South African Airways Expands West Africa Network With New Service Between Washington, D.C. & Accra, Ghana

South African Airways (SAA) will launch new nonstop service between Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport and Accra's Kotoka International Airport on August 3, 2015.

South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) will launch new nonstop service between Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport and Accra's Kotoka International Airport on August 3, 2015. With the introduction of this new flight, SAA will be providing the only nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana, as well as the only Skytrax 4-Star rated airline service and world-class quality from North America to the entire West Africa region. South African Airways also offers convenient connections from over 50 markets in the U.S. and Canada through its airline partners United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Virgin America via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.

"This is a major development and achievement for the airline as part of our strategic growth on the African continent. With an expanded presence in West Africa, in the form of nonstop services to both Accra and Dakar from Washington D.C., our customers will soon have access to more destinations in the region," says Nico Bezuidenhout, South African Airways' Acting Chief Executive Officer.

South African Airways' flights to Accra will be available four days a week with continuing service to Johannesburg, South Africa, operating on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. SAA will reduce its current flights from Washington D.C.-Dulles to Dakar, Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, to three days a week, operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

To celebrate the launch of this new route, South African Airways offers special introductory fares of $899* round-trip (restrictions apply), available for purchase from May 27 to June 26, 2015, for travel between August 3 and October 31, 2015.

"We are delighted to launch the only flight from Washington D.C. to Accra, as we are continually committed to offer convenient service and our unique blend of African hospitality between North America and Africa," said Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President for South African Airways in North America. "Ghana is quickly becoming a strong international business destination in Africa and this new route is going to make travel to the region easier for many travelers from North America. We look forward to welcoming them on board and offering our award-winning service."

SAA flights will be operated on wide-body Airbus A340-600 aircraft, featuring 42 full-flat 180 degree beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class, ergonomically designed with adjustable headrests and industry-leading legroom of up to 34" for long-haul travel. Customers traveling in both Premium Business Class and Economy Class will enjoy an extensive menu of on-demand audio and visual entertainment options, freshly prepared meals and complimentary bar service featuring award-winning South African wines. This new route is part of South African Airways' continued expansion in North America, where the airline is the only carrier to offer daily nonstop service from New York -JFK International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The new flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):

Washington D.C. - Accra – Johannesburg

SA #210 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

SA #209 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Depart Washington D.C – IAD: 5.40pm

Depart Johannesburg, South Africa: 5.25pm

Arrive Accra, Ghana: 7.40am +1

Arrive Accra, Ghana: 9.45pm

Depart Accra, Ghana: 8.40am +1

Depart Accra, Ghana: 10.45pm

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa: 4.30pm +1

Arrive Washington D.C – IAD: 6.05am +1


Washington D.C. - Dakar – Johannesburg

SA #208 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

SA #207 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Depart Washington D.C – IAD: 5.40pm

Depart Johannesburg, South Africa: 6.30pm

Arrive Dakar, Senegal: 5.50am +1

Arrive Dakar, Senegal: 01.05am+1

Depart Dakar, Senegal: 6.50am +1

Depart Dakar, Senegal: 2.05am+1

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa: 5.15pm +1

Arrive Washington D.C – IAD: 6.25am +1

Tickets for the new service to Accra are now available for sale.

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