South African Airways Announces New Service From Washington Dulles International Airport

The Only Airline With Direct Flights To South Africa Launches Third US Gateway

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 15 /PRNewswire/ — South African Airways, South Africa’s flagship airline and the continent’s most awarded carrier, has announced that beginning July 2005, it will launch new direct service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa.

This new route features four flights a week from the Washington Dulles gateway, adding to South African Airways’ current daily flights from New York’s JFK International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport. Service from Johannesburg to Washington will also operate four days a week. The addition of the Washington Dulles route will increase South African Airways’ flight frequency from the US to South Africa to a total of 18 flights a week.

“Our North American routes have shown tremendous growth and the addition of a third service between North America and South Africa provides an ideal opportunity for expanding our global route network,” said Phillip Bekker, Senior Vice President – Americas for South African Airways.

“We see a continued increase in the demand for travel to South Africa and this new direct service provides business and government travelers in the Washington metro area with the fastest, most direct route to South Africa and convenient connections to destinations across the continent,” said Bekker.

The new weekly service will operate from Washington Dulles on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with return service from Johannesburg on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flights between Washington Dulles and Johannesburg will also include a brief operational fuel stop in Accra, Ghana.

This new route will feature the return of the Boeing 747-400 to South African Airways’ US service, as well as a return of three-class service including a lie-flat seat in Business and First Class. The airline’s new Airbus A340-300 and A340-600 are currently offering passengers a world-class experience featuring SAA’s award-winning Premium Business product from its gateways in New York and Altanta, respectively.

Departing Washington Dulles (IAD) to Johannesburg (JNB) on Saturday, July 2,


Flight From Depart To Arrive
SA 208 IAD (Dulles) 08:45AM ACC (Accra) 10:55PM
ACC (Accra) 11:55PM JNB (Jo-burg) 07:40AM +1

Departing Johannesburg (JNB) to Washington Dulles (IAD) on Sunday, July 3,

Flight From Depart To Arrive
SA 207 JNB (Jo-burg) 06:40PM ACC (Accra) 10:45PM
ACC (Accra) 11:45PM IAD (Dulles) 06:45AM +1

South African Airways’ Africa network is unsurpassed and features connections to more than 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 20 cities across the continent. Convenient connections and outstanding on-time performance have made South African Airways the savvy traveler’s “gateway to Africa”, featuring a global network connecting Africa to more than 40 cities, in 30 countries, across six continents.

The airline features the only direct service from the US to South Africa with daily departures that offer travel convenience, award-winning service excellence, and the quickest route to South Africa. South African Airways’ young fleet is enhanced by new Airbus aircraft and features the latest in comfort and on-demand entertainment options, as well as a style of service and warm hospitality that is proudly South African.

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