South African Airways (SAA) just celebrated the launch of its new flights traveling between Washington D.C. and Accra, Ghana on August 3.
SA flight #209 arrived at Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport from Accra early in the morning, while SA flight #210 departed later that day under a ceremonial water cannon salute. Both flights were operated with Airbus A340-600 aircraft.
Celebrations at Washington Dulles Airport included a performance by local Ghanaian drummers and dancers at the boarding gate for passengers, while representatives from the Ghanaian Embassy, the South African Embassy, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Destination D.C. were also in attendance.
With the introduction of the new itineraries, SAA now offers the only nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana, as well as the only Skytrax 4-Star rated airline service. Additionally, South African Airways offers connections from over 50 markets in the U.S. and Canada through its partnerships with United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.
As part of the airline’s continued expansion in North America, the Washington D.C. and Accra itineraries 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, continuing to Johannesburg three-times per week and operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.