South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), and the world's largest international airline, Emirates, are expanding their commercial relationship. The two airlines have signed an enhanced commercial partnership agreement, which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and will strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997. SAA and Emirates will work towards bringing more synergies in their respective route network, customer touch points, cargo services and flight schedules to enable seamless connectivity and enhance passenger flows. Connectivity will be improved by adjusting connecting times through Johannesburg, with a special focus on popular regional markets. Included in the new agreement are plans to enhance the frequent flyer programs, SAA's "Voyager" and Emirates' "Skywards" programme. The two airlines will separately work on other areas of bilateral cooperation and an exchange of best practices across multiple airline functions.