South African Airways will launch non-stop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Accra's Kotoka International Airport on August 3. The new service will...

South African Airways (SAA) will launch non-stop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport on August 3.

The new service will be the only non-stop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana. South African Airways will offer connections from more than 50 markets in the U.S. and Canada via Washington Dulles, through its airline partners United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Virgin America.


A South African Airways Airbus A340-600 flies off the coast of Cape Town, with Table Mountain prominently visible behind

A South African Airways Airbus A340-600 flies off the coast of Cape Town, with Table Mountain prominently visible behind

 

“This is a major development and achievement for the airline as part of our strategic growth on the African continent,” says Nico Bezuidenhout, South African Airways’ acting chief executive officer. With an expanded presence in West Africa, in the form of non-stop services to both Accra and Dakar from Washington D.C., our customers will soon have access to more destinations in the region.

South African Airways will operate flights to Accra four days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flights will continue from Accra to Johannesburg.

In order to accommodate the new service, SAA will reduce its current flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Dakar in Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, to three times a week. These flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

To promote the launch of its new Washington-Accra route, South African Airways is offering introductory round-trip fares of $899 on the route, including taxes and fees.

This is an Airbus A340-600 of South African Airways, which has nine of the type in its fleet, as well as six A340-200s and six A340-300Es (these being extended-range versions of the standard A340-300)

This is an Airbus A340-600 of South African Airways, which has nine of the type in its fleet, as well as eight A340-300Es (extended-range versions of the standard A340-300) and a growing fleet of twin-engine A330-200s

 

Introductory-fare tickets are available for purchase through June 26, for travel between August 3 and October 31, 2015.

For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African Airways’ North America Reservations Center at 1-(800) 722-9675, or contact a professional travel agent.

SAA will operate its Washington-Accra-Johannesburg flights with Airbus A340-600 widebodies, each fitted with 42 full-flat beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class, ergonomically designed with adjustable headrests and legroom of up to 34 inches for long-haul travel.

According to SAA, the new route is part of its continued expansion in North America. According to South African Airways, it is the only carrier to offer daily non-stop service from New York JFK to Johannesburg.

South African Airways (SAA) operates Airbus A340-600s on long-haul flights from South Africa to Europe, the Unites States and Asia

South African Airways (SAA) operates Airbus A340-600s on long-haul flights from South Africa to Europe, the Unites States and Asia

 

SAA’s schedule for its Washington-Accra-Johannesburg service will see flight SA210 leave Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA code IAD) at 5:40 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from August 3 and arrive at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport (ACC) at 7:40 a.m. the next morning, local time.

After a one-hour ground stop, flight SA210 will depart ACC again at 8:30 a.m. for Johannesburg, where it will land at O R Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 4:30 p.m. local time.

In the other direction, flight SA209 will push back from the gate at JNB at 5:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from August 2 and will reach ACC at 9:45 p.m. local time.

After a one-hour ground stop, flight SA209 will leave ACC again at 10:45 p.m. and touch down at IAD at 6:05 a.m. the following morning, local time.

One of South African Airways' first two new A320s from an order for 20 A320-family jets is photographed taking off on its delivery flight on July 23, 2013

One of South African Airways’ first two new A320s from an order for 20 A320-family jets is photographed taking off on its delivery flight on July 23, 2013

 

SAA’s Washington-Dakar-Johannesburg service will see flight SA208 leaving IAD at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from August 3 and reach Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR) at 5:50 a.m. the following morning, local time.

After a one-hour ground stop, flight SA208 will depart again for Johannesburg at 6:50 a.m. and it is timed to get to JNB at 5:15 p.m. local time.

The outbound flight, SA207, will leave JNB at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from August 3 and will arrive at DKR at 1:05 a.m. the following morning, local time.

After a one-hour ground stop, flight SA207 will push back from the gate again at DKR at 2:05 a.m. and will land at IAD at 6:25 a.m. local time.

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