SAA starts Washington, Dakar flights

South African Airways (SAA) has launched daily non-stop flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Dakar, Senegal. Beginning in July the enhanced service offers travelers a new convenient gateway to West Africa.

The airline’s existing daily non-stop service from New York’s JFK International Airport to Dakar has been extremely successful and will continue to be offered for a combined total of 14 flights a week from the U.S. to West Africa. (Both flights continue on from Dakar to South African Airways’ Johannesburg hub, providing direct service from both New York and Washington to South Africa.)

“We are excited to expand our travel options for passengers visiting West Africa,” said Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President-North America for South African Airways. “Flying non-stop to Dakar saves the traveler the time and inconvenience of a lengthy layover in Europe, which directly translates into less time getting there and more time at the destination.”

In addition to serving international travelers in the greater Washington Metro area, the new daily service will allow passengers to connect with ease from a number of North American cities through United Airlines, South African Airways’ U.S. code-share partner.

In line with the launch of this new service, South African Airways has placed its flagship Airbus 340-600 on the route. The airline’s Economy Class cabin boasts a generous 34-inch seat pitch for extra legroom and passenger comfort, while its Premium Business Class cabin features an award-winning 180-degree lie-flat bed which continues to be rated among the most luxurious in the skies. Personal on-demand entertainment systems and complimentary South African wines and spirits are just a few of the amenities provided for passengers in all classes of service.


South African Airways offers the only direct service from the United States to South Africa with daily departures that offer travel convenience, award-winning service, and the quickest route to South Africa. Built on a venerable 72-year history of bringing the world to Africa and taking Africa to the world, the airline’s network is unsurpassed on the continent. As a recent member to the worldwide Star Alliance, South African Airways is now able to offer its customers 852 destinations in 152 countries and more than 15,500 flights daily.