South African Airways Celebrates Inaugural
Flight From Washington D.C. To Accra, Ghana
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline,
continues to expand its West African network and celebrated its
inaugural flights between Washington D.C. and Accra, Ghana, on
August 3, 2015.
SA #209 from Accra arrived at Washington D.C. Dulles International
Airport at 6:05AM and SA #210 departed at 5.40pm under a ceremonial
water cannon salute. Both flights were operated with Airbus A340-600
aircraft, featuring 42 full-flat 180 degree beds in Premium Business
Class and 275 seats in Economy Class.
Celebrations at Washington Dulles Airport included local Washington,
D.C.-based Ghanaian drummers and dancers, who performed at the
boarding gate for SAA’s first passengers departing to Accra and
representatives from the Ghanaian Embassy, the South African
Embassy, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and
“We are proud to be the only airline flying between Washington D.C.
and Ghana, and we are committed to better connecting North America
to the entire African continent,” said Marc Cavaliere, Executive
Vice President Americas for South African Airways.
”There is a large Ghanaian community in the metropolitan Washington,
D.C. and Baltimore area, as well as significant business trade
opportunities between the two countries. We are now providing
convenient world-class service in this market”, according to Marc
“I am extremely pleased to welcome, on behalf of the Government and
people of Ghana, this new direct flight between Accra and Washington
D.C.,” said His Excellency Joseph Henry Smith, Ambassador of Ghana
to the United States. “I’m confident this will deepen trade and
investment between the U.S. and Ghana, while reinforcing Accra’s
position as a strategic West African hub.”
With the introduction of this new flight, SAA is 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, American Airlines and Virgin
America via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.
South African Airways’ flights to Accra are available four days a
week with continuing service to Johannesburg, South Africa,
operating on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. SAA also
provides nonstop service from Washington D.C.-Dulles to Dakar,
Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, three-times per week, operating
on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
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.
South African Airways
SOURCE: South African Airways