partners. SAA recently secured awards for the Best Airline in Africa, Best Airline Staff in Africa and Best-Low Cost Airline in Africa.
Kenya Airways has always been regarded as one of the leading operators on the continent. Its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner ushers in a new era in aviation; the tailor made fleet sets a new standard for comfort, space and reliability. In 2015 alone, the national airline was recognized as Africa’s leading Airline-Business Class by the World Travel Awards, and also received the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award.