WHY IT RATES: The airline offers the only nonstop flight between Washington, D.C., and Ghana. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, will increase its frequency on nonstop flights between Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport to five days weekly starting April 2, 2019.
SAA offers the only nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana and offers travelers convenient connections to/from over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada through its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.
“SAA continues to see growing demand for our nonstop Accra service and this increase in our frequency will give our business and leisure customers more options,” said Todd Neuman, SAA’s regional general manager for North America. “Our service between Washington-Dulles to Accra has been a resounding success from its inception in 2015 and we are very pleased to further develop the route with the introduction of a fifth weekly flight.”
South African Airways’ flights to Accra will be available five days a week with continuing service to Johannesburg, South Africa, operating on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. SAA’s increase of flights on the route will also serve to support the new codeshare partnership with Africa World Airlines by offering convenient connections between Accra and additional destinations in West Africa including; Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia and Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In addition, SAA will continue to operate flights between Washington D.C.-Dulles and Dakar, Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, two days per week, providing service on the only wide-body aircraft flying nonstop between the U.S. and Senegal.
SAA’s flights between Washington-Dulles and Accra will be operated with both the Airbus A330-300 and the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The A330-300 features 46 full-flat 180° beds with direct aisle access at every seat in Premium Business Class and 203 seats in Economy Class in a spacious and comfortable cabin. The A330-200 offers 36 full-flat beds in Premium Business Class and 186 seats in Economy Class.
Customers traveling in both Premium Business Class and Economy Class will enjoy an extensive menu of on-demand audio and visual entertainment options, in-seat power ports, freshly prepared meals and complimentary bar service featuring award-winning South African wines.
The new flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):
SA 210 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday): Depart Washington D.C IAD at 5:40 p.m. Arrive in Accra, Ghana at 8:00 a.m. the following day. Depart Accra, Ghana at 9:00 a.m., arriving in Johannesburg at 4:45 p.m.
SA 209 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday): Depart Johannesburg, South Africa at 6:35 p.m., arriving in Accra, Ghana, at 10:35 p.m. Depart Accra, Ghana, at 11:35 p.m., arrive in Washington, D.C., IAD, at 6:25 a.m. the following day.
For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African Airways’ Reservations at 800-722-9675 or their professional travel consultant.
SOURCE: South African Airways press release.