An expansion of flights to Ghana and new Dreamliner service lead this week’s air travel news.
This week South African Airways (SAA) announced plans to expand its recently launched service between Washington, DC, and Accra, Ghana. Starting April 2, frequency on the nonstop route out of Dulles will increase to five times per week. SAA is the only airline to offer a nonstop flight on the route, which offers connections to and from over 100 cities in the United States and Canada via SAA’s Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.
SAA will operate the flight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday on Airbus A330-300 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Also this week, United Airlines is preparing to launch its new 787-10 Dreamliner service, which will officially begin flying January 7 on the airline’s Los Angeles - Newark route. The Boeing 787-10 is United’s first Dreamliner to include the airline’s signature Polaris business class seats, and United Premium Plus premium economy seats. The aircraft also has a new entertainment system and a lighting setting that mimics the sunrise and sunset to help customers arrive at their final destination feeling more refreshed and adjusted to the time zone, the airline said.
The airline said it would hold gate events for customers and employees to celebrate the new flights.